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'Heavensong' hits No. 1 on Billboard's chart

The newest album by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square, "Heavensong: Music of Contemplation and Light," has reached the No. 1 position on Billboard Magazine's Crossover chart.

"Heavensong," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's highly acclaimed  latest release, reached top spot in Billboard Magazine's Crossover Chart.
"Heavensong," the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's highly acclaimed latest release, reached top spot in Billboard Magazine's Crossover Chart. Photo: Intellectual Reserve Inc.

The release, on the choir's own label, reached the spot earlier in February, with albums by Sting, Joshua Bell, Andrea Bocelli and Il Divo rounding out the top five.

"Heavensong" features David Foster's popular composition "The Prayer." Foster's own performance artistry is present at the piano for the recording, a choral arrangement by the choir's musical director, Mack Wilberg.

Co-written with Carole Bayer Sager, a veteran composer with many popular songs to her credit, it won a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song from the film "Quest for Camelot."

The choir's association with Mr. Foster goes back to 2007, when it was featured on Josh Groban's Christmas album, "Noel." That led to an invitation from Mr. Foster for the choir to provide vocals on "The Lord's Prayer" with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli for his new Christmas album "My Christmas," released last year. In connection with that, Mr. Bocelli spent an afternoon in Salt Lake City expressly to film him in the Salt Lake Tabernacle singing with the choir for his nationally televised PBS special, "Andrea Bocelli and David Foster: My Christmas."

Other selections on the choir's new album include "The Shepherd," "Sheep May Safely Graze," "Brother James's Air," "O Lord Most Holy," "Be Thou My Vision," "Pavane," "O Light of Life," "O Lord God," "Jesus Joy of Man's Desiring," "Meditation," "The Lord Is My Shepherd," "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes," "Alleluia" and "Benediction."

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