Revered for his sweeping symphonic pieces, intimate keyboard airs, and unforgettable musical themes, Yanni long resisted having vocalists reinterpret his music with lyrics. That is, until now with his premiere Disney Pearl album, Yanni Voices
. More than two years in the making, Voices
is without question Yanni's most ambitious project yet.
Teaming up with Grammy and Academy Award-winning producer Ric Wake, Yanni and Ric took on a mentoring role for this project, discovering and producing four young singers -- Nathan Paceco, Ender Thomas, Leslie Mills, and Chloe. "Ric and I knew," says Yanni, "if we could match the melodies with the right lyrics and voices, we would be adding powerful layers beyond the just the instrumental music, giving a re-birth to these compositions."
Pairing their vocal talents with his compositions, old and new, Yanni and Ric encouraged the four singers to write lyrics for the melodies that moved them the most. It proved a winning gamble.
The album also includes a DVD with tour highlights and a "making-of" video.