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From the Mother - Songs of the Sacred Feminine

by Sue Young

Lush and loving, delicate yet earthy, ten original songs emcompass a broad range of styles - folk, pop, jazz, latin and middle eastern.
Genre: Folk: Gentle
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1. This Is My Body
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2. Amma Devi
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3. Mother of Wisdom and Compassion
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4. Tejedora de Suenos
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5. Madre Del Mundo
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6. Luna Luna
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7. Our Lady of the Hills
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8. Kali/Kali Ma/Hold Me to Your Heart
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9. Like A Mother Eagle
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10. Ruach
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Sue grew up in a big, music-loving family. Her mother played the piano, her father played baritone ukelele and tenor guitar, all five children played an instrument, and everyone sang. Sue started on ukelele at age 8, moved to guitar at 11, and has been singing and playing ever since. Music heard in her home while growing up included the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Stan Getz, Bach, and Rogers and Hammerstein.

The Youngs moved around, but mainly lived out west- in Seattle, Washington, Salt Lake City, Utah and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1977-78, Sue spent a year in Quito, Ecuador studying at University of New Mexico's Centro Andino. It was a magical time full of adventure and learning. She traveled around South America and fell passionately in love with Latin American music and culture. She began performing in clubs around this time and continued after returning to the States. She worked as a solo and in a duo in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. She also sang with a trio that did folk music of North and South America, and with Govinda, a jazz-rock fusion band, where her vocal style was once compared to "Appalachian scat".

In 1985, she moved to Austin, Texas, lured by the vibrant music community and beautiful living environment. Burned out on playing bars full-time, she began a series of part-time jobs and soon wound up teaching Spanish to young children, which she continues to do today. She's become a storyteller and has been on the Texas Commission for the Arts Touring Artist Roster since 1993. She has taken her bilingual show "Cantos y Cuentos-Songs and Stories of Latin America" to schools, museums, libraries, festivals and theatres around Texas and New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Colorado.

The Austin years have seen Sue grow and mature as an artist and a writer. The Albuquerque Journal has called her "one of the most versatile, heartfelt singer/songwriters around." She's opened shows for such luminaries as Lyle Lovett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jesse Winchester and Kenny Rankin. Much of Sue's music has a mystical flavor. She sings in a church in Austin and has performed at churches throughout Texas and beyond. Her recording "From the Mother-Songs of the Sacred Feminine" is an exploration and celebration of the feminine in various spiritual traditions, from Hebrew to Christian to Native American to Hindu. The Austin Chronicle describes "From the Mother" as "lush and loving...executed with care and genius...an angelic voice." Sue's most recent recording is the award-winning 2007 release for children and families "The Legend Of The Quetzal".
Sue lives in Austin with her two beloved cats

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Charlotte Stewart-Smith

Music that will awken your inner being and lead you home
Deeply moving tunes and lyrics that heals the soul and creates an intimate relationship between the listener and the sacred feminine. Music you'll want to sing along with,
and the more you hear it, the more it becomes part of you--
like your own heartbeat or breath. Music that calls to the spirit of every woman on the planet.
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Kate X Messer - Austin Chronicle

Lush and loving..executed with care and genius.
The album is an exploration and celebration of female imagery through the world's spiritual texts…From the Mother's semantic and interpretive openheartedness is contagious-- like those catchy harmony numbers which resuscitated folk masses in the Seventies. Young wields a versatile command of modern musical triggers (including rock, pop, folk and jazz) as well as a hell of an angelic voice, which saves the album from sounding too dogmatic or adherent to any certain genre."
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Anne Newkirk Niven - Sagewoman

Yummy, folksy songs praising the Goddess in her many guises
(Young's) delicate, yet earthy voice explores the concept of the "Sacred Feminine" from the viewpoint of a variety of world religions, including Jewish, Christian, Native American and Hindu sources. This recording goes beyond the usual "New-Age-y" material and evidences an understanding of myth and Goddess lore which is unusual outside of the Pagan community; yet it will be accessible to broad-minded members of a wide variety of spiritual communities... Recommended.
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