12 Songs, 54 Minutes


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"Heart to Hands" is a ten-year retrospective of Philip Wesley’s solo piano music from his first five albums and spanning the years 2002-2012. Ten years in anyone’s life includes a lot of changes - ups, downs, joys, sorrows, love, loss, heartbreak, redemption, etc. - and this album is reflective of those changes in Philip Wesley’s life. Wesley’s music has become very popular over the past ten years and I think that is primarily because he expresses himself at the piano in such a way that people can take his music to heart and relate it to their own lives.

Rather than simply re-using the twelve songs from the original recordings, Wesley re-recorded them at Joe Bongiorno’s Piano Haven Studio and gave them all a fresh take. Music has a tendency to evolve right along with the composers, so this recording reflects how Wesley plays these pieces now. Recording all of the music on the same piano gives it a consistent sound from track to track, which in this case is warm and very clear without being overly bright - a very beautiful and natural piano sound.

Even if you have all of Philip Wesley’s previous recordings, "Heart to Hands" is a must for your collection. If you are new to his music, this is a great place to start! Recommended!

About Philip Wesley

Philip Wesley is a composer and keyboardist who specializes in tender solo piano pieces. His recordings have appeared on various new age streaming and sales charts. Wesley began pursuing music as a profession at the age of 20, and self-released his first LP, Finding Solace, in 2002. Several albums followed on Autumn Music, beginning with 2004's In a Lifetime and 2005's Comfort and Joy, his first album of Christmas music. He returned in 2008 with Dark Night of the Soul, an LP written in the aftermath of divorce that would eventually land on the Billboard New Age Catalog Albums chart. He followed his next record, 2012's Hope Endures, with the collection Heart to Hands: Solo Piano Retrospective, 2002-2012 later the same year.

Transcend addressed the theme of overcoming obstacles. It arrived on Autumn Music in 2014. Two years later, Beyond Cloud Nine became his first release to feature instruments alongside the piano. String arrangements and a more hopeful tone in his songwriting helped create the album's intentionally romantic atmosphere. ~ Marcy Donelson



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