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Studio album by
Released16 January 2013 (2013-01-16) (Japan)
Recorded2012 at Abbey Road Studios (London) and Westlake Recording Studios (Los Angeles). Mastered by Mazen Murad at Metropolis Studios, London.
GenreClassical crossover
LabelSimha LLC
ProducerMike Hedges, Sally Herbert
Sarah Brightman chronology
Bella Voce
Gala – The Collection
Singles from Dreamchaser
  1. "Angel"
    Released: 15 October 2012
  2. "One Day Like This"
    Released: 19 November 2012
  3. "Glosoli (Eyes Remix)"
    Released: 1 October 2013

Dreamchaser is the eleventh studio album by English singer Sarah Brightman. This album is Brightman's first collaboration with producer Mike Hedges and centres on the concept of space. The offering was inspired by Brightman's decision to become the first singer in outer space, as she intended to launch on an orbital spaceflight mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in partnership with Space Adventures, Ltd., a private space experiences company.[1] Nevertheless, in March 2015 it was announced that Brightman had postponed the flight due to personal reasons.[2] It was released in Japan on 16 January 2013 and in the United Kingdom on 8 April 2013 and in the North America on 16 April 2013 to critical acclaim.[3]

The Dreamchaser World Tour was Brightman's eighth concert tour and served as a major promotion of the album. The tour lasted for a period of two years and became her second largest world tour, performing in over twenty countries. In November 2013, PBS aired the live-concert Dreamchaser in Concert, filmed in Elstree Studios, and was later released in Japan on 18 December of the same year as DVD and Blu-ray format.[4]

Dreamchaser entered at the Top 20 of seven countries and the Top 60 of another five. The album peaked at number 17 in the United States, being Brightman's third top-twenty album in the country.[5]


Inspired by her planned trip to the International Space Station, Brightman planned to make an album that would "convey the ideas and visions you would get from being a human up in space".[6] The album has been described as grand, ethereal, and somewhat experimental[7]

The majority of Dreamchaser's songs are covers, with "B 612" being the only entirely original composition on the standard edition of the album. "B 612"'s title is a reference to the asteroid of the same name from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's novella The Little Prince. [6] Two bonus tracks that are exclusive to the Super Deluxe Edition of the album, "7th Heaven" and "In The Air", are also original compositions. All three were written by Sarah Brightman, Makoto Sakamoto, and Yuka Ikushima. The background of the remaining song are as follows:


The first single "Angel" was released on Brightman's official website on 26 September 2012 and it was later released for purchase on 15 October 2012 in Europe and Mexico.[8][9][10][11][12] The second single, a cover of Elbow band's song "One Day Like This", was released on 19 November 2012.[13][14] In October 2013 "Glosoli" was released as a promotional single in the form of a dance remix by Samuel Cramer under the alias Eyes.[15] The remixed single was given a digital release on the SoundCloud and Last.fm streaming platforms[16] and received a limited Promo Only release on CD.


To promote Dreamchaser Sarah Brightman appeared in several TV shows, starting in January 2013. She performed "One Day Like This" live on Japan's news program News Zero.[17][18] She also made several appearances and interviews in TV shows such as El Mañanero,[19] Loose Women,[20] The One Show,[21] CJAD 800 Radio, Breakfast BBC1,[22] FOROtv Mexico[23] and Last.fm.[24] She sang "One Day Like This" on the Hallmark Channel's The Home and Family Show.[25] She performed the same song "Time to Say Goodbye" with Andrea Bocelli in the German television program Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel.[26] Later, Brightman went to China and Japan in February, Germany in March, the United States in April and to Mexico at the beginning of May where she signed autographs and held press conferences.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Daily Express[28]
The Gazette[29]
Polari Magazine[30]
A.V. Wire[31]

Dreamchaser has received acclaim from critics, many considering it Brightman's strongest work to date.[32] Many pointed out the coherence of the song choices and the quality of Brightman's vocals.[28][29] Bernard Perusse of the Montreal Gazette described the album as "expertly-executed" and added "Brightman confirms what we have always suspected: less is not necessarily more."[29] AllMusic commented that Brightman "gets points for even attempting some of these songs. That she pulls off her most daring choices is a testament to her artistry."[27]

Stephen Unwin of the Daily Express wrote that the album is "an almost surreal, often heartbreaking record that is stirringly epic."[28] Polari Magazine in a 5-star review described the album as "stunning" and continued that "instead of playing it safe and releasing yet another Mother's Day Opera-By-Numbers album like most classical singers, Sarah's general lunacy helps her to take risks most artists in her genre wouldn't take."[30]

Commercial reception[edit]

