Musical Discoveries visitors find thoughtful reviews, engaging interviews, stunning imagery and
biographical details as well as links to further information about contemporary, progressive and
crossover music featuring female vocalists. Regular contributions from our international
staff of industry correspondents are published here.
Musical Discoveries is registered and enjoys a top ten rating in most major search engines
in the female vocalists category. Our oustanding webstats are available to artists, their
management and promoters on request.
We do not host music files or soundbites but provide many links to
external online resources that do. We are affiliated with
many soundbites are available there. Purchases made through links
from this website help defray our operating costs.
Musical Discoveries actively follows and promotes contemporary,
progressive and crossover music featuring female vocalists by
reviewing albums and live performances, interviewing artists
and by publishing comprehensive features spanning their careers.
The Musical Discoveries Network is an ever-expanding resource of
online music information, consisting of:
Musical Discoveries has also been closely associated with Michael Dunford's
Scheherazade Musical. Our editorial team developed the website that
supported the 1997 showcase performances.
Musical Discoveries is renowned for two distinct styles of review and
has sections corresponding to each. Three additional online facilities
support our visitors. Tabs at the top of our menus provide the primary
navigation path; subdivisions are generally available on the left hand
Our Atomz-provided site-specific search engine reindexes our
material weekly and will readily locate reviews without further
navigation. The website's rapidly-loading and attractive magazine-style
front page outlines significant website additions and coming attractions.
Musical Discoveries is presently hosted by the the USA-based Internet Service
Provider Site5.com. The website
is currently verified compatible with both Internet Explorer and Netscape
The website has evolved rapidly since 1999 and is presently a 90MB online
resource. Significant updates and news items are posted regularly in this
section. Powered by Greymatter since October 2001, the Site Updates page is
actively maintained and provides visitors the capability to comment on
each item in the update list.
An archive of prior updates and artist news dating back to
March 2000 is available from the left hand navigation pane.
The Digest is comprised of hundreds of reviews, each generally
less than a page in length. A complete Digest, comprised of eleven or
twelve reviews, is published every one-two months; back issues
remain online indefinately. Implemented with a MySQL database and
php scripts since September 2001, the Digest is one of the most technologically
advanced facilities developed by Musical Discoveries. The Digest is further
indexed into four genres:
- Contemporary Celtic and World
- Classical Crossover
An Instrumental Digest is also available and can be accessed from the
left hand navigation pane. Individual Digest reviews may be selected one
at a time from the indexes. Album covers are linked to artist websites and
image credits are linked to their labels. Further links to ordering
information are also provided.
The Reviews section contains hundreds of in-depth reviews that often
address an artist's entire catalog, incorporate an interview with
band members—with a primary focus on the lead vocalist—and are typically
at least two-three sheets of single-spaced A4 in length. Musical Discoveries
feature articles are graphically intensive and present images of the artists
and their albums' artwork. Individual artist pages are kept up to date as
their repertoires expand; links to their own, their label's and online
ordering website locations are maintained. Like the Digest, Reviews are
indexed into four broad genres and a live performance section:
- Contemporary Celtic and World
- Classical Crossover
- Artists In Concert
Each Musical Discoveries Review 'feature' is a unique project and while
their general look and feel are similar, they are formatted to best suit
the artists and their own musical style.
A growing number of artists, groups and bands have drawn significant attention
from Musical Discoveries' visitors since the site's inception. Those that have
risen to the top of our own lists are selected to be Musical Discoveries'
Featured Artists. A brief, one-two paragraph overview and an image of the
respective vocalist is provided for each in this section. Links to their
pages within the site and to their own website are provided here. Only
a dozen of the hundreds of artists reviewed at Musical Discoveries have
persently been selected as our Featured Artists.
