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AOMUSIC, (also known as, AO) is a pan-cultural world/new age musical group, known for an exotic blend of ethnic texture, rhythmic energy and ambient harmony. Their compositions employ melodic refrains, sung by Miriam Stockley (the voice of Karl Jenkins’ Adiemus project), and children’s choral ensembles from around the globe. Song lyrics are typically sung in a mixture of ancient languages or made-up phonetics, so as not to pay allegiance to a particular ethnicity; thereby lending to a more universal impression. Each song is composed, produced and performed by three well established recording artists; founder Richard Gannaway, Jay Oliver and Miriam Stockley. Since the Spring of 2000, the group has produced three albums on their own indie label AO Music/Arcturian Gate (established in 1996). Gannaway and Oliver produce the sound using a blend of live acoustic instruments and digital samples that cover a broad range of world indigeny, mixed with contemporary elements.

Richard Gannaway (stringed instruments, vocals) and Jay Oliver (synths, samples, keyboards) were born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. They met in 1988 and moved to the Los Angeles area in 1989. They began working on the Aomusic project in 1996. Gannaway started his career as a touring folk musician, then toured Western Europe and Canada as leader of the rock group Tiger & The Helix before founding the vision of Aomusic. Jay Oliver began at the age of sixteen as the youngest member of Maynard Ferguson’s band. His later credits include: Sheryl Crow, The Eagles, Jimmy Buffett, Wynona Judd, Glenn Frey, Peabo Bryson, Chick Corea and Dave Weckl.

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