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
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.”
“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
Inspirational Song of the Week: Monday – Sunday, April 2 – April 8, 2017
“Climbing High Mountains” from Osceola Davis’ Album, Climbing High Mountains
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