Sting, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Angela Lansbury, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It doesn't seem like a mix of artists you'd find all on one album, but that's what makes the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's new album, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends, so compelling. Featuring over a dozen world-famous artists backed up by the 360-member choir, it's little wonder this new album hit no. 1 on the Billboard "Classical Crossover Albums" chart.
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The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dubbed by President Ronald Reagan as "America's Choir," is no stranger to the Billboard charts. The choir first hit the Billboard charts in 1959 with their rendition of "Battle Hymn of the Republic," which climbed all the way to #13 on "The Hot 100." Since then, they have had over 10 albums hit #1 on one or more of Billboard's "Classical," "Classical Crossover," and "Christian" charts.
The choir has also won an Emmy and Grammy Award as well as performed at 10 presidential inaugurations, 13 World’s Fairs and Expositions, and the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, according to their website.
Featured on the album are 11 songs:
- "Fragile," feat. Sting and Yo-Yo Ma
"The Prayer" (from Quest for Camelot, feat. David Foster
"Thy Word," feat. Amy Grant
"That Lonesome Road," feat. James Taylor
"He Lives in You" (from The Lion King), feat. Santino Fontana
"How Can I Keep from Singing?" feat. Renee Fleming
"Through Heaven's Eyes" (from The Prince of Egypt), feat. Brian Stokes Mitchell
"Vitae Lux," feat. Sissel
"Homeward Bound," feat. Bryn Terfel
"Beauty and the Beast" (from Beauty and the Beast), feat. Angela Lansbury
"I'm Runnin' On," feat. The King's Singers
Here are just a few sneak peek performances from this new album.
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Check out Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Friends for yourself!
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has collaborated with some of the most legendary vocalists and performers over the years. For this album, the Choir has assembled an unprecedented collection of recordings taken from standout performances over the past 15 years.