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Shining True

by Amy Janelle

Amy Janelle's original piano music, 8 songs solo piano, 3 songs with vocals, featuring Amy Janelle. Healing, reflective, peaceful, and haunting.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Finally Home
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2. Enchantment
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3. Spirited Smile
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4. Foreboding Chimes
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5. My Love
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6. Letting Go
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7. My Phoenix
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8. Healer
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9. Graduation
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10. Beyond A Voice
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11. Live Your Dream
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I started playing piano in third grade. A friend came over and played me a few songs, and taught me how to play one. I was so ecstatic! I told my parents I really wanted to learn how to play, so they hired the church pianist to teach me. She was wonderful! I learned the basics of piano, and how to laugh at myself when I made mistakes. When she moved to Alaska, I had a new teacher. I learned even more technique, including how to memorize several songs. Each summer she had a competition to see which students could memorize the most songs. The prize was a bust of a famous classical composer. That challenge was all I needed! I dove into the music, played hard, and won every year.

Then, as a teenager, I had a new piano teacher. She was rigorous and strict, pushing me to always play at my best. I loved her, I hated her. I appreciated how she knew how to push me, I learned so much. This was a time that I was most involved in music, playing at church, as the accompaniment in the choirs at school, and in competitions with my piano teacher. At this point, I found solace and peace when playing the piano, I found myself - and made it a priority in my life.

The teenage rebellion showed up around the age of 13-14. After so many years of classically trained piano lessons, I yearned for more freedom and expression in music. I decided that if I wrote my own music, then my teacher couldn’t tell me how to play it – because it was my own creation. So I started composing. Once she heard my songs, she said, “oh, this is what you like?” and brought me music by David Lanz. I fell in love with new age music! Yes, this is the music I want to play! I continued writing music over the years, honing my skills, nurturing my creativity, my own collection building. When asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I said, “maybe a doctor – I want to help people be well.” The response I got was, “music is healing.”

I got married at 19, and played piano at local churches during my lunch break at work since I didn’t own my own piano. I turned down several offers to play for others, I somehow felt like playing my music was too vulnerable. This went on for almost ten years. The struggle to feel safe with my music, and yet feeling a pull, a drive to share what was inside. At age 28, I went to massage school, yearning to touch others lives in a positive way. Music kept knocking at my heart’s door. In the middle of the program, I entered a harrowing time. So I returned to music. And found healing. By the time I graduated massage school, I had moved four times, found physical healing, I had met David Lanz, and found my recording studio. I embarked on my secret dream I’d had for years: record my own piano CD.

And now, at 31, I’ve finished recording my very first piano/vocal CD, a collection of year’s worth of compositions, as well as several new songs from the explosion of creativity of this past year. I’m so grateful for all the connections I’ve made, for the healing I’ve found, and feel drawn to share this with you. Thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy what you hear, and find deep healing in your own life.

Much love and many blessings,

~ Amy Janelle

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Kathy Parsons

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"Shining True" is the debut CD by pianist/composer/vocalist Amy Janelle, and what a beautiful beginning it is! The album consists of eight original piano solos and three piano/vocal pieces. The piano tracks were recorded at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio and the vocals were recorded by Eric Tingstad - both studios are a guarantee of the very best sound quality. Amy’s music is smooth, gentle, and very soothing - kind of a massage for the mind and spirit. A classically-trained pianist from the third grade on, Amy started composing her own music in middle school thinking that her teacher couldn’t tell her how to play it since she wrote it herself. This recorded collection is a group of pieces composed during a recent period of intense creativity, and the results are a wonderful gift of very personal musical creations.

"Shining True" begins with “Finally Home,” a warm piece that flows on a river of contentment and peace. “Enchantment” is tranquil and graceful mixed with a touch of magic. “Foreboding Chimes” goes a bit darker with one of my favorites. Melancholy and reflective, it really touches the heart. “My Love” is the first of the three piano/vocal tracks, and is a love song, pure and simple. “Healer” is also a piano/vocal piece, and is more on the mysterious side - very evocative and beautiful! I really like “Graduation” and its blend of joy and contemplation. “Beyond a Voice” is my favorite of the piano solos. Slow and very graceful, it feels like a tender love song to that most special someone. Gorgeous and very warming! “Live Your Dream” is the last of the vocals and is my favorite of those three tracks. Strong, positive, and very encouraging, it could be a love song to a dear friend who is having doubts.

