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Awaken Me

by Kimberly Haynes

From singer-songwriter Kimberly Haynes’ upcoming album, set for release in spring of 2016. This musical meditation offer is an oasis of sacred Music medicine for the seeker.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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With inspired lyrics, acoustic guitars, piano, world instruments, heartfelt vocals and lyrics from a powerful singer/songwriter, Kimberly Haynes' first album, entitled "Light of My Soul" with Producer/multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli, is nearing completion.
 
While the style and feel of the songs reflect her singer/songwriter heros (Joni Mitchell, Shawn Colvin, Tina Malia, Alison Kraus, Vonda Shepherd), her songwriting has a poetic lyricism that reveals a deep spiritual longing and tell the story of the many challenges Ms. Haynes has overcome in her lifetime.
 
Kimberly's gift of music was clear from a very early age. She began the study of voice in her early teens, writing songs, and studio singing at the age of 15, and began her extensive background in performance, singing for audiences around the world.
 
Having studied voice pedagogy with renowned teachers across her lifetime, she began offering her knowledge in teaching the art of singing, including private sessions, workshops, and online webinars.

As a singer, songwriter, teacher, & sound healer, Kimberly also brings her gift of music to creating and holding sacred ceremonies and events across Southern California. She brings her knowledge and experience from multiple spiritual disciplines together in a beautiful alchemy creating unique and stirring rituals for all types of events.
 
Kimberly also serves as Cantorial Soloist for Ahavat Torah Synagogue in Brentwood, California.
 
Recent performances have included the NAMM show, Full Circle Venice, Yoga studios and house concerts around southern california.

The highly anticipated release of her debut album, 'Light of My Soul,' includes performances by guests Peter Kater, Tina Malia, Byron Metcalf (Steve Roach), Aeb Byrne, Ken Stacey (Ambrosia/Michael Jackson), Christo Pellani (Air Supply/Stevin McNamara), Jesus Florido (too many names to drop!!), and much more...
 
Due for release in Spring 2016.

Website: www.MusicMedicineWoman.com
You Tube: goo.gl/oeTB1O
Twitter: kimhaynesmusic
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/musicmedicinewoman/conscious-inspiration-light-of-my-soul-kimberly-haynes

