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Awakening

by Jeffrey Michael

Jeffrey's latest release of original piano compositions encapsulates his ability to express emotion and tranquility through his intricate and passionate melodies. Its cinematic quality celebrates anew beginning in life, a rebirth, starting over and more.
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1. Awakening
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2. Ocean Dance
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3. Evening Gray
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4. Imagination
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5. February Sky
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6. Rebirth
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7. Rapture
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8. Nightfall
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9. Peppertree
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10. The Winding Road
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11. Summer Rain
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12. Phantom of the Mind
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13. Deep Blue
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14. Winter Flight
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15. Infinity*
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16. Road to Bonifacio*
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
If you like Enya, Yanni or George Winston, then you'll absolutely fall in love with the music of Jeffrey Michael.

Composer, pianist and recording artist Jeffrey Michael has performed for millions of people and sold over 250,000 CD’s worldwide with his self-promotion strategy and record label Fireheart Music.

Jeffrey Michael grew up in Sterling Heights and Novi, Michigan. As a 2 year old he used to bang on his Great Grandmother’s piano. In 1983 she passed away and her piano was passed along to Jeffrey’s mother. She actually told him not to touch the piano for fear that he would damage it at such a young age. Naturally, he disobeyed her and began playing the piano by ear when he was 6 years old, going on to compose his own music by 11 years old. Jeffrey does not read music but rather is a self-taught musician who utilizes his excellent ear for his music and composes using a special shorthand that he developed as a child prodigy. Some of his musical influences include George Winston, David Lanz, Suzanne Ciani, John Tesh, Alan Silvestri, James Newton Howard, Hans Zimmer, James Horner, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Dave Matthews, Pink Floyd, James Blunt, David Gray and Coldplay.

At age 15 Jeffrey broke his right hand and could barely use it to play piano for many months which caused him to develop his left hand much more fully than many pianists. Now he is known for his dexterous two-hand counterpoint melodies. That same year Jeffrey borrowed $1,000 from his father, went to a recording studio and made a tape of his compositions that he began selling in his high school. In two weeks he paid his dad back. The next year he made another tape. By the time he graduated, he had sold 5,000 albums of instrumental music primarily to high schoolers!

1n 1996 after briefly taking business classes at Eastern Michigan University and Schoolcraft College, Jeffrey created Fireheart Music. Since then he has developed his company into an independent record label and music production company where he composes, produces and arranges piano CD’s. Under the Fireheart label he has released and self-promoted 7 piano CD’s including Inspirations (1996), Sailing to the Stars (1999), Winter Spirits (1999), Reflections (2000), Kaleidoscope (2002), After the Storm (2004) and Awakening (2006).

For the past 8 years Jeffrey has been touring the United States performing small concerts and more recently has become one the top art festival musicians in the country. He has also performed for many illustrious companies including Fox, Robert Mondavi Wineries, Versace and The American Cancer Society.

Jeffrey also composes music for film, television and video games. He has his own recording studio and has composed music for many projects. Some of his credits include music on the Sci-Fi Channel, ABC, Bravo and Oxygen as well as various reality TV shows.

Jeffrey is also co-owner of Half Genius Productions, an independent film production company in the Los Angeles area. He plays the guitar, enjoys screenwriting, painting, traveling, fishing, golf, hockey and has played soccer throughout Europe. He now resides in Hermosa Beach, California."

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Doris DeLange

Very pleasant and relaxing music
this is a perfect CD for relaxing background music.
Very plesant overtones with continous new themes throughout.
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Kathy Parsons

His best work yet!
“Awakening” is Jeffrey Michael’s seventh release to date and is by far his strongest and most evocative work. Still in his twenties, Jeffrey has created a very impressive body of work over the past ten years or so, and has grown tremendously as an artist. A few of the sixteen pieces on this album have appeared on previous releases, but most are new. A few tracks have string accompaniment, but most are solo and recorded on a Bosendorfer grand piano. Also a film composer, Jeffrey Michael’s music has a cinematic sweep that conjures up colorful visual images and a rainbow of emotional experiences. Both soothing and powerful, this collection of original compositions should do much to bring Jeffrey Michael to the forefront of contemporary pianist/composers.

The title track opens the CD with a feeling of gentle optimism. A piano and cello duet, it is a lovely way to begin. “Ocean Dance” follows, and is one of the strongest pieces on the album. An infectious rhythm melts into a flowing melody, builds momentum, and becomes calm again. Something about this piece reminds me of Dax Johnson’s work, which is always a good thing! Subtle string washes enhance the mood, but the piano really shines. “Evening Gray” is much calmer and has an elegant flow. “Imagination” is another beauty and a bit more on the classical side. Dreamy yet energetic, the shifts between major and minor modes effectively show both the dark and lighter sides of the imagination. “Peppertree” is a little different from the others with its jaunty rhythm conveying a sense of fun and suggesting a very pleasant stroll somewhere. “Phantom of the Mind” is another favorite. Dark, mysterious, and intense, I really like the energy and passion of the piece. “Winter Flight” has a sense of purpose in its graceful melody - also exceptional! “Road to Bonifacio” first appeared on Jeffrey Michael’s 1999 release, “Reflections,” and was my favorite track on that CD, too. The piece was inspired by the scenic landscapes traveling in Corsica, and this version is more than two minutes shorter, so it has evolved a bit. The rhythm is propulsive, and the mood is joyful and yet a little mysterious - what’s around the next turn? What a great piece!

If you aren’t yet familiar with Jeffrey Michael’s music, this is a great place to start! Those who have been following his career will be pleased,too. Recommended!
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Kathy Parsons

His best work yet!
“Awakening” is Jeffrey Michael’s seventh release to date and is by far his strongest and most evocative work. Still in his twenties, Jeffrey has created a very impressive body of work over the past ten years or so, and has grown tremendously as an artist. A few of the sixteen pieces on this album have appeared on previous releases, but most are new. A few tracks have string accompaniment, but most are solo and recorded on a Bosendorfer grand piano. Also a film composer, Jeffrey Michael’s music has a cinematic sweep that conjures up colorful visual images and a rainbow of emotional experiences. Both soothing and powerful, this collection of original compositions should do much to bring Jeffrey Michael to the forefront of contemporary pianist/composers.

The title track opens the CD with a feeling of gentle optimism. A piano and cello duet, it is a lovely way to begin. “Ocean Dance” follows, and is one of the strongest pieces on the album. An infectious rhythm melts into a flowing melody, builds momentum, and becomes calm again. Something about this piece reminds me of Dax Johnson’s work, which is always a good thing! Subtle string washes enhance the mood, but the piano really shines. “Evening Gray” is much calmer and has an elegant flow. “Imagination” is another beauty and a bit more on the classical side. Dreamy yet energetic, the shifts between major and minor modes effectively show both the dark and lighter sides of the imagination. “Peppertree” is a little different from the others with its jaunty rhythm conveying a sense of fun and suggesting a very pleasant stroll somewhere. “Phantom of the Mind” is another favorite. Dark, mysterious, and intense, I really like the energy and passion of the piece. “Winter Flight” has a sense of purpose in its graceful melody - also exceptional! “Road to Bonifacio” first appeared on Jeffrey Michael’s 1999 release, “Reflections,” and was my favorite track on that CD, too. The piece was inspired by the scenic landscapes traveling in Corsica, and this version is more than two minutes shorter, so it has evolved a bit. The rhythm is propulsive, and the mood is joyful and yet a little mysterious - what’s around the next turn? What a great piece!

If you aren’t yet familiar with Jeffrey Michael’s music, this is a great place to start! Those who have been following his career will be pleased,too! Recommended!
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