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Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver

by Cathy Gianfala Carriere

It was a great honor to record in Nashville with John Denver's former Band members, singing my Tribute to one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time, John Denver; produced by his talented pianist, Chris Nole.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Follow Me
3:06 album only
2. Rhymes and Reasons
3:11 album only
3. Sunshine On My Shoulders
4:47 album only
4. Poems, Prayers and Promises
4:26 album only
5. Grandma's Feather Bed
2:28 album only
6. Perhaps Love
3:08 album only
7. What One Man Can Do
3:09 album only
8. Whispering Jesse
3:13 album only
9. Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver
4:04 album only
10. Take Me Home, Country Roads
3:16 album only


Album Notes
Cathy has been singing and entertaining people since she first stepped on stage at age 5, singing with her father's Dixieland Jazz Band in her hometown of New Orleans.
She sings many styles of music, including Classical, and on her new CD, Love Song A Tribute to John Denver, Cathy sings her heartfelt Tribute to singer/songwriter John Denver, recorded with his former Band members in Nashville, Tennessee on Music Row, at the beautiful Parlor Studio, produced by his very talented pianist Chris Nole.

The superb musicians on this world-class recording are, Chris Nole, Pete Huttlinger, Jim Horn, Jim Connor, Brian Fullen and Byron House, all who have worked with many well-known artists in the Pop/Rock/Country genre.

Special thanks to Chris Nole, for producing this great recording and giving Cathy this wonderful opportunity, and to the wonderful musicians; Audio engineers, Matt Legge and Micah Tanner; Erik Wolf for the Mastering; Robin Ruddy and Larry Sheridan, owners of The Parlor Studio, Photographer Terri Daigrepont photo of Cathy; and Mary and Bill Schott for their photo of Maroon Bells mountain Aspen, Colorado.

On this album, Cathy sings John Denver's popular songs and her original Tribute song, Love Song A Tribute to John Denver, with a blend of Pop/Folk and Country. John Denver's music is very dear to her heart.
Cathy said, "When I first heard the words, "Almost Heaven, West Virginia," sung on the radio, I asked. Who is that singing? From that moment, I fell in love with John Denver's unique, heartfelt voice. He was one of the greatest singer/songwriters of all time. I've never heard any other singer with his resonant timbre, or anyone who has the amazing gift of writing songs the way he did."
Cathy studied Opera and Classical Guitar, and has a wide vocal range, from deep, rich velvet tones to mezzo-soprano, and a unique versatility to her voice. Her voice has been compared to singers Karen Carpenter, Anne Murray, Barbra Streisand, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Matteo, as well as Opera singer, Marilyn Horne and others.

Comments about Cathy's CD from some of John Denver's close friends, fans, musicians and others include, "Superb, clear, rich tones and vocals!" "Emotional and honest." "Beautiful, heartfelt!" "Wonderful, well done!" "Perfect choice of songs."

Cathy has been singing and playing John Denver's music since the early 1970's. In 2000, she had a profound dream about John Denver and at 1:00 a.m. she wrote the lyrics to Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver. Nine years later, while inspired to write new songs, she came across the lyrics to Love Song, and as she sat with her guitar, the music came to her in about 10 minutes. One of her dreams in life, was to meet and sing with John Denver, but that never happened. She expresses this to him in her song.
Because of her heartfelt Tribute song, in October 2010 Cathy was invited by Karmen Dopslaff, a close friend of John Denver's to sing at Windstar in Aspen, Colorado at his Tribute. She didn't know until May 2010 when she spent only 4 hours in Aspen, that every year since his death, his former Band members perform a Tribute Concert, as fans from all over the world come to celebrate the life and music of John Denver.
In October 2010, when she first sang in Aspen, John Denver's fans commented, "Now here is a woman whose voice is so well-suited to sing John Denver's music." This past October 2012 was her third year to perform in Aspen. She had the great honor of being asked to be guest soloist for a Memorial Sunset Service for John Denver at his Windstar Land Conservancy Oct. 12, 2012, the 15th Anniversary of his death.

As Cathy continues to sing other styles of music, she is also performing her Tribute Concert to John Denver.

