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Sanctuary for the Soul

by Janice Lacy Project

Calming solo piano, piano with cello and ensemble original compositions played by the Janice Lacy Project featuring musical emphasis on melody, relaxation and healing to bring peace to the spirit.
Genre: New Age: Neo-Classical
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1. Sanctuary for the Soul
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2. Take Care of My Heart
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3. Everything's Alright
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4. Lovers' Flight
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5. Refuge
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6. Sunrise Dance
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7. Through the Shadows
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8. Shimmering Ocean
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9. December Goodbye
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10. Jim's Waltz
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11. Crystal Harbor
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12. Full Moon
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13. Prayer
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14. Tell You That I Love You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is the debut album of the Janice Lacy Project, a Los Angeles based recording and performance group. With a musical emphasis on melody, relaxation and healing, "Sanctuary for the Soul" showcases the original pieces of composer Janice Lacy along with the talents of other Project members.

Janice composed each song and also plays piano on several tracks. Other Project members include Rob Mullins-piano, digital keyboards and percussion, Jeness-cello, Larry Antonino-bass guitar, and Tony Braunagel-drums and percussion.

"Sanctuary for the Soul" presents strong, calming melodies that create a peaceful refuge for the spirit. The album is produced and arranged by Grammy® nominated artist Rob Mullins. Consulting producer for the album is Grammy® nominated artist Greg Scelsa.



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Helena Dee

PIANO AND CELLO DUETS ARE FEATURED ON THE JANICE LACY PROJECT DEBUT ALBUM
SANCTUARY FOR THE SOUL is a lovely album by the JANICE LACY PROJECT, mostly featuring delicate duets between piano and cello. This is instrumental new age music (with hints of modern classical and a touch of jazz).

Janice Lacy (who composed all the material) plays piano with Jeniss on cello (there are a few other instruments on some tunes). Lacy studied classical music for many years, including eight years of classical repertoire and theory with Joe Weisberg (Erich Leinsdorf, Frank Murphy), and did in-depth analysis of the musical scores for many classic operas with members of the San Francisco Opera Company. Jeness has toured the world performing with James Taylor, Kenny Loggins, K.D. Lang and the La Scala Quartet. A few other top musicians also put in appearances. Keyboardist/pianist Rob Mullins (who also produced) has 30 solo albums and has worked with Hubert Laws, The Crusaders, The Rippingtons, Dave Grusin, Branford Marsalis, Kirk Whalum and many other top jazz acts. Bassist Larry Antonino, a member of Pablo Cruise, has recorded with Barry Manilow, Ronnie Laws, Air Supply and Shelby Lynne. Tony Braunagel has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Bette Midler and Eric Burdon, among many others.

The music includes great melodies (“Take Care of My Heart” and “Through The Shadows”), upbeat and soaring tempos (“Everything’s Alright” and “Sunrise Dance”), and gently-jazzy numbers (“Tell You That I Love You” and “Full Moon”). This music is excellent for relaxation and stress-relief, intimate moments, soul-searching, and quiet dinner parties.
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Jill

Great music!
Wow what a wonderful album! I listened to it three times in a row and it got me through my day!
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Alex

very relaxing
Really pleasant to listen to after a long day. Each song is great and puts you in a better mood.
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Just a guy at the beach

Just what I needed today.
Very rough day at the office. Came home early...too stressed out. Found this new music via a friend online. Very calming and helped me get centered back. Thank you Janice Lacy! Hope to hear more of your work soon.
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Kathy Parsons

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"Sanctuary For the Soul" is the debut album by the Janice Lacy Project, and what a delight it is! Fronted by pianist/composer Janice Lacy, the other Project members are Rob Mullins (piano and keyboards), Jeness (cello), Larry Antonino (bass), and Tony Braunagel (drums and percussion) - all artists in their own right. All fourteen tracks on the album were composed by Lacy, motivated by this goal: “I want my music to serve as a sanctuary, a refuge, a place of safety, peace, healing and joy, where listeners can go when they need to escape from the pressures and stress of the world around them.” A classically-trained pianist from the age of three, Lacy started composing music when she was 15. Growing up, she was influenced by popular and jazz music as well as the folk music of her native Ohio in addition to the classical music she was learning to play. While composing the music for this album, Lacy says that she threw off the restrictions of classical music and embraced the freedom and improvisation of new age and jazz, which gave her the freedom to express whatever she was feeling when she sat down at the piano. I think Lacy succeeded very well with her goals for this album and I love that such a variety of influences are apparent in her music. Some of the tracks are solo piano and some are duets and ensemble works. A musical maturity runs through all of the pieces, but so does a positive spirit and a soaring sense of freedom.

