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Darlene Koldenhoven

Darlene Koldenhoven (born October 9, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American soprano, pianist, songwriter, arranger, composer, keyboardist, record producer, lyricist, author, actor, educational speaker, music industry consultant, and sonic therapist.

Darlene Koldenhoven
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Background information
Birth name Darlene Koldenhoven
Born Chicago, Illinois, United States
Occupation(s) vocalist, pianist, songwriter, arranger, composer, lyricist; voice teacher, sonic therapist, author, actor
Instruments Vocals
Labels TimeArt Recordings

Koldenhoven has a Grammy Award[1] and three Grammy Nominations as lead soprano in Clare Fischer's 2+2. She is known globally as the featured soprano soloist in the PBS television special and DVD, "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis",[2] and in Grammy Winner Ricky Kej's "Shanti Samsara" concerts/videos in Bangalore, India [3] for environmental consciousness. Koldenhaven has an MVP award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYS®) for "Best Studio Singer" for singing on[4] thousand of recordings in movies, television, albums/CDs, commercials, video games, live shows and more. She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd's " A Momentary Lapse of Reason.[5]" She has a Gold album from and is also known worldwide as the tambourine-waving choir nun in both "Sister Act"[6] films with Whoopi Goldberg and off-camera as the production vocal coach, vocal contractor, and music director. She has two Telley Awards for her song/video, "Love is an Action Word." Her albums have debuted or gone to #1 on the ZMR Radio Charts and have been voted by Broadcasters worldwide for Best Vocal Album 2007 "Infinite Voice," Best Holiday Album 2007 "Heavenly Peace," a Nomination for Best Vocal Album 2011 "Solitary Treasures," and a Nomination for Best Piano Album with Instrumentation 2014 "Tranquil Times."


Partial discographyEdit

  • Color Me Home (4/21/17) – Debuted #1 in May 2017 on the "ZMR Worldwide New Age/Ambient/World Radio Charts." 2017 Award wins & nominations: Winner "Clouzine International Music Awards." Best New Age Album; Winner "The Akademia Awards." Best Ambient/Instrumental Song "First Light." Gold Medals "Global Music Awards." Best New Age Song "Until" and Best Soprano Soloist; Nomination "Utah Music Awards." Best Single "Ode to Our Orb." Nominations "Global Peace Song Awards" Best New Age Song "Ode to Our Orb" and Best World Song "Indian Summer. Nomination (winners TBA 11/2017) "Hollywood Music in Media Awards" Best New Age/Ambient "Ode to Our Orb." Selected for Festival Performance Western New York Film, Art and Music Event Best International Song "Indian Summer." Tracks include guest soloists such as Grammy winners Tom Scott, Brent Fischer, Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman, Charlie Bisharat; Grammy nominees David Arkenstone and Rocky Dawuni; ZMR winners Jeff Oster, Al Jewer; First Chairs Gayle Levant, Mike Miller, John Sarantos, Lyn Bertles, Nick Vincent, Courtney Jacob, Vanil Veigas.
  • Tranquil Times (9/6/13) – Winner IMA 2013 Independent Music Awards Best New Age Album. #1 on ZMR Radio Charts 3/14. Nominated Best Piano Album with Instrumentation by Broadcasters Worldwide in the ZMR Awards 2/15/2015.


In 2007 Koldenhoven released a music education book with instructional CDs called Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear (ISBN 978-0978956233 and ISBN 978-0978956240), distributed by Alfred Music. As a member of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, she has presented seminars on the voice and composing for the voice, as well as seminars for the Nebraska Music Educators Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She also served on the NARAS Board of Trustees for two terms, was a Los Angeles Chapter Second Vice President for one term, and Governor for six years.


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