It’s Entertainment! by Celtic Thunder (2010)
Not the usual Irish group singing Irish songs – Celtic Thunder’s wonderful voices blend together to celebrate (“Hallelujah” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”) and individually to entertain (“Hello Again” and “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”). The most amazing harmonies will move you, please you, and have you thoroughly entertained.
After Robots by BLK JKS (2009)
A South African band influenced by western rock/pop music, BLK JKS (pronounced Black Jacks) has tribal and modern influences and sings in four different languages (including English). The group has been compared to everyone from The Cure to Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Check out reviews in The Guardian, Pop Matters, and Billboard.com.
Love, from Italy by Andiamo (2007)
Want to visit Italy but just can’t get away? Put on this new CD from the classical crossover group Andiamo and get ready to enjoy the warmth and sensual pleasure of the classic Italian song, the Italian opera and the popular Italian song. The group consists of three Italian tenors: Claudio Catalano, Paolo Fanale and Giovanni Cavarretta. They sing thirteen famous, traditional, and popular songs, including O Sole Mio, Volare, Arrivederci Roma and Mona Lisa. This is great music to cook to! Everything is better with wonderful music.
Visit the record label’s site to listen to excerpts, get the Italian lyric translations, watch videos, and see pictures (and read bios) of the group. Also check out the group’s MySpace page for videos and more.
One Chance by Paul Potts (2007)
Get ready for the finale of American Idol with this CD from Paul Potts — the winner of Britain’s Got Talent (the British version of American Idol). Potts has always loved to sing and performed with local opera companies near his home in Wales. His singing range includes the very lower register that add depth to a piece as well as the higher register that enable him to leave the listener astounded. He performs operatic numbers such as “Nessun Dorma” by Puccini, “Music of the Night” by Andrew Lloyd Webber, “Everybody Hurts” (Ognuno Soffre) by R.E.M., plus “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night.”
Visit his website to track his blog, get biographical info, follow his world tour, and more. Preview the album at Amazon.com.