With a lush clear voice that entices us into a richly sonic world of ancient myths and mystic memories, Canadian mezzo-soprano, Sora, offers songs that embrace ancient lore and modern sensibilities. Although Sora’s songs pay homage to a vast heritage of Celtic performers, and the clarity of her voice is reminiscent of Loreena McKennitt, she is unmistakably defined by her own vision. Heartwood is an album comprised solely of original works, and, through these original offerings, Sora delineates her own musical path. It is a satisfyingly mature album that truly showcases the talents of this singer, composer, pianist, and violinist, and brings to fruition her visions of a musical world that straddles the old and the new.
"Heartwood is a moment, an experience. Delightful in one`s own space or with an amour. Heartwood is mature, mystical, marvelous. "
Doc Hidden for CalgarySongwriter.com
"This is not just a woman with a piano. The songs on Heartwood are complex and deeply emotive, and the large cast of musicians who appear on the album provide more than mere background accompaniment; their instruments are other voices, interwoven with Sora’s own."
Alexandra Pope for Leduc Representative
"As soon as you begin listening to this album, its beauty and expressiveness will capture your heart and spirit."
John Iverson for Stylus Magazine
"OK to start this review I’ll just say if you love amazing voices and great music you should abandon reading this right now and instead simply go out and buy Heartwood by Sora. It took all of 35 seconds of the opening cut of this CD, which also happens to be the title cut, to totally fall in love with this lady’s voice. To term it anything less than stunning, or amazing, would be to do Sora a disservice."
Calvin Daniels for Yorkton This Week