Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, June 19 – 25, 2017
“Stars” from “Let it Go”
Performed by Désirée Goyette
Music & Lyrics by Désirée Goyette
Twice Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, vocalist, inspirational speaker, and voice-over actor, Désirée Goyette, is best known for her work on the Garfield and Peanuts animated television shows. She has been featured in numerous television specials including: Movie Blockbusters, The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, Evening Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, The Romance of Betty Boop (as the voice of Betty!), and numerous talk-shows. Désirée also appeared for two years as co-host with Rich Little on the internationally syndicated The New You Asked For It Show.
Alongside sold-out appearances from Carnegie Hall to cabaret, Désirée is deeply rooted in the writing and performing of Inspirational Music. Founder of Lightchild Publishing, Désirée serves as Music Director for Unity Center in Marin, as well a consultant for various cross-denominational music projects. Most recently, Désirée’s work has been published in the New Christian Science Hymnal Supplement.
“Check out Goyette’s voice…when she sings of peace and joy and love, she means it” — San Francisco Chronicle “Top Picks”
“Desiree has the voice and face of an angel — Stanley Eichelbaum, San Francisco Chronicle
“…Every note was perfection!” — The Broadway Critic, San Francisco, CA
“Désirée, your voice and expression are especially beautiful and uplifting. The recording is wonderfully dynamic. I can hear air move when you press the piano keys — brings tears to my eyes.” — Ted Gast, Caledonia Wisconsin
“Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent and inspiration with us. The tone is so beautifully centered and you express the full range of Soul through your music which uplifts us all.” — Alexandra Hawley, Music Professor, Stanford University
“It just seemed as if you were singing to me as the beautiful lyrics and music touched my heart.” “… what a joy it was to be lifted out of my sadness to a sense of peace, comfort and actually joy.” — George Birdsong, Laguna Niguel, CA
“Everyone loves your music, your beautiful expression of voice…” — Ed Sage, Executive Director, ArdenWood, San Francisco, CA
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, June 12 – 18, 2017
“Oh, How I’ll Love You (A Wedding Song)” from “There is a God”
Performed by Richie Abanes
Actor, singer, dancer, songwriter, director, choreographer, award-winning author. . . .Richie is a true renaissance man.
His career began at the age of thirteen with dance classes in Rockford, Illinois. Within five years he was singing in Nashville with various country music stars. And by twenty he had moved to New York, where he was cast in the national/international touring companies of A Chorus Line, in Dreamgirls on Broadway, and in the Off-Broadway revival of Pacific Overtures. He was then featured on TV in several commercials, eventually going on to star in an ABC Afterschool Special and PBS special. Recently, Richie has again been making his mark on NYC stages in Song of Solomon (Andrew Beall & Neil Van Leeuwen); Yes! The Musical (The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts), Pearl: The Musical (based on Pearl Bailey’s life, directed by Tony Award winner, Ben Harney), and with the Roger Simon Acting Studio.
In the music realm, Richie has produced two albums: Hold On and Everlasting Love. His favorite tracks from these albums comprise his newest CD, There Is A God. He has also served as worship leader for many churches, including Saddleback Church (senior pastor, Rick Warren), where he was on staff as Creative Arts Director.
‟The songs are mostly ballads featuring Abanes’ wonderful and unique tenor over full, rich orchestrations . . . . Abanes’ smooth, light voice soars easily, and the words are carefully crafted to tell each song’s story.” – CBA Marketplace, international/national publication
‟. . . bound to soothe, heal, and inspire listeners. This CD has much value for those who are ‘hooked on Jesus’ as well as those who are open to it.” -RAG Magazine, Real Artistic Genius, South Florida
“A truly inspirational CD that assures us of God’s unconditional love and nearness to us, especially in times of suffering or sadness.” -Rick Muchow (Mission Viejo, CA), worship pastor
“Abanes is pure musical genius. Insightful lyrics coupled with intoxicating melodies that reach deep into the soul.” -Hank Hanegraaff (Charlotte, NC), bestselling author and president of the Christian Research Institute
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, June 5 – 11, 2017
“Morning Song” from “In His Eyes”
Performed by Mindy Jostyn
A much-loved and highly regarded singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mindy Jostyn passed on in March 2005. For nearly ten years, she toured throughout the eastern United States wowing audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, and her command of a host of different instruments including guitar, violin, harmonica, accordion, and piano. She headlined at legendary folk clubs such as the Bitter End in New York City, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Ironhorse in North Hampton, MA, and she performed at the Falcon Ridge, Winnipeg, and Long Island folk festivals.
Jostyn’s co-lyricist on all of her CDs is her husband Jacob Brackman whose prior musical collaborators include James Taylor, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, Jerry Ragavoy, and Carly Simon, with whom he wrote many songs including “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be” and “I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.”
