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Parallel Universe

by Nijole Sparkis

Nijole (Neola) writes very cool sensual melodic songs with mystical landscapes, exotic twists, and uplifting, inspirational lyrics. Accompanying her delicate lead vocals are world music instrumentation, and background vocals hinting at Lithuanian choirs.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. In My Dreams
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2. Parallel Universe
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3. My King
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4. Sky High
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5. Phoenix
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6. Now I'm Here
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7. Everything
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8. Sweetest Fruit
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9. Fateful Day
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10. Rise
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11. Evening Prayer
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nijole (Neola) Sparkis is a true Lithuanian-American artist - born and raised on Chicago's South Side in a tight-knit Lithuanian community, she combines her American pop music instincts and song structure with the Lithuanian love of singing and choral harmonies she grew up with. (Lithuania protested and freed itself from Soviet Occupation by staging a Singing Revolution in 1991.)

While Nijole grew up singing and acting in the Lithuanian language, her ears were drawn to certain exotic elements in American rock found in such hypnotic songs as Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir", George Harrison's "Within You/Without You", or the David Bowie "Lodger" album, all of which have an Eastern influence and which inform Nijole's music. Her studies of Jazz and 20th Century Music at De Paul University -- where she earned a Music Theory degree magna cum laude -- helped give her the vocabulary for what she was hearing, resulting in strong memorable melodies with haunting chord progressions.

Since then, Nijole toured the Midwest and played clubs and festivals in Los Angeles with all-originals bands, as well as acted in performance art and avant-theatrical shows and college films. She also opened her own voice teaching studio, The Vocal Point, taught singing at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and had a brief stint teaching singing for the Disney Channel's popular MMC TV Show when Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, and Jessica Simpson were just auditioning!

Nijole sang the Theme Song for the DVD release of "Timothy Leary's Dead", and a snippet of her song "Parallel Universe" was featured on ABC Family's TV show "Switched at Birth". Her favorite female vocalists are England's Kate Bush, Australia's Lisa Gerrard, Ireland's Sinead O'Connor, Norway's Anneli Drecker (Bel Canto), Russia's Milla Jovovich, Scotland's Eddie Reader, Canada's Loreena McKennitt, India's Najma, Morocco's Amina, and Egypt's Natacha Atlas.

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Peter Aglinskas

Exotic excursion
Exotic, atmospheric arrangements and compositions make this CD a must-have for those who crave an exceptional musical experience. The digital manipulations of vocals and instruments by producer/arranger/alchemist Fritz Heede seamlessly fuse the ancient and the modern into a truly unique amalgam. Bridging the space between Sufi seether and soulful seduction, Nijole takes her amazing vocal range on a breathtaking excursion.
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Evolve

Touched Me On All Levels
What I love about this CD is that it is great on all levels. The music and production are fabulous, with exotic instrumentation. The vocals are beautiful, they have great tone and depth and the words are meaningful. The notes and melodies are interesting to listen to. Overall the whole CD is passionate and uplifting.
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Aaron Paley

Nijole SPARKLES!!!
Sparkis' cd is a rare combination of original material using contemporary musical references as well as folk sources. Sparkis combines her diverse influences and sources seamlessly. Highly recommended!
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soula

... At your reach...
Nijole's voice and Lyrics defy category, they send us on a musical ride yet unparalleled! It's a virtual cave where the ethnic meets the electric, where time-space line fades... where all is yet forming before it materializes in the Universe on a Time and Space line. Find out for yourself.
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Art Collector

What soul-searchers have been waiting for!
Finally there is an aural equivalent of the film "What the Bleep"! If you want to "Create Your Day" (ala Dr. Joe Despenza, the most often referenced interview of the film) by consciously deciding to live it, then this CD is for you. The music is Alternative with a World flavor, musically evocative, blissful and haunting in its lush harmonies. Music is far more entrenching in the subconscious and elevating to the beleaguered soul than reading can be. I listen to it in the morning and the songs keep coming back to me all day long. Not since Bjork have the spiritual sensibilities of these lyrics inspired me more.
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Tangee Veloso-Pueblos

What I want my baby to listen to
The spiritual lyrics and captivating melodies of Nijole’s cd truly moved me on so many levels. The best way to describe it is a musical shift to a higher consciousness. Some say babies can become more intellectual while listening to classical music in the mother’s womb...I feel that the words combined with the rhythms and beats of this cd can create the same effect, if even more of a transformation...that’s how beautifully empowering this cd is!!
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