A Celebration in Song

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A Celebration in Song
Studio album by Olivia Newton-John
Released 3 June 2008
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 45:59
Label EMI (worldwide)
Warner Bros. (Australia)
Producer Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky (also exec.), Mike Clute, Melinda Schneider, Barry Gibb, Eddie Schwartz, Charles Fisher, Richard Marx, John Farrar, Greg Johnson, Daniel Denholm, Phil Buckie
Olivia Newton-John chronology
Christmas Wish
(2007)
A Celebration in Song
(2008)
A Few Best Men
(2012)

A Celebration in Song is the twenty-fourth studio album by Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John, released in 3 June 2008 by Warner Bros. in Australia.[1] The worldwide release of album was by EMI, in 2 September 2008.[2] It's her second duets album, following the 2002 release (2), released in 2002 by Festival Mushroom.[3]

In 25 January 2011 the album was re-released by Spring Hill with a new cover.[4]

Background[edit]

The album was released in conjunction with Newton-John's walk to Beijing which, together with this album, raises funds for the future The Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center in Melbourne, Australia.[5]

The songs "Never Far Away" (with Richard Marx) and "Sunburned Country" (with Keith Urban) originally belong to Newton-John's 2002 duets album, (2).[3] The song "Beautiful Thing" was extracted from Belinda Emmett's album So I Am and the track is "dedicated with love" to her.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Right Here with You" (with Delta Goodrem) Newton-John, Delta Goodrem Amy Sky 4:02
2. "Find a Little Faith" (with Cliff Richard) Sky Sky 4:13
3. "Courageous" (with Melinda Schneider) Newton-John, Schneider Mike Clute, Melinda Schneider, Olivia Newton-John (co.), Sky (co.) 3:37
4. "The Heart Knows" (with Barry Gibb) Barry Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Stephen Gibb Barry Gibb 3:31
5. "Everything Love Is" (with Jimmy Barnes) Sky, Schwartz Eddie Schwartz, Sky (co.) 3:58
6. "Isn't It Amazing" (with Sun) Newton-John, Sun Sky 4:08
7. "Never Far Away" (with Richard Marx) Marx, Jamey Clewer Charles Fisher, Richard Marx 4:47
8. "Sunburned Country" (with Keith Urban) Newton-John, Keith Urban Fisher 5:39
9. "Reckless" (with John Farrar) Farrar John Farrar 3:20
10. "Angel in the Wings" (with Jann Arden) Sky Greg Johnson, Sky (co.) 3:21
11. "The Water is Wide" (with Amy Sky and RyanDan) Traditional Sky (also arranged) 3:26
12. "Beautiful Thing" (performed by Belinda Emmett) Belinda Emmett, Buckie Daniel Denholm, Phil Buckie 3:57

Personnel[edit]

From the album booklet:[5]

  • David Anderson – photography
  • Elvis Aponte – assistant
  • Jon Bailey – engineer, mixing
  • Juli Balla – cover photo
  • Cory Barnes – digital editing
  • Bill Bell – bass, guitar, engineer
  • Bruce Bouton – pedal steel
  • Steve Brewster – drums
  • Dane Bryant – keyboards
  • Phil Buckle – producer
  • Michal Bukovic – guitar
  • Michael Caprio – cover design
  • Ethan Carlson – engineer, mixing, assistant
  • Joao Carvalho – mastering
  • Martin Landin Chapman – backing vocals
  • Mike Clute – producer
  • Ian Cooper – strings
  • Daniel Denholm – producer
  • Andy Downer – keyboards
  • Doug Emery – keyboards
  • John Farrar – guitar, keyboards, producer
  • Attila Fias – keyboards
  • Charles Fisher – producer
  • Victor Florencia – engineer, mixing
  • James Freeman – engineer, mixing, overdub engineer
  • Barry Gibb – producer
  • Steve Gibb – guitar
  • Todd Gunnerson – assistant
  • Sam Hannan – engineer
  • Tony Harrell – hammond organ
  • Andy Hunt – engineer
  • Greg Johnston – bass, guitar, programming, producer, engineer
  • Mark Kelso – drums, engineer
  • Gordon Kennedy – electric guitar
  • Mike Klute – producer
  • Fred Knobloch – acoustic guitar
  • Amy Laing – cello
  • Paul Leim – drums
  • Lee Levin – drums
  • Steve Markantonio – engineer
  • Richard Marx – keyboards, programming
  • Chris McHugh – drums
  • Steve Nathan – organ
  • Olivia Newton-John – producer
  • Justin Niebank – engineer
  • Noah Passovay – vocal engineer
  • Alison Prestwood – bass
  • Gary Prim – keyboards
  • Mark Punch – acoustic guitar
  • Steve Real – backing vocals
  • Hal Roland – keyboards
  • RyanDan – vocal harmony
  • Dave Sanders – drums
  • Melinda Schneider – producer
  • Eddie Schwartz – producer
  • Michael Severs – electric guitar
  • Amy Sky – piano, arranger, keyboards, producer, executive producer
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass
  • Kelly David Smith – design
  • Chuck Turner – mixing
  • Keith Urban – guitar
  • Anthony Vanderburgh – keyboards
  • Alonzo Vargas – assistant
  • Peter Wolf – programming
  • Jonathan Yudkin – fiddle, cello

Concert[edit]

Olivia Newton-John and Friends: Gala Fundraising Concert
Concert by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia&Friends.jpg
Venue State Theatre
Associated album A Celebration in Song
Date(s) 30 September 2008
Guy Sebastian and Olivia Newton-John performing "Summer Nights" at the concert.

The Olivia Newton-John and Friends: Gala Fundraising Concert was a one night only concert based in the album. The concert held at the State Theatre in Sydney, on the date of 30 September 2008, to raised funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.[6]

Songs performed[edit]

References[edit]