"I asked for peace/My sins arose/And bound me close/I could not find release/I asked for truth/my doubts came in/And with their din/They wearied all my youth/I asked for love/My lovers failed/And griefs assailed/Around, beneath, above/I asked for thee/And thou didst come/To take me home/Within thy heart to be"
—from "I Asked for Love"

Lisa Gerrard came to musical fame with Dead Can Dance, an Australian band that performed a mix of world music, medieval chants, folk ballads, baroque stylings and Celtic-flavored music.

Since then, she has branched out on her own, recording solo albums and writing the scores for a variety of films, including Gladiator, Ali, Whale Rider and The Insider.

Her collaborator, Patrick Cassidy, is an Irish classical composer, now living in Los Angeles, whom she met while working on the Gladiator score. Cassidy received critical acclaim for writing "Vide Cor Meum" for the opera scene in Hannibal. We searched for information on Cassidy's spiritual background, but found nothing.

We were able to find more information on Gerrard's spiritual leanings, even as we listened to her latest album, Immortal Voice, where her otherworldly contralto soars to the steepest heights and drops to the darkest depths. In parts, the Middle Eastern sound on this album is reminiscent of the Ali score, and much of it resembles the new-age Whale Rider score.

It's evident from this album that Gerrard has some religious inclination. On the accompanying lyric sheets, Gerrard writes, "Who better to counterpoint the pseudo-religious rhetoric of the western leaders than Christ, the prince of peace, with his words of love and forgiveness in his native tongue, the language of the Middle East?"

A January 2000 article in Who magazine calls ...

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