Three Graces

Three Graces

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The vocal trio Three Graces -- Sara Gettelfinger, Kelly Levesque, and Joy Kabanuck -- is an act built for the big time, not an unreasonable goal at a time in the music business when, for instance, Josh Groban had the biggest-selling album of 2007. The idea here is to construct a sort of Spice Girls or Destiny's…  See more details below

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The vocal trio Three Graces -- Sara Gettelfinger, Kelly Levesque, and Joy Kabanuck -- is an act built for the big time, not an unreasonable goal at a time in the music business when, for instance, Josh Groban had the biggest-selling album of 2007. The idea here is to construct a sort of Spice Girls or Destiny's Child for the adult contemporary/contemporary classical charts. No less than seven producers have been enlisted in this effort. Mark Portmann is the main one, getting sole or partial credit on seven of the 11 tracks, but there are also contributions from such high-profile figures in the field as Desmond Child, Guy Roche, and Walter Afanasieff. These are guys accustomed to working with the likes of Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, and Barbra Streisand, among others. They are experts at coming up with soaring power ballads of the sort that wake up dozing businessmen in musicals by Andrew Lloyd Webber and warm the hearts of soccer moms accompanying their children to animated Walt Disney movies with scores by Alan Menken. For Three Graces, they have also applied the faux-classical approach of Groban and Sarah Brightman by having the trio sing in Italian, Spanish, and French in addition to English. Typically, however, they do not make it too hard for listeners by offering translated versions of old hits like Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" and Heart's "These Dreams." Gettelfinger, a Broadway veteran, Kabanuck, whose résumé boasts a batch of operas, and Levesque, who has duetted on-stage with Andrea Bocelli, all have good trained voices, of course, even if they seem to have been chosen for the group as much for their ability to look fetching in the off-the-shoulder gowns they sport on the album cover as for their singing. None, however, make a strong individual impression as a pop singer or even seem much invested in the material, even on the two songs for which the three receive co-writing credits with Jeff Cohen and Michael Ochs. But then, the songs, with their heavily clichéd lyrics and endless crescendos, demand more vocally in a technical sense than they do emotionally. A lot of money has been spent on this project (not the least of it on stylists and costume designers, who go uncredited, even though they are nearly as important as the musical producers), and either it's going to go platinum or the singers will go back to their individual stage careers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2008
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602517463660
catalogNumber:
000991402

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Three Graces   Primary Artist
Michael Landau   Guitar
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Guy Roche   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Sean Hurley   Bass
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards
Randy Cooke   Drums
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Keyboards
Thomas Lindberg   Bass
Jeanette Olsson   Choir, Chorus
Adam Klemens   Conductor
Mike Krompass   Guitar

Technical Credits

Phil Collins   Composer
Desmond Child   Composer,Producer
Martin Page   Composer
Mike Levesque   Engineer
Marco Marinangeli   Composer
Tom Murphy   Engineer
Mark Portmann   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Steve Robson   Composer
Guy Roche   Programming,Producer
Steve Rosen   Executive Producer,Management
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Iain Archer   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Programming,Producer
Michael Ochs   Composer
Leon Zervos   Mastering
David Channing   Engineer
Rafa Sardina   Engineer
Harry "Slick" Sommerdahl   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Shep Solomon   Composer
Antonio Galbiati   Composer
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Scott Harper   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Edgar Cortazar   Composer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Composer
Gary Lightbody   Composer
Mark McClelland   Composer
Jason Gillman   Tray Photo
Jonny Quinn   Composer
Dushyant Bhakta   Engineer
Fanny Gotschall   Cover Art Direction
Jeff Cohen   Composer
Victoria Horn   Composer
Sara Gettelfinger   Composer
Nathan Connolly   Composer
Vitek Kral   Engineer
Roberto Deste   Cover Photo
Steve Salani   Engineer
Tawgs Salter   Composer
Tyler Gordon   Programming,Digital Editing
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Kelly Levesque   Composer
Joy Kabanuck   Composer

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Three Graces 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can't decide which track I like best..they are all so good. The harmonies are amazing and as soloists they are all excellent. They also sing in four different languages which is awesome. They are on tour now with Paul Potts and hope to be able to see them live. Highly recommend this CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great harmonies. I like all the songs. Definitely recommend !
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing voices. Outstanding harmony. Hopefully they will soon have another album ready for purchase!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Average at best, but the faux-classical renditions of Collins' Against All Odds and Snow Patrol's Run are an amusing diversion.