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By a Wire

by Jennifer DeFrayne

A beautiful piano-based instrumental album with melodies that reflect a range of heartfelt emotions, from wistful remembrances to hope-filled dreams, and more, making this a deeply moving and inspirational listening experience.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunrise to Sunset
4:31 $1.30
2. Calling Angels
6:42 $1.30
3. By a Wire
3:54 $1.30
4. Hope Floats
4:39 $1.30
5. Summer Reunion
5:21 $1.30
6. Once in a Lifetime
4:26 $1.30
7. I'll See You There
3:37 $1.30
8. Mexican Daydream
5:01 $1.30
9. Letting Go
6:03 $1.30
10. Clear Night
4:46 $1.30
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Album Notes
Jennifer DeFrayne's By a Wire is a beautiful piano-based instrumental album that expresses the emotional journey of everyday life. Sharing hopes, dreams and the stories we hold closest to our hearts, Jennifer is driven by a passion to 'connect with the wires' and an ability to speak through her music. By a Wire captures the listener with evocative performances that are heartfelt and inspirational.

"Music is the language from the heart, when you can't find the words to speak." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne

By a Wire was recorded at Imaginary Roads Studios in Vermont, with contributions from Charlie Bisharat (Yanni), Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort), Fiona Joy, Jeff Haynes (Pat Matheny), Jeff Oster, Jill Haley, Noah Wilding, Rebecca Daniel (Australian Chamber Orchestra), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Tom Eaton and Will Ackerman.

"Forged in the fires of personal loss and tempered by the inspiration of overcoming, Jennifer DeFrayne has crafted musical gold from the lead of life's challenges. Her sensitive piano melodies reflect a range of heartfelt emotions, from wistful remembrances to hope-filled dreams, and more. Co-produced by renowned Australian pianist Fiona Joy and Grammy winning Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, a number of A-list studio musicians accompany Jennifer on her profound musical journey, making this an evocative and deeply moving listening experience."
~ Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

Jennifer grew up with a baby grand piano in the home, did not have any formal training, but fell in love with the piano at an early age, and began writing music when she was 8 years old. When she was 13 she was writing music that she would memorize and could preform for family and friends. She enjoyed sitting at the piano and just letting the music flow out, as her family and friends would listen to her improvise song after song. Most of her compositions have always come from an improvisational song writing approach, and most of the songs on "By a Wire" originated from them being improvised. She would hit record on her digital recorder when feeling creative, and would later listen back, and if they were something she wanted to keep, she memorized them. Jennifer is able to find inspiration for her music in many different areas of life, from growing up in a small town in northern Michigan, where the beautiful nature of the area inspired her, the loss of loved ones, the joys of children, to the inspirations of overcoming personal health challenges.

"The Piano is my haven amidst turmoil and loss and my happy place in times of joy. I will always run to it when I need to tap deeper into emotions. In some ways it saved my life." ~ Jennifer DeFrayne

"Jennifer DeFrayne's music comes from passion, emotion and a story worth telling. Her music is real and it is deeply touching." ~ Fiona Joy,,,,,,



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Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky /
Amidst the losses and suppressions from without
Enjoy your life and celebrate new day

When this music starts playing, it's just as if a gray, life experienced writer sits down on a chair in front of the public and slowly begins his fascinating story. He has so much to tell for sophisticated audience ...

The music of the album “By a Wire” has such a power and beauty that it stirs the soul from the very first seconds and you are not able to tear yourself away from these divine tunes until the last chords.

Jennifer DeFrayne experienced a lot of in her life. Perhaps, that is why her music is filled with such a depth and expressiveness. Jennifer found the strength to overcome all the difficulties and sufferings. This is reflected in the compositions of “By a Wire”. Its music has freshness and it is full of inspiration.

“By a Wire” is the debut album of Jennifer DeFrayne at Imaginary Road Studious. She recorded this release with co-producers pianist/composer Fiona Joy and legendary Will Ackerman. Many brilliant performers such as Charlie Bisharat, Eugene Friesen, Fiona Joy, Jeff Haynes, Jeff Oster, Jill Haley, Noah Wilding, Rebecca Daniel, Tony Levin, Tom Eaton and Will Ackerman took part in work on this project. They bring many new bright colors in the heartfelt piano melodies of Jennifer.

The music of “By a Wire” has a distinct therapeutic effect. It gives consolation and brings a hope for the better. And maybe the main feature of Jennifer’s music that it is very natural. The artist’s heart is open and full of compassion.

Listen to the album “By a Wire”. It, without doubt, can be named as real music for real world. When the sounds of “By a Wire” die down, its beauty will remain with you…

Michael Diamond (

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Forged in the fires of personal loss and tempered by the inspiration of overcoming, Jennifer DeFrayne has crafted musical gold from the lead of life’s challenges. Her sensitive piano melodies reflect a range of heartfelt emotions, from wistful remembrances to hope-filled dreams, and more. Produced by renowned Australian pianist Fiona Joy and Grammy winning Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, a number of A-list studio musicians accompany Jennifer on her profound musical journey, making this an evocative and deeply moving listening experience.

