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A gospel group and more
“4 Heaven & More” are a vocal group that specializes in gospel singing, but their spectrum is much wider. It was founded in January 2005 by Eva Simontacchi, who backed up and started several successful vocal groups in the past. The people who make up the group are all professionals coming from different musical backgrounds, solo or choir singers of unquestionable talent and experience. Eva Simontacchi is the group’s artistic manager, she is responsible for its look and, since she is also its founder, she’s the leader.
picture by Mario Livraghi
“4 Heaven & More” sing classical pieces of contemporary and traditional gospel music, like “Hail Holy Queen”, “Happy Day”, “I Will Follow Him” (sound track of Sister Act with Whoopy Goldberg), “Kum ba ya”, “Amen”, “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”, “This Little Light of Mine” and classical Christmas songs like “Oh Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “White Christmas”, which have been rediscovered and harmonically rearranged in a very original way by Giancarlo Urso, who has been the group’s piano player and arranger from 2004 up to 2007. In addition to these classical and gospel pieces, their repertoire includes some pop and jazz evergreens such as "You've Got A Friend", "Don't get Around Much Any More", "What A Wonderful World", "Over The Rainbow". “4 Heaven & More” also perform a few classical pieces like a wonderful vocal harmonization by Giancarlo Urso for Soprano, Contralto and Tenor of Gounod’s ”Ave Maria”.
"4 Heaven & More" have three different kinds of projects: one project is especially conceived for the Christmas concerts and includes Christmas songs and gospel, the second projects is tailored for conventions, parties, concerts during the other months of the year, and includes jazz and pop evergreens. Both these projects may be accompanied either only by the piano, or by piano, bass and drums. The third project concerns wedding ceremonies.
Right-click the links below to download and listen to some MP3 samples from "4 Heaven and More":
Kum ba ya
The vocal harmonization of the different pieces has been carried out by Giancarlo Urso, Ranieri di Biagio and Eva Simontacchi.