Kimberly Haynes – Awaken Me

Thoughtful and Inspiring, diverse and illuminating, a blissful journey for the soul. Singer-songwriter Kimberly Haynes draws from various musical styles to create a beautiful mosaic of authentic and joyful stories.

“Kimberly paints musical portraits from a diverse palette of influences…Her expressive voice ranges from soft to soaring with thoughtful and inspiring lyrics that touch the heart and illuminate the spiritual quest.  All in all, an uplifting listening experience.”
– Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

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“Awaken Me” by Kimberly Haynes

Thoughtful and Inspiring, diverse and illuminating, a blissful journey for the soul. Singer-songwriter Kimberly Haynes draws from various musical styles to create a beautiful mosaic of authentic and joyful stories.

“Kimberly paints musical portraits from a diverse palette of influences…Her expressive voice ranges from soft to soaring with thoughtful and inspiring lyrics that touch the heart and illuminate the spiritual quest.  All in all, an uplifting listening experience.”
– Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

 

“Kimberly paints musical portraits from a diverse palette of influences…Her expressive voice ranges from soft to soaring with thoughtful and inspiring lyrics that touch the heart and illuminate the spiritual quest.  All in all, an uplifting listening experience.”
– Michael Diamond, Music and Media Focus

Featuring performances by Multiple Grammy® nominee Peter Kater, Tina Malia, Byron Metcalf, Jesus Florido and mastered by Grammy® winner Ricky Kej

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Kindled by an awareness of divine guidance and conscious connection with spirit, new age singer/songwriter and Music Medicine Woman Kimberly Haynes delivers her debut album, Awaken Me, which brings forth an uplifting invitation to discover a sacred space deep within the heart.  The spectrum of her eclectic and enlightening vocal performances evokes both the tenderness of a mother’s touch and the ancient feminine power of a tribal priestess singing her truth for the betterment of the community.  The album, subtitled “Songs From the Heart of a Seeker,” is a musical journey of discovery, healing, personal growth and devotion.

“My songs are my prayers,” explains Haynes.  “It is truly a privilege to carry those prayers into the world.  It is my hope that they will be a blessing to all who hear them.  So I raise my voice in song to awaken a place deep within myself and in others where we can collectively begin to remember our own sacred hearts, our sacred connection to Creation, and the sacredness in each other.”

This is harmonious music that blends new age, world-fusion, gentle folk and soft pop into a well-crafted production of 11 devotional songs cultivated by accomplished producer and multi-instrumentalist David Vito Gregoli (a recording artist in his own right).  Gregoli co-produced and co-arranged with Haynes.  On the recording Gregoli performs on a vast array of instruments such as guitars (steel and nylon-string acoustic, electric, 6 and 12-string, and the South American charango), bass, mandolin, sitar, banjo, piano, electric piano, synth, udu, drums, percussion, bells, Native American flute and other flutes, gopichand and kalimba.  Haynes additionally adds backing vocals, hand drums and percussion.


The album also unifies brilliant special guest performances by some distinguished and well-respected musicians such as pianist Peter Kater, vocalists Tina Malia and Ken Stacey, drummer/percussionist Christo Pellani, violinist Jesus Florido, tabla player Cooper Madison Lanier, dulcimer performer Joellen Lapidus, players of Native American flutes Gareth Laffely and Al Jewer, accordionist Andy Mitran, didjeridu player Stephen Kent, hang-drummer Aeb Byrne, frame-drum/percussionist Byron Metcalf, vocalist Aeone and others.  The result is a rich tapestry of sound combining ethnic instruments from around the world with traditional Western ones to conceive a true world-fusion flavor.

The focus of the album is the pure, sensitive, spiritual voice of Kimberly Haynes.  Her major influences include Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss and Sarah McLachlan.  Haynes’ voice showcases her original music and inspirational, poetic lyrics.  Each song shares a unique story born from a life of tremendous trials and blessed tribulations, all flowing from a heart expressing love of music and life.  “I write and sing from the depths of my own life experience.  It’s a powerful thing to do this from a place of personal truth,” states Haynes.

“The title of the album, Awaken Me, comes from the song of the same name and seemed appropriate because it is such an important starting point,” says Haynes.  “Each of us has the daily opportunity to awaken to our personal destiny — to who we truly are and what we each have to give, and to the sacredness of both our individual and our collective journey. This song was born out of my yearning for clarity for the betterment of my own life and all those I touch.  It is a universal need.  The song ‘My Heart Knows The Way’ is about finding my own way, my own truth and personal freedom, and to live by that truth.  It’s about recognizing that we are all free to do that because deep inside each of our hearts is the knowledge and the courage we need to meet every moment of our lives authentically.”

In the “Great Divide,” Haynes sings about the distance she felt when performing for an audience, and how that changed when she began doing personalized sound healing and recognized that connecting with other hearts is the goal.  “To touch the heart is the miracle and where all separation dissolves.”  Similarly Haynes wrote the song “Light Of My Soul” when she had a powerful spiritual insight.  “The truth is in everyone’s heart.  Everything we need is inside of us, and we all have access to it through daily practice, connecting with our Spirit, with the Creator and with all life-forms around us.  It is an on-going process of awakening, healing, strengthening and fine-tuning our direction.”

Other songs with similar themes include “The Pathless Path” (which contains the line “in my heart is the holy spark”), “The Dream” (“You are not alone; Grace will guide you; Faith protects you; Love is in you”), and “The Jewel” (“don’t let the moment slip by, the jewel is waiting inside”).

Recently, “Awaken Me” has won Album of the Year in the international One World Music Awards 2016.
Summer sees the release of her unique video blending animation and live action in a reimagining of the Olivia Newton-John classic “You’re the One That I Want/Govinda Jaya”. Coinciding is the release of the remix EP “You’re the One” featuring a radio edit of the famed song from Grease, as well as a groove based version of “Awaken Me” and “Do I Dare (Earth Mix) from the “Awaken Me” album.
The EP is initially available on the Noisetrad website http://noisetrade.com/kimberlyhaynes/youre-the-one-that-i-want. All proceeds and donations from the EP will be given to the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (facebook.com/ONJCancerCentre).

“Awaken Me” is available as a CD or as digital download tracks at a variety of online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others. The “You’re the One” EP is available for digital download only.

Produced & Arranged by David Vito Gregoli & Kimberly Haynes


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