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There Are Angels

by Cheryl Metrick

Single Song CD - Inspirational song about Angels - watching over us. Lovely arrangement by Frank Owens. Live string orchestra sounds absolutely beautiful!
Genre: Spiritual: Inspirational
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The song “There Are Angels” came to me in a dream on morning while I was recovering from surgery. A year after I had written the words down, I decided I'd better get the music in writing before I forgot it. A week later I was asked to sing at the memorial service of a dear friend who had passed away. I quickly asked my arranger, Frank Owens, to write a piano arrangement for me so that I could sing the song in Aspen, Colorado. As soon as I returned I asked him to write arrangements for a full string orchestra, rhythm section, plus french horn, etcetera so that we could record the song. The glitch was that I was having another operation (no... NOT cosmetic) in 6 weeks so we had to move fast. I did the vocal track the day before I went into surgery. I could not make a mistake because I was then not going to be allowed to sing for another 4 months. I wanted to get the CD out before Christmas that year, and we did.

More interesting, while I was getting all of this done, I kept seeing angels in my peripheral vision - out of the corner of my eye - somewhere in a cloud - in a tree - all over...the strangest thing. I don't usually "see" things like that. I'd think I saw one, take a second look, and there would be no one there. Of course, I just assumed my brain was playing tricks on me, or I was tired, or any number of explanations, but this kept happening for about 2 months. The day the final CD Master was made - it just stopped. I have not seen them since. I believe they are still here. I guess they no longer need to coax me along. I think they are happy now, as am I.

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Neil Metrick

Beautiful Song!
Beautiful song beautifully and movingly sung. You're amazing, Cheryl! You keep getting better and better and this song has to be one of your best.
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Eleanor Metrick

Wow
I already loved the artist, and now I love her new album as well. The songs are beautiful for any time of the year, and a ray of hope and sunshine whenever it may be needed. It is a gift to myself whenever I hear it.
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Cristina Fontanelli

"There Are Angels" Inspires especially at Christmastime
The singer/songerwriter, Cheryl Metrick, has captured an inspiringly spiritualality in her song. It is very uplifting and healing and should be played for children, in hospitals, for people grieving and for those of us who want to believe in the realm of beings that can't be seen (well, sometimes!), but that we know are there helping us and guiding us. Thank you Cheryl for your very beautiful and heartfelt song!
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Jill Rabin

A blessing
As always, Ms. Metrick delivers a powerful message beautifully. Ethereal in its content, let the music take you to a healing place of your own.
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Jackie Foskett

Heart Opening
The words, music and feeling of this "angelic" song opens my heart in a very profound way every time I listen to it. Cheryl created such a beautiful song from the messages of her angels. Anyone who listens to it will definitely be touched by an Angel. Thank you Cheryl for allowing the Angels' presence to be known through you and your music and your voice!
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Frances Gambelli

"There Are Angels" Comforting and Uplifting
A beautiful and uplifting song. The words and music gave me such comfort during a time when two of the people I love the most are suffering from Cancer. This song made me feel I wasn't alone and I too am being helped by Angels. Thank you Cheryl. This song couldn't have come at a better time!
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Kelly O'Neil

Cheryl Metrick "There Are Angels"
Angels have inspired songstresses from many different genres through the years with highly successful results from Amy Grant’s pop song “Angels Watching Over Me” in the early 80’s to Sarah McLachlan’s mournful ballad “Angel” in the late 90’s. Now seasoned performer Cheryl Metrick brings a Broadway flair to the mystery and wonder of angels with her tune, “There Are Angels.”
Celestial beings have a knack at making their presence known to us during the time of a traumatic or life-changing event. For Metrick, she was recovering from surgery when the lyrics to this heavenly tune materialized. To properly sing a song about this huge comforting revelation, Metrick asked Frank Owens to embellish upon her music and lyrics. Owens is another Broadway veteran and has previously served as musical director for such artists as Johnny Mathis, Connie Francis and Petula Clark. This sound is evident in his arrangement style and he does a fine job of making “There Are Angels” a big production number.
The song opens with Owens on piano playing the introduction to Bach-Gounod’s “Ave Maria.” Metrick enters with her cabaret phrasing and dramatic speak-singing about her contemporary thoughts on guardian angels. Classic Broadway, she even adds in a few cutesy squeaks, a la Kristin Chenoweth. At times there may be a little too much echo on Metrick’s voice and her “errr” enunciation, as in “other” and “heart,” are borderline grating. Owens nicely uses the full string section at his disposal adding moving sweeps and lots of color, and the horns and harp are great. As the song progresses, it is reminiscent of a popular 1960’s Dusty Springfield hit or Jimmy Webb arrangement.
Despite the grand instrumentation, the song lacks a huge climax. It goes forward but fails to go anywhere really exciting. Metrick does pull off a fine vocal performance including holding on to the last held note of the piece where she falters initially and then settles into the tonal center and adds a tasteful vibrato to the fade out. “There Are Angels” is a good song, with a good message that may indeed truly touch some listeners, but it seems to be yet another variation on a long-standing theme.

Review by Kelly O’Neil
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