Emerald – Musical Gems

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Celtic Woman: Emerald - Musical Gems
Studio album by
Released25 February 2014
RecordedApril 2013
GenreCeltic, new-age, adult contemporary, classical, Vocal
LanguageEnglish, Irish, Latin
LabelManhattan
ProducerDavid Downes
Celtic Woman chronology
Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas
(2012)
Celtic Woman: Emerald - Musical Gems
(2014)
Celtic Woman: O Christmas Tree
(2014)

Celtic Woman: Emerald - Musical Gems is the ninth studio album by the group Celtic Woman released on 25 February 2014.

Emerald - Musical Gems features vocalists Chloë Agnew, Susan McFadden, Lisa Lambe, and fiddler Máiréad Nesbitt on the PBS Special. The songs on the album are re-recorded versions of songs previously covered by Celtic Woman. The album is the first of such to have re-recorded classics from other Celtic Woman albums- Voices of Angels also features re-recordings of classics.

As is the case for many Celtic Woman albums, backing vocals are provided by “Aontas Choir.” This is a changing group, the members of which are sometimes named in the printed materials for the album discs, but often not. Emerald has one of the smallest Aontas contingents. Its members are quickly listed in the video closing credits, but not in the printed materials for the CD or DVD. For Emerald Aontas was: Craig Ashurst, Edel Murphy, Dermot Kiernan and Sarah Gannon. Ms. Murphy later joined with Alexandria Sharpe and Lynn Hilary (of CW: Songs From the Heart) to form Cara Nua.

The album debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on its first week of release,[1] with around 10,000 copies sold in the United States. It also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard World Albums chart,[2] and No. 3 on the Independent Albums charts.[3] As of December 2015, the album has sold 73,000 copies in the US.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Mo Ghile Mear"Chloë Agnew, Lisa Lambe, Susan McFadden, Mairead Nesbitt04:17
2."Dúlaman"Lambe04:20
3."Caledonia"McFadden05:00
4."Amazing Grace"Agnew, Lambe, McFadden05:50
5."The New Ground" 02:04
6."She Moved Thru The Fair"Agnew, Lambe03:18
7."Bridge Over Troubled Water"Lambe02:59
8."Níl Sé'n Lá"Agnew, Lambe, McFadden, Nesbitt03:36
9."Danny Boy"Agnew, Lambe, McFadden, Nesbitt03:16
10."The Voice"McFadden, Nesbitt03:07
11."The Parting Glass"Agnew, Lambe, McFadden, Nesbitt04:17
12."You Raise Me Up"Agnew, Lambe, McFadden, Nesbitt04:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 157
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[6] 84
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 80
US Billboard 200[8] 28
US World Albums (Billboard)[9] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[10] 3

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billboard 200". Billboard. 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ "World Albums". Billboard. 15 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Independent Albums". Billboard. 15 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 1 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Celtic Woman – Emerald - Musical Gems" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Celtic Woman – Emerald - Musical Gems" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Celtic Woman – Emerald - Musical Gems". Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Celtic Woman Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.