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2005-09-12 New album and direction for James Nelson's Celtic Tenors

from the SligoWeekender

 

Having established themselves internationally as Ireland's most successful classical crossover artists, The Celtic Tenors branch out with the release of a new album on September 15. "We Are Not Islands" is a new departure - a collection of thirteen contemporary love songs, six of which were written especially for the group by some of the most respected songwriters of our time.

 

The title track "Non Siamo Isole", which features a guest appearance by Brian Kennedy, is by multi-award winning British songwriter Simon May and there is a new song, "Still By your Side", by popular Cork songwriter Jimmy MacCarthy. Lord of the Dance composer Ronan Hardiman is represented by the inspirational track "Angel of Mercy", a song dedicated by the tenors to their beloved fan Holly Morris from Dublin, who lost her fight against cancer in July 2005, aged only eight years.

 

There is also an original song by Sligo Weekender columnist James Nelson, entitled "Eric's Song", with words by death-row prisoner Eric Nance and music by James Nelson. Samantha Mumba contributes a sultry soul-diva performance in `You Raise Me Up' and the tenors deliver their most audacious coup when they join forces with the iconic 80s band Air Supply for a powerful rendition of "All Out of Love". The group, who have sold over 30 million records world-wide, have become such fans of the Celtic Tenors that they have already brought them along as special guests on their 2005 World Tour.