Alan Curtis: “Gracious”

Alan Curtis: “Gracious”

Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 24 – 30, 2017
“Gracious” from “Playing the Grace Card”
Music and Lyrics by Alan Curtis

Songwriter and producer Alan Brian Curtis has had a rich career working as a songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and guitar synthesist. He’s also an avowed beachnik residing on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The natural beauty that abounds in every direction provides a continuous source of inspiration for him. Alan’s immediate plans are to continue learning to love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength and to love neighbor as himself. He is very excited to have an opportunity to bless others through music. From the most remote archipelago on the planet, he is able to broadcast his music to the most remote parts of the planet and everywhere in between. The irony is not lost on him.

“Alan combines Latin and World Beat rhythms offering up an Afro-Cuban- Puerto Rican-Carribean-Brazilian sound. It has the warmth of roots reggae with so much more. The guitar work is exceptional, but he also adds layers with synthesizer that would take a full orchestra to produce. He told me that his approach was ‘to use the available technology to produce as natural and organic sounding finished song as possible.’ My favorite song is ‘Gracious,’ which is an inspiring island gospel tune with a full backup chorus…” – Janie Franz, Music Up Close, Skopemag.com

“Alan professionally and tastefully changes colors from genre to genre. He lends himself to jazz and Latin- jazz but does not shy away from a musical challenge. Alan is a talent to be reckoned with, yet he is an extremely humble musician who seeks to learn and understand music in its entirety.” – Alex Pundyk, Indaba Music Blog

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Bobby Stanton: “Harpstrings”

Bobby Stanton: “Harpstrings”

Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 17 – 23, 2017

“Harpstrings” from “Shepherd”

Instrumental performed by Bobby Stanton
Arrangement by Bobby Stanton and Peter Link
Produced by Peter Link

Bobby Stanton is a world class guitarist whose career spans many styles of music. With Watchfire Music he has created one of our most popular Inspirational CDs.

You may have heard him featured on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion or playing in one of several Broadway musicals. You may have also caught his magical fingers strumming with the likes of Mark O’Connor, James Taylor, Richie Havens, Noel Redding, Bo Diddley, Susan Tedeschi, Maureen Mcgovern, Donny Osmond, The Platters, Fabian, Charlie Daniels, only to name a few. In his spare time (what spare time could he possibly have?) he shares his talent and technique as a teacher of guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston where he was awarded the first ever “Ovation” Award.

“I just finished listening to the Shepherd CD by Bobby Stanton. Totally inspiring! Different! Spiritually uplifting! Beautiful orchestrations! Superb sound! What more can I say – I love all the arrangements!” – Marion Miller

“Bob Stanton shows you how the arpeggios of these uncomplicated structures can be “summed” together with each other to create more complex melodic effects, including altered sounds. It’s a great addition to your playing” -Guitar Player Magazine

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Julia Wade: “The New Jerusalem”

Julia Wade: “The New Jerusalem”

Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 10 – 16, 2017

“The New Jerusalem” from “Wings”

Performed by Julia Wade
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link

Julia Wade is one of those rare and gifted crossover vocalists who can handle both worlds (classical and pop) with great style and grace. On top of it all, she is a singer who has the ability to get deeply into the lyric and magically inspire the audience. Described by Inside World Music as “the female equivalent of Josh Groban,” Julia is an inspirational and classical crossover artist whose work spans diverse musical styles. She has performed nationally and internationally as a concert soloist, as well as in opera, cabaret and musical theatre, including The Rome Opera and Carnegie Hall.

Recently, Julia starred in a series of performances of a new concert project called “Is Anybody Listening?” at New York City’s Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. Julia will be appearing in live-streaming and live-hosted webcasts of “Is Anybody Listening?” beginning on April 15th and April 23rd, 2017.

As a concert artist, Julia has carved out a unique path as an inspirational singer — touring her evocative solo concerts to a variety of venues from large concert halls to intimate theatres and churches. Julia takes her audience on an inspirational journey in which she grapples with issues of the world at large as well as the individual human condition. Her concert experience is described as being “beautifully entertain[ing] all the while your soul is being nourished!”

Julia completed a successful seven-year run as soloist at the headquarters of a worldwide church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist in Boston, MA.

Defining her work, Julia says, “I sing evocative ideas, working to inspire change in the world and healing in individual lives.”

