I was in York at the Songbirds charity concert today, organised by Rebecca. There were six first class classical crossover acts featuring female singers. The show was opened by Rebecca, featuring songs from her new album "Dare to Dream". She was followed by young Scarlett Quigley, who sounds much better live than on recordings, that's the right way I think. Scarlett was followed by Mary-Jess, who I was very impressed by. Although she had some technical problems with her backing music. After the interval there were three more acts. The first being Eden, two lovely girls, one of whom if from my home town of Leicester. Mariette Davina followed, a lady who was very confident in talking about her Christian faith. She sang barefoot, and all of her songs were Chirstian related. She had an interestingly different version of Amazing Grace. Fialy, Danielle Thomas fro Liverpool, an operatic sounding mezzo-soprano. This was a very enjoyable concert, and well worth the effort of going too. Afterwards the artists all came out into the auditorium to sign things and sell their merchandise. Some had CD's and I bought Eden's new one. All in all a very pleasant afternoon, for such it wss. It was a huge pity that it was not better attended though, there were lots of empty seats.
There were I think only two other HWI members there.
Interesting that she says "I'm Kissing You" has never been recorded by a Classical Crossover artist. But we all know that Hayley recorded it years ago. Of course the album was only ever released in Japan. I ought to tell her.
Me too Richard that would be the easiest place for me to get to see her, I hope to see her live one day.
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It's a very interesting interview which takes about 33 minutes.
Yes Richard, very interesting. I never realised it only took about 1000 CD sales in a week to get to No.1 in the Classical Chart. I think Rebecca will be No.1 for a couple of weeks but I have a feeling that someone else will take over the No.1 spot in October !
"My love is like a red, red rose that's newly sprung in June, My love is like a melody that's sweetly played in tune." (Robert Burns).
I hear the album is doing well, the TV appearance provoked a lot of orders. Apparently Amazon have sold out! That is good to hear, I know Rebecca is very keen for it to feature in the classical charts, and says she needs to sell about 1000 copies in the first week to do that. Then hopefully it will get some exposure on Classic FM and generate even more sales. Remember Rebecca is an independent artist which means she is funding the album and promotion herself. Although she says Universal are handling the distribution, so it is in places like Amazon and HMV. I doubt it is in the supermarkets though, which is what is needed for big sales these days.
Just an observation and a question about sales on Amazon or HMV. I wonder can Rebecca get a list of the people who bought her album through the above sellers ? or is that "confidential" client information.
Just thinking about Jonathan Ansell who sold his album directly through Pledge Music, he knows every name, address, and e mail of every person who bought his album through Pledge Music.
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen
Well, I think she knows that I have a copy, since I bought it through her website, have mentioned it to her on Facebook when it arrived 2 days before the release date, and written a review on Amazon. But I suspect she won't know who has bought it on Amazon or Facebook, especially if it was bought in an HMV shop, which you can do without giving any personal details.