And Yo-Yo Ma lends his cello to the performance
By David Sands
April 27, 2017
Believe it or not, Sting will be appearing on an upcoming album by the the Mormon Tabernacle Choir that’s due out next month.
The Utah-based religious choir, which is affiliated with the Mormon church, will be releasing its newest recording, Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends, on May 12. It features 11 songs recorded in tandem with a talented selection of artists, some of which have been collected from earlier performances.
Sting opens the album with a version of his song “Fragile” which he performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma and the choir at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Other artists featured on the album include James Taylor, Amy Grant, Angela Lansbury and The King’s Singers.
“Special care went into choosing each of the songs for this new album.” Mack Wilberg, music director for the Choir, said in a statement. “We have enjoyed the privilege of collaborating with some of the finest musical talents that are known the world over —not only in the sacred choral repertory for which the Choir is renowned – but in a diverse range of styles and genres, from rock and roll, pop, and Broadway, to classical vocal and instrumental.”
“This album highlights some of the most unforgettable musical moments in the recent history of the Choir, featuring guest artists that are considered dear friends, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome,” he added.
Sting, for his part, hasn’t been shy in sharing his praise for the Choir.
“I obviously knew the reputation of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but I’d never experienced it,” he said recounting a practice session for the performance in a clip for the 2004 Lee Groberg documentary, America’s Choir. “I began the song, and then this sound filled the room, this vibration filled the room. I turned to the director and said, ‘I’ve never heard human beings sound this way.’”
The all-volunteer Mormon Tabernacle Choir was founded in 1847 and recorded its first album in 1910. Over the years, the choral group’s beautiful music has been recognized with a Grammy Award, 2 platinum and 5 gold albums, 3 Emmy Awards, and the National Medal of the Arts.
Fragile – Sting & Yo-Yo Ma
The Prayer – David Foster
Thy Word – Amy Grant
That Lonesome Road – James Taylor
He Lives in You – Santino Fontana
How Can I Keep From Singing? – Renee Fleming
Through Heaven’s Eyes – Brian Stokes Mitchell
Vitae Lux – Sissel
Homeward Bound – Bryn Terfel
Beauty and the Beast – Angela Lansbury
I’m Runnin’ On – The King’s Singers
Album: Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends
Artist: Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Release Date: May 12, 2017
Label: Shadow Mountain Records
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