Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Sarah's Symphony

Sarah Brightman is a 47 year old British phenom. She's a singer, actress and dancer. This classical crossover soprano started her solo career back in 1993.

Her fan base has grown with every album as she keeps getting better and better with time. When I think about how to best describe Sarah and her work, words fail me for she is so versatile yet diverse. Her style is just... well... different...

The closest explanation I could come up with is quoted on her official website

“Tell me more about Sarah ...”
It's a casual and simple enough request. However, attempts to respond invariably begin with a prolonged pause… as one tries to formulate a response that can meaningfully encapsulate the longevity, diversity and mystique of Sarah Brightman.

After all, how can one adequately summarize a career that has defied categorization...…a voice that has defied description...… and an appeal that has defied conventional demographics?

She has produced eight albums to date:
Dive (1993)
Fly (1995)
Time to Say Goodbye (1997)
Eden (1998)
La Luna (2000)
Classics (2001)
Harem (2003)
Symphony (2008)

PR Wire ( reports the following:
NEW YORK, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- "Symphony" by Sarah Brightman, the world's
biggest selling soprano of all time, scores her highest U.S. chartdebut this
week at #13 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart with first week sales totaling
31,463. "Symphony" is Brightman's first album of new material in five years.
Released by EMI/Manhattan Records on January 29,"Symphony" is a 13-track
collection of all new songs, featuring duets with Andrea Bocelli, KISS' Paul
Stanley, Alessandro Safina and Fernando Lima."Symphony" also bows at #1 on three other Billboard charts -- Classical Overall Albums, Classical Crossover Albums and on Top Internet Albums."Symphony" enters at #17 on Billboard's Top Digital Albums chart. Brightman recently performed songs from "Symphony" on several national morning television programs including CBS Early Show, The View and Martha Stewart.She is also the featured singer in this year's Fashion on Ice
which aired nationally last month on NBC and is currently airing on the Style

Over the years I have fallen asleep to many a Brightman tunes. Sarah soothes me, she soothes my spirit; soothes my soul. I'm certainly looking forward to more soul-pleasing, mind and body refreshing albums to come.