Miriam Stockley :: Miriam

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Other Miriam Stockley Albums I’ve stumbled upon:
Second Nature by Miriam Stockley

If you remember Karl Jenkins‘ New Age Adiemus albums released in the late nineties, you will probably recall Miriam Stockley‘s melodious lead vocals standing out among the Finnish choral performers. Miriam Stockley launched her solo career soon afterwards with the release of her first album Miriam in 1999, that brought her enough critical acclaim, which culminated in the release of two more albums: Second Nature (2001) and Eternal (2006).


In this first release, Stockley strives to break from the sounds of Adiemus, which are based a lot on her strong vocal skills. Miriam has enough New Age elements that might lead the uninformed listener to think that this is an extension of Adiemus, but that would be an unfair assumption. Stockley’s vocal compositions are essentially transformed by the inclusion of upbeat Xhosa and Zulu chanting, from South Africa – her homeland. The orchestral accompaniment is reminiscent of Adiemus, but at the same time you will encounter diversity. As far as I can tell, this album has it all: African chanting, Celtic violin/fiddle pieces, Brazilian influences, and even medieval subject matter.

Stockley’s solo success is apparent from the fact that her last CD is out of stock at most major vendors, and I could only get an MP3 album. Her voice has a solidity and fluency that I have rarely seen among female performers of the New Age genre. Majority of Miriam‘s tracks draw strength from her unique vocal performances, and are gracefully accompanied by Ian Lynn‘s original classical arrangements. Stockley shows her natural skill in handling both mellow tunes and upbeat rhythms in Miriam. The electronic editing of the tracks is perfectly executed, but they are not over-done to make them sound unnatural.

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