Faith Angelina | Notes from Zion

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Notes from Zion

by Faith Angelina

Notes From Zion, is the story of a journey. A journey that started in fear and hopelessness, but is blossoming into an understanding and purpose for life. A journey that has taken a lost twelve year- old girl to the 2017 Zone Music Reporter New Artist of the Year. After discovering her talent for composing inspirational music on the piano, Faith Angelina has been focused on expressing her thanks to God for the life-saving outlet she has been given. Music has become a tool to keep her own life in balance while simultaneously reaching out to her peers around her. She has worked hard to develop her talent and follow up her debut album with something special. She has been blessed with many opportunities to serve both young and old alike as she shares her thoughts and feelings with others through her new creations. Utah has some of the most beautiful spots on the whole planet. People come from all over the world to visit the national parks and enjoy the outdoor life that is offered
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Top of the Mountains
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2. Notes from Zion
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3. Baby Faith
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4. Kolob Canyon
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5. Snow Canyon
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6. The Living Planet
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7. Ensign Peak
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8. Flowing Waters
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9. The Narrows
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10. Finding Your Why
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11. Angels Landing
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12. This Is the Place
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Album Notes
1. Top of the Mountains - Throughout the scriptures, God has spoken to prophets from the top of the mountains. Whenever I look at the majestic mountains around my home, I think about God looking down on me and wonder how I am measuring up.
2. Notes From Zion – I try to write music that invites the spirit so that it is easy to meditate and escape from my troubles. In this song I hear the inspiration from heaven.
3. Baby Faith – When I was little, everyone called me Baby Faith. It is kind of how Faith works for everyone. Just like I have been growing and maturing, our Faith grows and matures as well if we work at it.
4. Kolob Canyon – Kolob Canyon is part of Zion’s National Park and named after where God dwells. Sometimes I long to feel closer to God.
5. Snow Canyon – Snow Canyon is a beautiful state park in St. George Utah that my family loves to go hiking in. The red rocks are inspirational and memorable. The music almost writes its self.
6. The Living Planet – Sometimes I just pause and sit in amazement at the beauty of this earth and the variety of life around me.
7. Ensign Peak – This is a mountain peak overlooking the Salt Lake valley where I live. I love hiking to mountain peaks to get a change of perspective on the world I live in. I believe it is only through constantly looking at life through different lenses and perspectives that we truly grow.
8. Flowing Waters – There is nothing sweeter than the peaceful feeling that comes from an answer to a prayer. We wait patiently for answers and when they come it is like flowing waters of revelation.
9. The Narrows – The Narrows is a famous hike in Zion’s national park through slot canyons. The majestic views of the stone walls surrounding you create a mixture of thoughts and emotions.
10. Finding Your Why – Having a purpose and knowing myself is the key to happiness. Throughout this last year I have found what I believe to be one of my callings in life.
11. Angels Landing – One of the most famous places in Zion’s is Angels Landing. My dad and brother hiked up there and back while filming. I am afraid of heights and don’t think I can manage this one by myself because of the huge cliff drops. I tried to capture their experience and set music to the video.
12. This is the Place –There is nothing quite like the feeling of coming home. This is a song about finding a place of peace within and knowing that I am on the right track with my life.