Our moderated Discussion forums, now powered by MercuryBoard since April 2004, may be
viewed by anyone. Ability to post requires visitors to complete a confidential
Presently subdivided into four categories, the forums are principally
used by the development team to announce coming attractions and provide
an area for visitors to comment and suggest directions for the website:
- Announcements: Significant Website Changes and Plans
- Coming Attractions: Internet Features and Album Reviews
- Artists: Recommended Artists and Music Industry
- General: Website Commentary (Development Status)
Our thousands of unique visitors each month are generally quite reserved
in their views and therefore have not posted extensively using this
While the website contains thousands of links to external internet
resources within its Digest and Review pages, especially noteworthly
links to external resources are provided here. Musical Discoveries
has been reciprocally linked to by many external resources.
A server-based registration facility within the site ensures that
all major industry-wide search engines (AltaVista, Google, Lycos, etc.)
are aware of the website's latest updates.
Musical Discoveries has adopted a more universally accepted rating system for our
reviews beginning in January 2004:
(One to miss).
The publication focuses on material our editors and regular correspondents rate
in the top three categories.
Our editors' first project was the compilation of the Renaissance Band
History for the world wide web; this project quickly evolved into
a collaborative effort in 1996 from which
Renaissance Website emerged. We built the official website for
Michael Dunford's new musical Scheherazade the following
Musical Discoveries was born in late 1996 with a few brief
reviews but began to take off in 1998. By 2000, the website has grown
and today includes hundreds of album and live performance reviews by a
vast array of recording artists. The website is very popular amongst
female vocal enthusiasts. With a broad following from every corner of
the globe, many of our visitors return daily.
Musical Discoveries focuses on contemporary, progressive and crossover
music featuring female vocalists. The majority of the work reviewed shares
this common thread and although we've branched out significantly from our
earlier roots, the project was initially encouraged by following the
Artists Similar to Enya page. Musical Discoveries is
well known for its in-depth reviews, however, the now expansive Album
Review Digest (Digest Index)
and Instrumental Album Review Digest
were built to provide concise reviews of a broader range of music
for our audience.
Musical Discoveries began to expand significantly in 1998. Several
exciting new progressive music album reviews
were published (see Strangers On A
Train for example) and the first in a series of full length
online features was created for progressive vocalist
Tracy Hitchings and her live performance
with Landmarq was also reviewed here.
Similar in-depth articles were constructed as 1999 drew to a close
on the progressive vocalist Lana Lane,
the group Arise From Thorns featuring Michelle
Loose, and Hungarian progressive group You and I and their vocalist,
Fanni Völgyessy Szomor.
Additional work has stretched the site exponentially with new online features,
often containing interviews, being constructed for a broad variety of
recording artists. Musical Discoveries added album and live music
reviews by two exceptional progressive rock groups in 2000:
Karnataka (Wales) fronted by vocalist Rachel
Jones and Nexus (Argentina) fronted by Mariela
Our interest in Karl Jenkins'
albums led us to further explore Miriam Stockley's solo
work and to develop an on-line discography now found at
her official website
which our editorial staff constructed and currently maintain.
The work of other
Session Singers In The United Kingdom, including
inspired a new
feature on this website. A biographical sketch and reviews of her
earlier CDs have been published here.
This line of investigation also led us to the music of session vocalist
Jeni Saint and led to further discoveries in
2000. See Site Updates for details!
During 2001 several of the sections of Musical Discoveries had significant
make-overs and updates to the Adiemus Unofficial Homepage and Miriam Stockley's
websites were made. Karl Jenkins Music agreed to sponsor the Adiemus UHP in
2002. In late 2002, following several months of planning with the artist,
Musical Discoveries editors developed a new
website for Renaissance drummer
Terry Sullivan. More in-concert reviews were written during 2002 than in
any prior year.
During 2003, Musical Discoveries continued to expand content to over 800
reviews with the 400th review in our digest being Adiemus' Vocalise.