"Sanctuary For the Soul" opens with the title track, a duet for piano and cello that expresses the safety and sanctuary Lacy finds in music. One of the more classical pieces on the album, it’s a beautiful, peaceful beginning! “Take Care of My Heart” is mostly a piano solo that includes cello in a few places, and was composed with the realization that the heart is fragile and easily broken. “Everything’s Alright” is lighter and more upbeat, with a melody strong enough to support lyrics - a bit of musical sunshine! “Refuge” is a graceful and lyrical duet for piano and cello that allows both musicians to really shine. “Sunrise Dance,” a soothing celebration of mornings when we wake up feeling great, could become a smooth jazz classic! “Through the Shadows” is a poignant and heartfelt piano solo about finding your way through the difficult times in life - a favorite. I also really like “December Goodbye,” a piece Lacy composed in memory of her father. It begins as a piano solo with light percussion, very gradually building and adding instrumentation to a peak and then winding back down. With its hypnotic rhythm and gently swaying melody, “Full Moon” expresses the feeling of a romantic slow dance - also a favorite. Saving by far my favorite piece on the album for last, “Tell You That I Love You” gets me each time I hear it! Its slightly funky beat and jazzy attitude get my toes to tapping and my head to bobbing every time. Love the piece and hate to have the album end, so let’s hit “replay” and do it again!

"Sanctuary For the Soul" is an incredible debut and I look forward to seeing what else Janice Lacy has up her musical sleeves! Recommended!
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Steve Sheppard

Review by One World Music Radio
Right before reviewing this album, I heard a track from it being featured on one of our many shows on One World Music Radio, and I must say I was extremely impressed. Now here I sit on a glorious winter morning reviewing the album for the artist.
The beauty to be found within is stunning, as a prime example you need to look no further than the new age classical crossover opener, the very title track itself, which at time borders on the edge of genius and sublime artistry. Sanctuary For The Soul is perfection in ambience and the Cello of Jenness manifests a realm of total peace and tranquillity with utter ease.
Constant reader, you have walked the halls of music and beauty many times with me over the years, but here on this sojourn of radiance you will find glowing gems of outstanding musical quality, like this one called Take Care Of My Heart. Listen very carefully to the amazing delicacy of the piano on this performance, such delicacy can be found right here.
On Everything’s Alright, we have a really positive and upbeat arrangement that will lift your day, no matter how sullen you feel. The piano flows with a sunlit expanse, that sings and fills your heart with love, a real happy and warm creation is to be found in this song of abundance.
Lovers’ Flight has a similar energy and theme to the last offering, and again offers a little more of that, oh so mournful Cello. The narrative of positivity and letting go is evident here and the performance on piano once more raises the spirits to perhaps even fly high in the arms of bliss.
The following piece gives us a slight change in direction, but there always seems to be a gentle hand at this musical helm. The piano and Cello perform so well together, one actually can feel a sense of guidance through the music here, on the tack called Refuge.
I feel a familiar bond with the piece called Sunrise Dance, the melody seems so familiar, however the gentle vocalisations and percussion here, really create a piece of music that will have you waking from your nights slumber, and eager to take on a shiny new day. This is a really happy and positive song to begin your day with, so go for it.
Through The Shadows is a little mournful remembrance of times past, the performance on piano here seems quite complex but very impressive. Creating memories in music is a real skill set, and one that Janice Lacy has in abundance, the theme of this composition may well be the soundtrack of loves labours lost.
Now I’m really lucky where I live in Cyprus, each morning when I wake, I look out on the horizon to see the Shimmering Ocean, and that is exactly what this offering is called, it sparkles and glistens with the same radiance as I see on my morning view.
As we move deeper into the album we come across another track, that through its tones, one can feel a certain recollection of times gone by. The texture of the piano is clever but respectful, one can almost hear and feel the sands of time drifting away in December Goodbye.
There is nothing quite like a little dedication on an album, and the song Jim’s Waltz is just that, a warm and tender composition created with love and played with a gentleness of heart, this is such a sweet and personal offering.
I used to live in an old fishing harbour in the UK, and on a summer evening there would be nothing more delightful than a walk around the sea walls. This short form piece says it all for me, and the flowing tidal style found on piano, may well say it all for the artist too on the sun kissed track Crystal Harbor.
Our journey dear reader has been musically lifting and colourful, and on the piece Full Moon, that can be emphasised even further. The electronic piano adds depth and added layers of musical ambience to enjoy. The melody points the way skywards to that romantic and all enticing, inspiring and empowering Full Moon.
Our penultimate offering is called Prayer, both the Piano and Cello manifests a piece that is aged and memorable. There is a real fluency here that seems steeped in time and the repetitive nature of the melody creates a narrative of deep familiarity.
The last port of call for us on our journey is the laid back and almost smooth jazz style piece called Tell You That I Love You, something I try and do each day with my wife. The confidence in performance on this piece is a pleasure to listen to; it’s a really warm way to leave the album.
Sanctuary For The Soul is a place that I know you will love to go; it’s an oasis of calm in a desert of turmoil. Janice Lacy and her team have brought to the table an album of pleasurable ambience that will bring a little tranquillity, to not only the soul, but the heart and mind too, a thoroughly recommended release.
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