Charlotte Church was only 12 when her debut album, Voice of an Angel,
was released 1998, launching the precocious Welsh soprano into overnight stardom with a program of traditional and classical songs. A self-titled disc
followed in 1999 that focused on operatic classics; the Christmas-themed Dream a Dream
came out in 2000; and Enchantment
appeared in 2001, broadening the singer's repertoire into Broadway song. Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church
gathers highlights from each of these top-selling albums, beginning with "Pie Jesu," the opening track from Church's debut disc, and continuing with "Amazing Grace," "Ave Maria," and more. Also included are selections not found on the singer's solo discs, such as "All Love Can Be" from the soundtrack to A Beautiful Mind
and "The Prayer," a duet with another young sensation, Josh Groban, that was featured on his debut disc
. Four previously unreleased tracks complete the collection, including Church's cover of the Simon & Garfunkel classic, "Bridge Over Troubled Water."