Brightman co-wrote one of the tracks, "B612," while co-producer Sally Herbert contributed the first single, "Angel." Other choices include Elbow's anthemic "One Day LIke This," Sigur Ros' "Glosoli," the "Lento E Largo" section of Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3, Australian singer-songwriter Sia Furler's "Breathe Me," a version of "Ave Marie" and Wings' "Venus and Mars," which closes the album on a deliberately light note.
"I think when I was growing up, all around us in the space area there were some pieces like 'Lost in Space' and the ('Star Trek') Starship Enterprise and that fun, silly side of space," Brightman notes. "With 'Venus and Mars,' it was very light, and it was fun and it was fitting. I felt it would really be the right piece to finish with."
Brightman is still quite serious about heading into space herself, however. She's gone through some physical and psychological training already in Russia and reports that "the journey so far has been absolutely amazing, better than I ever expected I'd do. It's been very inspirational to me as a musician and a creator, and... just knowing you're a very healthy person at the end of the day is nice." Brightman says she has another six months of rigorous training ahead and cautions that "anything can happen between now and then," but she's allowing herself to think about projects she might do while in orbit.
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"People who go up, especially in the private sector, all do something they're good at or interested in," Brightman says. "Obviously I'm a singer. I've asked astronauts, and they've said it's perfectly possible to sing up there. Everyone's got wonderful ideas about what I could do, but that's something you have to look into very carefully. So I'm not saying much until I know more."
Before that, however, Brightman has another journey planned -- touring to support "Dreamchaser." She kicks off June 13 in Taiwan, hitting China and Japan before starting a North American run on Sept. 13 in Hamilton, Ontario, wrapping up Nov. 2 in Anaheim, Calif. "What I want with this concert tour is to make (the shows) as beautiful and effective as possible with the feelings, in the visual sense, behind me," Brightman says. "I'm using just a huge, round screen that almost looks like... a satellite behind me. We're going to play amazing footage while I sing, so it's going to be very simple but very moving, I think, and really be a very natural progression from hearing the songs on the album."