Listen to instrumental piano music by Janice Lacy Project from Los Angeles on their debut album Sanctuary for the Soul.
Fronted by pianist/composer Janice Lacy, the other Project members are Rob Mullins (piano and keyboards), Jeness (cello), Larry Antonino (bass), and Tony Braunagel (drums and percussion) – all artists in their own right. All fourteen tracks on the album were composed by Lacy, motivated by this goal:
I want my music to serve as a sanctuary, a refuge, a place of safety, peace, healing and joy, where listeners can go when they need to escape from the pressures and stress of the world around them.
There’s a nice review by Kathy Parsons at MainPiano.com.
Enjoy their debut album.
Sanctuary for the Soul (2016) – 14 songs, 47 min
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Photo credit: Sanctuary for the Soul @ Amazon (album cover)
Listen to music by Leon Redbone. In 2014 he released a new album Flying By. It was announced in May 2015 that the legendary folk/jazz/roots performer has retired from both public appearances and recording.
Flying By (2014) – 12 songs, 35 min
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Listen to Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin just released today.
Willie Nelson became the first country artist to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in 2015. The prize recognizes the work of artists whose songs promote musical expression and cultural understanding. He was honored at a Washington concert in November 2015 for his six decades in music. He was named a “musical explorer” in country music and beyond by James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, along with this statement.
A master communicator, the sincerity and universally appealing message of his lyrics place him in a category of his own while still remaining grounded in his country-music roots. His achievements as a songwriter and performer are legendary. Like America itself, he has absorbed and assimilated diverse stylistic influences into his stories and songs. He has helped make country music one of the most universally beloved forms of American stylistic expression.
This is his tribute to composers George and Ira Gershwin with his interpretations of their best-loved timeless songs which were American standards from the 1930’s, including duets with Sheryl Crowe and Cyndi Lauper. The 82-year-old singer/songwriter explained that this recording was a way of saying thank you for the Gershwin Prize.
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin (2016) – 11 songs, 36 min
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