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Sonja Bishop Sings Raimonds Pauls

by Sonja Bishop

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1. Y'Love Who Y'Love
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2. I Think I'm Gonna Fall In Love
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3. She's Got The Right Key (feat. Device)
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4. Hold Me
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5. Broken Moon
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6. Release Your Heart
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7. Where I Feel At Home (Feat. Henry Riihimaki)
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8. Jackaranda
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9. Footprint
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10. Heart Inside My Heart
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11. Ticking From My Clock
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12. You Keep Me Waiting
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13. Do You Know
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14. Ping Pong With The Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SONJA BISHOP

Just released her best album so far! 14 songs written by all times best melody maker from Eastern Europe- the one and only Mr. Raimonds Pauls!
Album released in Baltic States and Finland.
Lyrics for the album written by US writer Molly-Ann Leikin , an ASCAP awarded lyricist previously working for Cher, Placido Domingo, Billie Jo Spears e.t.c.

Big dreams spur Sonja Bishop on in her music career. Performing for fifteen years in venues all over northern Europe, she finally realized a taste of her real dream in the summer of 2002 when she sang in the United States for the first time as a contestant in the Washington State Colgate Country Showdown. A total newcomer, after three competitions, Sonja was only two points shy of becoming the Country Showdown winner for Washington. "It would have been great to win," Sonja said, "But, coming here twice this summer and making some good connections makes me want to pursue my dream of singing in the United States even more."
The dream began when Sonja Lindh was three years old and living with her parents and three brothers on a dairy farm that has been in the family since 1752. It is located near the small town of Kronoby, Finland (about 500 kilometres or 310 miles north of Helsinki near the west coast). One of Sonja's earliest memories is pretending the back porch was her big stage and the porch lights her spotlight. She sang to the cattle and the wind, but in her mind she was singing in America.
Sonja's career began early. At age 10 she was performing gospel and other music for church and school. She grew to love country music, initially, by listening over and over to a Jim Reeves tape that her parents had. When asked why she sings country, Sonja replied, "I sing all kinds of music, but country music is so expressive, and it comes from the heart. I love traditional country like the Texas Swing."

At the age of 15 Sonja was discovered when a neighbour told the leader of a local country band that Sonja could really sing. Borje Nylund was so impressed with her ability that he invited her to join his Country Life Band. Sonja smiles when she remembers how nervous she was for her very first performance with them at a community festival, but the moment she stepped on the stage the fear disappeared in her joy of singing. The audience was amazed at such a young woman's voice and skill, and proud to have a professional vocalist in their small community. Sonja frequently is invited to sing for community events, weddings, funerals and parties. In 2000 Sonja and two other female vocalists held a very successful church concert to raise money for underprivileged people in their community. In 2002 she organized and performed for two large Christmas concerts.

Sonja sang with Country Life for five years, mostly performing songs written by Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, and Borje Nylund. Her fine mezzo soprano voice allows her to sing a broad range of hits. Sonja's parents have continually been a source of support, even allowing her to go on tour with the all male band to Sweden when she was only 15. They later performed for dances and concerts throughout Scandinavia. In 1990 Sonja recorded her first album, "My Best Friends", at The Barn, Country Life's own studio.

While singing with Country Life, Sonja met another vocalist, Helene Nylund, with whom she formed a vocal duet. They travelled and performed extensively in Finland and Sweden for ten years. Helene's husband, Peter Nylund, produced their first joint album "Straight from Our Hearts" in 1992. Their second album was a collection of Swedish Christmas songs.
Wanting to try different styles of music like jazz and pop, Sonja contacted the director of the Kokkola Estraadi School of Art. The first time she sang for Alf Mylloari he said that she is a real "Swing girl", meaning that swing and jazz suit her. Sonja took jazz lessons from him for about a year and a half. She also performed Swedish dance music in 1988 with a group called Husbandeth. Although it was fun for the brief time she performed with them, she discovered that her heart was more in country and jazz music. "I love to do the music people like. That is why I'm multifaceted," she said. "When I sing jazz I feel so relaxed and satisfied. I also have a strong feeling for singing gospel music, and I do concerts with a four piece band and sometimes with a choir in church."


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Oscar Contreras

the cd is a lp record
the play is 2006 record, but the play sounds like a lp record, with scrtach and pop.
sorry for be a goor album.

Ln

The best music from Finland and Latvia
You never get tired of this CD. There is something for everyone. A little pop, country and even a little rap and with Sonjas beautiful voice it's perfect. I can recommend this cd. Buy it, you won't regret it :)

John

Great album that sticks to your ears
This is a great album that sticks to your ears from the very first note. The melodies are all good, and so are the lyrics! In my opinion "You keep me waiting" is the best track, but they are all really good.

Steve Gebham

Surprised!
Had no expectations regarding this album but bought it because a friend recommended it - and wow - it blew me away! This is a great album that deserves all 5 stars.

Karlis Streips

Fantastic!
I first heard Sonja Bishop when she competed in the Latvian finals of the Eurovision Song Contest (singing with the Latvian performer Amber, she came in fourth with the magnificent anthem "Later"). When I heard that she had recorded Raimonds Pauls songs (Raimonds Pauls is Latvia's most distinguished contemporary composer), I snapped the album right up, not least because Sonja sings an English version of my absolutely favorite Raimonds Pauls song of all. In Latvian it's called "Mema dziesma" (Mute Song), and the English version is "Hold Me". An absolutely wonderful voice, and absolutely wonderful arrangement -- thank you, thank you, Sonja!

David Gregory

Love Sonja Bishop's Voice
The songs are catchy, especially the song "You Keep Me Waiting". Sonja Bishop is a great singer, adding feeling and dimension to the wonderfully arranged songs.

Jason Levitt ( Talent Scout)

What a fantastic song!
“Ping Pong With The Moon”, by Raimonds Pauls; What a fantastic song. It’s fun, whimsical, full of hopes and contemporary “What If’s”, while retaining substance; all delivered with a tantalizing voice, and entrancing sound effects, that supported the song, rather than dominating it. In my opinion, this song is a complete success.

This song would work well for television as well for film. I think it would also be great in an animated movie, with appeal to both the parents and the children. I can see you on stage, with you singing, as a scene in a movie, as well as a background tune, holding the feel of a scene.

This is one of my personal favorites! The feel, your voice, the lyrics (especially the title in the song), all had me loving it. It’s very memorable.