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Cheryl B. Engelhardt | Luminary

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by Cheryl B. Engelhardt

A piano, a bell, a voice. Composited and recorded while surrounded by the mountains of Crete, to create a soundscape of emotions. Music that meets you where you are and takes you on a journey. Music for mindfulness, focus, studying, sleep, or exercise.
Genre: New Age: New Age
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Album Notes
"The Luminary album is at once calming and complex, rewarding the listener more with each listen. I would love to play this album when I teach yoga." —Catherine Chang, MFA and yoga teacher

“Compares propitiously with my favorite new age pianist, Bernward Koch.” - Logan Bruin

"I enjoyed this collection of music because it took to whatever work I was doing. If I was working out, cleaning or working in my art studio I was connected to it. It translates to whatever you are focused on" - Kelsey Tynik, Artist

Definition of "luminary" according to Merriam-Webster:
lu·​mi·​nary | \ ˈlü-mə-ˌner-ē 1: a person of prominence or brilliant achievement
2: a body that gives light
especially : one of the celestial bodies

Looking for a musically-complex and gently exciting album to accompany your daily meditation, morning walk, sleep routine—or even to get you “in the zone” at work? Luminary, singer-songwriter and composer Cheryl B. Engelhardt's first contribution to the New Age genre, delivers. Avoiding the often problematic clichés of meditation and yoga music—for example, use of "World Music" exoticism to "transport" listeners— Engelhardt taps into a variety of moods via musical games that stretch the limits of her intentionally-reduced musical palette. It is easy to trust her blend of flowing piano, bell chimes, tasteful electronic modification of plucked piano strings, and her well-integrated voice; all of which which gently guide you through each track in both the affirmation-fortified and music-only versions. Each track moves through a variety of micro mood “climates,” easing you through your day—and this diversity makes the album all the more beautiful and utilitarian.

A Note From Cheryl:
Thank you for listening to Luminary. I wrote this music in a small stone room in a tiny mountain town on Crete, Greece. After a decade-long struggle with anxiety, searching for music, meditations, reasons, and tricks to quell the noise in my head, I realized that I wasn’t looking for something that could dull the discomfort or put me to sleep… I was looking for something to keep me present. To meet me where I was, emotionally, and take me on a journey to a more peaceful state of mind. I couldn’t find such recordings, so I decided to compose them myself.

The source of this music is a grand piano, a bell, and my voice. I plucked piano strings and played around with my breath. I then altered the audio files as I mixed the record to add textures and interruptions, prompting me to stay present while I listen. The source of this music is a parallel reminder of the entire Luminary project - that we are the creators of our lives. That even in darkness, we can be the source of our own light. -Cheryl

Thank Yous

To the friends, fans, and musicians who listened and provided valuable feedback during the development phase of this record, especially Eugenia, Stephanie, Joanna, Kelsey, Chris, Catherine, Arielle, Paul, Elizabeth, Tony, Joshua, Sarah.

Thank you Silas… you lit a path for me, and it led here. Thank you Silas, Mom, Renee, Steph, Jen, Joanna, I love you for all of your constant encouragement, honesty, and support; Kevin, you are the brightest star I have ever met. Thank you, Dad, for every drop of inspiration, always and forever.

Thank you to the Mudhouse Residency in Greece; Arts, Letters, and Numbers Residency in New York. Thank you CD Baby and Disc Makers, Found.ee and Nicole Palmer.


This music is dedicated to the artists who grapple with the unpredictability of choosing vulnerability as a career, and bravely carry the weight of what is possible.

Album Credits

Composed, Performed, and Recorded by Cheryl B. Engelhardt in Agios Ioannis, Greece
Produced and Mixed by Cheryl B. Engelhardt in New York
Mastered by Frank Gagliardi in Nashville
Mix Consulting by J. Chris Griffin
Artwork Consulting by Stephanie Staidle
Album Artwork by Disc Makers
Back Photograph: Kate Sonte
Inside Photograph: Lauren Drzewucki
Cover Photograph (of Cheryl) by Renee Engelhardt

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