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Prayers for the Water

by Heather Houston

Offering a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies alive with reverence for our sacred waters, Heather weaves her heart-opening voice with cello, guitar, Native American flute and light percussion, creating a deeply relaxing yet up-lifting journey.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Calling the Whales
1:34 $0.99
2. Surrender
4:44 $0.99
3. Chant to Oshun
6:12 $0.99
4. Wade in the Water
6:45 $0.99
5. I Dreamed of Rain
7:14 $0.99
6. Om Mani Padme Hum
8:47 $0.99
7. Tutane
5:38 $0.99
8. The Sea
4:56 $0.99
9. Chant to Yemaya
4:55 $0.99
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This deeply moving album will invite you to relax into an inspiring and prayerful state of communion with the natural world around you. Heather Houston layers her heart-opening voice to create a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies alive with reverence for our sacred waters. Award-winning guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Todd Boston invokes the spirit of the water through his exquisite blend of musical artistry. The album also features the captivating Jami Sieber on cello, the soul-stirring Tammy Hall on piano, and the transcendent voices of Heather's global music choir Yala Lati.

"With great joy and reverence, I offer up the energy of Love in vocal devotion to our sacred element of breathtaking wonder! Growing up near the ocean in Santa Cruz, California, I have always felt a deep connection to water. It touches my soul with serenity and inspires the creative force within me. These songs are an expression of profound gratitude, infused with prayers for our life-giving waters. May the healing vibrations of Love ripple out to bless water everywhere, inviting al lot us to once again live in harmony with her beauty!" - Heather



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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
With 71% of the earth’s surface being covered by water, its surprising how little attention is paid to it as we go about our lives on the remaining 29% of the planet. Fortunately there are people like Heather Houston who care deeply and are devoted to raising awareness, not only about our physical relationship with water, but the spiritual aspect as well. Heather is an acclaimed singer, recording artist, voice teacher, and workshop leader who is known for her exquisite and soulful voice and her ability to open hearts, lift spirits, and build community through music. As someone intimately involved in yoga and spirituality, Heather’s music goes beyond mere entertainment.

Which brings us to the uplifting and inspirational music that flows from the tracks on “Prayers for the Water.” The album is quite a collaborative effort that in addition to Heather, includes the talents of award-winning guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Todd Boston, who is a well-known rising star in the new age music genre. Here, Todd plays guitar, flute, harp, percussion, bass, and cumbus (a Turkish stringed instrument.) Also featured are Jami Sieber on cello, who I’ve previously had the pleasure of writing about her own music, Tammy Hall’s graceful touch on piano, and Heather’s incredible global music choir, Yala Lati.

Heather’s voice is stunning and conveys a softness and compassion that enfolds the listener in it’s loving embrace. Throughout the recording Heather has recorded her voice in harmony with itself on multiple tracks creating a choir-like effect that is quite lovely. Among the things that impressed me about this album is how it weaves together songs and chants from many different cultures so seamlessly – from Afro-Brazilian to Tibetan, Native American, and more.

As a music journalist I listen to and write about a great number of albums a year in the new age genre, and “Prayers for the Water“ is one of the most unique I’ve heard in a while. Heather Houston’s voice is as exquisite in its tone and timbre as it is in its ability to convey powerful spiritual energies that can have a profound effect on the listener. The music is not only “about” water, but flows with an aqueous quality that is soothing and inviting. Heather’s deeply rooted connection to the earth and her desire to preserve it and honor it is omnipresent in every note of this lush musical experience, and her voice is truly an instrument of Spirit.

To read a full length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com

Kathy Parsons

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During one of the worst drought years in California history, Santa Cruz singer/songwriter Heather Houston may be credited with single-handedly (or single-voicedly) curing the dry spell with her "Prayers for the Water"! Well, maybe not, but since the November 2015 release of this album, California has been getting the first steady rains in quite some time. Both classically- and jazz-trained, Houston’s remarkable voice is earthy and ethereal, enchanting and sincere, warm and expressive. Produced by Todd Boston, the award-winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist contributed the instrumental compositions for most of the songs as well as performing on guitar, flute, percussion, harp, cumbus, and bass. Jami Sieber appears on cello and vocal improvisation, and Tammy Hall performs on piano. Valerie Byrne provides back-up vocals on one song and the Yala Lati Choir harmonizes with Houston on two. All nine songs and chants revolve around the theme of water and the natural world, and some of the tracks have water sounds behind the music. It’s a very impressive and stirring album that invites the listener “to relax into an inspiring and prayerful state of communion with the natural world around you. Heather Houston layers her heart opening voice to create a rich tapestry of vocal harmonies alive with reverence for our sacred waters.” (quoted from the liner notes of the CD.)

"Prayers for the Water" opens with “Calling the Whales,” a prelude of sorts where Houston intentionally called upon the spirit of the whales to accompany her on this musical journey. “As revealers of truth and keepers of wisdom for our beautiful planet, they inspire me to open my heart and listen deeply.” That invocation segues into “Surrender,” a gentle and peaceful call to release any inner struggles and surrender to the flow of the river Divine. Houston is backed by Valerie Byrne as well as acoustic guitar and cello - a gorgeous piece! I’ve always loved the traditional spiritual “Wade in the Water,” and Houston’s version of the song includes five original verses. A bit darker and more sultry than some of the other songs, this arrangement clearly shows Houston’s jazzier vocal side. Piano, cello, bass, guitar, light percussion and Jami Sieber’s vocal improv all work together seamlessly to make this an incredible arrangement. My other favorite is “I Dreamed of Rain,” a heartfelt song of peace written by Jan Garrett made perfect by Houston’s voice, Tammy Hall’s piano and the additional voices of the women’s choir. “Om Mani Padme Hum” is a traditional Tibetan mantra chanted to invoke the qualities of purification and compassion. “Tutane” is a Pueblo Indian chant that welcomes new life. “The Sea” is a beautiful song by Todd Boston, who accompanies Houston’s vocals with guitar and flute - also a favorite.

If you are looking for an exceptionally soothing vocal album, I highly recommend "Prayers for the Water."