MP3 Darlene Koldenhoven - Heavenly Peace
Throughout this eclectic collection of 10 very special songs,the lyrics touch upon the spiritual and emotional sides of all the characters involved in the Christmas Story, while the music and production reflect elements of classical, world music and jazz
10 MP3 Songs
CLASSICAL: New Age, EASY LISTENING: Mood Music
Heavenly Peace is the premier Holiday release by Grammy Award-winning vocal artist, Darlene Koldenhoven, known worldwide as the featured blond soprano in Yanni''s Live at the Acropolis video. Chosen as the Best Holiday CD by New Age Magazine, this album also debuted #2 on the New Age Radio Charts. Throughout this eclectic collection of 10 very special songs,the lyrics touch upon the spiritual and emotional sides of all the characters involved in the Christmas Story, while the music and production reflect elements of classical, world music and jazz. Together, they create a serene and joyful celebration of the birth of Christ, suitable for listening throughout the year.
Ms. Koldenhoven''s extraordinary vocal abilities, stylistic range and musical sophistication have made her one of the most sought-after singer/musicians in Hollywood today. Her work can be heard on films, television, records, commercials and live events.
Born and raised in Chicago, Darlene began soloing in church at the age of three. She studied classical piano and voice, collecting numerous awards throughout her school years. By the age of 19, Darlene was performing solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and with the Lyric Opera Guild of Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree at the age of 20 and completed her Master of Music degree, graduating magna cum laude in Voice from Chicago Conservatory College in a single year while teaching full-time in the Chicago area public school system. Motivated by her strong desire to write and perform, Darlene moved to Los Angeles. There, she put her talents to work on hit records for a wide range of artists, from jazz greats like saxophonist John Klemmer to superstars like Pink Floyd, Celine Dion, Kenny Loggins, Peter Cetera, Crystal Gayle, Ringo Star and Ray Charles. As lead soprano in Clare Fischer''s vocal group, "2+2," she received three Grammy nominations and a 1986 Grammy Award (Best Jazz Vocal Performance by Group) for the album, "Freefall." Leonard Feather, jazz critic for The Los Angeles Times, called her "a striking discovery!" Her voice has been featured on hundreds of radio and TV commercials, television shows like "Touched by an Angel," "American Idol," and in the motion picture scores of "The Matrix II & III," "Apollo XIII," "Dances with Wolves," and "Mission Impossible," to name a few. Not only did she sing and act as one of the beloved choir nuns in Whoopi Goldberg''s hits, "Sister Act," and "Sister Act II-Back in the Habit," she also played the important role of real-life choir director and vocal coach for the choir nun actresses. She even has appeared on camera as the lead nun vocalist spoofing her "Sister Act" roles in the Leslie Neilsen film "Spy Hard."