Award-winning band 2002 delivers a new collection of timeless songs from ancient lands, adding young daughter to their signature sound. Singing in three languages, Sarah Copus takes 2002’s stunning soundscapes to angelic heights.
Award-winning progressive New Age music band 2002 is thrilled about their new album, Celtic Fairy Lullaby, because this ‘First Family of New Age music’ now includes young daughter Sarah Copus. At 11 years old, Sarah is the lead vocalist, singing in Gaelic, Welsh and English, and also playing harp and violin. 2002’s founding members, multi-instrumentalists Pamela and Randy Copus, couldn’t be more proud of Sarah who’s already being compared to Enya and Loreena McKinnett.
For over 24 years, 2002 has uniquely blended a wide range of genres, from wistful ambient soundscapes to light progressive rock. Their daring blend of musical styles has given them an undeniable “signature sound” which has landed them on Billboard’s charts 11 times and topped Billboard’s ‘Year In Review’ issue alongside Yanni, Mannheim Steamroller, Jim Brickman and George Winston.
Released on February 19th on Galactic Playground Music, Celtic Fairy Lullaby is a collection of timeless songs from ancient lands. Harps, flutes, piano, and subtle orchestration accompany delightful lyrics in Gaelic, Welsh and English. The 12 mesmerizing songs are soothing and nurturing, perfect for relaxation, sleep and meditation.
A young heart with an old soul, Sarah has been featured previously on 2002’s albums. At age 10, Sarah’s soaring, angelic voice was featured prominently on Trail of Dreams (2014) that won “Best Vocal Album” from Zone Music Reporter. Sarah accepted the award and made her live debut at the Zone Music Awards in New Orleans singing “Tá Mé ‘mo Shuí” and playing harp for over 700 attendees. Sarah beams when she speaks about her harp she named Hermione: “When I hold the harp up to play it, the low notes make a hum that goes into my heart.”
“Sarah has perfect pitch,” says mom Pamela. “We approached the recording of Celtic Fairy Lullaby a little unconventionally and laid down Sarah’s amazing vocal tracks first, then built the music tracks around her. The synergy that Sarah brings to 2002’s signature sound has created something entirely new, by a band that believes in following the musical adventure wherever it leads, ever onward.”
When Pamela and Randy met in their high school theater department, they couldn’t have imagined that after exploring a variety of musical styles, instruments and bands, they would ultimately form their own band. Originally, the zeros in “2002” were infinity signs, with the “twos” on either side representing the young couple flanking infinity. Difficult to type and pronounce, the band’s name evolved into “Two Thousand Two” but the significance remains.
Representing the pinnacle of progressive and Celtic new age sound, 2002 has been steadily increasing their use of vocals and percussion, infusing elements from pop, folk and rock into their ambient/neo-classical roots. Randy plays piano, guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion, and Pamela plays harp, flutes and keyboards. An accomplished harpist and violinist, young Sarah also plays flute, whistle, ukulele and piano. More impressive is that she’s already creating the harmonies and much of the vocal arrangements.
“I love how we musically blend as a family,” says Randy. “Every time we go on stage to perform, I see those two lighted-up, electrified harps front stage, and I’m reminded again of what a unique act we’ve become. When we sing our big vocal harmonies together, the energy we experience is difficult to describe… it’s as though the notes are glued together with love!”
Echoing her dad’s sentiments, Sarah adds “I love playing music with my family. We connect when we play because we are already so close.”
The Copus Family is very active on the Texas music scene. Sarah is one of the founding members of North Texas School of Irish Music’s Gaelic Youth Chorus, and even has her own Celtic youth band, Innisfall. 2002 has additional recordings scheduled for 2016 and plans to add more performances throughout the US this year.
With albums like Land of Forever (1998 – 54 weeks Billboard’s new age chart) and River of Stars (2000 – 74 weeks on Billboard’s chart) and This Moment Now (2003 – COVR Award for Best New Age Album), the music industry eagerly awaits the release of Celtic Fairy Lullaby and more from this talented family, that is 2002.