Charlotte Church, the 13-year-old singing sensation from Wales, gives the term alternative music an entirely new meaning with her video "Charlotte Church: Voice of an Angel in Concert."
Step back from the usual radio and MTV fare, relax and enjoy the remarkable voice of this bright teenager offering a serene program of Welsh and Irish folk airs and can't-miss selections, as well as devotional hymns and tranquil classical melodies.
The one-hour video is being distributed by Sony and sells for $14 to $20.
It also offers a peek at Church's life as both a schoolgirl and an international recording star.
She is the youngest female ever to top the classical charts in the United Kingdom, noted her mother, and is "a dedicated and ambitious girl who works hard and doesn't take her singing for granted."
Church comes off as one who can be playful and deflect any stress her success might create. Her banter between songs flashes a natural girlishness and innocence that brings a welcome respite from the harsher twang of today's more popular sexualized culture.
"I've been very lucky," Church said, pointing out that she has been singing since she was 3 and has had lessons since she was 9. She adds that her goal is to perform "Tosca" or "La Boheme" at La Scala in Milan "and get a standing ovation."
She performed at the 50th birthday celebration for the Prince of Wales at London's Royal Albert Hall in November and the next month in Pope John Paul II's "Christmas in the Vatican" concert, which was televised internationally on Christmas Eve.
Songs on the video include her signature "Pie Jesu," "Panis Angelicus," "The Lord's Prayer," "Danny Boy," "My Logan Love" and "When at Night I Go to Sleep."
Not on the video but on the CD, "Charlotte Church: Voice of an Angel," are a half-dozen additional titles, including "Amazing Grace," "Ave Maria," "A Lullaby" and "Jerusalem."
David Mallet directed the video, which was recorded at London's Brixton Academy in March. Peter Robinson directed the London Symphony Orchestra and its chorus and the Welsh Male Voice Choir.
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