‘Deeply personal’ is a phrase often used to describe artists’ releases. In the respect of ‘Ave Maria’ though it takes on a greater meaning. Following the loss of his mother in the early spring, Markus Schulz opted to celebrate her life in one of the most natural manners imaginable – through music.
While it’s been sung by everyone from Bocelli to Beyoncé, to the best of the Internet’s knowledge ‘Ave Maria’’s never previously been placed in the electronic music frame. To carry off the vocal and lyrical complexities of the traditional prayer, Markus connected with Haliene to deliver their rendition.
Pulsing with emotion throughout, Markus has mustered an every bit as spirited backing for it, which mixes minor key pathos with major uplift. After its premiere airing at Ultra Miami, Markus and Armin van Buuren talked together about ‘Ave’ and having handpicked it for his ‘A State Of Trance Ibiza 2019’ album, he ultimately signed it to Armind.
Awarded 8.5 in DJ Mag’s July issue, ‘Ave Maria’ is out now.