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From the Heart

by Sonia

Sonia, a precious gem of Ukraine, has a fresh project of love, beautiful Ukrainain folk songs of her family's heartland. Whether you are of Ukrainian lineage or just appreaciate the beauty of haunting melodies and musical language,
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1. The Red Cranberry Bush
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2. Mother Gave Me a Whipping
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3. Oh Johnny
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4. The Red Rue
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5. My Thoughts
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6. I Am a Dark-Eyed Girl
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7. Dearest Mother of Mine
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8. No Other
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9. My Carpathian Mountains
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10. My Testament
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11. Mother's Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sonia Lee is a singer/songwriter living in Nashville, Tennessee. She
moved to Nashville from Rochester, NY. There she performed live in
various bands and groups, such as Calico, Dark Side of the Moon,
and It's My Party.
Growing up, Sonia was deeply influenced by her musical family and
heritage. Her parents, who emigrated from Ukraine, encouraged her
at a young age to be involved in all sorts of cultural activities- from
making Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky), to learning Ukrainian folk
dancing. Her grandmother taught her how to embroider beautiful
Ukrainian patterns, and her grandfather, who became the archbishop
of the Ukrainian Orthodox church of Canada in Toronto, sang with
her and taught her songs at a very young age.

"My brother, Andy, and I are first-generation Ukrainians, so we were
immersed in the culture - I started singing Ukrainian songs when I
was three, and never stopped. We were sent to Ukrainian scout's
camp every summer for three weeks, and what I remember most
from those days, is that we would sing all the time! We also had to
go to Ukrainian school every Saturday to learn about Ukraine's
history, geography, and language. At the time, we hated it, but
today I am grateful for that experience. " Being so proud of her
Ukrainian heritage, it seemed logical for Sonia's first project to be a
Ukrainian one. "I wanted to record the songs that were dear to my
heart;songs I loved to listen to, and songs I used to sing at camp
with my friends." Sonia also includes one of her own songs
on the album.

Sonia started coming to Nashville to attend NSAI (Nashville
Songwriters Association International) seminars in 1995. In 1998, she
moved to Nashville to truly be a part of the songwriter community,
and last November, she signed her first publishing deal with Tate
Music Group."It feels good when you get to the point that someone
else believes in your songs enough to go out and pitch them - I feel
very grateful to have gotten this far. Many people leave town before
their time has come. But I don't plan on going anywhere until I hear
one of my songs on the radio!"
Sonia also owes a debt of gratitude to her friend and producer,
Kim McLean, who heard the Ukrainian songs and decided she
wanted to produce the album. "I'll never forget the first time she
heard one of the songs, because she called me and said, 'I have no
idea what you're singing about, but I'm in tears over here!'" Sonia
hopes that this album will reach a variety of music lovers, not just
Ukrainians.

While she hopes that Ukrainians everywhere will want to buy her CD,
she tried to make it easy for those who don't read or understand the
language to listen to it as well."My husband represents a large
segment of people who like to listen to different types of music,
including multicultural music, as long as they can read along in English
and know what the song is about." So Sonia took great pains, with
much help from her parents, to translate the songs into English.
Since the release of her CD, she has been traveling around the United States to sing at various Ukrainian festivals.

Sonia hopes you enjoy From the Heart, a collection of Ukrainian songs.
Stay tuned for her next project, a collection of original songs (in the English language), coming soon.


"From the Heart . . . features 11 popular Ukrainian folk songs sung with a passion
that reaches into one's soul. . . . It won't be long before we'll be reading and
hearing more about this gifted singer and songwriter."
-Oleh G. Pawluk
Ukrainian Federal Credit Union Quarterly, Rochester, NY

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Bob Lazechko

Gift for parents, I'm sure they will love it
Saw Sonia perform at NMSA conference in Nashville
Loved her voice and since my father is Ukranian, asked her if she had a CD in Ukranian, which of course is this CD. Giving to them as a Christmas present.
Thanks
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