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« on: November 12, 2017, 06:46:53 PM »

The wait is almost over!

Jason Tonioli's album Favorite Hymns, featuring CaraNua, is releasing on Friday, Nov 17!!!

From CaraNua's Facebook account a few minutes ago:

It’s nearly time!
Earlier this year we had the privilege of travelling to Utah to lend our vocals to some beautiful piano scores by @Jason Tonioli. Next Friday our collaboration will be finally released! We are so grateful for Jason, Chuck and Jake for all their amazing work on this album and we can’t wait for you to hear it!
Thank you all so much for sticking with CaraNua on our journey for the last few months, your support has meant everything to us. We hope that you love listening to this album as much as we enjoyed making it!
You can pre-order your copy of ‘Favorite Hymns’ today by following the link in the post below!
Love from Alex, Lynn and Edel

Here's Jason's original post:

My New CD "Favorite Hymns featuring CaraNua" is now available to Pre-Order.

Imagine you could have some of the best singers from the group Celtic Woman and Riverdance fly over from Ireland to sing lead vocals and harmony to your Hymn arrangements while you accompany them at the piano. (Yep... we did that. Former Celtic Woman and Riverdance lead singers Alexandria Sharpe, Lynn Hilary, and Edel Chan Murphy, came to Utah and are singing the hymns on the entire album.)

And if that weren't cool enough...

What if you added in a full orchestra with each of the songs you recorded and had orchestration help from Chuck E. Myers who has helped with music for Disney, Sony, Warner Brothers, on projects like Cars 3, Toy Story 2&3, Star Wars, and others? (Yep, we even have the Disney Magic Pixie Dust Sound from our orchestra.)

Sounds like a dream, right?

Well, that's exactly what we did. The girls sound amazing! The orchestration is amazing. The only thing missing was a castle to sing it in front of, but the backdrop of the Utah mountains can rival a castle in my book. :)

I hope that when you hear our version Amazing Grace, Be Thou My Vision, Nearer My God to Thee, How Great Thou Art, Going Home and others that you'll feel a small part of the spirit we felt while we were working on this project. We've put our hearts into this music and we really hope it will help lift the spirits of all who hear it.

If you are digital/streaming listener, the CD is scheduled to be released on iTunes, Spotify and Amazon next Friday. I'd love to have your help next week so we can show up in the charts and reach more people as we release the new album.

If you'd like to pre-order an autographed CD, we are running a special pre-order price for the CD through the 18th.

All Pre-Order CDs will ship next week.

If you are looking for a neighbor or family gift for the holidays, this is a great option. If your church or business is looking for a unique holiday gift, please reach out to me for bulk pricing.
You can Pre-Order and listen to excerpts from the album today at:

Some key points:
- You can pre-order an AUTOGRAPHED COPY now through Nov 18 at a special price!
- Releases Friday, Nov 17, 2017
- Ships next week!
- Epic orchestration
- CaraNua!!!

Track List:

1. Amazing Grace (Featuring CaraNua) .................................... 5:59   
2. All Creatures of Our God and King (Featuring CaraNua) ............. 4:38   
3. How Great Thou Art (Featuring Lynn Hilary) ..........................  4:57   
4. Beautiful Savior (Featuring CaraNua) ................................... 3:08   
5. Be Thou My Vision (Featuring CaraNua) ................................ 4:06   
6. Come Follow Me (Featuring Alex Sharpe) .............................. 3:27   
7. Let the Lower Lights Be Burning (Featuring CaraNua) ............... 6:21   
8. Nearer My God To Thee (Featuring Edel Murphy) ..................... 5:04   
9. Going Home (Featuring CaraNua) ....................................... 4:30   
10. Till We Meet Again ....................................................... 3:53   

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 07:13:40 PM »

I listened to Jason Tonioli's 'Favorite Hymns' album on Spotify.




The album was beautifully arranged, deeply moving, and tremendously satisfying!

The songs are soft and soothing.

The harmony was crystal clear and quite frankly, breathtaking.

CaraNua or its members are featured on every track except the last one, which is a pleasant instrumental.

The instrumental backing, mostly piano with a touch of orchestration, really compliments their voices. There are some really nice instrumental bridges in some of the songs.

Lynn's solo 'How Great Thou Art' is one of the best Lynn Hilary solos I have ever heard. WOW!!!

Edel's solo is 'Nearer My God To Thee' and it is both lovely and haunting. I was kind of hoping for a three-part harmony with this one, but considering how gorgeous Edel sounded, I have no complaints whatsoever. I loved the little Titanic Easter egg!

This album is really well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it!


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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2018, 05:56:42 PM »

Mike Brown did an awesome write-up on the CaraNua concert in Utah.

Set List

Act 1:

New Wings
Songs from a Secret Garden
The Voice (Edel solo)
Danny Boy
D�lam�n (with audience participation)
December Snow
Scotland Brave
You Raise Me Up

Act 2 (with new gowns):

Paddy's Green
All Creatures of Our God and King
Brahm's Lullaby (Lynn solo)
Isle of Hope
Thinking of You
The Blessing (Alex solo)
My Land
Going Home
The Parting Glass


Amazing Grace
You Raise Me Up (reprise)

Some Key Notes

- Lynn more outgoing than she used to be
- There was a signing after the show
- "Favorite Hymns II" tentatively scheduled for May, 2018!  :o
- They're also tentatively considering a FALL TOUR in 2018!!!!!

Please, PLEASE do another concert, ladies. I will find a way to be there...

Here's some pictures from CaraNua's debut concert in North America.

I really like the dresses and the way their hair was done for this show. Absolutely stunning!!!!  :o

Last but not least...

CaraNua recorded an acapella cover of A Million Dreams (from The Greatest Showman) in Utah before they returned to Ireland.

This is so gorgeous it's a must-listen!

That is some of the most beautiful and crystal clear harmony I have ever heard!
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