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While many artists and musicians bring the particular flavors and influences of their native land to their art, Kristin Amarie is truly a “global citizen” and her music reflects the incredible diversity that has been her life experience. Her new album, Notes From A Journey, which features a guest appearance by David Lanz, provides the perfect vehicle for her to finally express the full range of her talent - from ethereal Enya-like incantations to lushly orchestrated compositions reminiscent of David Arkenstone, with echoes of the far corners of the world Kristin has inhabited.

On the opening track, Kristin’s angelic vocals accompanied by harp and ethereal synthesizer make it feel like the heavens have opened and we are enveloped in luminous beams reaching down from above. At the one-minute mark, the intro gives way to dramatic orchestration that provides a cinematic soundscape for Kristin’s voice to soar over. The sound of this orchestration is huge, almost like the London Philharmonic is behind her. It’s the kind of grandiose score you might hear from someone like Yanni, John Tesh, or the aforementioned David Arkenstone. Its powerful, yet is an interesting contrast to the lighter, more airy nature of her vocals. One of my favorite songs is an enchanting piece called “Without You,” that features David Lanz on piano. A track called “Elusion,” has more of pop feel with Kristin singing in a beautiful crystal clear voice like the kind you would hear on the soundtrack to a Disney movie.

The range of musical and vocal styles on this album is staggering. Kristin’s voice can range from covering diverse music from around the world to otherworldly incantations. As amazing as her singing is, I also can’t say enough about the opulence of the orchestration on this recording, which is absolutely mind-blowing. "Notes From A Journey" sounds like the work of a seasoned recording artist with the connections to hire the finest musicians and studios – not necessarily what you would expect from a debut solo release. The level of musical talent and production quality on this album put Kristin in a class with some of the finest recording artists in the genre.

From MainlyPiano

"Notes From a Journey" is the debut solo album from singer/songwriter Kristin Amarie. Truly a “global citizen” who was born and raised in Norway, spent her late teens on the island of Cyprus and half of her adult life in New Delhi, Kristin Amarie also spent time working and studying in London, Bangkok, Malta, and France; she now calls New York home. She has performed with various groups singing everything from Scandinavian folk songs to bossa nova in Europe, Asia, and the US. All of these cultural influences can be heard in her music, and her clear, beautiful voice expresses a broad range of emotions. The album was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Alex Salzman and features an appearance by pianist David Lanz, who collaborated with Kristin Amarie on two of the songs. The richly orchestrated music also includes appearances by Alex Salzman on keyboards, guitars, and programming; Tony Aiello on flute and soprano sax; and Joe Deninzon on violin. "Notes From a Journey" is a very impressive debut, and much of the music would easily crossover from world to new age and pop categories.

The album begins with “First Light,” a song about the beauty that surrounds us as well as the magical circle of life and new beginnings. This wordless vocal will undoubtedly invite comparison to Enya, but Kristin Amarie’s soaring singing style is very much her own. The symphonic production in this piece would be wonderful in a film soundtrack! “Amore Eterno” (“Eternal Love”) is a gorgeous love song sung in Italian and English and very lushly orchestrated. The lyrics to “Prayers” come from Psalm 38 in The Old Testament. With strong Middle Eastern influences, the music is haunting and somewhat mysterious. David Lanz contributed the lyrics to “Beloved (And I’ll Dream in Blue),” an intense love song that conveys the pain of separation as well as hope for the future. Definitely a favorite! “Winter in Shimla” is exotic, rhythmic, and upbeat. “Without You,” another soaring love song, was co-written with Lanz and features him on piano - also a favorite. “Fra Beatrice” was inspired by Dante Alighieri, the 13th century Italian writer, who met Beatrice when he was nine years old, the only woman he ever truly loved. Because he had been promised in marriage to someone else, a relationship with Beatrice was impossible, but they kept their love for one another throughout their lives. The lyrics are sung in English and Norwegian, and the title translates to “From Beatrice.” “Sulla meg litt” brings the album to a close with a sweet traditional Norwegian lullaby.

Although this is not the beginning of Kristin Amarie’s singing career, "Notes From a Journey" is a very promising start to her solo career. Recommended!

What a great sound, what an angelic voice!

Kristin, your voice is so beautiful and this album is so relaxing and enjoyable to listen to. Thank you for your gift of song!

Notes from a Journey, Kristin Amarie
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