"Just occasionally, a voice arrives on the folk scene that is so pure, so beautiful, so magical, that it tells you: this is how to sing a song. Such a voice has Connie Dover." - The Scotsman, Scotland’s National Newspaper
Amazing Grace - Digital Single Release by Connie Dover
Recorded for a compilation CD by Kansas City artists to support Heart to Heart International relief efforts (sponsored by KSHB-TV, NBC 41), this is the first wide release of Connie's "Amazing Grace".
Because she loves CD Baby listeners, Connie is giving you a free second track: her original song, "The Language of Flowers". Recorded at Cactus Fire Studio, in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, this song features Connie's cut-to-the-heart lyrics and rich vocal harmonies, recorded and mixed by the fabulous Andy Salamone.
Connie Dover: voice and piano
Cover Image: Connie at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico; photograph by Gehrig Fry; design by Jackie Ahlstrom
Acclaimed by the Boston Globe as "the finest folk ballad singer America has produced since Joan Baez," Connie Dover finds her inspiration in the landscapes, history and culture of the American West. When she is not performing, she works as a ranch cook in the beautiful country between Wyoming's Wind River and Absaroka Mountains. She received the Grand Prize in the Western Folklife Center’s 2007 Yellowstone-Teton Song Contest and a 2007 Emmy Award for her soundtrack production of the PBS/KCPT documentary, "Bad Blood - The Border War that Triggered the Civil War". She has been a guest on NPR's Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, and Thistle and Shamrock. Her recordings, (three were produced in Scotland) show the close ties between the old-time songs she sings around Wyoming campfires and their Celtic ancestors, and she has twice been a finalist for a Native American Music Award. Connie's first book of poetry, Winter Count, was published in 2007, and she is a recipient of the Speakeasy Prize in Poetry.
Born in Arkansas and raised in Missouri, Connie Dover is of English, Cherokee, Mexican and Scots/Irish descent. Her studies at Oxford University have enriched her unique perspective of the context of traditional songs, and she offers a musical experience that transcends cultural boundaries and affirms our connection with the past.
Connie’s upcoming CD, "The Holly and the Ivy (traditional Christmas songs and carols recorded with the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra,) will be released in December 2008.