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Light

by Sora

Modern whimsical Celtic singer/songwriter, producing original organic songs to feed the soul.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. The Juniper
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3. The Birch's Lament
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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\"The light inside will set me free\", powerful lyrics from the title track of singer/songwriter Sora\'s EP, Light, an offering filled with it\'s own numinosity. Indeed the light that Sora (aka, Andrea Hunt), brings to her songwriting is hard to deny. With a sound that is at once bright and soulful, rich with nuance, she weaves together the natural reverence of Celtic music with the emotional appeal of folk,all while finding that perfect balance between realism and transcendence. Her music is grounded within a powerful lyricism both natural and organic, words that create true moments colored by her sonorous voice.

Sora\'s musical history is its own complex tapestry, as she worked her way through violin and piano to find her voice. \"I toured, recorded, and played my violin in what seems like a different lifetime. That time seems so separate from my singing, especially because I took years off from music in between and yet there is a continuity - every moment leading me to the discovery of my voice. In my teens I don\'t think I was ready for it. Now that I am comfortable within myself, it seems natural to find that I have a powerful voice hidden within\". After an on-the-floor recording of Irish folk songs, Winds of Change (2003), Sora\'s focus shifted to the original music she had within. Almost serendipitously she connected with Juno-nominated producer, Douglas Romanow, with whom she recorded all 4 tracks on \"Light.\" With plans to be in the recording studio this year, a full length CD is not far off. It is sure that the luminous songs of \"Light\" are but a taste of what is to come.

\"Sora\'s ballads are filled with sincerity and pristine beauty. Her combination of folk and neoclassical is stunning and defies easy pigeonholing. It\'s simply glorious music. I immediately had to order Winds Of Change after hearing Light, and I\'m looking forward to Sora\'s second full length. You should go to Sora\'s Myspace where this complete EP can be listened. Sadly it is myspace quality. The sound on CD is so much better and well worth your money. This is one of the best EP\'s I\'ve heard. Not just this year, but ever.\" by chAwach at Heathen Harvets


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Sara Hunt


Sora, whose real name is Andrea, is a talented and highly accomplished musician who has in recent years turned her attentions to singing – something, which she seems a natural at. Sora hails from Alberta, Canada. In her teenage years Sora toured all over the world with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and Calgary Fiddlers. Some of the youngsters Sora toured with went on to become members of Barrage. Her first album was a self-produced affair called Winds of Change. The stage name Sora was chosen by Andrea to give her more musical fluidity. She is quoted as saying that she found selecting a name empowering. She believes strongly that in selecting a name for herself she has control over who she is and how she is defined musically. Sora in Japanese means ‘sky’, it is also known to mean ‘singing bird soaring’. An apt name given her style of music and her wonderful use of the outside world in her lyrics! Since the release of her debut album in 2003 Sora has teamed up with Toronto producer – Doug Romanow. Sora is aiming to release a full length album in 2009 but until then listeners will have to make do with her classy and extremely beautiful EP - Light, which features four truly amazing songs. Light comprises of all Sora’s own material. It moves away from a more traditional Celtic sound opting to fuse folk and Celtic music with classical music to create a mysterious and haunting sound. Sora is not just a musician; she is a mother of four. Sora has strong family values and says that her family both enhances her music and inspires her to create even better music in the future. Sora strongly believes that the way the music industry has evolved has made way for a new type of music to emerge. It wasn’t until the birth of her first daughter that Sora started to focus on her vocal abilities. She soon discovered that she had a natural talent for performing music with a Celtic influence. Sora has unsurprisingly been compared to the likes of Loreena McKennitt and Mary Black. She does quote Loreena McKennitt as being one of her biggest musical influences along with the likes of Jewel, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos. Like many artists around today Sora hates having her music pigeon holed into one specific category. The natural world is often used as Sora’s canvas when creating new songs. She is like a painter only she uses words instead of paint. The first song on the EP is entitled The Juniper. This piece blends Celtic music with classical quite effortlessly. It has a fresh inspiring sound that makes the listener stop dead in their tracks. Sora sings about winter, snow and ragging storms leading to spring ‘so lay your seed, release your pain, spring comes again’. Sora is a great story teller using music to fuse her words together. She uses her words and music to let people know what it means to be human. This opening piece is haunting and has a ghost like quality. In seconds the listener is transported to a mysterious magical place where they can watch secretly as the story unfolds from afar. Personally for me the best song on the EP, this is a powerful piece that evokes all sorts of feelings and emotions. The lyrics of this song represent immense grief. Juniper is the metaphor for both despair and hope. Twilight, the second piece on the EP, slips into a more traditional feel. Blissful music and Sora’s glorious voice make this an intoxicating piece. Sora’s vocals have an angelic quality. Her voice betrays an epic beauty just waiting to be discovered. I could listen to Sora all day every day – her voice fills the listener with passion, love and faith in life. It is easy to tell from the lyrics of this song that it is about love. You can feel the passion seeping through every line. Sora states that love is more than passion. Love is in fact a willingness to find light and beauty in a person even in the darkest of times. The title of this song is so fitting as twilight is often spoke about in magical terms as the magical time between night and day. The Birch’s Lament contains vivid lyrics that really bring the piece to life. Sora uses extremely descriptive lyrics. Her vocals are clear and crisp. Nature plays the lead role in the lyrics of this song. Sora states that this song was based on a children’s story written by her husband Bryan called Liselle and The Birch Prince. The final song on this evocative EP is also the title song – Light. This is a gentle number yet still very infectious on the listener’s ear. Although slightly less dramatic than the other songs on the EP this is still a wonderful piece. The message contained in the lyrics is quite profound. This is a song about how even though a soul might be damaged, if you look hard enough you can still see the light. The outside of a person can be battered and bruised but inside there will still be a glimmer of light, even hope perhaps. This four song EP gives listeners a glimpse into the world of Sora. It shows off brilliantly her musical talents and her gift for creating atmospheric pieces that reel the listener in. Sora’s voice is like a gift from the gods. Overall a highly rated and tremendous piece of work!