Members of the mysterious Enigma project performED live for the first time
Three Grammy nominations, 70 million sold records, over 100 gold and platinum album sale certifications and this is just a visible part of Enigma project’s mystery. Despite these stunning numbers the project has never toured or appeared in live shows. “Sadeness“, “Return to Innocence“, “Gravity of Love“ and many other hits were performed live by original members from Enigma project. Andru Donalds, Angel X and Fox Lima whose voices were behind many Enigma songs have performed as “Original Enigma Voices“ in a first part of a worldwide tour in spring of 2019. Together with string orchestra and live band forthcoming 2-hour long shows featured majority of popular Enigma songs with a fusion of classical and modern signature elements.
Founded in 1980’s by a German producer Michael Cretu, Enigma project entranced millions of listeners with unique and iconic sounds that are incomparable to anything. A synthesis of music styles, Gregorian chanting, ethnic psalms, church bells, organs and alike instruments creates a very specific, atmospheric and sometimes even psychedelic sounds. Overwhelming record sales and yet hidden faces have made Enigma one of the most popular and mystifying musical project of the last decades. The success of Enigma was an inspiration to many artists and producers including Gregorian project that performs modern pop and rock songs with a Gregorian chant-inspired style.
The shows featured over twenty songs from different albums, including “The Rivers of Belief“ from the first album “MCMXC A.D“ up to “Amen“ composition recorded in their last “The Fall of Live of a Rebel Angel“ album. Andru Donalds says that this was a miraculous show and an unforgettable journey into a spellbinding world of sounds and imagery with yet unheard sound of songs.
Angel X (Andreas Harde) - world famous for the Megahit “Return To Innocence“ of ENIGMA, it was a big hit worldwide and also an important song at the opening of the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996. His voice best known in the big list of ENIGMA’s hits. Together with Michel Cretu, he recorded a CD entitled "Welcome To The Soul Asylum" which was represented in German TOP 100 and was successfully released worldwide (Sony Music).
Andru Donalds joined ENIGMA in 1999 and became one of the lead singers for many years. He participated in the recordings of five ENIGMA albums (4 consecutive studio albums and a compilation album “Love Sensuality Devotion“) and performed in such classics like “Seven Lives“ (the theme on German TV of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing), “Modern Crusaders“ recorded with M. Cretu, “The Same Parents“ featuring Cretu’s son, “Boum-Boum“ recorded with Ruth Ann Boyle and many more. Andru also co-wrote and performed “Je T’aime Till My Dying Day“ and “Distorted Love“. Together with M. Cretu, he collaborated on two of his solo albums. Andru’s 3rd album "Snowin’ Under My Skin" was produced by M. Cretu & Jens Gad and released in 1999. Two hit singles of that album "All Out of Love" (Air Supply cover) and "Simple Obsession" have achieved international success and have been certified as platinum and golden.
Fox Lima (Alise Ketnere-Blistanova) - a singer and a songwriter from Latvia. Her new age sound tied in with her silvery vocal brings us a one-of-a-kind listen. In 2010 she won the competition for lead vocals for ENIGMA project and Fox Lima’s voice, her words and melody helped Michael Cretu to produce new ENIGMA’s single "MMX The Social Song". Listening to her voice and watching her dance in the video for “MMX The Social Song“ evokes a hypnotic tranquility.