Inspired by a True Story
Mixed Genre: Spiritual, Inspirational, Pop, Semi-Classical, Folk-Rock, Adult Contemporary & Relaxation
Inspired by a True Story, produced & performed by Grammy® Award-Winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven is a heartwarming, inspiring collection of 10 songs & compositions that touch a universal note in each and every one of us; dedicated to uplift your spirits and get you into a positive, refreshed and relaxed mood . . . a restorative journey for your true story.
The album opens with the up-tempo pop “Kiss a Rainbow of Love,” followed by contemporary jazz, gospel, and folk-rock flavors, each piece gradually changing in tempo and mood through classical crossover to the final ambient piece, “Inspirial,” a 12 minute meditative instrumental composition. Each piece in the album develops the overall story of the unifying themes of positive self-discovery, universal inclusiveness and spiritual awareness to blissful inner peace – beautiful words, music, and vocals that are nourishing and truly transcendent.
All pieces were written by Darlene except her collaboration with Larry Steelman on "The Who I am in Me,” and “The Prayer" by David Foster & Carol Bayer-Sager. Darlene sings all the lead and background vocals on the album, except two songs where she is joined by her Young Vocal Artists Choir and studio singer friends. Employing her keyboard prowess, Darlene arranged, programmed, and performed all 10 pieces on the album except the song she wrote with Steelman, who programmed and performed the rhythm section of the track, with Darlene on the orchestral and ambient portions. Mike Miller played all the beautifully creative solo and rhythm guitar work and Pedro Eustache wonderfully played the world woodwinds on “Infinite Voice.”
"In God's Time" is BEAUTIFUL . . . Like a gentle ocean that washes over you, and bathes you. Love all of the major 11,13,15 chords, too. Yum!
–Bob Krogstad, Dove Award, ASCAP Standard Awards, Composer, Arranger, Conductor, Sandi Patty, Mel Torme, Natalie Cole, Maureen McGovern, Michael Crawford . . .
This album is life changing! It can change the way that you hear music, and even the way that you see the world when you get up in the morning . . . it is great for all ages because it has nice sweet melodies that fit youthful groups and it also appeals to adults in the actual lyrics.
–Saphira Howell, iTunes Review
Delving deeper are the interesting 'true' back-stories that prompted Darlene to include and create the songs for Inspired by a True Story. For example, Darlene arranged and English-only solo version and sang live on-camera, “The Prayer” in one of television’s most popular soap operas, The Young and the Restless in 2002 and also sang on the original recording in the Warner Brothers Animation Quest for Camelot where it won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy Award. . . . The classical crossover ballad "In God's Time" was inspired when one of her close musician friends told her a long time ago that she must be living in God's time because of all the special things happenings and accomplishments manifesting in her life at the time. He passed over a week later from a motercycle accident, only in his thirties, now himself living in God's time. The lyrics try to describe what it must be like to truly live in God's time when we surrender to it. . . . Darlene was inspired to write "Essence of Your Peace" to sing at a church service in Orlando, Florida with their choir. "Infinite Voice" also appears as the title track from Darlene's #1 CD Infinite Voice. Darlene chose to include it again in this album due to the spiritual message and beauty of the song. . . . "Within the Consciousness of God" was written to sing at a church service in Honolulu, Hawaii, celebrating the date 10/10/10 and the debut of this song the day after Darlene's birthday on 10/9/10. . . . The lyrics to "The Who I am in Me" inspires us to be aware of the omnipotence of God and that with a deeper look on our journey of self-discovery, we may find that God is the core of our being and begin to see the truth of God in all of us. . . . The ultra happy pop song "Kiss a Rainbow of Love" invites us to have an intimate relationship with happiness and love and to call upon our joy no matter what happens in life. It features her choir of child and teen voice students, Darlene's Young Vocal Artists . . . .The true story behind "Sing" originates from when Darlene often sang with her pet canary as a young child as a way to escape certain overwhelming childhood emotions. She noticed at an early age that no matter what, the bird always sang with her and it helped her to "soar above the noise." Inspired by the many healthy and restorative benefits of singing and music that she learned throughout her life and now teaches, Darlene wrote this gospel ballad as a call for us to open up and freely express with our voices a universal song of peace and love, singing in harmony with eachother, featuring a gospel choir of some of her closest singer friends. . . . "Release" is somewhat of a personal prayer Darlene wrote to help us prepare to let go of all things that keep us from being our true selves and finding our center. She positioned this song as a preparation for the final track, "Inspirial," a 12 minute instrumental piece composed to help us relax, meditate, or simply wind us down for a short nap. The title is a word created to mean "spiritually inspired" and no vocals are included in this piece to allow the listener to freely hear the true voice within his/her own soul.
Inspired by a True Story is more than just an album of songs with a positive message, but a musical way to joyfully help us be in touch with our own true story and remind us in difficult times how we are all part of the truth of God in our universe and tap into this emotionally safe and nurturing environment through music.
Available from TimeArt Recordings at www.darlenekoldenhoven.com, Amazon, iTunes, etc.
Inspired by a True Story
Kiss a Rainbow of Love 3:45 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
The Who I Am in Me 3:30 (Darlene Koldenhoven & Larry Steelman)
Sing 4:47 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
Essence of Your Peace 3:36 (Darlene Koldenhoven based on The Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi 13th C.)
Within the Consciousness of God 3:07 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
The Prayer from Quest for Camelot 3:33 (David Foster & Carol Bayer-Sager)
Infinite Voice 4:48 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
In God’s Time 5:37 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
Release 3:16 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
Inspirial (Instrumental) 12:02 (Darlene Koldenhoven)
Total Running Time 48:25
Produced by Darlene Koldenhoven
All songs written by Darlene Koldenhoven except "The Who I Am in Me," co-written with Larry Steelman; and "The Prayer," written by David Foster, music, and Carol Bayer-Sager, lyric.
All songs are arranged, performed, programmed and engineered by Darlene Koldenhoven at TimeArt Studio except "The Who I Am in Me" – Rhythm Section by Larry Steelman; Orchestra & Atmosphere by Darlene Koldenhoven
All Lead Vocals & Vocal Arrangements by Darlene Koldenhoven
Background Vocalist on "Essence of Your Peace" and "Sing" are: Darlene Koldenhoven, Rosemary Butler, Andrea Robinson, Mary Hylan, Scottie Haskell, Maxine Waters, Gerald White, Oren Waters, Jim Gilstrap
Darlene’s Young Vocal Artists Choir on "Kiss a Rainbow of Love" and "Sing" are: Annie Miller, Lexie Hofer, Savannah Mersola, Zoriah Eslin, Saphira Howell, Ellie Komberg, Camila Leon, Lofton Shaw, Amanda Korris
Guitars by Mike Miller
Dudeks, Chromatic Persian Nay, Digeridoo on "Infinite Voice" by Pedro Eustache
Tibetan Gong, Rainstick, Finger Cymbals on "Infinite Voice" by Darlene Koldenhoven
Quartz Singing Bowls on "Infinite Voice," "Inspirial," "Release" by Darlene Koldenhoven
Mixed & Mastered by Steve Shepherd at TimeArt Studio
Graphics by TimeArt Productions
Photograph by Brigitte Jouxtel
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TimeArt Recordings D10916
Songs 1,3,4,5,7,8,9,10 ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.
"The Who I am in Me" ©2011 DarSongs Music, ASCAP and Melamu Music, BMI. All Rights Reserved.
"The Prayer" from Quest for Camelot (English Version) ©1998 Songs of Universal, Inc. OBO Warner-Barham Music, LLC., BMI. All Rights Reserved.