Her musical influences range from 1960's Folk/Rock, 70's Pop, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Jim Croce, David Gates, Karen Carpenter, Anne Murray, Classic Country, Country Pop, to George Gershwin, Cole Porter, 1930's, 40's, Jazz standards and Broadway.

Cathy comes from a very musical family and is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father, Joseph Gianfala, Sr. was a vocalist/guitarist of many styles of music, and her mother Peggy Sue, sister and brothers all sing. Cathy and her father performed for many years for special events, shows, concerts, parties, as well as hospital and nursing home shows. Before she studied classical guitar, her father taught her to play. The second song he taught her was, Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver. They sang this song together until her father's death in 1995, so Cathy included this song on her CD in tribute to her father and to John Denver.

A student of voice and Classical Guitar, Cathy has over 35 years experience as a professional vocalist/guitarist, performing on television, in Broadway musical productions, special events, concerts, weddings, Handel's Messiah and many Church services. She is also a guitar instructor.

Cathy won many first place music contests, as well as a vocal music scholarship. In 1977 she audtioned for Opryland and in 1983 for Star Search. Her first recording produced in 1991, A Call To Peace, is an album of original songs and popular Hymns. She plans to record her new songs, as well as a Jazz album and has other projects in the works. Cathy says, "For me, singing and playing music is not about what I can get from it, but about what I can give to others. Music helps to heal those who are hurting. I hope to make a difference with the music I sing, write and play."



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Leslie Graf

Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver
This is a beautiful collection of John Denver's songs. The choice of John's music on the "Love Song" CD allows us to enjoy the clarity, richness, range and emotion in Cathy's voice. The words and music of the title song, which she wrote , are just beautiful and straight from the heart......what a tribute to John Denver!

Cathy Morrison

Love song: A Tribute to John Denver
Such an amazingly beautiful song. Cathy has such a beautiful voice and this song is very heartwarming and touching. It is a great tribute to a great man.

Rhonda Banditt

Love Song a Tribute To John Denver
A lovely tribute to John Denver and his music. Love song is a very special tribute song and is very heartwarming. John Denver would be proud of this album.

Marion Matteo

Love Song A tribute to John Denver
A longtime fan of John Denver, I really appreciate new artist that are inspired by John’s music
and Cathy’s rendition is absolutely beautiful.. Love Song is such a great tribute song to a well deserved

Debbie Rodriguez

Love Song A tribute to John Denver
Wonderful versions of Johns lovely music as well as a very heartfelt tribute song to my very favorite singer who left us way too early

Rhonda Banditt

Love song A Tribute To John Denver
A wonderful tribute CD to John Denver. The tribute song Love Song was very heartwarming. This CD is a must have for John Denver fans.

Michael Donegan

Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver
I am more than delighted to take this opportunity to say how much I absolutely loved Cathy Gianfala Carriere's inspired renditions of some of my all time favourite John Denver songs. It is always nice to see other artists doing their bit to help preserve John's memory by breathing new life into his beautiful songs of love and life. Cathy does this effortlessly and with considerable style, as only one who really loved John Denver's music could.
I was also completely taken by her own expertly crafted composition Love Song: A Tribute to John Denver . I absolutely loved it.
Way to go Cathy Gianfala Carriere. I'm really looking forward to your next album.

John S. Such

Love Song: A Tribute To John Denver
I have been a huge fan of John Denver since my sister gave me an album of his on my birthday in 1972. His music blew me away and now my collection has grown to everything I could find around the world and back to the mid 60's.
I am not much into imitation artists and tribute CDs but I recently discovered a gem recorded by CATHY GIANFALA CARRIERE entitled LOVE SONG - A TRIBUTE TO JOHN DENVER. Cathy became a fan at an early age, learned to play the guitar and started writing out the lyrics and putting the chords to them. John Denver inspired in her a love for nature and the environment. Her CD is a reflection of that love.
What makes this recording unique is the backing she had in the production of this masterpiece. Pete Huttlinger, Jim Connor, Jim Horn and Chris Nole had major roles performing on this recording. Their presence is a red flag that Cathy is an artist to be listened to so give her a chance and you will be as pleased as I am in her musical talents. Check out her website or CD BABY to order her CD. You won't be sorry. I have already played it many, many times over the last couple of days. ENJOY!