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By Deseret Book Press Release

Wondrous Talent, Wondrous Debut, Wondrous Love

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- "George Dyer is perhaps the music world's best-kept secret," asserts noted composer Les de Azevedo. That's about to change with the release of Dyer's debut solo album Wondrous Love (Shadow Mountain, $13.99 limited-time introductory priced CD, $13.98 cassette), proof positive of the passion and vocalism that has propelled Dyer into the ranks of our nation's finest tenors.

"Wondrous Love" features 12 classic and original sacred melodies and hymns that will appeal and inspire all listeners. In addition to Dyer's remarkable talent, the songs on the album, which include "All Creatures of Our God and King," "Lead Kindly Light," and "I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked" were also treated to fresh new arrangements from award-winning composers Kurt Bestor and Merrill Jenson, among others. "Very seldom have I been as moved by a singer as I was when George made the notes [of my arrangements] come alive," says Bestor, who arranged three songs on the album.

Fans will have ample opportunity to hear Dyer perform live within the coming months. The 2000 - 2001 season finds him onstage with the Ohio Opera in Columbus, with Tennessee's Chattanooga Opera, and in Jerusalem performing the role of Jesus Christ in the world premiere of Lex de Azevedo's HOSANNA.

This December, Dyer will reprise his role as the Angel Gabriel in both California and Utah performances of Azevedo's Gloria. Gloria will also be broadcast by Detroit Public Television on November 28th, in the video recording that features George as Gabriel.

George Dyer has been a national finalist in the San Francisco Opera's Merola Program, a district finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, and has performed with the New York City Opera on several occaisons. A native of Virginia, Dyer presently resides in Utah with his wife and children.



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