“Mindy Jostyn is among the most exciting songwriters to emerge in some time; her ballads reveal a poet’s aim for life’s revealing little moments. Everything is delivered with sparkling musicality and an emotional voice.” – The Boston Globe
“A few days ago my sister gave me three of Mindy’s albums to listen to. I listened to each one, then listened again. I have never heard anyone who comes close to delivering such heart felt messages with so much grace and beauty. Her music just radiates in your soul.” – Peter Kemmsies
“Mindy Jostyn was a mother, a wife, a musician, a masterful musician, a daughter, a sister and a sideman sister extraordinaire. Mindy had your back. Her voice was one which, well, we could say: An Angel wanted a voice and Mindy Jostyn appeared. Her tenderness on the piano, the sighing of her violin, how she could rock the entire block with her fiddle, and look out for her on the harmonica, boys. Whoa! Just ask Arlen Roth and any audience that got the chance to hear the two of them pitch into the battle of jazz when we’d perform songs like “Satellite Sky” and “Flying in The Face of Mr. Blue”. Mindy was a master at everything she played. Her squeeze box was the breath of every song she played on it. Her persona on stage was a ray of light, sometimes weeping and sometimes stamping it’s feet… God Love you Mindy. I am grateful for your embodiment of joy.” – Kate Taylor
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 29 – June 4, 2017
“This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made” from “Songs in the Key of Faith”
Performed by Zack Danziger
Zack Danziger has been playing music since childhood. His early influences include classical, jazz, rock, pop, blues, and hymns. He earned his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance at City University of New York, Queens College. He taught public school music for 18 years.
Zack is pursuing his freelance career of performing, composing, recording, and teaching privately. He is a soloist and or accompanist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Northampton MA. He performs regularly at many venues and events for a wide spectrum of audiences, playing music old and new. His debut CD, entitled “Sun Is All We Need” is getting radio play in many countries. He is currently working on his CD of music for children. He composes music for animations and commercial soundtracks.
“Zack’s interpretations of Christian Science hymns are thoughtful and enchanting. Variations in cadence and volume, and improvisational fills offer a fresh, fun and surprising perspective. When I listen to these hymns, I feel lighter in the limbs and a smoothness in my breath. His work is original and boldly crafted. Just delightful!” Elizabeth Maxwell, Fairview, NC
“As a church musician for the past 38 years, I look for freshness and originality in new recordings. i was not disappointed! Zack has proven his interesting artistry with clarity and skill…..something that is often missing. Not in his case! Well done!” Eric Horner, Winter Park, FL
“Hymn 329, this was fresh, original, and yet, true to the familiar and loved melody. a difficult task to accomplish….and yet Zack accomplished it with excellence and artistry!” Eric Horner, Winter Park, FL
“Lovely, melodic, reminiscent of Spanish guitar music, love the way the hymn moves in and out of waterfall of music on the strings of the guitar – play this in the background of anything you must do and the work will come more easily, leaving you with a feeling of pure peace.” Donna Castaner, Millbrook, NY
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 22 – May 28, 2017
“Saw Ye My Savior” from “Giving Voice”
Performed by Margaret Imrie with Choir
“Music is my salvation,” wrote classically-trained Margaret Imrie. This rings through her soloist and recital career spanning six decades, two thousand performances, seven languages, and venues and ceremonies of many different faith traditions.
She majored in music at Principia College, later earning her MM from New England Conservatory. After study at Tanglewood and New Haven with Met Soprano Phyllis Curtin, she lived for twenty-two years in Manhattan.
Her longest soloist run, begun after Reading, was at the twelve-hundred-seat CS branch nearest Lincoln Center, with no shortage of critics or competition. The organist there for twenty-three years now, Ron Berresford, recalls he was “always impressed with her impeccable care in thoughtfully choosing and studying her solo so its message illuminated and enlarged the spiritual lesson of the day.”
Producer George Spitzer, winner of Grammy Awards for his work with the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, and others, followed Imrie’s career since 1976: “Her voice is notably clear as is the diction, so you can hear every word and understand the message. The sound is inspiring and raises your thought.” – New York
“Having Margaret come gently walking in while boldly booming into the church Purcell’s Blow Ye the Trumpet, with exquisitely melodious and precisely- landing notes, gave the ceremony a sublimely beautiful opening that hung in the air for the entire service.” – Laurie Dill, Los Angeles
“She taught me how to find the song in every simple and complex situation. When I’m tempted to think I want more of her, I have to thank God for the abundance of treasures she left for the world to enjoy.” – Shirley Paulson, CS, Chicago