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“Julia Wade is the female equivalent of Josh Groban, but there are hints of early Charlotte Church, too. Julia knows how to evoke magic with her beautiful voice.” 
– Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

“Right to the heart. Just MASTERFUL musicianship. Refined. Pure. Magical.” 
– Julie Gold, Songwriter of From A Distance

“I fell in love with this album within seconds of hearing the tinkling music and the angel voice of Julia Wade in the glowing tribute to God of the title song … Wade with her undeniable inspirational devotion is the perfect executioner. This is definitely an album you will want to hear EVERY DAY.” 
 — Laurie Lawson, Electronic Link Journey, NYC

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Osceola Davis: “Climbing High Mountains”

Osceola Davis: “Climbing High Mountains”

Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 2 – April 8, 2017

“Climbing High Mountains” from Osceola Davis’ Album, Climbing High Mountains

Performed
by Osceola Davis
A native of New Jersey, Osceola Davis began her career as an elementary school teacher. This allowed her the opportunity to mentor handicapped as well as musically-gifted children. From there she was invited to New York to participate in the opera studio at the Metropolitan Opera for promising artists. The studio presented their programs in the public schools to introduce young audiences to new repertoire. These experiences led her to perform on Broadway, then continued on to perform in Europe. When she returned to the U.S., this time it was to sing on the Metropolitan Opera stage and begin her career as a major international attraction.

Earlier recordings of Osceola includes a joint project with Artistic Director of the Savonlinna Festival and the Metropolitan Opera’s Finnish baritone, Jorma Hynninen. She also recorded for The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, MA where she was, for a number of years, soloist as well.

“The real savior and good spirit of the Ariadne performance is Osceola Davis’ Zerbinetta, this nightingale-like virtuoso. Her characterization is quite perfect, a seductive frolicker who changes from moment to moment with mercurial fickleness, is always as unpredictable and as captivating. Osceola Davis’ appearance combines most delicate gracefulness and great strength. Zerbinetta’s movements and gestures could hardly be more enticing and pulsating. Her expressions portray childlike bewilderment, tittering coquetry aw well as shrewdness. One of Strauss’ magic tricks is the way in which he transforms the cabaret-like melodies of Zerbinetta and her companions into a refined coloratura splendor. Osceola Davis’ nightingale-like voice sounds at the same time like the purring of a cat.” — Hannu-Tlari Lampila, Helsingin Sanomat

“Osceola Davis isn’t as familiar a singer as Battle, but on the basis of Sunday’s concert she should be. Her winsome personality was instantaneously appealing, her tone glowed like freshly fallen snow, and her direct, heartfelt interpretive manner was absolutely perfect for this beloved yet often so artistically elusive repertory… That selection and Davis’ ecstatic rendition of ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands’ (capped by a stunning high E Flat) got the biggest ovations of the afternoon, but the entire program was a delightful, frequently very moving experience.” — Bill Zakariasen, The Daily News

“But there was delightful singing from Osceola Davis, silvery in Zerbinetta’s aria from ‘Ariadne auf Naxos,'” — Richard Dyer, The Boston Sunday Globe

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Cynth: “Wind Walker”

Cynth: “Wind Walker”

Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, March 27 – April 1, 2017

“Wind Walker” from Cynth’s Album, Flute Medicine

Cynth’s “Wind Walker” from the album Flute Medicine
Performed by Cynth
Cynth has traveled the many roads of music, first as a student of the classics, then a devotee of jazz and later the difficult maze of pop artist, to find her true home as a maker of flutes and composer of inspirational music.

Daughter of a jazzman and classically trained, (she studied with the 1st chair flute of the LA Philharmonic) Cynth signed her first recording contract with Warner Bros/Seven Arts at the age of 19, and released an album “The Holy Mackerel” with hall of fame singer/songwriter Paul Williams and award winning producer Richard Perry.

Cynth has been practicing meditation for over thirty years and began making her own bamboo flutes and exploring the powers of what she calls “organic music.” When a close friend was in a coma, Cynth came to the hospital to play her flute. To the amazement of Cynth and the ICU nurses, there was a dramatic improvement in heart rate on the bedside scopes. After this experience of the power of music, Cynth committed herself to bringing a new awareness and approach to healing through music and continues to be a pioneer, researcher, performer and recording artist.

Cynth’s “Wind Walker”
Cynth’s “Wind Walker” from the album Flute Medicine
“I have brought Cynth’s music to the bedside of Hospice patients and have witnessed its effect on them. Her remarkable work touches the emotions, cultivates a peaceful environment and brings a meaningful experience for patients and families in the midst of trying times.” – Lothar Delgado, Bereavement Coordinator, Kaiser Permanente Hospice

“Enchantment straight from a healing heart. I played it at a birth recently and her sounds created an incredible atmosphere for Mom and baby!” – Christine Stevens, Health & Wellness Director, REMO INC.

“The way Flute Medicine is produced and played gives it a natural healing vibration. The thing I love about this disc is how the flutes are overdubbed, often to the accompaniment of Tibetan bowls and bells, blowing like a clear breeze through the cathedral of the mind. But it’s heart-centered music as well, especially on “Pyramid” and “Dream Lodge Dancer.” Seven- time Grammy winner Roger Nichols helped out on production and it shows — even on a simple flute solo. The album, especially on headphones, opens up into an adventure in reverberation and resonance — a true tonic for the heart and mind.” – Robert Phoenix, eMusic

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