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Deep River

by Voices from the Heart

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Kwaheri 01:49
Dajnel Idi 01:37
Deep River 03:12
Mbube 03:40
Memoranda 02:52
We Are 03:02
Hold On 03:24
Deep Peace 02:42
Weeping Mary 02:13
Senzenina 04:18
Kalinka 04:44


Deep River is a musical adventure that will take you to places near and far through the sound of 200 women's voices. Based in Portsmouth, NH, Voices from the Heart has been giving women of all ages the opportunity to experience the joy of music through singing since 1995. Rather than reading sheet music to learn songs, members simply listen to Joanne Connolly for their parts, connecting in harmony to those around them. They blend their friendships, tears, laughter and voices in soulful and empowering songs. They truly are, as you the listener will hear, Voices from the Heart.

This collection of songs - spirited and strong - was recorded live during the 1998-200 performance years. Including traditional African, Indian, Russian, Celtic, African-American, Korean, Albanian, Bulgarian, Gospel, Folk and Contemporary pieces, Deep River transcends geographical boundaries and unites the performers with their audience through the common language of music.

Joanne Connolly, singer and music educator from York, Maine, is both the founder and director of Voices from the Heart. Inspired by cultures and sounds from around the world, she researches and then brings music to the chorus that speaks to the courage and beauty of the human soul. Once members understand the origins of these songs, they passionately bring them to life for their audiences. As a director with boundless enthusiasm, wit, sensitivity and compassion, Joanne teaches the women of Voices from the Heart to breathe, sing and dance to the rhythm of a song. She encourages them to experience the impact music has on their own lives.


released January 1, 2000


Thank you members of the CD committee - Leanne Sessler, Susan Ray, Mary Jo Brown, Becky May, Liz Werth, Kathryn Thompson, Kay Cichon, Kelly Lee, Charlotte Fardelmann, Di Karpman, Barbara Jenkinson, Marie Hikel, Lori Gula, and Glenna Kimbell - for all your time and energy.

To Matt Talbot and Mary Jo Brown from Brown & Company, we offer our deepest gratitude for your creativity, generosity and patience.

Recorded at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Portsmouth, NH
Mastering by Rick Watson, Portsmouth, NH
Pre-flight and replication by blackbeard@crookedcove.com
Design by Brown & Company Graphic Design, Portsmouth, NH
Chorus photograph by Edward Ouimette, Jr.
Cover photograph by Marianne Young, Pernold Photo, (603) 427-0988

Every effort has been made to credit those who have written and arranged these songs.

For additional information visit www.voicesfromtheheart.org or call Joanne Connolly at (207) 451-9346.


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Voices from the Heart Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Voices from the Heart is a 200-voiced women's alternative chorus located in Portsmouth, NH. The chorus sings a rich mix of soulful music from many cultural and musical traditions. Women of all ages and all walks of life from New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts come together to sing and share the joy that comes from making music together. ... more

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