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Close to Home

by Laura Sullivan

Featuring relaxing new arrangements by Grammy® winning artist Laura Sullivan. Beloved traditional American, Irish, Welsh, and English folk songs with soft piano, ethereal vocals, and soothing instrumentation.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Simple Gifts
4:23 $0.99
2. She Moved Through the Fair
5:14 $0.99
3. The Ash Grove
3:19 $0.99
4. Red River Valley
4:19 $0.99
5. Spancil Hill
2:54 $0.99
6. Shenandoah
4:32 $0.99
7. Scarborough Faire
3:17 $0.99
8. The Water is Wide
4:56 $0.99
9. Si Beag Si Mor
2:55 $0.99
10. All Through the Night
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Close to Home" is a celebration of special songs that Grammy® winning artist Laura Sullivan has enjoyed throughout her life. The album is dedicated to her Grandmother Ruth who was filled with a compassion for everyone and a love of music that continues to inspire Laura to this day. The music creates the warmth and comfort of home wherever it may be played. Piano, vocals, flute, percussion and all instrumentation are performed by Laura Sullivan. Original artwork by Lee Jacobson.

Laura Sullivan is the owner of Sentient Spirit Records and has released 5 albums of her New Age/Contemporary Classical music on this label. She is also signed to record labels North Star Music and Orange Music (of Asia). Her music is distributed internationally.

Laura Sullivan's music charts on international radio stations including satellite stations Sirius, XM Radio and Music Choice's Soundscapes and her new releases have charted in the top 3 on iTunes New Age. Laura's music has been included in a variety of media, television and feature films. Her release Mystical America was picked best New Age album of 2004 by Bill Binkelman, Wind & Wire.



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Kathy Parsons

“Close To Home” is pianist/composer Laura Sullivan’s fifth CD release to date. Each of Sullivan’s albums has had a unique theme or approach, but all have included music concerning nature and love, and all have been on the gentle, soothing side. Last year’s “Feast of Joy and Love” featured Sullivan’s ethereal and wordless vocals on a few tracks, but this time she sings as well as using her voice as a musical instrument. Sullivan also provides all of the instrumentation - piano and keyboards, percussion, orchestrations, effects, flute, and tin whistle; she also engineered the project AND adapted and arranged all of the music. Sullivan’s previous albums have been a combination of original music and original arrangements, but “Close To Home” contains ten traditional songs from Europe and the US arranged and orchestrated to create a consistent dreamy mood and relaxed feeling throughout the album.

“Close to Home” begins with the traditional Shaker melody, “Simple Gifts.” Performed on keyboard, Sullivan keeps her arrangement simple and uncluttered - a lovely opening. “She Moved Through the Fair” is a dark and haunting Irish song that Sullivan has orchestrated with layered voices, flute, keyboards, and simple percussion; the effect is mesmerizing. “The Ash Grove” is a charming instrumental track that is lively and lighthearted. Sullivan’s adaptation of “Red River Valley” is a bit more orchestrated with layers of keyboard and wordless vocals - graceful and peaceful - a favorite. I also really like her beautiful and dreamy version of “Shenandoah,” which is full of longing and tenderness. I have always loved “Scarborough Fair,” and Sullivan does it up right. Keyboard and background vocals keep it simple and straightforward yet still deeply emotional. “The Water Is Wide” has been a very popular and much-recorded song the past few years, but Laura’s lovely singing makes it sound like the song was written just for her - another favorite track. Sullivan closes the album with a gentle lullaby of “All Through the Night,” with some new lyrics undoubtedly adapted for her little girl - a sweet and loving “good night.”

If you are looking for some new takes on familiar songs with ethereal vocals as well as fluid instrumentals, check this one out!