She has always enjoyed all types of music; she has performed with gospel choirs, jazz ensembles, rock bands, and even an experimental electronic vocal trio. With this album, Kathleen returns to her roots in classical and folk music, with fresh arrangements and reworkings of classic songs of the Christmas season. Light in Our Darkness also includes several original piano compositions and some beautiful, rarely heard carols that Kathleen was delighted to discover and is eager to bring to the listening public's attention.
Kathleen's performance background also includes Renaissance madrigal ensembles, and her interests run strongly toward early vocal music, from the elegant simplicity of Gregorian chant to the light, crisp harmonies of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The development of her singing style has been strongly influenced by the modern Celtic/New Age singer Enya, through whom she has discovered the wealth of the Irish folk music tradition. She also loves American folk music - especially spirituals, bluegrass, and the unique Appalachian singing style captured so well in the Anonymous 4's recent release American Angels.
With the skills gained in her formal study of music theory and composition, along with her classical vocal training, she interweaves her arrangements of ancient melodies with medieval, Renaissance, and modern folk stylings.
Kathleen's goal with her music is to be an instrument of peace on Earth. This album is a taste of the peace and hope, the light in the darkness, that Christmas is all about.
1. Of the Father's Love Begotten
2. Calm on the Listening Ear of Night
3. Advent Meditation/Adeste Fideles
4. To the Queen of Heaven
5. All My Heart This Night Rejoices
6. O Dieu de Clemence
7. Down in Yon Forest
9. Quem Pastores Laudavere
10. Coventry Carol
11. Away in a Manger
12. Mary the Dawn
13. Dark Autumn Hours
14. Wexford Carol