Loreena McKennitt

Loreena Isabel Irene McKennitt is a Canadian-born artist born in Morden, Manitoba, on February 17, 1957. She is an outstanding singer and an important figure in the world of music, as she is an excellent interpreter of piano, harp and accordion.

She is multifaceted, has worked as a singer-songwriter and producer fascinating many with her soprano voice. She plays Celtic, New Age and World music. She owns a record label and acts as her own manager.

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Her career

After more than three decades of musical production and a total commitment to anthropological research of different cultures, she has become one of the most recognized and admired artists who has known how to remain true to herself. Her music could not really be pigeonholed under a label, which is why many consider her to be a New Age performer.

Her live albums: Nights from the Alhambra, From Istanbul to Athens Live in San Francisco, and Live in Paris and Toronto, have been a resounding success worldwide.

She began her undergraduate veterinary studies in Winnipeg and then moved to Ontario, where her work as a composer and performer would be appreciated. Her loves, William Butler Yeats, the Irish poet and the laureate Breton harpist Alan Stivell were key to her development as an artist, her marked influence continues to this day.

His career has been marked by his passion for poetry. Inspired by it and even adapting it to versions accompanied by music where his sweet and incomparable voice stands out in the interpretation.

Inspired by the poetry and folk music of Ireland, she decides to experiment with lyricism accompanied by the sound of harps, achieving a perfect marriage. All this drives her to create Quinlan Road, her own record company that has been active since 1985 and where she recorded her hits.

One of the events that marked his career was an exhibition of Celtic artifacts held in Venice (Italy) in 1991, where he met and fell in love with the richness and variety offered by that culture.

This influence became more evident with each album that Loreena McKennitt released. In each of them she knew the perfect way to combine different instruments and sounds from all over the world to create wonderful melodies. He has been able to mix exquisitely sounds that may at first seem incompatible, to create wonderful music that has delighted many for years.

He has known how to take his life experiences, including the negatives, and turn them into beautiful pieces of art. Such is the case of what happened in the period of 9 years after the release of The Book of Secrets in 1997; during this period she suffered a personal tragedy that forced her to take refuge in herself for a period of 2 years.

Subsequently she dedicated herself to travelling and exploring the world, which resulted in a significant expansion of her cultural baggage. This became evident after his return to the public scene in 2006 with his album An Ancient Muse which perfectly shows the harmonious mix of sounds from different cultures.

Awards

Loreena McKennitt is an artist who has known how to evolve, adopting new sounds as her discovery of the world has expanded. She mixes cultures in an exquisite way that coexist in perfect harmony generating wonderful sounds that transport the viewer to dreamy worlds.

Since the release of her first album, Elemental, in 1985, she stood out for her unique voice. Her subsequent experiences would result in an extensive cultural background evidenced in her music and interpretations. For Loreena McKennitt, music means a means of communication that transcends different languages; for her, it is a universal language capable of uniting all cultures.

She is one of the artists who has earned the recognition of both the public and other artists due to her performance. This has earned her several recognitions throughout her artistic trajectory, she has 2 Juno awards for best traditional music album, a Billboard International Achievement Award. He has received orders from Manitoba and Canada and even received, in 2002, the Doctor honoris causa in letters from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Other passions

Loreena McKennitt is known for her philanthropic work and is quite active in it. She was part of the creation of the Cook-Rees Memory Foundation (rescue and nautical safety) and the Falstaff Family Centre in Statford.

He has for years had a significant financial involvement in relation to the Relief funds of the Turkish Red Crescent Society and the Greek Red Cross.

Her amazing voice in perfect combination with the sounds of the world has resulted in an unheard of music of indescribable exquisiteness capable of transporting the listener to remote places of daydreaming, sheltering from everyday complications, immersing himself in the ecstasy that generates the peace of his incomparable voice.

It is both the power of his voice and his music that is used as a complement to palliative care in cases of terminal patients. It transports to states of plenitude and well-being that help to bear the symptoms.

Her melodies result in a curious case that leads the brain to work on Alpha waves, so it is used in the early stimulation of the intelligence of babies like Mozart’s music. She is one of the most complex and wonderful artists in the world of music.

Discography

He has an extensive trajectory formed by a relevant discography that includes 16 albums, 4 of them live from the main stages of the world with more than 13 million copies sold. His music has been part of soundtracks of important cinematographic productions.

She is an emblematic figure of Celtic music, with a total of 16 albums, 10 in studios and 6 live, she has established herself as one of the most famous performers of the genre.

Albums

His first album was in 1985, this one named him Elemental
The second album was released two years after his first album, this one was titled To Drive The Cold Winter Away.
The third album was released in 1989, this was named Parallel Dreams
For the year of 1991 I release the fourth album, this one was called The Visit
In 1994 came the fifth, this title as The Mask And Mirror
For 1997 I release the sixth discographic material, this material took the name of The Book Of Secrets
In 2006 his seventh material, An Ancient Muse, was released on the market.
Two years after the seventh album, came the material entitled A Midwinter Night’s Dream.
For 2010 he released his eighth album, this one was called The Wind That Shakes The Barley.
In 2018 arrived his most recent recording material, this one titled Lost Souls