Dreamchaser became Brightman's seventh No. 1 album in the Billboard Classical Crossover chart. It also reached the third spot on the Top Independent Albums chart, marking Brightman's first appearance on this list. Dreamchaser peaked at number five on the Canadian Albums Chart, the second place on the Australian Classical Albums Chart and number 17 on the Billboard 200, moving 20,358 copies on its first week.[5] In Japan, the album debuted in the top 20. It entered the chart at No. 16, selling 7,183 copies during its first week.[33]

World Tour[edit]

Sarah Brightman began a world tour, the eighth of her career, to promote her Dreamchaser album. The tour was created and promoted under the name of the Dreamchaser World Tour. The tour started on 16 June 2013 and ended on 14 14 December 2014. The tour included stops in twenty-four countries of four different continents, Asia, Europe, North and South America. The World Tour consisted of 106 shows in total over a year and a half time span, being her largest tour since the Harem World Tour.

Track listing[edit]

All the songs were produced and arranged by Sally Herbert and Mike Hedges. It was recorded mostly at Abbey Road Studios (London) and Westlake Studios (Los Angeles). Mazen Murad mastered the album at Metropolis Studios, London.

1."Angel"Jerry Burns, Sally Herbert5:33
2."One Day Like This"Guy Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Potter, Richard Jupp, Pete Turner6:06
3."Glósóli"Jón Þór Birgisson, Georg Hólm, Kjartan Sveinsson, Orri Páll Dýrason, Chris Difford6:50
4."Lento E Largo from Symphony N° 3, OP. 36 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)"Henryk Gorecki5:39
5."B612"Sarah Brightman, Makoto Sakamoto, Yuka Ikushima4:50
6."Breathe Me"Sia Furler, Dan Carey4:48
7."Ave Maria"Hildegard von Bingen5:48
8."Éperdu"Elizabeth Fraser, Simon Raymonde, Robin Guthrie5:07
9."A Song of India"Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov3:26
10."Venus and Mars"Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney4:26
11."Closer" (not included on the Japanese standard edition)Mike Oldfield, Chris Braide8:09
Japanese edition and iTunes bonus track[34][35]
11."Kaze No Toorimichi" (風の通り道, "Path of the Wind")Joe Hisaishi, Hayao Miyazaki4:14
Japanese limited deluxe edition with DVD[36]
11."Closer"Oldfield, Braide8:09
12."Kaze No Toorimichi" (風の通り道, "Path of the Wind")Hisaishi, Miyazaki4:14
Target exclusive edition bonus tracks[37]
12."In the Air"Brightman, Sakamoto, Ikushima4:37
13."Hawaii '78"Mickey Loane4:41
Limited deluxe edition bonus DVD[38]
1."Sarah's Dreamchaser Monologue" 1:12
2."Angel" (music video) 4:34
3."Star City, Russia Space Sizzle Reel" 3:49
4."Photo Gallery" 3:16
5."So Long Ago So Clear" (bonus audio track)Vangelis, Jon Anderson5:30
6."7th Heaven" (bonus audio track)Brightman, Sakamoto, Ikushima4:27
Super deluxe edition bonus tracks[39]
12."In the Air"Brightman, Sakamoto, Ikushima4:37
13."Hawaii '78"Loane4:41
14."7th Heaven"Brightman, Sakamoto, Ikushima4:23
15."So Long Ago So Clear"Vangelis, Anderson5:25
iTunes deluxe edition bonus tracks[40]
12."7th Heaven"Brightman, Sakamoto, Ikushima4:23
13."So Long Ago So Clear"Vangelis, Anderson5:25
14."Angel" (music video) 4:22


Chart (2013) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA Charts)[41] 98
Australian Classical Albums (ARIA Charts)[41] 2
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[42] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[43] 77
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[44] 168
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[45] 5
Czech Albums (IFPI)[46] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[47] 50
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[48] 48
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[49] 50
Greek Albums (IFPI)[50] 11
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[51] 16
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[52] 12
South Korean Albums (Gaon Album Chart)[53] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[54] 81
UK Albums (OCC)[55] 58
US Billboard 200[56] 17
US Top Classical Crossover Albums (Billboard)[57] 1
US Top Independent Albums (Billboard)[58][59] 3
World Albums[60] 28

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[34] 16 January 2013 EMI Music Japan
Australia[61] 5 April 2013 Koch Records
United Kingdom[62] 8 April 2013 Decca Records
Canada[63] 16 April 2013 Warner Music
United States[64] Simha LLC
South Korea[65] 23 April 2013 Universal Music
Taiwan[66] 14 June 2013 Gold Typhoon


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