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Joyful Sighs & Soulful Hymns

by Mark Davenport

Singer-songwriter/piano-based songs inspired by 16th-century hymns and motets with lyrics expressing central themes of the Renaissance: love, death, rebirth and devotion.
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When the Heart Is Broken
4:15 $0.99
2. Little Star
4:34 $0.99
3. You Are a Rose
4:32 $0.99
4. If I Were a Prince
4:34 $0.99
5. Second Chance
5:33 $0.99
6. The Silent Sand
3:59 $0.99
7. The Sum of All Delight
4:17 $0.99
8. Alas, Where Is the Beautiful Face
2:27 $0.99
9. I Love You More
5:21 $0.99
10. Joyful Sighs
1:59 $0.99
11. My Harp Is Turned to Mourning
4:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
This second solo album release by Colorado singer-songwriter Mark Davenport is a consistent "Top Seller" on CD Baby. The album includes the four single releases "If I Were A Prince," "The Sum Of All Delight," "Second Chance," and "You Are A Rose."

For this concept album Davenport sets intimate and personal lyrics to sixteenth-century musical forms—madrigals, hymns and motets (sacred songs). In reaching back to ancient musical and poetic models, his source of inspiration comes from the central themes of the Renaissance: love, death, rebirth, and devotion. The songs are meant to evoke contemplation and hope, written with an openness to both the emotional and intellectual sensibilities: a union of heart and mind.

Tom Bickely, in American Recorder Magazine (Winter, 2013) called it “Remarkable… a deeply moving journey for the listener.”

For the recording Davenport assembled a stellar band consisting of both traditional rock instrumentation and renaissance instruments, like the recorder and viola da gamba. Davenport is joined by Paonia resident and Grammy-Award winning guitarist, David Snider; Christian Teele, house drummer for the NPR radio show “eTown” in Boulder; and Daniel Jones, a resident of Black Hawk, on pedal steel guitar. Wendy Gillespie, president of the Viola da Gamba Society of America and faculty member at the University of Indiana, performs on the viola da gamba. The album was recorded at five different locations including three in Colorado, one in Bloomington IN, and one in Laguna Woods, CA.

(This Collector's Edition CD includes full color Lyric Booklet, additional artwork and track info... plus, it's just cooler than a download!)


Mark Davenport – vocals, piano, organ, synthesizers, renaissance tenor and bass recorders, cello
David Snider – acoustic nylon and steel string guitars, electric guitar, slide guitar, electric bass
Daniel Jones – pedal steel guitar
Christian Teele – drums and percussion (tambourine, shakers, cajón, wind chimes, ankle bells, belly dancer belt)
Wendy Gillespie – tenor and bass viola da gambas
Bunny Brunel – fretless bass on “I Love You More”
Carlos Ortiz, Yessie Ortiz and Jeremy Tang – children singers on “Little Star”

Produced by Mark Davenport

Recording Information:

Vocals, keyboards, and pedal steel guitar recorded by Mark Davenport at Landmark Sound, Louisville, CO
Drums and percussion recorded by Geoff Gray (chief engineer) and Ben Fausch (assistant engineer) at Far and Away Studios, Boulder, CO
Bass and guitars recorded by David Snider at Snider Sound Studio, Louisville, CO
Bass on “I Love You More” recorded by Bernie Torelli/Nomad Factory at Gigi's Studio, Laguna Woods, CA
Viola da gambas recorded by Jake Belser at Farm Fresh Studios, Bloomington, IN

Mixed by Mark Davenport at Landmark Sound, Louisville, CO

Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering. Boulder, CO

Cover art (an Italian renaissance fresco by Melozzo da Forli), photographed by Mark Davenport.



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Sharon Jewel

Another Gem from Mark Davenport
As I listen to this album, one word comes to mind: BEAUTIFUL... Yes, this music is beautiful with inspiring lyrics that touch the heart and soul. DIfferent musical styles come through on this CD with perfect vocals and harmonies. There is one song with children singing, which is amazing. This album has great instrumentation, beautiful vocals, perfect harmonies and lyrics that speak volumes. As a lover of hymns, the hymns on this album come through 100%. Mark Davenport's great voice and arrangements are wonderful. Joyful Sighs and Soulful Hymns makes for great listening, which fills the home or car with a beautiful sound.