Adam Andrews | Road to Ambo

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Road to Ambo

by Adam Andrews

Healing and inspirational piano music inspired by the power of love through adoption. The album has received multiple nominations and went Top 10 on the worldwide new age and modern classical radio chart.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Road to Ambo
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2. Unknown Hero
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3. Hope and Joy
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4. We Are Brothers
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5. You Were There
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6. Faces We See
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7. Smoky Hill
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8. Upside Down Church
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9. New Normal
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10. The Well Within
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11. Breathe
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Andrews' debut solo album, Road to Ambo, was released in 2014. “It was inspired by my family’s journey to adopt our son from Ambo in Ethiopia; the love I have for my family; and my dreams of justice and relief for those who are suffering,” he explains. The recording received airplay on hundreds of radio stations around the world and went Top 10 on the international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart (the main chart for new age and modern classical music). Andrews was named one of the Top 5 “Best New Artists of the Year” by the ZMR radio programmers. In addition, the album was added to Pandora and the prestigious Whisperings Solo Piano Radio Channel, and it went to #1 on the Enlightened Piano Radio Chart. It also received a nomination for “Best Solo Piano Album” from the One World Music Awards, and was selected by Audiosyncracy Radio for their “Best of 2014 Show.”

About the Songs:

"Road to Ambo" is about the unbelievable journey Adam's family took to adopt their son from Ambo, Ethiopia. It represents the strength and courage it took for all of them to be together.

"Unknown Hero" honors Adam's favorite kind of hero, those whose selfless acts of kindness changed his life for the better. The intro melody was originally written in memory of a good friend, and someone who had this impact on his life.

"Hope and Joy" was composed just before Adam finished the album. It's about a Dad's love for his daughters and is named after Adam's girls.

"We Are Brothers" is about the impact of mental illness on Adam's family. Grief, loss, hope and love form this song that is therapeutic to play, but hard for him to listen to.

"You Were There" expresses the deep love and appreciation Adam has for his wife, Rachel.

"Faces We See" was composed as Adam reflected on his journey to change the way he looks at, and responds to, the most vulnerable.

"Smoky Hill" was inspired by Adam's journey to see depression as a blessing in his life. When the smoke clears, a beautiful view follows.

"Upside Down Church" is a reflection on needs not being met by the church, and optimism for change.

"New Normal" is about how Adam's family got turned upside down from the moment they started the adoption process, and how they're learning a healthier and joyful perspective on life.

"The Well Within" was written as Adam imagined a deep well within his heart that is difficult to draw from, yet its' water is life giving. It takes courage to follow the heart.

"Breathe" was composed as Adam imagined riding through the countryside, taking in the fresh air, and enjoying the moment. Living in the present is not always easy.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Road to Ambo" is the remarkable debut album by pianist/composer Adam Andrews. The eleven original pieces tell the very personal stories about Andrews’ family’s journey to adopting their son from Ambo, Ethiopia as well as some of the other life events he encountered along the way. A Colorado native, Andrews started taking classical piano lessons at the age of seven. After college, he founded the band Cede who toured the US playing contemporary Christian music as well as their own compositions. Over a period of five years, the band recorded and released four successful folk-pop Christian-music albums of original material: The Roots, Surrender, To You and Carried Away. Andrews composed about 25% of the band’s material, and wrote and performed two piano solos on their last album. After leaving Cede, Andrews continued composing, occasionally performing for church services, worship groups and conferences. He also established a successful career as a senior director at a major non-profit ministry where he contributed to the launch of an orphan care ministry and helped shape international ministries to families. Of his music, Andrews says: “These tunes represent some of my stories, but I feel sure the emotions behind the music are universal and can be felt and appreciated by everyone.” I couldn’t agree more! The music ranges from buoyant joyfulness to more more poignant and reflective, and there isn’t a weak track on the album.

"The Road to Ambo" opens with the title track, an energetic piece that represents the strength and courage it took to make the adoption of Andrews’ son happen - a very promising beginning! “Unknown Hero” celebrates people whose selfless acts of kindness change lives. Bright and upbeat, it’s a grand celebration! “Hope and Joy” turns to love and tenderness in a piece written and named for Andrews’ two daughters - such a sweet gift from a devoted dad! The lyrical and heartfelt “We Are Brothers” was created out of grief, loss, hope, and love, touching deeply and expressing great emotion. “You Were There” is a love song for Andrews’ wife, pure, simple and very sincere. “Smoky Hill” is a favorite and was inspired by Andrews’ quest to find the brighter side of depression and discovering the beauty in what follows. “New Normal” describes the adjustments and lessons learned during and after the difficult process of adoption - and in finding a more joyful perspective on life itself. “Breathe” is another favorite. It was composed as Andrews imagined riding through the countryside and being in the moment. Lighthearted and blissful, it’s a wonderful closing to a great album!

Adam Andrews is a brilliant new voice in the solo piano realm and his debut album is outstanding. "Road to Ambo" is highly recommended!
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Helena Dee

ADAM ANDREWS CREATES UNIVERSAL PIANO MELODIES FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
Adam Andrews is a solo pianist who creates original music out of personal experiences, but he hopes the music is universal enough to bring listening pleasure and touch other people’s lives. He especially wants his music to inspire listeners to strive for better lives, and have the music serve as a balm to soothe and heal psychic wounds.

Road to Ambo is his debut album and features his assured, forceful playing, melodic original compositions, and great movement along the keys keeping both hands active (sometimes one playing counterpoint to the other, or both playing cross-melodies).

Much of the music was inspired by his love of family and friends. The title track, for example, was inspired by the journey he, his wife and two daughters took in adopting a baby son from Ambo, Ethiopia, including the extensive paperwork, travel and approval processes to make it happen. The entire album is filled with upbeat, joyous, life-affirming piano music that is immediately accessible and enjoyable.
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