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MP3 Olivia Villa-Real - Glad Tidings of Christmas

“It''s Christmas Day” and “O Holy Night” are high voice classical renditions in Sarah Brightman-style; the rest are pop—lively, rhythmic, and Christmassy songs.

9 MP3 Songs in this album (31:28) !
Related styles: Pop: 80''s Pop, Classical: Art songs, Mood: Christmas

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Olivia Villa-Real is a singer, pianist, composer and writer. She started her piano studies at the tender age of five and was winning competitions and playing with orchestras at age twelve. One day, while singing in a church service, she was spotted by someone who recommended her for a scholarship grant in vocal performance. Her vocal studies led her to the discovery of a new realm of music—the opera, oratorio, lieder and art songs. Because of these classical influences and her constant exposure to pop music—the everyday language of the masses—she developed her own style of singing and composing, incorporating pop music with classical overtones to bring to the common mass the richness and beauty of classical music.

“During my childhood,” she recalls, “I had the opportunity to take care of the poor, the old and the sick in my neighborhood. Such experience gave me a deeper insight and sensitivity toward the plight of the poor and the helpless in our society. I’ve developed a special bond with these people and felt a greater compassion for them. And the love, the friendship and the appreciation they gave me in return—so genuine and precious—I have kept deep in my heart to this day.” Compassion for the poor is one of the driving forces that are at the core of her music and her spirit—the ardent desire to help others who are less fortunate. This was what motivated her to do a solo concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion to benefit the homeless of the Union Rescue Mission. This was what inspired her to join a church group that delivered over a thousand sandwiches per week for two years to the poor and homeless on skid row. She says “Empty is the gaze of a man numbed by pain. Look into his eyes and search for his soul. If we tarry much longer in responding to his call, we may not find it there as the light of hope in his heart recedes into but a flicker that may soon dwindle into nothingness. I ask, therefore, with the deepest stirrings of my heart that we all become the wind beneath the broken wings of the poor and less fortunate in the shadow of their despair.”

An accomplished singer, she sings in a wide variety of languages– German, French Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, English and in three Filipino dialects. She has performed in many concert halls in the United States and abroad, including two major solo concerts at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion of the Los Angeles Music Center. With her wide experience and formal studies in Music and in English, holding both Bachelor and Master’s degrees, she has 59 musical compositions (words & music), a novel (The Velvet Thorn), which is scheduled for publication in Spring, 2011, a collection of poetic prose and poetry, (Murm’rings of the Heart), a treatise (A Critical Study of Ernest Hemingway’s Philosophy of Meaningful Existence), and a line of greeting cards. She teaches Piano and Voice in Eagle Rock, Los Angeles and belongs to the Music Teachers Association of California and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, American Guild of Variety Artists, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and American Federation of Musicians.

Reflecting on Music, she says, "The gift of Music is a gift of love—soft and gentle as the morning mist. As I give you my Music, I give you my heart, with all its dearest murm’rings that shall ride on the breeze to reach you, touch you and fill you with joy. Through my Music, I give you my mind, with all its wildest imaginings that will lure you to soar with me to the farthest horizon untouched by worldly cares. My gift of Music is a gift of trust because my Music is the window into my soul. What greater measure of trust can one ever pine for if given the key to the very core of my existence? Therefore, trust that, since I give you my Music, I give you my All."

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