Years before "Guide Me God" became an international dancefloor sensation after being remixed and championed by Junior Vasquez, Ghostland quietly released its 1998 debut album to little fanfare. The London-based trio includes guitarist Justin Adams, producer/instrumentalist John Reynolds, and cellist Caroline Dale, who all come from different backgrounds. In particular, Reynolds comes from a seasoned background; he produced albums for such successful artists as Boyzone, Adam Ant, Jah Wobble, Sinéad O'Connor, and Natacha Atlas throughout the '90s. Reynolds' connections helped make the difference for Ghostland. O'Connor and Atlas contributed vocals to the trio's debut album, which fuses organic instrumentation such as guitar and cello with electronica, and their ethereal singing made "Guide Me God" the album's standout moment. It took a few years, though, before the song took on a second life as a progressive house anthem in its remixed form. More than anyone, Vasquez, one of New York's top house DJs, championed the song, remixing and featuring it prominently on his Earth Music mix for Tommy Boy in 2002.
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