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
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 15 – May 21, 2017
“My Heart Will Go On/Hymn to the Sea” from “Signature”
Performed by Mary Beth Carlson
Mary Beth Carlson, composer, recording artist and former Teacher of the Year, performs nationally as a pianist and speaker for a wide variety of special events. As Lead Pianist at Nordstrom Mall of America for nearly 15 years, she managed piano entertainment for most of those years. Much of her original music has been composed in honor of her daughter Jody, who was born with cerebral palsy and autism.
She has written and performed music specifically for the International Special Olympics, Arc, Fraser Community Services, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and the Alzheimer’s Association. “A Bridge Over Time,” the title song for one of Mary Beth’s albums, is featured on Lasting Memories, a fund raising project for the Minnesota Alzheimer’s Association, produced by Grammy Award-winning artist J.D. Steele. Fortunate to have had opportunities to perform for a variety of distinguished audiences, she was particularly honored to have been invited by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to present a concert of restoration to guests from forty countries at The Cove in Asheville, NC.
“Mary Beth’s music blends artistic skill with mood and emotion … a complete artist!” — Scott Thomsen, former host at KCFE Radio, Minneapolis, MN
“Having had the opportunity to share the stage with Mary Beth, I admire the powerfully spiritual and emotional depth of her music and her performance. She creates a uniquely warm and intimate connection with her audience … a talented, charming, extraordinary performer!” — Jim Brickman, Grammy nominated Platinum Record Artist
“Listening to Mary Beth Carlson play is like standing in the light of love.” — Dinah Eng, Gannett News Service
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, May 8 – May 14, 2017
“A Pile of Tears” from “Reaching Out from the Inside”
Performed by Jenny Burton
Produced and Orchestrated by Peter Link
Jenny Burton is an amazing Gospel vocalist whose career has spanned several decades. She has sung all over the world as both as a solo performer and with The Jenny Burton Experience.
Produced almost exclusively by Peter Link, she has had a long and varied career as both a dance music/R&B artist and a Gospel artist. A consummate performer, Ms. Burton has thrilled and inspired audiences around the world with her inimitable style of tear down the house energy and commitment. Daughter of a South Bronx minister, Jenny brings to her music a passion and devotion making Inspirational music at its best.
“A glorious explosion of sound that embraces everyone in a “Hallelujah” of harmonies … A roller-coaster ride through R&B, pop and gospel.” – Wayman Wong, New York Daily News
“How lucky to come across the beautifully sung Jenny Burton Experience. A superslick, pop-gospely entertainment, the Experience stars the sleek but fiery Burton. The nine-voice choir behind her is so pristine it sounds like it’s been remixed and mastered in advance.” – Michael Musto, The Village Voice
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Monday, May 1 – Sunday, May 7, 2017
“Voices from Spring” from Where he Stands
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