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Hands Hearts & Voices

by Ralph Williams and Friends

Multi-genre lively positive message music ranging from contemporary folk to R&B to gospel to rock and roll featuring various guest vocalists and full band productions.
Genre: Folk: Power-folk
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1. These Things
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2. God's Love
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3. Stepping Out
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4. Rise Above
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5. I Can't Fix You
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6. Turning My Stumbling Blocks Into Stepping Stones
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7. Love One Another
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8. Body of the Goddess
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9. Good Planets Are Hard to Find
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10. The Spirit of God Is Upon Me
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11. Grouse Ridge
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Album Notes
"This is a beautiful, heart-felt and inspiring CD. We recommend it." Barry and Joyce Vissell, authors of The Shared Heart, Models of Love and Meant to Be.

"Hands hearts and Voices is a CD that is filled with universal love songs, gritty rhythm and blues, belt-it-out gospel and earthy folk-rock and yet all these songs have a message that is much needed in the world right now. I love the variety of styles and singers. The songs flow together with grace and ease. Hands hearts and Voices is a fabulous CD. I highly recommend it!" ~ Karen Drucker, inspirational singer/songwriter

"Hands Hearts and Voices" is a culmination of the spiritual and physical journey of guitarist/singer/songwriter/producer Ralph Williams over the last 5 years. Over that time Williams collaborated musically with singer/songwriter's Robert Smith, Lisa Hollwedel, Richard Burdick, Kristi Matal and Sharon Joy Jahoda. These musical collaborations resulted in some remarkable songs and song arrangements about the pursuit of dreams (Stepping Out, Stepping Stones), spirituality (God's Love, The Spirit of God is Upon Me, Body of the Goddess), caring for our world (Good Planets are Hard to Find), Loving Kindness (Love One Another, Rise Above), and personal growth (I Can't Fix You).

The musical styles on this CD range from contemporary folk to rhythm and blues to gospel to Latin rock. Williams was quoted as saying, "I wanted to make something very lively and exciting that people could listen to and dance to. I also wanted to make something that transitions people smoothly from one theme and musical style to another like waves on the ocean."

As a band leader and music director, Williams is quite comfortable sharing the stage. As a former roots/folk DJ at KVMR in Nevada City, California, Williams is also comfortable with exploring different musical genres. He knows what his strengths and weaknesses are and isn't afraid to enlist other talented people in his recording projects. Involving various guest vocalists has resulted in a recording that has tremendous musical and topical variety.

Williams knew that a great mixing engineer would be essential to producing a great recording. He chose Mikail Graham who works quite extensively with contemporary folk singers Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald to help him blend the tracks into a cohesive recording.

The result is a recording with tremendous musical and topical variety from start to finish that lifts the listener gently from their current state of mind, to a new plateau filled with hope and possibility.

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Katherine L. Triboli


I purchased this CD after hearing just one song. I feared that because the songs varied in style, I would like only the one. I was greatly pleased to find, both my husband and I, like them all. When we are to go on a car trip, my husband grabs Ralph's CD first. I hope Ralph gets the next one out soon. Kit T.
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Mark Berry

This is a wonderul find.
This is a wonderful find. I think of it as Spiritual Music. Certainly, it's inspirational. I found the voices and musicians delightful; a very "listenable" album. Words to help me think on what is really important in this jumbled world. The mood is a nice mix; a good variety of arrangements which don't all sound the same. It's a little gospel, blues, country, love songs, chants to sing and dance with, etc..
This music feels good!
Reverend Mark Berry, percussionist
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