"Lark Song" is a fresh collection of original songs, written and produced by opera-singer-songwriter Allyson Adair. Adair’s voice combines the soaring range of the operatic soprano with the rich narrative of folk singing, infusing Celtic, classical and New Age motifs with Christian themes. Lyrical melodies unfold over an ever-flowing tapestry of harp, piano and strings. Spiritual and secular worlds mingle, from the raw confession of Wings of Peace and the reliving of a treasured memory through River Song, to the Hildegard-inspired chant of Clarissima Mater.
While many of these songs were originally written as gifts for specific people, or as personal devotionals, Adair decided to record them after realizing the potential of folk and classical crossover genres in bridging the gap between two seemingly competing genres in Christian music.
On one hand there is the more classical strain of Christian music, which, while beautiful and sacred, is a little distant and less personal. On the other hand there is the contemporary, praise and worship style that everyone can participate in, but runs the risk of sounding like everything else on the radio.
Through “Lark Song”, Allyson bridges this gap with lyrics and melodies that are relevant and readily apparent to the heart, while still otherworldly enough to lift the soul beyond the mundane.
Music and lyrics by Allyson Adair
Recorded by Chris Mathews, Jr. at Joonior Studios, Port Orchard, WA
Piano: Caroline Pierce, Shawn Sehyung Kwon, Violin: Lara Moore, Viola: David Boe
Cello: Ava Aufderheide, Bass: Chris Mathews Jr., Guitar: Allen Trainer
String arrangements and track 4 piano arrangement by Andrew Jamieson
Piano arrangement track 3 by Donald Sosin and Caroline Pierce
Track 9 recorded at Dynamic Studio, Bangkok, Thailand