The newest member of multi-Platinum supergroup Celtic Woman, vocalist Lynn Hilary delivers her debut solo album, Take Me with You. An accomplished musician in her own right, Lynn co-wrote this stunning album with legendary... more » Irish-born Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Mescall, who brought out the more folk and jazz-infused side to Lynn's music. Lynn has already toured with the group for a year and is currently part of the ensemble's brand-new Isle of Hope tour which includes 75 concert dates from February through July. Prior to joining Celtic Woman, Lynn was a lead vocalist in the iconic Riverdance show and a classically-trained soprano from Dublin. Performing for international audiences and millions of Celtic Woman fans, audiences will have no problem taking her voice and music home with them!« less
The newest member of multi-Platinum supergroup Celtic Woman, vocalist Lynn Hilary delivers her debut solo album, Take Me with You. An accomplished musician in her own right, Lynn co-wrote this stunning album with legendary Irish-born Nashville-based singer/songwriter Don Mescall, who brought out the more folk and jazz-infused side to Lynn's music. Lynn has already toured with the group for a year and is currently part of the ensemble's brand-new Isle of Hope tour which includes 75 concert dates from February through July. Prior to joining Celtic Woman, Lynn was a lead vocalist in the iconic Riverdance show and a classically-trained soprano from Dublin. Performing for international audiences and millions of Celtic Woman fans, audiences will have no problem taking her voice and music home with them!
"I'm a big Celtic Woman fan, so I was very pleased when Lynn (who was then the newest member of the group) released this solo album! I've enjoyed all of the other girls' solo albums and definitely wanted one from her too!
The album as a whole is just wonderful. I find it relaxing and calming, with a few fast-paced numbers thrown in too. "Melody of Life" starts out the album, and it's a very dreamy, beautiful song that kind of sets the mood for the rest of the album. A great song to start out with, in my opinion.
I'll mention a few more of my favorites.......
"Swimming in The Barrow" and "Carolina Rua" are both fast-paced, upbeat numbers that bring a little spice to the album. ;) "Carolina Rua" is my favorite song on the album! It's very catchy, a good song to sing along to, and one that you just can't stop playing over and over!
Another standout for me is "Erin Beo." A slower song with powerful lyrics, this is one that I repeat a lot too.
"Take Me With You" reminds me a bit of "Melody of Life" in that it has that dreamy, almost breathy feel to it. When you listen to it you feel almost like you're drifting along in the ocean or something. This is another favorite of mine.
"Sunset of Gold" was not a song I liked immediately, but I've grown to really enjoy it. This is a duet between Lynn and Don Mescall, and both do a fantastic job on it.
"Road To Glory" is probably my second favorite song on the album! Again, very easy to sing along to, great lyrics, really beautiful song. Good song to drive to, in my opinion! ;)
"Angel Doves" is a gorgeous song, the last one on the album. Very powerful lyrics and a very spiritual song.
I think anyone who has been to a Celtic Woman concert and has seen the lovely Lynn Hilary will want to pick this up, but I also think that even the non-Celtic Woman fan would enjoy this one! It really is a great album. What I like the best about it is that it doesn't seem like your typical CW album. It's very different from CW, in my opinion. I think it has more of a folk sound to it, and I just love it. Lynn has a soft, sweet, very clear voice that can also be very powerful when it needs to be. Her voice is very natural and pure, and I love her solo album. Here's hoping she releases more in the future!
Excellent work, Lynn!
Pick this one up, everyone!"
Celtic Woman Lynn Hilary's Take Me with You: You'll be glad
John W. Mann | Lexington, KY USA | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The majority of listeners may know soprano Lynn Hilary as one of the lovely soloists from the Angel-voiced Irish phenomena Celtic Woman, presently touring the country in a new production called Isle of Hope. They had been brought to the attention of the American public through the plentiful airing of their music and sponsorship of their US tours by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (PBS). As such, they have come into our living rooms and the hearts of viewers throughout the nation. Their music and their tours have become and remain a national sensation and are a growing force on the world music scene.
Interest in Celtic Woman as a group naturally leads to interest in the individual talents of the beautiful young women who comprise its soloists. As such, they have released individual CDs through which the public may get to know and enjoy them as individual artists. And such is the case with the most recent of these individual releases, Lynn Hilary's Take Me with You. Co-production of the CD is attributed to Lynn Hilary and Don Mescall. The two have collaborated on not just the performances, but in the writing of much of the best material on the album.
This is not an album of traditional Celtic Music, but of beautiful music, much of it with an Irish theme. Erin Beo, a Hilary/Mescall composition, evokes memories of the loss and anguish experienced during the mass emigrations of the potato famines by those left behind. It's inclusion in the present Isle of Hope Tour would have been a propos, but instead included is the delightful Carolina Rua.
Certainly one of the more popular numbers on the album, Carolina Rua is one which you may have the delight in seeing Lyn perform live with Celtic Woman, albeit in a different arrangement which takes advantage of the talents of the Celtic Woman percussionists Ray Fean and Nick Bailey in adding a Caribbean flavor to the song. On the album, it is the fine guitar work of Don Mescall which is its distinctive feature, concluding with the delightfully accredited "giggles" of Eve Mescall. I would recommend that these be incorporated in the new show arrangement, courtesy of fellow Celtic Woman soloist Chloe Agnew, the most notably-accomplished and delightful giggler of the bunch!
Another number which has proved to be a favorite is Swimming in the Barrow by John McGlynn. A playful, lighthearted number, nimbly performed by Lynn at breakneck speed, will leave you amazed, delighted and amused with this ode to the Irish summers of youth. The album is full of wonderful, original numbers covering aspects of the human heart--love, loss, despair-- but not leaving out faith and hope! There really are no weak songs on this album.
There is much original material presented here, much of it poignant and romantic--made more so by the beautiful voice of such a lovely and graceful young woman whom the world is coming to know through Celtic Woman, but who through this release shows us clearly that she is a talent of her own to be reckoned with and one from whom, hopefully, the world will see and hear much more over the years. It will be to your gain if you make it yours now!
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WHF | New Milford, CT. USA | 04/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Take Me With You". Another of our 'Celtic Woman Angels', (right Emily?) Lynn has got to possess one of the sweetest voices you could ever hope to hear.
Emily pretty much covered everything here, so I won't get redundant in my views of this new CD by Lynn OR about Lynn herself. Other than to say she is beautiful and has a voice to match!
Suffice it to say, if you are a Celtic Woman fan, a Riverdance fan, a fan of Irish music, etc, etc, I recommend this album be in your collection as soon as possible. You will love this.
(See you in West Palm Beach Lynn)!"
Great music from a great singer
Destiny Jacobson | Princeton, Mn | 04/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this album last year when Lynn had joined Celtic Woman and released this solo CD. I was blown away with her voice, such a strong, powerful singer, this CD truly reflects Lynn's personality. It is hard to choose a favorite because all the songs are very good but I would have to say that "Road to Glory" and "Sunset of Gold" are among my most favorite.
If you are a fan of any of the artists in Celtic Woman, than this is a CD that must be added to your collection. And if you are not a fan, perhaps you should start by buying this CD, it is well worth the few dollars."
Gregory C. Meagher | Vancouver, WA | 02/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first saw Lynn sing with the Celtic Woman show on public television. I was amaze with her voice, her poise and grace during the performance. This album does not disappoint! Her amazing clarity and vocal range is soothing and exhilarating all at the same time. There is a nice variety of music and tempos, and everyone who hears it wants to buy a copy for themselves.
It's nice to think that we will have this talent around for a long time.
Good job, Lynn!!! Can't wait for your next album."