A Celebration in Song

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A Celebration in Song
Studio album by
Released3 June 2008
GenrePop, adult contemporary
LabelEMI (worldwide)
Warner Bros. (Australia)
ProducerOlivia 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
A Celebration in Song
40/40: The Best Selection

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


The album was released in conjunction with Newton-John's walk to Beijing which, together with this album, raised 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 taken from Belinda Emmett's album So I Am and the track is "dedicated with love" to her.[5]

Track listing[edit]

1."Right Here with You" (with Delta Goodrem)Newton-John, Delta GoodremAmy Sky4:02
2."Find a Little Faith" (with Cliff Richard)SkySky4:13
3."Courageous" (with Melinda Schneider)Newton-John, SchneiderMike Clute, Melinda Schneider, Olivia Newton-John (co.), Sky (co.)3:37
4."The Heart Knows" (with Barry Gibb)Barry Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Stephen GibbBarry Gibb3:31
5."Everything Love Is" (with Jimmy Barnes)Sky, SchwartzEddie Schwartz, Sky (co.)3:58
6."Isn't It Amazing" (with Sun)Newton-John, SunSky4:08
7."Never Far Away" (with Richard Marx)Marx, Jamey ClewerCharles Fisher, Richard Marx4:47
8."Sunburned Country" (with Keith Urban)Newton-John, Keith UrbanFisher5:39
9."Reckless" (with John Farrar)FarrarJohn Farrar3:20
10."Angel in the Wings" (with Jann Arden)SkyGreg Johnson, Sky (co.)3:21
11."The Water is Wide" (with Amy Sky and RyanDan)TraditionalSky (also arranged)3:26
12."Beautiful Thing" (performed by Belinda Emmett)Belinda Emmett, BuckieDaniel Denholm, Phil Buckie3:57


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,[ambiguous] 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,[ambiguous] 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[ambiguous]
  • 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[ambiguous]
  • Kelly David Smith – design
  • Chuck Turner – mixing
  • Keith Urban – guitar
  • Anthony Vanderburgh – keyboards
  • Alonzo Vargas – assistant
  • Peter Wolf – programming
  • Jonathan Yudkin – fiddle, cello


Olivia Newton-John and Friends: Gala Fundraising Concert
Concert by Olivia Newton-John
VenueState Theatre
Associated albumA 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 was held at the State Theatre in Sydney on 30 September 2008 to raise funds for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal.[6]

Songs performed[edit]


  1. ^ "Australian release of "A Celebration in Song"". Amazon.
  2. ^ "Worldwide release of "A Celebration in Song"". Amazon.
  3. ^ a b "Only Olivia: (2)".
  4. ^ "Spring Hill's release of "A Celebration in Song"". Amazon.
  5. ^ a b c "Only Olivia: A Celebration in Song".
  6. ^ "Only Olivia: Gala Concert".