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Grace and Gratitude is the twenty-second studio album by English-born Australian pop singer Olivia Newton-John. The album is set to be released August 25, 2006 through the EMI (exclusively by Walgreens to benefit various charities of cancer) and re-released on September 14, 2010 through the Green Hill Records, a division of Spring Hill Music Group as Grace and Gratitude Renewed and September 28, 2010through the Indie Euroupe in exclusive "pink" edition.
"Oliva Newton-John's Grace and Gratitude is inspired by her belief that music has the power to heal by calming our minds, lifting our spirits and connecting to our hearts. Named for Olivia's appreciation of the gift of life, Grace and Gratitude contains over 20 tracks intended for relaxation and healing. As an eighteen-year breast cancer "thriver," Olivia has learned the importance of physical and emotional health, and especially the power of music. Research has shown that music can lower stress hormones, slow down brain waves and actually boost the body's own healing process.
Co-written by the album's producer, Amy Sky, the lyrics acknowledge a variety of belief systems including, Tibetan chants, prayers from Judaism and Islam, and a poem from St. Francis of Assisi. Together, Olivia and Amy took the chakras of the body as the basis for each song on the CD. Each chakra is connected to a sacred truth that reflects your psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being.
"Music connects with the spirit and the heart and it was my realization of this that inspired me to create this CD," says Olivia Newton-John. "It is important to calm your mind and connect with your heart to find harmony and balance. Music always helped me in my healing and now it is my hope that it inspires healing in others." -1Music
Personnel: Greg Johnston (programming).
Audio Mixer: Vic Florencia.
Recording information: CB Studios; Echo Beach Studio, Jupiter, FL; Kick Audio, Toronto; Maison De Musique, Toronto; Signal To Noise, Toronto.
Photographer: Chad Smith .
Olivia Newton-John revisits the material from her 2006 album Grace and Gratitude on 2010's Grace and Gratitude Renewed, a fitting title for the project that gives little clue to the music within. Newton-John returned to these songs of faith and healing to give them a slightly different spin: originally, they were written and recorded during the healing process; now, they have been recorded from a place of serenity. To the outsider, these differences may wind up being a bit too subtle to discern as both records sound as if they're coming from a calm, peaceful vantage point, offering new age paeans of pancultural religion, incorporating Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity under a warm, fuzzy umbrella. It's easy to knock this for not exactly being compelling -- it glides, it doesn't grab -- but that's the whole point: this is meditative mood music and it's gauzily effective in that regard in either of its incarnations. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine