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Where In The World

by Sylvia

From its heart, this album speaks of love lost, love found, and love remembered - a striking collection of finely crafted songs brought to life by Sylvia's transcendent and unmistakable voice.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Where In The World
3:46 $1.29
2. Dance With Father Time
3:53 $1.29
3. Crazy Nightingale
4:29 $1.29
4. Bird On A Wire
4:38 $1.29
5. Marcie
4:32 $1.29
6. Arrow
3:29 $1.29
7. Bus Stop
3:35 $1.29
8. In My Life
3:11 $1.29
9. Watching Life With The Sound Turned Down
3:21 $1.29
10. Song Of Bernadette
3:48 $1.29
11. Nobody
3:40 $1.29
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Album Notes
Where In The World is a significant milestone on an exceptional musical journey.

From its heart, Where In The World speaks of love lost, love found, and love remembered in Sylvia's transcendent and unmistakable voice. It is a striking collection of finely crafted songs brought to life by vocal performances that reveal their true essence.

Where In The World marks the culmination of an 11-year musical collaboration between Sylvia and co-producer/instrumentalist John Mock. John's musicianship transforms this "solo" album into a series of duets featuring him on a variety of instruments ranging from guitar and mandolin to uilleann pipes. Another shaping force is songwriter Craig Bickhardt. He penned four of the eleven songs, including the title cut. Craig has recorded, co-written and performed with Sylvia since 1984.

Sylvia's musical journey began at age 3 when she was asked to sing at a small church near her hometown of Kokomo, Indiana. This was all it took to set Sylvia on a course that eventually led her to Nashville soon after high school graduation.

Drifter was her first No. 1 single and the title of her 1981 debut album for RCA Records. The album contained several Top Ten songs, including "Tumbleweed" and "Heart On The Mend." In 1982, with the release of her second album, Just Sylvia, "Nobody" sold two million copies and was No. 1 on all country music charts. It was also a Top 20 crossover hit on Billboard's Top 100.

In 1983, Sylvia was the Academy of Country Music's "Female Vocalist of the Year" and a Grammy nominee for "Best Female Vocalist." Recording for RCA until the end of 1987, Sylvia garnered a total of 13 Top Ten and No. 1 songs, and sold over 4 million records.

Over an eight-year period, Sylvia crisscrossed America many times with her popular concert performances (over 200 per year), and she was a frequent guest on network television talk shows and specials - from "The Today Show" and "Good Morning, America" to "Dick Clark's American Bandstand" and the "Country Music Awards."

Her decision to stop touring and recording at the end of the 1980's was not fueled by the grueling schedule, as some might guess, but by her desire to bring more of herself to the music. So, she turned her energies to songwriting and began a new phase of her journey.

For Sylvia, it all begins with a compelling song.

"I don't think I really began to sing, until I started writing songs. That's when I learned to sing a song from the inside out. A great vocal performance, for me, is when it feels like a conversation." Sylvia continues, "I didn't write any of the songs on Where In The World, but I feel my experience as a songwriter has helped me to access the music on a deeper level."

Where In The World follows Sylvia's 1996 release, The Real Story. Both productions, released on Sylvia's own label Red Pony Records, share an appreciation for the timelessness of acoustic instrumentation. From Joni Mitchell's 1960's classic "Marcie" and Bickhardt's haunting "Crazy Nightingale" to Cheryl Wheeler's wistful "Arrow" and the Beatles' hit "In My Life," we're taken through a range of emotions that weave a "whole piece of fabric."

"I feel I'm on the trail of where I want to be musically," Sylvia explains. "Ten years ago I wanted to do this, but I couldn't for many reasons. Today, independent artists like me can have a lot more creative freedom. Since recording has become more affordable, artists can make great sounding records in a more relaxed atmosphere.

"The commercial world of music can be very stifling. You are 'put in a box' and labeled for marketing purposes long before you know who you are. As an artist, that's how I felt in the '80's. And I'm seeing, clearer and clearer all the time, why I had to stop. There was just no place to grow, in that box.

"I want to create music I care about and that inspires me," Sylvia says. "I hope people will enjoy this music, but honestly we created Where In The World just as we wanted, without any expectations beyond that. Anything that happens after that is icing on the cake."

