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Breathe

by Barb Ryman

Barb Ryman's 7th release, Breathe, is a heart-centered journey with spirit. She writes about connection, unity consciousness, the mysteries and wonders of life and love.
Genre: New Age: Spiritual
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1. Breathe
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2. I Am
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3. Ashes
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4. Star Car
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5. Home
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6. You Are the One
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7. These Are the Days
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8. In My Being
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9. Our Destiny
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10. All Connected (For John)
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11. River
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12. Catch the Sunset
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Barb Ryman releases her seventh studio CD- BREATHE, representing a shift in theme for Ryman. It still has its foundation in roots music and singer-songwriter lyricism but it's spiritually conscious with songs touching on life journeys, human destiny, connections and heart experiences with spirit. One might call it new-age in lyrical content, yet it still carries the emotional nuances and personal intimacy of folk music. The personal surrender in the song “Ashes” evolves into a higher perspective soothing anyone going through a dark night of the soul. Her song “Home” elevates the old adage ‘home is where the heart is’ from cliché to profound truth. Not afraid to take on the turbulence of our time, “Our Destiny” is an uplifting vision of our human potential. Her last track “Catch the Sunset” is her third version (two other versions on previous CDs). “This is the song that haunts me because I never felt it was quite right, but this version is the one.” More stripped down than her previous CDs, in addition to Ryman’s vocals and acoustic guitar, the album’s 12 tracks feature strong bass contributions by Enrique Toussaint and lovely percussion by Marc Anderson. A few songs feature harmonies from Leandra Peak.

After 15 years touring, Ryman took a hiatus after having to cancel her 2013 tour due to serious retina conditions in both eyes. She was literally going blind. After four eye surgeries she recovered but decided to stay closer to home, quietly writing and re-assessing her songwriting identity, taking a long breath and waiting six long years before recording BREATHE.

Prior to this she released six CDs, the last one, CATCH THE SUNSET, was a top played album the year of its release by Folk-DJ (2011). Her songs have received airplay on folk programs across the U.S, Canada and Europe. Her live performances span from the Cedar Cultural Center in Minnesota to Uncle Calvin’s in Texas, to the Portland Folk Society in the West to Club Passim in the East, drawing in audiences with her captivating charm, disarming honesty and playful wit.
Her career launched in 1996 when the Minneapolis Star Tribune ranked her CD, LAY ME OPEN, a top ten release across all genres and the St. Paul Pioneer Press proclaimed “You can’t help being amazed at the power of her presence and the sound of her voice…you can’t help but listen.” Life became very busy for Barb as she was challenged to balance her growing music career with her work as a speech-language therapist and single-parenting her two teenage children. In 2002, she won the McKnight Composer Fellowship, a prestigious grant that enabled her to quit the day job and begin full-time touring. She’s been chosen songwriter finalist in a number of festivals including the Winfield Folk Festival (2007), Big Top Chautauqua (2008), and the Great River Folk Festival (2011).

Review of BREATHE by Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"Barb Ryman: The Minneapolis singer-songwriter has been missing from the scene for six years after undergoing four surgeries to deal with macular degeneration (she can miraculously see again). She's back with the aptly titled "Breathe," her seventh CD. With her crystalline voice and acoustic guitar, she sounds like she comes from the Baez/Collins/Mitchell school of folk music, but these songs are deeply spiritual, addressing journeys, destinies and connections. Ryman calls it "new-age folk." We call it amazingly graceful."

reviews of past recordings:

“Barb Ryman proves herself a strong vocalist, talented composer, and an astutely irreverent student of the human condition.” - Dirty Linen

“Charming vulnerability and a rare knack for detailing the profound truths of everyday life. Her clear, ringing voice is reminiscent of Sandy Denny or Iris Dement.” Minneapolis Star Tribune

“Ryman’s songs of faith display wonder, awe and acceptance.” - Sing Out!

“Besides an unaffected sense of humor, Ryman possesses a sharp eye for social criticism and a truly moving compassion for human struggle...” - City Pages

“Ryman has a clear and winsome voice, a ready sense of humor, and a short story writer’s flair for detail.” - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Jon Bream

Review by Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribne
"Barb Ryman: The Minneapolis singer-songwriter has been missing from the scene for six years after undergoing four surgeries to deal with macular degeneration (she can miraculously see again). She's back with the aptly titled "Breathe," her seventh CD. With her crystalline voice and acoustic guitar, she sounds like she comes from the Baez/Collins/Mitchell school of folk music, but these songs are deeply spiritual, addressing journeys, destinies and connections. Ryman calls it "new-age folk." We call it amazingly graceful."
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Barbara Helms-Bot

Captured My Heart and Soul!
Oh my gosh! I just finished listening to your new CD, Breathe! It took me on a deep journey as it captured my heart and soul! This music you have written is like a balm of peace flowing, much like a river, through the words, the purity of of your voice and soothing instrumentals! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world! We are all the better as a result!
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