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Steve Sheppard

Solo piano at its best
In 2017 we saw the birth of a talent that is still building, with the arrival of an album called Reaching 12 by Faith Angelina. Just over a year later, and now a teen, Angelina has already gone from strength to strength, and with her latest release called Notes from Zion, she combines her love of the great national park and her faith, and comes up with an album that is truly magical.
Let’s start this new musical voyage with the young artist now, as we wander through every alleyway of her new release. Starting with Top of the Mountain, now I am sure at some point most of us have had that halcyon moment, when we stand atop of a vast hill and look down at all the beauty that falls before us. Within us we feel the wonder and gratitude of the universal genius that created this beloved nature we are viewing at this very moment. The performance here is simply perfect, the composition starts with a tentative yet picturesque style and then just constantly grows with such an open heart, that by the time the end of the composition nears, we hear such a powerful yet balanced elevation of power, which leaves one filled literally with a sense of utter bliss at its conclusion.
The arrangement of this next piece just happens to be beautifully crafted and this is perfect for one huge reason, it is the title track of the album, that blank canvas, that moment when the artist, the creator, gives us through music her interpretation of the entire concept. Notes from Zion is a truly peaceful opus, and whilst listening to this on numerous occasions, I have found it very textured and meditative to listen to, a fine example indeed of what a title track should sound like.
The next arrangement, Baby Faith has a wonderfully gentle refrain; the high notes give us a soothing musical narrative, one where a childlike energy can be felt. In life we grow and mature with the lessons we have been given in this realm, and this fluent and knowledgeable offering contains just that, a sense of growth and maturity in performance and in all things that go to make us who we really are. Listen particularly to the start and end of this amazing composition; it speaks volumes for the narrative of the overall energy of the track.
Kolob Canyon is part of Zion’s National Park; this is one extremely colourful arrangement, there is a melody here that is completely captivating, the performance style is equally addictive to listen to, and this is one of my favourites from the album. The very classy approach here is truly exciting to listen to and for me shows just how far the artist has come in just one short year.
From one Canyon to another, this time Snow Canyon is portrayed in music by the artist. The beauty of the area is as textured as the track, and just when I think I had found my favourite song another one comes along, this offering has a delightful melody and a sublime tempo to gift us not only a dramatic vista through the music, but also a true sense of movement through it as well, a very clever piece indeed.
The midway point has now been reached and at this juncture we find a glorious piece called The Living Planet. This maybe the most emotive and moving composition from the release and Faith Angelina’s growing maturity can be found in abundance here, with each note played one can see before us a tableau of nature’s grandest moments being played out. This would be one of those tracks to add to your walking or hill climbing playlists, it has such an all-encompassing energy of grandness but respectfulness about its energies’.
There is a change in overall tone on this next offering called Ensign Peak. In my view this is one of the cleverest compositions on the album, and a good deal of thought has gone into showing different perspectives within all things through music, with this composition. There is a sharper edge to the performance here, the intensity seems to be more elevated too, and perhaps instead of gazing on beautiful fertile lands we are looking at the vast width and breadth of the mountain itself. Faith has really pulled off a masterstroke on her performance on this offering.
The softer refrains of the piece entitled Flowing Waters is now upon us, the artist uses her amazing skills to once more create a feeling of movement here, but one that drifts in and out of the eddies of an arrangement that is like painting with musical tones themselves. There is a real lightness of spirit here, one that grows into a sense of excitement, as we can witness through this piece, a sense of almost musical enlightenment occur, a real light bulb moment of a composition is within this offering.
The Narrows is up next and is one of the most visual pieces off the release, each time I listened to this composition I could see the mountain waters cascading down the rocky surfaces, I could see a vast trail before me with so many changes in landscape patterns it was breath taking, and that is exactly where this quite stunning arrangement has taken me. Personally this is one of those pieces I would find easy to leave on repeat with no problem at all for ages.
We have moved to the deep pathways of this album and as we do so we arrive at the pass called Finding Your Why. The artist has had her life struggles and has risen above them all, this one for me could easily be an anthem to her successes, however her performance on piano here is so confident and fluent, perhaps its saying even more, perhaps this is a musical moment of realisation, of happiness and understanding ones true nature in the universe.
The delicate refrains of the keys on this next piece called Angels Landing gives us our penultimate offering of the album. I have a feeling that this one could be quite breath-taking to see performed live. If one listens intently, perhaps we can hear a slight apprehension in the song, one that seems to be witnessing something quite amazing, but a little daunting, for an artist to create something so powerful and intense, with a little built-in sense of concern is simply remarkable.
It could be said of this last offering, This Is The Place, that it holds a similarity in arrangement and energy to the composition Finding Your Why, not in comparison of melody or song, but more in the energy of a performance that seems to quite strongly suggest a happiness, that all is as it should be, or as Dorothy once said “There is no place like home” The warmth and confidence of performance here is sublime and both deeply moving and blissful, what a great way to end the album.
Notes from Zion is a fine example of what can happen, when a young artist like Faith Angelina finds her way in life, in just one short year she has eclipsed her last album and brought to our musical table a release that is utterly fantastic, one that contains many standout compositions and performances, and manifested with such passion, love and determination, I can see this one going all the way to the very top, this is solo piano at its very best.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Notes From Zion" is the second solo piano album from Faith Angelina, winner of the Zone Music Reporter’s “2017 New Artist of the Year” award for her debut, "Reaching 12." The liner notes describe Notes From Zion as: “the story of a journey. A journey that started in fear and hopelessness, but is blossoming into an understanding and purpose for life.” Still in her early teens, Faith Angelina’s story is compelling. She was troubled with suicidal thoughts for several years before being diagnosed with a hormone imbalance. Being bullied at school made matters worse. Faith Angelina left a suicide note for her mother to find in 2016 and then a diagnosis was made and treatment was started. Reaching 12 was created as part of the healing process and both Faith Angelina and her music have touched many lives. The liner notes continue: “Music has become a tool to keep her own life in balance while simultaneously reaching out to her peers around her about suicide prevention. She has worked hard to develop her talent and follow up her debut album with something special.” I would say that this young pianist/composer has succeeded well with Notes From Zion!

The album title refers to the National Park in Utah, a place Faith Angelina’s family visits often. It also refers to the Bible and the city of Enoch, which was taken up into the presence of God. “To be Zion is to be pure in heart. To be one with God.” Most of the twelve song titles refer to places in the park, but some include Biblical references.

"Notes From Zion" begins with “Top of the Mountains,” a very graceful piece that reflects on the majesty of looking up at the mountains around Faith Angelina’s home as well as thoughts of God looking down on her. It starts out slowly, quickens a bit in the middle and returns to the original theme at the end. Faith Angelina mentions that she tries to write music that invites the spirit “so that it is easy to meditate and escape from my troubles.” She also says that in the title song, she hears the inspiration from heaven. The piece conveys a sense of strength as well as tenderness and love. “Kolob Canyon” is the name of where God dwells as well as an area in the park. This is one of my favorites. I love the gently rocking rhythm, the crossovers into the deep bass of the piano and the bittersweet quality of the melody. “Ensign Peak” has a similar feel and refers to a mountain peak that overlooks the Salt Lake Valley where her family often hikes. The piece gradually builds energy as it unfolds, giving a sense of exhilaration. “Finding Your Why” refers to the idea that having a sense of purpose and knowing yourself are the keys to happiness. The piece has a lighthearted energy that expresses those feelings. The closing piece, “This Is the Place,” expresses the feeling of coming home and is “a song about finding a place of peace within and knowing that I am on the right track with my life.” You go, girl!

I absolutely love that Faith Angelina is finding internal peace, growth and understanding through music and the piano. It is a message certain to help many others in ways that she may never know about.
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