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Hymns for Her

by Andréa L’ Heureux

How Can She Keep From Singing? 10 original and traditional songs of love, loss and inspiration, celebrating the power of music and the divine Feminine to heal the heart and lift the spirit.
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1. Cage of Bones
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2. Go to the Moon
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3. Loose Stitches
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4. Kindest Hands
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5. Surely I Had Known You
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6. Wildflower
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7. How Can I Keep from Singing
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8. Hymn for the Mama
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9. Amazing Grace / Simple Gifts
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10. All the Way Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Andréa L'Heureux - Hymns For Her

This long awaited debut CD from singer/songwriter Andréa L'Heureux contains 10 original and traditional songs of love, loss and inspiration, celebrating the sacred in the day to day and the power of music, compassion and the Divine Feminine to heal the heart and uplift the spirit.

Produced by Valley Hennell with engineer Anthony Maki at EtchedInSound studio, Protection Island, BC. Previous CDs work by this award winning team has been honored with Canadian Folk Music, Western Canadian Music, Parents' Choice and NAPPA Gold Awards.

Mother of two young children and an Occupational Therapist at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Andréa began singing as a child solo and in choirs and churches in Saskatchewan. Her writing and song selection reflect her interest in classical, sacred and popular music.

Born in Melfort and raised in Estevan and Moose Jaw, Andréa earned a BMROT at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba before leaving to travel and eventually heading West in 2001. Her parents who inspired this CD still reside in Moose Jaw.

The musicians on this CD span 3 generations, from folk veteran Rick Scott, on whose recordings Andréa has been featured for a decade; rock veteran Doug Edwards who composed Wildflower and currently tours with legendary Canadian band Chilliwack; string virtuoso Trish Clair; to 24 year old prodigy Nico Rhodes who is in high demand across Canada as player, arranger and musical director.

MUSICIANS
Andréa L'Heureux - vocals and vocal arrangements
Rick Scott – dulcimers, slide guitar & vocals
Nico Rhodes – piano, clarinet, B3 & string arrangements
Doug Edwards – bass & guitar
Trish Clair - violin & viola
Allannah Dow – cello
Dan Rubin - violin on "All The Way Home"

Cover painting by Maxine Noel, used by kind permission of the artist.
Photography by Krista Winter.
Graphic design by Natalie Christensen.

REVIEW: "I’m loving this album, it's in the running for Best Album of the Year, Best New Artist. Andrea's voice has a purity about it, transmits such feeling, unique like Edith Piaf or Joan Baez, tender like Loreena McKenna, with a range of intensity like EmmyLou Harris. And the total sound of the musical accompaniment - the arrangements are incredible, so evocative, a perfect match to Andrea’s voice." Fred S, Protection Island

PLAYLIST

1 CAGE OF BONES (by Valerie Hennell & Robbie King) Dulcimers, bass, fiddle
Mid-tempo contemporary folk celebrating spirit in flesh, with music composed by the late great keyboard legend.

2 GO TO THE MOON (by Valerie Hennell & Andréa L'Heureux) Piano, guitar, strings, violin & bass
A love song of final parting, country/folk with a hint of Floyd Cramer.

3 LOOSE STITCHES (by Valerie Hennell/Rick Scott) Dulcimers, clarinet, violin & bass
Contemporary folk ballad exploring the universal challenges of the feminine.

4 KINDEST HANDS (by Natalie Christensen) Piano, violin, cello & bass
Inspirational ballad of healing by kindness and compassion.


5 SURELY I HAD KNOWN YOU (by V. Hennell & Andréa L'Heureux) Voice & violin
Inspirational duet for voice and violin celebrating life’s graceful continuity.

6 WILDFLOWER (Dave Richardson and Doug Edwards) Piano, violin, viola & cello
Rare female version of the classic Canadian love song written 0ver 40 years ago as a poem by a young Saanich policeman for his nurse girlfriend. Since Wildflower was a hit for Skylark in 1973, it's had over 80 covers and been sampled by hip hp artists from Tupac to Drake. www.wildflowersong.com

7 HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING? (Robert Wadsworth Lowry) Piano, organ, drums & choir
A lively version of beloved inspirational gospel song.

8 HYMN FOR THE MAMA (Andréa L'Heureux) Piano & voice
Contemporary folk tribute to the personal and universal mother.

9 AMAZING GRACE & SIMPLE GIFTS (John Newton & Joseph Brackett) Dulcimers & voice
An untraditional combination of two traditional folk hymns.

10 ALL THE WAY HOME (Nico Rhodes) Dulcimers, fiddle, slide guitar , bass & drums
A lively up-tempo universal love song.

HYMNS FOR HER was launched with three release concerts in Nanaimo in October 2014, each of which was greeted with a standing ovation.

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Jen Hicks

A true folk masterpiece
The more I listen to this album, the more I fall in love with it! Every song touches a different part of my heart and I feel as though Andrea L'Heureux moves my soul with her voice and her lyrics. I find myself crying one minute and dancing around with joy the next. What a beautiful piece of art this album is… a must have for all folk and singer/songwriter music fans!
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Christina, Mexico

Corazón profundo, voz clara
I've listened to the CD so often I've practically memorized the lyrics, often bringing a tear or two. Go To The Moon is such a beautiful good bye. Loose Stitches is an amazing portrayal of the mental agony we succumb to when we fall into self-judgment. All the other songs are also so beautiful, the more I listen the more I love and find myself singing them. Such a talented artist Andréa, thank you so much for this beautiful gift! I treasure it.
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