And the journey continues...



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Where in the World
Sylvia's voice is as lovely as ever...crystal clear, and brimming with a wise honesty that conveys a depth to the lyrics she interprets. Many nice tunes here...including a "surprise" at the end. A fine listening experience...pleasant to the ears and lyrically reflective for the soul. Good job. We want more!!


Newest Sylvia CD her best yet!
A deliciously beautiful collection! In the vein of Joni Mitchell's bare-boned sound of "Blue," '80s country-pop superstar Sylvia delivers a remarkable collection of top-notch material. Her vastly improving voice ranges from hopeful to heartbroken throughout this CD's eleven tracks. Standout moments include a terrific cover of Leonard Cohen's "Bird On A Wire," an endearing version of The Beatles' "In My Life" and an updated, acoustic version of Sylvia' own million-selling hit "Nobody" (bonus track). Pick up this great CD! You'll be glad you did.


I was initially surprised by the amount of acoustic arrangements on this disc, but I soon grew to appreciate just how they effectively showcase Sylvia's beautifully rich voice. This disc easily would have five singles released to country radio if they were smart enough to play them. Easily the best disc released this year. Country music album sales would not be on the decline if the industry would tout this CD.....it's simply breathtaking!

Adam Rodriguez

What a wonderful disc
Folk-influenced country music, highlighted by Sylvia's beautiful voice and her smart taste in songs. Listen to the "hidden" track for a delightful surprise. This is my favorite disc in a long time.


Sylvia's Voice Is Meant For My Ears!
I received this new long-awaited CD a few days ago and one thing is for sure, her voice just could not be more beautiful! I've seen Sylvia sing several of these songs in Jackpot, Nevada over the years and even though I personally had high hopes for an album that sounded more like, what I always hear in Jackpot and have really grown to love with the whole band sound, I still feel that this new album is a work of art. The nice harmony vocals really gives it the perfect touch. I've been following Sylvia's career since I first heard her sing, "Tumbleweed" on the radio in the winter of 1980. I'd definitely love to hear her on the radio again with cuts from this new album! I've really missed hearing her on the radio with new releases. My favorite cuts are, "Bus Stop", "Song Of Bernadette", "Arrow", "Crazy Nightingale" and "Bird On A Wire". Her voice is so mesmerizing on, especially, "Song Of Bernadette", she puts her heart and soul into her music!I personally feel that Sylvia's voice is meant for everyone's ears! Do your ears a favor and purchase this wonderful CD! :)

J Homer

This is an excellent mix of new and classic material.
The acoustic arrangements are beautifully played and
Sylvia's vocals are both heartfelt and endearing.
Her voice seems to wrap effortlessly around not only the
words of each song, but the meaning of them as well.


Sylvia's beautiful music touches my soul
I appreciate so much Sylvia recording the beautiful songs on her new CD, “Where In The World.” I grew to love many of these tunes during vacations to Cactus Pete’s Casino in Jackpot, Nevada. After hearing her sing these touching songs at every performance, it was almost too hard to be at her final show, not knowing when I would get to hear her sing those songs again. Now I’m so delighted to be able to hear them over and over again. Her amazing voice has gotten even better through the years. Her music touches my soul. This disc is a great treasure. I recommend it most highly to everyone who loves music.


After achieving fame in the '80s releasing songs other people wanted her to record, Sylvia has found her niche on this remarkable recording. Pitch-perfect every step of the way, and never less than completely engaged and engaging, Sylvia showcases her deft folk-music skills. Using a handful of classics, both well-known and obscure, Sylvia proves her point. And her point? That she is one of the finest singers the USA has to offer the world. This acoustic masterpiece will undoubtedly become a favorite in your collection. Bravo, Sylvia, bravo!


Sylvia Shines !!
Yes, I thought I'd heard Sylvia sing in years past. This new CD is "Sylvia".....musically, spiritually, and personally. I still love you Sylvia !! Ha.


A delightful Album!
It's really great to hear from Sylvia after all these years. A beautiful voice! A splendid choice of songs! (Thanks for the Hidden track!) A delightful Album! And thanks to CDBaby for making this album available and for their excellent and speedy service!
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