Amy Janelle is certainly off to an exceptional start with "Shining True," and I will be looking forward to future releases from this very promising artist! Recommended!
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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Una travesía dulce y delicada...
Desde que Amy Janelle acariciase por primera vez las notas de un piano, su pasión y entrega por este instrumento han ido en aumento. Después de años participando en competiciones y con una formación estrictamente clásica, Janelle decide dar un giro y buscar un sonido distinto, este cambio motivó la grabación de Shining True, su álbum debut, un hermoso CD que sigue una travesía dulce y delicada, un piano que desprende deliciosas melodías que en ocasiones se unen a una pacífica voz. Shining True está grabado en los estudios del pianista e ingeniero musical Joe Bongiorno, Piano Haven Studio y está compuesto por once composiciones (tres de ellas piano y voz) que están dedicadas directamente a la música, la que ha guiado con la luz de sus notas a Amy en los momentos más adversos.

"Finally Home" es un apacible comienzo para Shining True. La calidez y la tranquilidad que ofrece el hogar están grabados en los acordes y notas que constituyen la melodía. Una pieza sumamente tierna.

Durante unos segundos "Enchantment" es fría y triste, pero su melodía cambia su carácter oscuro por un estado más dulce y apasionado. Bella música, danzante en algunos instantes. Me gusta!.

"Spirited Smile" es jubilosa y está llena de esperanza. Una composición que muestra un lado positivo, realmente poderoso. "Spirited Smile" es una de las obras destacables de Shining True. Una de mis favoritas!.

"Foreboding Chimes" es una de las piezas melancólicas del álbum, su melodía revela un profundo pesar, un ligero y constante dolor que oprime el espíritu. Realmente este tema goza de una gran belleza.

"My Love" es la primera composición que une piano y voz. Una canción íntima y amable que dibuja en la mente un momento especial, un maravilloso baile desempeñado por una pareja a ritmo de la hermosa canción. Qué pasión!.

"Letting Go" transmite un sentimiento liberador y triste al mismo tiempo. Una pieza agridulce que muestra con cierta duda un horizonte nuevo por descubrir, una vida nueva se abre paso.

"My Phoenix". Después del dolor y el sufrimiento llegan momentos hermosos. Esta pieza muestra el cambio que se origina cuando llega el ocaso del dolor y nacen los primeros rayos de esperanza. Una música sosegada, interesante y reflexiva. Sublime!.

"Healer" es otra de las pistas en las que el piano de Amy es acompañado por una voz profunda. Una canción que encierra un penetrante lamento cuya intención, como su título sugiere, es la curación. Otra de mis preferidas!.

Otra de las composiciones alegres del CD es "Graduation", una música levemente feliz que deja ver el gozo de la llegada de un día soñado, la graduación. Esta pieza posee una música algo apagada, lenta.

Otra de las piezas sorprendentes de este CD es "Beyond A Voice". Una obra que mantiene al oyente sobre una nube, volando, disfrutando, una pieza despreocupada y realmente emocionante!. Me encanta!.

El final lo rubrica "Live Your Dream", la pieza más tierna y emotiva de todo Shining True. Nuevamente, una linda voz canta una canción, pero en esta ocasión, de una dulzura increíble, una melodía pegadiza creada por una unión más que perfecta entre piano y voz. Maravilloso final y otra de mis preferidas!. Wow!.


Pronostico que Amy Janelle es una artista que estaremos escuchando por mucho tiempo, enamorándonos con su apasionado piano y sus dulces melodías. Shining True es, sin duda, un debut maravilloso, un lanzamiento sorprendente donde Janelle nos muestra con su íntima música los momentos más destacados de su vida. Compruébalo y disfrute!. Shining True es un álbum muy recomendable!.

reviewsnewage.com
12/12/10
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