A Celebration in Song

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A Celebration in Song
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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)
40/40: The Best Selection
(2010)

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

On 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, raised funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.[6]

Songs performed[edit]

References[edit]