Her first stage appearance with Ritchie was 1993, The Battle Rages On
tour when she sang backing vocals on "Difficult To Cure" in the Czech Republic. Then she began writing lyrics, and it would soon become clear this girl was a lot more than eye candy and a voice. In 1995, she wrote her first complete song, "Black Roses," which would not be released until 2011. It was though as a lyricist and a singer that she would make her mark on contemporary music. She contributed lyrics to the 1995 Rainbow album Stranger In Us All
, but was really launched on the world only in 1997. June 2 of that year saw the release of Shadow Of The Moon
which contained three popular songs: the dreamlike title track, "The Clock Ticks On" and "Renaissance Faire," the latter two based on melodies from the 16th
Century by Tielman Susato.
In November, Blackmore's Night made their world debut, in Tokyo, and never looked back. Shadow Of The Moon
went gold in Japan; the follow up album did not appear until May 1999; Under A Violet Moon
was more of the same, and the 3rd
album, Fires At Midnight
put the seal on it. The song "Under A Violet Moon
" had actually been written long before the album was released, and was included in the band's Tokyo debut, which ran to a hundred minutes.