More feature articles than ever before were published and included interviews with
best-selling artists Heather Nova,
Emilie Autumn, and the multi-platinum
singer Hayley Westenra. As the
year came to a close the demise of mp3.com caused our radio station to cease
operation as well. Our five star universal rating system was developed and
launched in the final days of the year.
What The Artists Say.
Our reviews are well received by artists, their management and fans.
Progressive rock vocalist Michelle Young
wrote, "Your review was outstanding ... it was actually more
in-depth, articulate and educated than some of the 'professional'
reviews I've received." From the alternative sounding
Xyra & Verborgen, lead vocalist Xyra
Harper-Cann wrote, "We were duly impressed with your thoroughness,
originality, knowledge and sensitivity! Glad you are writing,
as this must be a true calling."
After reading our review of their
debut self-titled album, Mark Gollihur of Second Story wrote,
"Everyone was ecstatic with the cohesiveness and content of your
review." Our feature on her independently produced albums
inspired Scheherazade 'ZaZa' Selah to write, " ... beautifully
expressed and written review of my albums ... flattered and touched
by your deep understanding of what my co-producers and I tried to
achieve in these three releases." Similar comments were received
from Janison Edge vocalist Sue Element
and many of the other artists whose work is reviewed at
Praise for our editorial content has continued into 2004. Says Noog of the UK band Sal
"For the first time ever, someone outside the band has actually understood exactly what we
are about and what we are trying to create." On our coverage of her new album
(review), New York singer songwriter
Sylvia Tosun wrote, "As I was reading your magnificient writing, I had tears in my eyes ...
your writing is amazing and you have painted such a picture for the whole project,
your talent is absolutely magical."
Submitting Material For Review.
Musical Discoveries is always seeking new musical artists to feature in
our webspace. Although the site editors' interests are very broad, we
prefer to consider artists' work that lies within the genres presently
Our focus is on contemporary, progressive and crossover music featuring
female vocalists but we review instrumental work and recordings featuring
male vocalists as well. Please e-mail
us if you have material to submit for consideration by our editorial staff.
We do not review mp3s.
Musical Discoveries' Editor-in-Chief and founder is Russell W Elliot and we are
headquartered in the greater Boston, MA area (USA).
The new millenium has expanded the team that bring our content to the world
wide web. A significant number of reviews published in our digest are prepared
by co-editor-in-chief Audrey Elliot (USA). Visitors will find reviews by associate editors, Gabrielle Angelique (USA), Yael Akron (Israel),
Jonathan Edwards, (UK), Deborah J Elliot (USA), Justin Elswick (USA), Jamie Field (UK), Mark Fisher (USA) and Stephen Lambe (UK) as well as correspondents
Don Baer (USA), Scott Bassin (USA), Yorgos Dalman (Netherlands), Steven Digman (USA), Pamela Dow (USA), Evelyn Downing (UK),
Charlie Farrell (UK), Suvi Kaikkonen (Finland), Kristen Kissinger (USA), John Morley (UK), Richard Moloney (Ireland), John Rodda (USA),
Paul van Vliet (USA), Ken Wood (USA) and our Scandinavian Bureau Chief, Mauri Osterholm (Finland).
Chief Technical Officer Mark Elliot (USA) is responsible for the website's graphic design,
java scripts, php, MySQL, advanced HTML, image-based feature webpage design and technical
reviews of equipment and software we publish.
Photographic credits are always presented underneath images included in our pages and
permission obtained for work generated by sources outside the Musical Discoveries team.
The new millenium has enlarged the team that provides photographs to the site. Steven
Lambe (UK), Chris Walkden (UK) and Joseph Voncken (Holland) are regular contributors of
photographs, especially to our in-concert reviews and graphically intensive features.
Musical Discoveries is interested in all feedback, positive or negative. Visitors
experiencing problems with the website—e.g., broken links, missing images, or
unacceptably slow response time—are encouraged to report them to the editors.
Please e-mail us with your feedback.
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