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Steve Sheppard

Review from One World Music Radio (www.oneworldmusic.co.uk)
The flow and desire of humanity is rising upwards and will be an irresistible source in years to come, I have seen over the last few months’ devotional albums, releases guided by spirit, albums moved by a need to be whole again and not separated from our universal origins. Kimberly Haynes continues that theme with beauty and grace firmly by her side. Also by her side is co-producer and musical genius David Vito Gregoli, when his hands touch a release, it’s bound to be a magical outcome.
So that’s the build-up, now allow Kimberly’s charm and confidence and angelic vocals take you the rest of the way, like the first track off the release called Awaken Me, the proud title track that opens the whole project. Smooth, charming and very well produced, the drum beat was deeply moving by itself, but Haynes skill at creating such a balance with her voice was delightful to feel.
The Dream, after years of treading water, New Age music is once again rising like a new star in the music business and it’s no wonder when we have tracks like this to enjoy. The softness of Kimberly Haynes song here is beautiful and the use of strings in this piece was clever, but the percussive beats just over the half way mark of the song really illustrate what a superb album this is, creating rhythm in a ballad that is so deeply moving.
From the haunting essence of the last track, we are now gifted a really harmonious song called Light Of My Soul, there was something about this track that reminded me of Mitten and Premal a few years back with the album Blown Away. This song has a delicate eastern feel and contains some soft and sensual tabla too. Production on the whole album is simply top notch, but the energy of this track and that lush bass guitar was simply to delightful not to sample many times over.
The next offering is called My Heart Knows the Way. For me the folk ethic here was pronounced, but quite delicious, once more the use of strings has brought a whole new level of greatness to a track that almost grows into a rock song in certain segments, this is a quality composition that contains some very meaningful lyrics and happens to be one of my favourites off the release, so always go with your heart not your head, it truly does knows the way.
Passion in her work is something that Kimberly Haynes has in abundance, and as we come towards the half way marker in the album, we find a piece that will once more emphasise that passion and called Pathless Path. There is something a little Joni Mitchel about Haynes vocals, which of course is no bad thing and on this piece we can hear that passion in full flow, and her song dances with the clever and intelligent percussion and the spiritly strings that seem to create further musical dimensions when used.
As a radio host, there are so many wonderful tracks that can be included on my shows, perhaps this one called The Jewel could be one of them. Now if you love harmonies and resonation, then you have to allow yourself to sink into this one. It has everything; it has a little pop motif, plenty of soul and some very true lyrics to take notice of. So don’t get caught up in the circle of what you believe is life, live in each moment and this track can be you’re soundtrack.
The Great Divide is one of those classic pieces that you can’t help but totally adore; it’s a mixture of folk with some subtle flute and an acoustic guitar that really manifests a foundation for the composition. Haynes has such an addictive voice and she is not afraid to utilise the much maligned use of the pause too, this is a truly great song that is all encompassing and embraces us all.
The longest track off the release is called Do I Dare and at just short of 8 minutes it gives us a wonderful moment to go global and follow the narrator Kimberly Haynes. The sound of a digeridoo, the world ethic and earthy indigenous feel is mesmerizing, this really reminds me of the work of Carolyn Hillyer from Dartmoor in the UK and has that real new age, deep exploration into the ancient realms feel to its construction.
I must admit I have lost myself a few times in this album, there is literally so much going on within it, and I believe that this is something wonderful for us, artists of words, when we get an album that can do that to us. This next piece went there as well and is called You’re The One that I Wantgovinda Jaya, Oliva has been undone, I don’t think she could sing this as sensually as Kimberly Haynes and create a little jazz, pop devotional magic at the same time.
Come Come is our last but one piece off the release and also the shortest track off the album at just over 4 minutes, it’s almost a folk lullaby, the acoustic guitar here was sublime and weaved its way through the composition with such style.
We go back to a remix of Do I Dare called (Earth Mix) and rounds off the album quite stunningly, this is almost like an anthem for the whole album and of course an absolutely perfect way to round off the release.
Kimberly Haynes has made something here that is truly wonderful in all aspects of its creation, one can create a beautiful album, but it’s even more special when that creation is born from the passion of a heart felt truth. Vito Gregoli has done a supreme job in producing this release and using the talents of Tina Malia, Christo Pellani, Peter Kater, Jesus Florido and Byron Metcalf was a stoke of utter genius, if this album isn’t a massive global hit, there is no justice in the music business anymore, this is an album that everyone should have.
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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
On her new album, “Awaken Me,” vocalist Kimberly Haynes paints musical portraits from a diverse palate of influences that include new age, folk, soft pop, world music, and more. Her expressive voice ranges from soft to soaring with thoughtful and inspiring lyrics that touch the heart and illuminate the spiritual quest. Subtitled: “Songs from the Heart of a Seeker,” the spectrum of her eclectic and enlightening vocal performances evokes both the tenderness of a mother’s touch and the ancient feminine power of a tribal priestess singing her truth for the betterment of the community.

While Kimberly’s beautiful voice is clearly the focal point of the album, it is impossible not to mention the role of co-producer David Vito Gregoli, whose own “Om Land” album, I recently had the pleasure of writing about, and which Kimberly was a guest on. Vito was deeply involved in all aspects of production and arranging the songs as well as performing on a vast array of instruments. A number of talented musicians such as Peter Kater, Tina Malia, and others also appear as special guest artists on the album.

The title track which opens the album begins with a melodic chanting of Om by Kimberly accompanied by the earthy sound of Byron Metcalf on frame drum and percussion. As the song evolves it becomes more of an ensemble piece with David Vito Gregoli (Vito) on guitars, synth, and bell, and Aeb Byrne on hang drum. It’s heartfelt refrain about awakening, remembering, and listening make for a beautiful entrance into Kimberly’s inspirational music. A song entitled “The Jewel” is a ray of pure sunshine with its upbeat pop rhythm with a hint of R&B and world music. It’s a real “feel good” song that would make a great thing to listen to first thing in the morning to get your day going on the right track. A more mysterious vibe is heard on “Do I Dare,” that features the primal didjeridu sound of Stephen Kent, as well as Gareth Laffely on Native American flute, and other previously mentioned musicians. On this song, as well as some others, in addition to vocals, Kimberly also plays percussion.

Among the things I’m impressed by with this album is its range. Not only in the wide variety of styles, influences, and instruments, but in the range of Kimberly’s voice. Whether it is soft and sweet like a lover’s words in your ear, or rocking it with power and passion, there is an authenticity in Kimberly’s singing that makes you feel that this is someone who has experienced the highs and lows of life and uses them all to deliver her songs with heart and soul. All in all, “Awaken Me” is a truly uplifting listening experience.

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