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Gregorian live in Konzerthaus Freiburg hall on 6 December 2009
|Years active||1991, 1998–present|
Gregorian is a German band headed by Frank Peterson that performs Gregorian chant-inspired versions of modern pop and rock songs. The band features both vocal harmony and instrumental accompaniment. They competed in Unser Lied für Stockholm the German national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "Masters of Chant". They placed 5th in the first round of the public voting, missing the top 3. They gained 9.06% of the public vote.
Originally, Gregorian was conceived as a more pop-oriented group in the vein of Enigma. Under this concept, they recorded the 1991 album Sadisfaction, with lead vocals provided by The Sisters of Oz: Susana Espelleta (Peterson's wife at the time) and Birgit Freud. However, this was the only album in that style.
In 1998, Peterson and his team of Jan-Eric Kohrs, Michael Soltau and Carsten Heusmann re-invented the project to perform popular songs in the Gregorian style. The criteria for song selection were strict; in order to be considered, a song needed to be translatable into the 7-tone scale. For each album, songs were carefully chosen in addition to original songs written by Jan-Eric Kohrs, Amelia Brightman and Carsten Heussman. Twelve vocalists - previously acclaimed session and choir singers - were then hired to record the tracks.
Each Gregorian album is initially digitally tracked at Nemo Studios, Peterson's Hamburg studio. The vocalists then record their parts in a church atmosphere with dimmed lights and candles, in order to escape what Peterson referred to in a 2001 interview as the "cold and technical" studio atmosphere.
The concept proved to be successful, and the group proceeded to record several more Masters of Chant albums in the same style. Their 2004 album, The Dark Side, was a slight departure from the others, featuring a darker repertoire consistent with the title.
In 2005, The Masterpieces, a compilation album with a live DVD, was released. A fifth Masters of Chant album was released on 31 March 2006. In 2006, a festive album was also released, titled Christmas Chants. A sixth Masters of Chant album was released on 28 September 2007. In 2009 a seventh Masters of Chant album followed.
On 14 September 2012 a new album titled Epic Chants was published with the collaboration of the Russian newcomer Eva Mali.
On 12 November 2015 the tenth album from the "Masters Of Chant" series was released, called "Masters of Chant X: The Final Chapter".
Gregorian have toured parts of Europe, China, Russia and Japan. Live concert DVDs have also been released.
The male singers of Gregorian are/were Alain Bernard, Andrew Busher, Andrew Keelan, Adrian Coverdale-Hill, Alexandre Mack, Ashley Turnell, Benjamin Clee, Brendan Matthew, Berwyn Pearce, Benoit Riou, Chris Goater, Christopher Tickner, Daniel Hoadley, Daniel Williams, David Chabert, David Porter-Thomas, David Tilley, Edward Hands, Frederic Bernard, Gauthier Fenoy, Gregory Moore, Gerard O'Beirne, Jeremy Birchall, Jonathan Clucas, John Grave, John Langly, Karim Bouzra, Loic Boissier, Lawrence White, Mark Anderson, Mark Bradbury, Michael Dore, Matthew Long, Matthew Minter, Matthew Vine, Nicolas Kern, Paul Badley, Phil Conway, Pierre Kuzor, Rhys Bowden, Richard Collier, Richard Naxton, Robert Fardell, Robert Johnston, Roger Lanford, Simon Baker, Simon Grant, Sion Lloyd, Stephen Miles, Stephen Weller, Stephane Werchowski, Thomas Barnard, Thomas Phillips, Timothy Holmes, Timothy Lacy, William King, William Purefoy and Yves Blanchrd.
The female singers of Gregorian are/were Amelia Brightman, Sarah Brightman, Anette Stangeberg, Anna-Lena Strasse, Charlotte Cracht, Eva Mali, Joana Adu, Julia Dorandt, Marjan Shaki and Stefanie Hundertmark.
Gregorian have released ten albums in their Masters of Chant series and a number of other albums, including a Christmas album. They have also released two types of video album; live concerts and music video albums featuring the singers in various surroundings.
Masters of Chant albums
- 1999: Masters of Chant
- 2001: Masters of Chant Chapter II
- 2002: Masters of Chant Chapter III
- 2003: Masters of Chant Chapter IV
- 2004: The Dark Side (called Masters of Chant V in Oceania but distinct from the 2006 album of that name)
- 2006: Masters of Chant Chapter V
- 2007: Masters of Chant Chapter VI
- 2009: Masters of Chant Chapter VII
- 2010: Dark Side of the Chant
- 2011: Masters of Chant Chapter VIII
- 2012: Epic Chants
- 2013: Masters of Chant Chapter IX
- 2014: Winter Chants
- 2015: Masters of Chant X: The Final Chapter
- 2017: Holy Chants
- 1991: Sadisfaction
- 2005: The Masterpieces (Best of CD and Live DVD)
- 2006: Christmas Chants
- 2007: Masters of Chant (Curb Records)
- 2011: Best of 1990–2010
- 2016: Live! Masters Of Chant - Final Chapter Tour
- 2017: Masters of Chant — The Platinum Collection
- 1991: "So Sad"
- 1991: "Once in a Lifetime"
- 1999: "Masters of Chant"
- 2000: "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For"
- 2000: "Losing My Religion"
- 2001: "Moment of Peace"
- 2001: "Voyage Voyage"
- 2002: "Join Me"
- 2003: "The Gift"
- 2003: "Angels"
- 2004: "Where the Wild Roses Grow"
- 2010: "O Fortuna"
- 2001: Masters of Chant in Santiago de Compostela
- 2001: Moments of Peace in Ireland
- 2002: Masters of Chant Chapter III
- 2003: Gold Edition
- 2005: The Masterpieces
- 2007: Masters of Chant: Live at Kreuzenstein Castle
- 2008: Christmas Chants & Visions
- 2011: Masters of Chant Chapter 8 (Gregorian Live in Europe 2011: The Dark Side Of The Chant) - Limited Edition (CD & DVD)
- 2012: Epic Chants "Dark Side of the Chants Live In Zagreb" - Limited Edition (CD & DVD)
- 2013: Epic Chants Tour 2013 "Live In Belgrade" - Deluxe Edition (CD & DVD)
- 2016: Masters Of Chant - Final Chapter Tour (CD & DVD), Blu-ray (Limited Fan Edition including 4 additional music videos and the complete concert on double CD)
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