Celtic Woman, assembled by Sharon Browne and David Downes, is an Irish, all-female musical ensemble. By many, it is referred to as “Riverdance for the voice.” Although they have changed throughout the years, the group’s members have consisted of Chloe Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Mairead Nesbitt, Hayley Westenra, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Meav Ni Mhaolchatha, Orla Fallon, Lynn Hillary, Alex Sharpe, and others. Known for their outstanding harmonies and Irish sound, Celtic Woman has been performing since 2004. Although intended to be the group’s only release, the album climbed to the top of the Billboard World Music chart and stayed there for a record-setting 81 weeks, thus setting the stage for Celtic Woman’s long career.
Celtic Woman began touring heavily, sometimes logging as many as 35 weeks a year on the road. While a series of PBS specials ensured that the ladies remained on America’s TV screens, additional album releases helped them remain on the charts. The holiday-themed A Christmas Celebration appeared in 2006, with A New Journey following in 2007. Both albums topped the World Music chart, and A New Journey even achieved some crossover success by peaking at number four on the Billboard 2000.
Meanwhile, several members of Celtic Woman’s shifting lineup also released solo albums, although none of them fared as well as the group’s own records. Released in 2008, The Greatest Journey combined material from Celtic Woman’s older albums with several new songs. It was followed two years later by Songs from the Heart, which found the group mixing some contemporary covers into its repertoire.
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