while working in a garden, I found a medallion lying in the dirt," recalls Andrea Hamill. "The earth gives off a life force and peace. The medallion had an angel on it. It was bringing forth the blessings of enlightenment and the anointing of life and love. I offered it back up to the universe. The medallion became the album cover.”
The notable buoyancy of Hamill's voice was developed in her teenage years when she trained as a lyric soprano under Ann Matthews at Dickinson College and Klara Meyers at Temple University. She honed her craft in Pennsylvania's statewide choral competitions, the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and the Harrisburg Civic Opera. She married, became a stay-at-home mom and continued her music part-time in local churches and small folk gatherings.
Now celebrating her return to singing, Andrea Hamill is releasing My Love Undying, Songs of the Winter Nativity, a collection of traditional and lesser-known winter and Christmas carols from England, France, Spain and the Ukraine, recorded in 1994 at Unity Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Combining both the ambiance of the cathedral and the beer hall, the album conveys a beatific sense of exhilaration.
Hamill looks forward to all the new potential of using online music technologies. "The title of the album is taken from the last line in the 'Carol of the Birds' where the partridge flies to offer its song to the new born Christ. With online tools like the Nimbit and YouTube, it is now possible to reach new listeners. It's a whole new world for me! An experiment in independent musicianship and internet community buildling."
"The recording features age-old carols from England, France, Spain and the Ukraine...[and] several modern Christmas songs, but a strong Celtic folk influence permeates every note Hamill breathes."
-- The Carlisle Evening Sentinel
"Andrea Hamill's album, My Love Undying, Songs of the Winter Nativity, is a chance to hear Joan Baez's sterling soprano crossed with Loreena McKennitt's eclectic celtic sound. There's a a cold mug of ale thumping on a medieval wood-plankered table and an ancient catholic abbey in it all."