Right from the opening track, “Sunrise to Sunset,” her heart energy and passion was evident. The descending chord progression of the intro drew me in and made me want to hear more. The next track entitled “Calling Angels,” was one of the first songs Jennifer wrote after recovering from a serious medical condition. I don’t know what kind of emotional mojo she has imbued it with, but it gave me chills when I heard it. Helping give the song it’s wings is an all-star cast of frequent Will Ackerman collaborators. While various combinations of these incredible studio musicians grace just about all of the songs on the album, for the title track, Jennifer has chosen to fly solo. And her rich melodies and impeccable sense of dynamics can certainly stand on their own. An interesting change of pace is a Latin-flavored tune called “Mexican Daydream.” In contrast to the more reflective nature of most of the songs on the album, this one had a jazzy foot-tapping appeal that made it one of my favorites.

For me, the thing that stands out most about the music of Jennifer DeFrayne is the emotional presence that permeates her compositions and the ability to communicate that through her playing. Guided by the expertise of Will Ackerman and Fiona Joy, Jennifer has created an auspicious debut recording that marks the emergence of a talented artist with a promising musical future.

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Raj Manoharan (

The RajMan Review
The masterful composing and performing by pianist Jennifer DeFrayne on this exquisite album is all the more impressive considering that this is her recording debut.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that her producers are Grammy Award-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman and popular recording artist and pianist Fiona Joy Hawkins, who herself is fresh off the success of the Grammy win of an album she contributed to, Winds of Samsara by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman, and who released DeFrayne's album on her Little Hartley Music label.

But it is DeFrayne's talent that got Ackerman's and Hawkins' attention in the first place, and deservedly so. Her intricate compositions are lyrical and melodic, and her playing exudes a passion that obviously comes from the heart and is infused with soul.

DeFrayne has a great lineup of musicians backing her up as well: Charlie Bisharat on violin, Eugene Friesen on cello, Hawkins on bass piano, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jeff Oster on flugel horn, Jill Haley on English horn, Noah Wilding on vocals, Rebecca Daniel on violin, Tony Levin on bass, Tom Eaton on percussion, voice, bass guitar, and electric guitar, and Ackerman on Hopi drum and acoustic guitar.

This promising debut should ensure Jennifer DeFrayne a bright and sucessful recording career.


By A Wire, many wires, chords and heartstrings put together
This album by this new artist, Jennifer, is brilliant and a stunning debut. To go through such an ordeal and to come out on top, in a huge way, by making an album, is a success in itself. I am so glad I found this new artist to add to my repertoire of music. By A Wire, is all of the heartstrings put together. BRAVO!

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
By a Wire presents us with two significant firsts: the debut recording of pianist/composer Jennifer DeFrayne, a very promising new artist, and the producing debut of Fiona Joy (other than her own recordings). Co-produced by Will Ackerman and recorded at his Imaginary Road Studio in Vermont, DeFrayne’s soulful piano is backed by an impressive list of musicians that includes Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Jill Haley (English horn), and Eugene Friesen (cello).

DeFrayne is a self-taught pianist from Michigan who started improvising as a very young child. As a teen, she played in a local art gallery and the owner told her she sounded similar to George Winston.” When it was obvious that DeFrayne didn’t know who Winston was, the gallery owner gave her a CD of his music and literally changed her life. DeFrayne attended college in Music Management and continued to play wherever their was an audience, but then a series of tragic events derailed her plans. The deaths of several close family members (three of whom are celebrated in musical tributes on the album) and a debilitating stroke in 2009 that left her with many challenges in movement, memory, and speech as well as the inability to find solace in her piano, made her fiercely determined to recover and reconnect with the “wires” of her beloved instrument. It’s a very inspiring story, to be sure, and the resulting music is warm, powerful, and expressive.

By a Wire opens with “Sunrise to Sunset,” a piece that begins as a quiet piano solo and gradually builds to include flugel horn (Oster), light percussion (Tom Eaton), and wordless vocals (Eaton and Noah Wilding). As the piece hits a climax, it gradually winds down to a gentle hush - a lovely start! “Calling Angels” was one of the first pieces DeFrayne composed after her stroke, and it overflows with raw emotion. There is very little accompaniment to the piano for the first half of the piece, but then the other musicians enter and send the passions soaring. I love this one! The title track is the only piano solo and is dedicated to DeFrayne’s father, who passed away when she was eighteen. Loving yet very sad, it’s another favorite. “Summer Reunion” is dedicated to DeFrayne’s late uncle, who believed in her dream and encouraged her to follow it. Much lighter and happier, just about the whole list of musicians played on this one. “I’ll See You There” was written for late DeFrayne’s sister. A duet for piano and cello (Friesen), it’s a gorgeous remembrance that flows from the heart. The lighthearted and carefree “Mexican Daydream” is a surprise, but a very welcome one that evokes images of warm breezes, cold beverages, and a lazy afternoon with friends. The poignant “Letting Go” begins with a heart-rending cello solo (Friesen) and becomes a quartet for piano, cello, English horn (Haley), and violin (Rebecca Daniel). “Clear Night” is a song DeFrayne improvised in the studio and dedicated to her two children. Oster and Wilding contribute their own musical magic and bring the album to a close.

Hats off to Jennifer DeFrayne for making her dream come true - and in very grand style at that! This album is already generating a lot of buzz, so check it out! Recommended!