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Out from Yonder

by Lilli Lewis

Coltrane melodies, Zen Bhuddist chants, and a soulful voice that's been to the mountaintop.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Soul
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1. Sanguine Song
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2. Incantation: Wind
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3. Good Afternoon (Interlude)
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4. Incantation: Creation
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5. Mountain Lady Woman
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6. Incantation: Earth
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7. A New Name (Traditional)
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8. Incantation: Flame
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9. Warm Like the Waters
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10. Incantation: Libation
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11. We Shall Overcome (Tradtional)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Lilli Lewis has been playing the piano since she was three years old, and composing music for just as long. Raised on a dirt road outside of Athens, GA, the award-winning classical pianist and soprano now pursues a subtler muse and her unexpected journey has yielded a world of insight matched with “innovative, soulful music that will never go out of style.” mp3.com

Lilli’s early immersion in classical music is now met with blues, folk and soul traditions that conjure rich echoes of Odetta and Roberta Flack. She has self-produced four LPs since 2003, each capturing a unique snapshot of the American musical terrain, ever revealing the heart of a truthful sojourner.

“Out From Yonder” won runner-up for Best Folk/World Album in the 2009 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, and rendered Lilli a regional finalist for the acclaimed Mountain Stage Newsong Competition.

Inspired by the landscapes of Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, CO, the collection reveals stirring melodies mingling with snaps, claps, drums, Hindu mantra and Tuvan throat singing. In August 2008, original selections from “Out From Yonder” rendered Lilli a regional finalist for the acclaimed Mountain Stage Newsong Competition.

Known to audiences from Seattle to Paris, Lilli has been moving audiences with her original music since 2002. With just her voice Lilli weaves a one woman expedition through universal themes like beauty, peace, self-declaration and without a doubt, love.

For more information, please visit Lilli online at www.lillilewis.com

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Thomas King - RARB

A voice to be heard and exalted
"Lewis has an earthy sexiness to her voice like a subdued Meshell Ndegeocello with a bit of Sade Adu's velvetness for extra spice. And it floats effortlessly through the octaves and vocal placements she's created in her arrangements. There is expressiveness in phrasing in her singing that propels the movement of both the spirit and the body...I'm all for bringing Lilli out from yonder into the forefront of contemporary a cappella music. Hers is a voice to be heard and exalted."
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Joseph Bates - RARB

Engaging vocal quality
"Lilli Lewis possesses a voice that simply obeys. Dynamic range, style, emotion. Basically, she has such an engaging vocal quality that I could sit and listen to her sing Pink songs all day and be totally enthralled...Buy this album to remind yourself that singing is awesome."
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Brian Haverkate - RARB

Lush, full-bodied and free
The style of Out from Yonder most closely aligns with the spontaneity of Bobby McFerrin's Circlesongs, the soul of Sweet Honey In The Rock, and the harmonic structure of Zulal...As a soloist, Lilli Lewis is phenomenal. Lush, full-bodied, and free.
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Josiah Rowe

Spirit, voice, fire and water
Lilli Lewis's previous albums have shown her prodigious talents working with other musicians and accompanying herself on the piano. But with "Out from Yonder" she cuts away everything except her extraordinary voice, which she layers into complex rhythms and harmonies. With the exception of her astonishing solo rendition of "We Shall Overcome", all the songs on this album feature Lewis accompanying herself, a one-woman vocal group. On some songs, such as the spunky "Mountain Lady Woman", she provides sparkling back-up vocals and spirited rhythms using claps, snaps and mouth sounds. In "Incantation: Creation", Lewis layers her own voice into complex harmonies and rhythms live using a simple looper, resulting in a canon that builds like waves depositing sand on the beach.

Lewis's only collaborator on the album is the Tuvan throat singer Robert Elbers on "Incantation: Flame", in which Tibetan Buddhist prayers join with John Coltrane's "Alabama" to create a universal prayer of astounding yearning and beauty. This is the most striking example of the disparate traditions from which Lewis draws, which also include haunting Native harmonies in "Incantation: Earth" and soothing gospel in "A New Name". These varied traditions combine in Lilli Lewis's music to create a profound spiritual offering, a revelation of ineffable truth in sound.

Listening to "Out from Yonder", it's easy to forget that it's the work of one person using only her voice and simple percussion. But then, when you have an instrument as versatile as Lilli Lewis's voice, you don't really need anything else.
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Nandi

Take a deep breath
There is no contraband more widely sought by me than a well-sung song from a deeply effecting and experienced voice. I treasure R/B and Soul music for the absolute joy it produces even through the deepest, darkest sorrows the artists usually sing about simply because the artist is usually so well trained that their voice seems to bring about some magical change in myself as I listen. This is the case but more so for Lilli Lewis- There is no cage of Genre for her to pace back and forth in, no pop-castle of predictability or sugar-spun bubble gum lyrics. This is an artist who is deeply concerned with affecting her world as much as her world has affected her. This is the wide open channeling of nature, God/Goddess, trees, mountains, the heart, blood and guts of life in a realm inhabited by ancient mystics, modern feminine principles of warriorhood, strength and a boundless appetite for art, poetry and rhythm infused with a sustenance that only the truly gifted can provide my hungry ears. Thank you, Lilli Lewis!
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Gregory Broughton

Blown Away!
I am just blown away with all the versatility and creativity. WOW!!!!!!!! What a knock out.! The many harmonic, melodic and passioned-filled layers of Lilli Lewis are just so moving to hear. Several friends whith whom I have shared the CD are blown away that you could be this talented and to have not blown up yet..

Thanks for sharing such passion and great gifts of encouragement...I had to "set down to take it all in".
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Moving Mountains
The force with which this CD must have been conjured is emmaculate. Every day I am able to find something on this album that aligns with my soul no matter the changes. Eccletic and envoking; every song has a way of sounding original and yet soothingly familiar at the same time. I have yet to come across anyone who does not have a favorite track. "Out from Yonder", is meant for the "listening" soul. If hearing your own oness with the universe is one of your hobbies you will never get enough of lilli lewis.
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Monica Dillon

Heavenly Incantations
Lilli Lewis has always been known for her original voice. And this time, with the release of Out From Yonder, she’s done it again. And no less, without the help a band.

I’ve been a fan of Lilli Lewis since I first heard of my twin piano playing, music composing, fierce performing sister.

One of my favorite songs has since that time been “The Last Stop,” but now, there are new favorites growing on my heart with the released of Lilli’s Out From Yonder.

Not afraid to tell her truth and push the limits of her creativitiy, Lilli has crafted a living and loving brew of new songs. Incantations, she calls them. And enchanted I am.

In the tradition of Sweet Honey In The Rock and Zap Mama, Lilli’s poly rhythms, melodies, and harmonies. Close your eyes and you’d swear there were a room full of Lilli’s surrounding you, holding you close, reaching out with an invitation into her enchanted spirit world.

Sprinkling incantations and and creations with each moment, Lilli is gracefully stepping forward through her voice, her composition, and her musical incantations.
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