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Sequoia Serenade - Winner
"Best New Age Song" 18th Independent Music Awards Vox-Pop Category (public voting)
What sets GRAMMY® Award winner and three-time nominee Darlene Koldenhoven apart from the rest? It could be her worldwide 1.5 billion viewing audience on PBS as the memorable soprano soloist in Yanni, Live at the Acropolis; her work in the war-torn jungles of Sierra Leone where she coached musicians and singers whom she took on tour in the US and Canada; production vocal coach/music director/tambourine-waving choir nun in both Sister Act films with Whoopi Goldberg; or her recent donation of time and performances in India with U.N. humanitarian ambassador and Grammy Winning-composer Ricky Kej, for his concerts, videos, TEDx Talk, Shanti Samsara, to raise awareness of climate change and animal cruelty causes she holds dearly. Or . . . being the first-ever inductee into the Indie Music Hall of Fame at the Grammy Museum on 4/28/19.
Some of the hundreds of comments around the world on Darlene's vocals on "Aria" from YouTube
"Rayos la mismísima Darlene en persona, señorita por más que busque las palabras, no serán jamás las exactas para agradecerle el gran regalo de volver a escuchar su hermosa, maravillosa y melodiosa voz angelical, la combinación de tan Bella mujer con estás cuerdas tan celosamente trabajadas hacen que su sola existencia la vuelvan una gran obra de arte esculpida en carne y hueso, y saber que se encuentra en perfectas condiciones, la convierten en una Leyenda viva en la música, que a la fecha no me resulta Agradable que no conozcan a la mujer que llevó este tema, a mi parecer, a ser la mejor versión de esta obra musical." –Deelinger Channel, YouTube
Translation by Jesús Puentes:
"Mercy! The one and only Darlene in the flesh. Ma’am, as much as I search for words, they would never be sufficient to thank you for the great gift of hearing your beautiful voice once again, marvelous, melodious and angelical voice. The combination of so beautiful a woman with these cords so finely worked make you to be, in your very existence, a great work of art, sculpted in flesh and bone, and that you are in such perfect condition makes you a living legend in music, which, to date I find it unfortunate that a person might not know the woman that made this theme to be, to my estimation, the best version of this musical work."
"Darlene Koldenhoven Como antes lo mencioné, es muy difícil tener el lenguaje, las palabras y la formalidad para expresar el eterno sentimiento de gratitud que nos embarga, a los muchos que crecimos escuchando su perfecta, melodiosa e hipnótica voz nos enamora cada vez que volvemos a escuchar éste maravilloso tema, para algunos de nosotros escucharla es volver el tiempo atrás y sentirse eternamente jóvenes, y al menos para mí, si pudiera romper las leyes del tiempo y del espacio, voluntariamente me encerraría en un bucle temporal, solamente para escucharla y volverme a enamorar una y otra vez de éste pequeño instante dónde nos cautivó con su gran y majestuosa presencia. Por siempre grande Darlene Koldenhoven." –Deelinger Channel, YouTube
Translation by Jesús Puentes
"Darlene Koldenhoven, as I said before, it is difficult to find the right language, the words and form, to express the eternal feeling of gratitude that has seized the many of us who have grown up hearing your perfect, melodious, and hypnotic voice. It enamors us every time we listen to this marvelous theme again. For some of us, to hear it is to return in time, and feel eternally young, and at least for me, if I could break the laws of time and space, I would voluntarily enclose myself in a loop of time, only to hear you and once again fall in love, in that minute instant when you captivated us with your great and majestic presence. Always great, Darlene Koldenhoven."
"Unbelievable vocals - truly exceptional. I believe the blonde female's first name is Darlene, and her performance is mesmerizing. Both ladies didn't miss a note - perfect pitch. This performance brought tears to my eyes. Those last four notes Darlene hits are dead on and extraordinary." –Starchildstrider, YouTube
"Dear @DarleneKoldenhoven - this is the MAGIC POTION of my Life - as a KID i have heard this so many times - I have it etched in my memory - finally found it - this piece of Beautiful music and your Magical Mesmerizing Voice HEALS - it heals me - Each time I am hurt & down I listen to this beautiful song - Thanks to @Yanni & his team for creating this MAGIC POTION." –DonBosco Paily, YouTube
Ode To Our Orb by Darlene Koldenhoven
Sequoia Serenade (Live for Tree People) - Darlene Koldenhoven with Robin Olson
Darlene performs in "One World"
from Shanti Samara CD by Ricky Kej for the United Nations' World Music for Environmental Consciousness, filmed in Bangalore, India 10/2016 featuring Rocky Dawuni, Wouter Kellerman and Darlene Koldenhoven. (Darlene enters at 3:48 - end.)
Darlene sings her tribute song "Remember Me"
honoring our nation's heroes on Veteran's Day11/11/11, Burbank, CA
Darlene sings live on The View for 'Sister Act' 25th Anniversary 9/14/17
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VIDEOS OF DARLENE KOLDENHOVEN
CLASSICAL CROSSOVER, NEW AGE SINGER
Darlene singing "Aria" in "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis"
PBS Video Special"Another highlight was the concert's only vocal performance in which first soprano Darlene Koldenhoven and second soprano, Lynn Davis came from the wings singing Aria in an operatic duet." -Nancy Stetson, Chicago Tribune, 1993