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The Best of Joseph Akins: Solo Piano 1997-2017

by Joseph Akins

This newly mastered collection of solo piano music from Joseph is a celebration of six different albums released from 1997 to 2017. All selections are the original recording except for "Through the Looking Glass" which was re-recorded just for this album.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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1. Through the Looking Glass
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2. Feeling Joy
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3. Night Runner
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4. Masterpeace
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5. Winter Is Coming
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6. Winter Is Here
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7. An Inspiration
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8. Castle Moon
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9. Joy of Being
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10. Dance of My Ancestors
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11. Lullaby for Baby G
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12. Night Shadows
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13. An Eagle's Flight
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14. Finding Grace
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Dr. Joseph Akins is a professor, composer, pianist and keyboard player, and has been deeply involved with music all his life. He performed professionally in his family’s country-rock band as a child, toured with classic pop-rock bands after high school, and studied with the best jazz educators while in college. Since, Joseph has taught a variety of music and recording classes at the college level, has composed original music for multiple albums and films, and has performed hundreds of concerts from the smallest venue to the amazing Grand Ole Opry.

Today, Joseph divides his time between teaching for the Department of Recording Industry at Middle Tennessee State University, and composing, recording and performing his original music. As a tenured professor at MTSU, he teaches music production and film scoring, and as an award-winning billboard-charting recording artist, he promotes his seven self-released albums of instrumental music, which can be found at www.josephakins.com.

Awards and Acknowledgments:

2017-2018: Into the Flow

Number 9 on the Billboard Chart for New Age Albums
Nomination for “Best Solo Piano Album of the Year” by Enlightened Piano Radio
“Top 20 Favorites of 2017” at MainlyPiano.com
Number 11 on the Zone Music Reporter Top 100 Radio Airplay
2015-2016: Castle Moon

Winner for “Best Album of the Year” by Enlightened Piano Radio
Nomination for “Best Album of the Year” by Whisperings Solo Piano Radio
Nomination for “Best Solo Piano Album” by Zone Music Reporter
2013-2014: A Southern Sun

Nomination for “Best Solo Piano Album” by Zone Music Reporter
“Top 30 Favorites of 2013” at MainlyPiano.com
Nomination for “Album of the Year” by Enlightened Piano Radio
2011: A Piano Christmas

Winner of “Album of the Year” at SoloPianoChristmas.com
Nominated for “Best Holiday Album of Year 2011” at SoloPiano.com
2009 – Spirit Touch

“Top 40 Albums of the Decade 2000-2009” at MainlyPiano.com
“Top 30 Favorites of 2009” at MainlyPiano.com
2007 – Masterpeace

The title track, “Masterpeace”, was selected for one of the “50 Best Piano Songs of All Time” at Reviews New Age

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Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"The Best of Joseph Akins" is a collection of fourteen remastered solo piano tracks from six of the seven albums Akins released between 1997 and 2017. (His 2011 "A Piano Christmas" is not included for obvious reasons.) Joseph’s first album was "Keys To the Heart," which was recently (2018) remastered and rereleased; his second (and my introduction to his music) was "Masterpeace" in 2007, so there was a fairly long gap between his first two releases. Also a professor of Music Industry at Middle Tennessee University, Dr. Akins’ music is always top-notch, as is the sound quality of his recordings. I have to admit that I was just a little disappointed that more of his upbeat “southern-style” pieces were not included, but those might have changed the overall peaceful vibe of the album. Don’t get me wrong - there is plenty to love about this retrospective of one of my favorite pianists’ career to date!

The album begins with “Through The Looking Glass” from "Keys To The Heart" (1997) and was re-recorded specifically for this album. Putting one of his earliest tracks first is a great way to start, but it’s also interesting that this is classic Joseph Akins and very recognizable as his style. “Feeling Joy” from "Spirit Touch" (2009) is next. Lighthearted and buoyant, it’s also an Akins classic. “Night Runner” from "Castle Moon" (2015) shows a somewhat darker and more mysterious side - one of my favorites from that album. “Masterpeace” is one of Akins’ “signature pieces” and is the title track from the album that “officially” launched his career as a recording artist and composer. The next two tracks juxtapose “Winter Is Coming” from "A Southern Sun" (2013) and “Winter is Here” from "Castle Moon," albums that were intended to be somewhat opposite to each other with one more upbeat and one somewhat darker. Both pieces are gorgeous and make very effective use of reverb and the piano’s damper pedal to create an icy, chilly feeling. “Dance of My Ancestors” from "Spirit Touch" has been a favorite for many years, and I remember Akins saying in concert that he gave it that title because it’s a dance and it’s about his ancestors! Uh-huh! It starts out slowly, and then builds to a lively, spirited dance. The very gentle and sweet “Lullaby For Baby G” first appeared on the 2017 "Into the Flow" - another favorite! So is “Night Shadows” from "Spirit Touch." This one is almost spooky and again makes use of reverb to create a darker mood that brightens a bit in the middle as strings and voices are added. “An Eagle’s Path” from "A Southern Sun" expresses the freedom of flight, joyfully soaring high! The pensive “Finding Grace” from "Masterpeace" brings this excellent collection to a quiet, peaceful close. Subtle voices are added here and there for additional tonal colors.

"The Best of Joseph Akins" is a wonderful collection and easily explains why Joseph Akins is one of the most popular pianists in the new age piano genre. If you aren’t familiar with his music, this is a great place to start! If you have all seven of his previous albums, this is still a must-have since the pieces have been re-mastered to make the piano sound consistent from one track to the next. Great stuff!
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