17 September 2020 10:37
Aled Jones duets with Judi Dench, Susan Boyle and Brian Blessed on his new album 'Blessings' Aled Jones is released a new album titled 'Blessings'. By Sian Hamer 'Blessings' sees singer and Classic FM presenter extraordinaire Aled Jones joined by household names in music and film in beautiful song favourites. Here's everything you need to know... Welsh tenor Aled Jones has announced a brand new album for this November. Titled Blessings, it will be the Classic FM presenter's 40th album and features collaborations with a host of famous singers and a glittering of film stars, including Dame Judi Dench and Susan Boyle.
Through various hymns and scriptures set to music, Aled touches on a range of faiths, including Quaker, Christian, Catholic, Muslim and Buddhism. "It has really been a cathartic experience for me; I've also learnt that we are all so similar, we all share so much," the tenor said. Read more: Aled Jones launches uplifting new podcast to celebrate the goodness in the world> Aled Jones' new album Blessings will be released in November this year. Picture: BMG Read more: Aled Jones sang Walking in the Air at 18,000ft and surprised a plane full of passengers> Other collaborators on the album, which was recorded remotely in studios around the world, include the 94-year-old D-Day veteran Harry Billinge MBE, singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf and actor and TV presenter Brian Blessed. Accompanying the release is a book of blessings, containing a "treasure trove" of wisdom compiled by Aled himself.
Blessings will be released on 6 November 2020. Click here to pre-order it here. Blessings: full track listings 1. How Can I Keep From Singing? (with Dame Judi Dench) 2. Sunrise Sunset 3. Ave Maria 4. Bless This House (with Susan Boyle) 5. Anfonaf Angel 6. Loving Kindness 7. If I Can Help Somebody / Let There Be Peace On Earth (with Harry Billinge) 8. Vespera (with Libera) 9. Australian Blessing Irish Blessing (with The Priests) Down By The Salley Gardens Song Of Our Maker (with Sami Yusuf) Listen, Obey and Be Blessed Silent Night (with Brian Blessed) Listen to Aled Jones on Classic FM every Sunday, from 7am to 10am. Aled Jones has collaborated with a number of stars for his new album (Isabel Infantes/PA) Aled Jones will collaborate with Dame Judi Dench, Susan Boyle and Brian Blessed on his new album Blessings. The singer's 40th album was recorded remotely in studios around the world and touches on a range of faiths, including Quaker, Christian, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhism, through a range of hymns, texts and scriptures set to music. Jones said: "It has really been a cathartic experience for me; I've also learnt that we are all so similar, we all share so much. Expand Close Dame Judi Dench (Ian West/PA) PA / Facebook Whatsapp Dame Judi Dench (Ian West/PA) "The challenges of doing the recordings remotely in a way made everything more special. "When we look back on these times, we will remember how we all came together, and achieved things we never thought we could." He duets with Dame Judi on How Can I Keep From Singing, which represents the Quaker faith. The pair have been friends for over 25 years and are both involved in the charity Story of Christmas and Jones said: "I'm so thankful to Jude for being on my album. Hearing her iconic voice on the track sends shivers down my spine. "When I mentioned the idea to her she loved it. It's brilliant that she's a part of this. It's the icing on the cake for me." Expand Close Susan Boyle (Danny Lawson/PA) PA / Facebook Whatsapp Susan Boyle (Danny Lawson/PA) He worked with Boyle on the Christian standard Bless This House and he said: "Over the years I've met Susan quite a few times and was thrilled when she agreed to sing with me. "Who can forget when she charmed a nation with the Les Mis classic I Dreamed A Dream on Britain's Got Talent? I knew this song would suit Susan and she didn't disappoint. Her vocals are both touching and powerful." Jones also collaborated with D-Day veteran Harry Billinge, 94, after they first met on Songs Of Praise when the programme broadcast from Normandy. They both feature on the track If I Can Help Somebody/Let There Be Peace On Earth, in which Jones duets with his younger self and Billinge speaks between both pieces. Jones said: "Harry is a true inspiration for so many. Hearing him talk about loss, I could never forget his words. I really wanted to record the moment. The words 'love is stronger than hate. I want people to remember because I can't forget'. It's a message of our time." Expand Close Brian Blessed (Yui Mok/PA) PA / Facebook Twitter Email Whatsapp Brian Blessed (Yui Mok/PA) The album also features Silent Night, a collaboration with Brian Blessed, Vespera with Libera, Irish Blessing with The Priests and Song Of Our Maker with Sami Yusuf as well as solo versions of Sunrise Sunset, Ave Maria, Welsh song Anfonaf Angel, Loving Kindess and Australian Blessing. Jones has also compiled a book, Everyday Blessings, to accompany the albums. The book features blessings for every day of the year and will be published on November 6. It will be accompanied by a 25-date cathedral tour in 2021, kicking off at Paisley Abbey on May 1. The album will be released on BMG on November 6. PA Media