Grace and Gratitude Import
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Limited two CD edition includes bonus CD with re-recordings of 'Physical' and 'Magic. Grace & Gratitude Renewed is inspired by Olivia's belief that music has the power to heal by calming our minds, lifting our spirits and connecting our hearts. Named for Olivia's appreciation of the gift of life, Grace & Gratitude contains over 20 tracks intended for relaxation and healing. As an 18-year breast cancer 'thriver', Olivia has learned the importance of physical and emotional health, and especially the power of music. Co-written by Canadian songstress Amy Sky and including duets with vocalist tenor Mark Masri, and singer-songwriter Marc Jordan, the lyrics acknowledge a variety of belief systems including Tibeten chants, prayers and poetry.
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"Grace and gratitude" is comprised of ten vocal songs, linked together by musical interludes.Read more ›
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However her last few albums were tepid offerings at best. After buying them, I'd give them a spin or two and then they were off to the CD shelf to gather dust. Her voice sounded rather raspy, and tired, with many songs oversung. The selections weren't terribly inspiring either.
THEN Santa dropped "Grace and Gratitude" in my Christmas stocking, and it is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Period. Instead of trite, 'heard it coming and going' love song lyrics, it is moving, well written, and meditative. The melodies are haunting, and compliment the words beautifully.
I'm delighted, and relieved to say that Olivia's back!
Her voice is once again silky smooth, restful, pure, and soaring. The lyrics obviously meant a great deal to her, because she sings them with tenderness, and spiritual abandon.
To the best of my knowlege, this CD is only available from Amazon sellers or Walgreens-either at one of their stores or online at Walgreens.com
I'd not wait another day to buy it if I were you. You won't be sorry.
With lush, ethereal arrangements, and impeccable production by Amy Sky (who also co-writes several of the tracks) this is an album which reveals its treasures to you layer by layer, listen after listen.
Based on a meditative progression through the seven major chakras - energy centres in eastern philosophies - ten songs are woven together with instrumental interludes to create an unbroken cycle of music which is nothing short of captivating.
And what songs they are! As memorable as many of her biggest chart hits, jewels like "Learn To Love Yourself", "Grace and Gratitude", "I Will Lift Up My Eyes", "Pearls on a Chain", and the stunning "Instrument Of Peace" are worthy additions to the ONJ repertoire.
However, what stands out most on this album is the sheer luminosity of Olivia's vocals...light, strong, ethereal, earthy, soul-stirring, playful, serene, and full of power...she can count her performances here amongst her finest work.
Brilliant and beautiful - a must-have album.