Darlene Koldenhoven is a GRAMMY®Award winning recording artist with three Grammy nominations, known worldwide for her featured soprano solo “Aria” in Yanni, Live at the Acropolis. Darlene's vocal classical crossover CDs Infinite Voice, #1 on the Radio Charts and #2 for the entire year of the Top 100 Airplay for 2007, and Heavenly Peace, her acclaimed Christmas CD, which debuted at #2 on the radio charts, both won a 2007 Lifestyle Music Award for Best Vocal Album and Best Holiday Album, respectively, as voted by Broadcasters worldwide. Her latest album, 8th on her label TimeArt, Tranquil Times (9/6/13), is her first completely instrumental album of original compsitions and arrangements; Winner Best New Age Album by 13th Annual Independent Music Awards 2013-14 and hitting the #1 spot on the ZMR Radio Charts in March, 2014 after debuting #2 in February. Broadcasters worldwide Nominated it Best Piano Album with instrumentation on 2/15/2015. It also appears on the CARE Channel Network of hospitals and hospices nationwide. Album number 7, Solitary Treasures (10/10/11), debuted at #5 on the ZoneMusicReporter Radio Charts 3/21/12 and was nominated for Best Vocal Album 2012 by Broadcasters Worldwide. "Lucid See," her piano instrumental from Solitary Treasures was Nominated Best New Age Song in the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards 2011. Darlene's fifth CD, Angel on Ivories (2/11/11), is a treasury of seventeen classical art songs & arias, performed voice with piano, revealing her talent as the accompanying pianist as well as her pellucid assoluta soprano which was awarded Finalist: Best Art Song Vocalist in The American Prize 2012 competition. Inspired by a True Story (6/28/11), her sixth, is comprised of nine original mixed-genre, inspriational, songs and "The Prayer," featuring Darlene's English-only, solo arrangement that she sang on the legendary TV Soap Opera, The Young and The Restless. Since 2011, Darlene has released four Christmas singles. More of her work can be heard on hit films such as Sister Act and Sister Act II as choir nun and real-life choir director & production vocal coach, and on hundreds of movies, records, commercials, live events, concerts, and television shows, such as The Academy Awards and American Idol; and many, many more. These are just a few examples demonstrating her extraordinary abilities as vocalist, keyboardist, producer, songwriter, arranger, composer, lyricist, voice teacher/coach, actor, author, and speaker, combined with musical sophistication, that make her one of the most sought-after musicians in the entertainment business today. Most recently in Grammy Winner Ricky Kej's video "One Song" and Video of live "Shanti Samsara" Concert for Climate Change in conjunction with the United Nations.
Award-Winning, Latest Album . . .
Darlene's First Piano-based Instrumental CD
All Music by Darlene
WINNER!!! Best New Age Album
Independent Music Awards 2013/2014
NOMINATED Best Piano Album with Instrumentation by Broadcasters Worldwide 2/2015
#1 on ZMR Radio Charts, 3/2014
Debuted #2, 2/2014
Voted #1 in Europe and #2 in the USA OneWorldMusic Charts 2/2014. Nominated People's Choice Album of Year OWM 2015.
August 2014 Featured Artist
The C.A.R.E. Channel Network
"When former choir nun Darlene Koldenhoven let loose a piercing high note near the end of her performance, it may have been the only time in history that an opera singer’s rapturous crowd response was led by someone in the audience yelling...!"
Review of DIVAS Simply Singing
"You touched my soul."
–Ben Vereen, Tony Award-winning Actor/Dancer/Singer
"If everyone started the day listening to Darlene Koldenhoven's Infinite Voice, there would be no savage breast left un-soothed on the planet."
–Stephanie Dubois, Beck/Smith
(nationally syndicated entertainment newspaper column)
"She truly does have an outstanding voice. Oftentimes I look for what I call 'the voice of angels' for the channel. Well, I certainly found one in Darlene. She truly is incredible."
–Russ Davis, Program Director
XM Satellite Radio AudioVisions Playlist
Now playing Infinite Voice Tracks 2,3,6,10,11
"Your CDs (Infinite Voice & Heavenly Peace, sic) are delightfully produced, arranged, and of course, sung! Congratulations on finding a home as a recording artist, and a fellow soprano, with unusual arrangements of familiar repertoire."
–Renee Fleming, American Soprano,
Grammy Winning Recording Artist
"I appreciated Tranquil Times serene vibe and the floating feeling I was left with by the end – tranquil times indeed. . . Although Darlene has the voice of an angel, it is wonderful to see her spreading her wings to reveal her other equally impressive musical gifts."
–Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus, 11/27/2013 & Awareness Magazine 1/5/2014
"Rarely have I been so captivated by a singer throughout an entire album. . . Every song on Solitary Treasures is a stunner. . . No matter your musical taste, this is really a winner."
–Raj Monaharen, RajReviews, February 26, 2012
NOMINATION: BEST VOCAL ALBUM
2012 ZMR Music Awards
Debuted #5 ZMR Radio Charts, 2/2012
Voted by Broadcasters Worldwide
"Lucid See" Nominated Best New Age Song
11th Independent Music Awards 2011
ZMR Broadcasters Music Awards
Best Vocal Album 2007 Infinite Voice
#1 Album ZMR Radio Charts
#2 "Top 100 Airplay 2007"
Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear
Darlene’s voice & music education program, comes with 7 instructional CDs to help you train your brain to think musically so you are able to sing in tune, sing in harmony, play any instrument by ear, compose music, understand and appreciate music at a deeper level. Great Vocal Warm-Up CD among the 7 CDs. Distributed by Alfred Music worldwide.
"From Shower Singer to American Idol, 'Tune Your Voice' will Clean Up Your Act"
"As a vocal coach for American Idol, I'm constantly telling singers that learning to listen is just as important as singing. Beginner or pro, ear-training with Tune Your Voice will teach you how to really listen, get better pitch, harmonize, and become an awesome singer."
–Debra Byrd, vocal coach
"American Idol" & "Canadian Idol"
"High School Musical-The Concert"
"Darlene Koldenhoven invites you to explore and analyze your voice in a systematic way to help improve the tune, the tone and the understanding of vocal production. Enjoy her energetic and knowledgeable invitation to SING."
— Don Campbell
Author "The Mozart Effect"
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