"Here And Now" is a gentle statement of metaphysical being; a declaration of being prepared to enjoy life's experiences in their fullest measure.
Leigh pays tribute to a British warrior-queen with "Queen Boadicea", recounting in artful terms the historical figure who led an uprising against the Roman army in 60-61 AD that led to Rome temporarily evacuating Britain. Leigh certainly owes some of her atmospherics here to Enya with a pop arrangement that sticks close to her new age roots.
Leigh creates a musical mural of earth in naturalist terms with "Colour Of The Earth" recounting the seasons and creatures that make up the world as a series of interconnected thoughts. The arrangement and melody are pretty, and the passive narrative is contemplative in nature.
"Visions For Life" encourages the sort of inner peace to be found in visions and dreams. It's something of a new age "Imagine" as done by Enya or Loreena McKennitt rather than Lennon.
Iona Leigh finds something like an edge on "Banish The Storm" in a gently volatile melody with dark undertones. It's by far the most intriguing melody and arrangement on the album and Leigh is inspired to open her voice up …
Wild By Nature closes with the Gregorian Chant-like "Prayer For Trees", an ethereal and lovely tune that's more of a prayer of thanks to trees than for them. It's Leigh's most affecting vocal performance of the album.
Iona Leigh certainly has the voice to be a major player in new age music. I don't believe there's anyone out there who will question Medwyn Goodall's credentials when it comes to new age music either. Together they create pretty works that sound great …
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Iona Leigh is very excited to announce the launch of her third solo album 'Wild by Nature', produced by legendary New-Age composer Medwyn Goodall on his MG Music Record Label. Iona's ethereal voice and spellbinding songs take you on a voyage of discovery into the mystical world of the Nature Kingdoms. Wild by Nature interweaves Celtic melodies, orchestral harmonies and captivating rhythms with enchanting, inspiring stories that sooth the soul. * Please listen to some of the album's preview snippets on Iona's music player, here on the left of this homepage. To take advantage of a very special introductory offer, please place your orders via here by May 31st! *
Thanks to all 200 of you for coming along to support our wonderful fundraising concert last night! I am very proud to announce that you donated £1,171.00 to the Universal Hall and Moray Women's Aid; two very worthy causes. The evening seemed to be filled with joy and inspiration. I hope our music touched your hearts, and much as your generousity touched ours!