For Your Consideration 64th Grammy® Awards
Best Contemporary Instrumental Album
for THE GRAND PIANO SPA
Best Instrumental Composition for "Wisteria"

The Grand Piano Spa

Soothing Solo Piano Music

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Listen to the full album on Spotify

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Hot Shot Debut #4 on Billboard Magazine's Classical Crossover Albums Chart (week of May 29)

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Credits

Piano, Composition, Production - Darlene Koldenhoven

at TimeArt Studio, Studio City, CA. 

Mixing & Mastering – Steve Shepherd at Extreme Mixing

Cover Photography - Shutterstock

Cover Graphics - Brian Stroh
Headshot Back Cover - Brigette Jouxtel

Album PlayTime: 38 Minutes 

©2021 TimeArt Recordings

DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Release Date: May 14, 2021

Number 3 Amazon Hot New Release_The Gran

Great position #3 for the first day out May 14

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May Winner - Best Classical Album "The Grand Piano Spa"

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August 2 GOLD Medals - GLOBAL MUSIC AWARDS

DESCRIPTION

 

The Grand Piano Spa is GRAMMY® Winner and three time GRAMMY® Nominee Darlene Koldenhoven’s first Contemporary Instrumental, Neo-Classical, New Age, Solo Piano Album, born out of the isolation of the 2020 pandemic. The long separation from the camaraderie of fellow musicians and the live concert performances she is use to, yielded a two part solo piano epic with volume two, The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy is to be released later this year. Companion downloadable sheet music and songbook with music from each album will be available with each release, sold separately. This beautiful, emotive, New Age collection of 9 original solo pieces is crafted to highlight her mastery and heartfelt sensitivity of expression on the grand pianoforte. Whether improvised or composed, melodies and musicality abound in many modes within the warmth of a very calming spa-like atmosphere. There are 38 minutes of luxurious sound to soak in for the attentive listener or for background ambience while reading, dining, falling asleep, yoga, massage or taking pleasure in the simple things of life. The Grand Piano Spa reveals the piano side of this multi-talented American artist, usually known for her radiant, Grammy-winning voice you’ve heard in everything from Yanni, Live at the Acropolis to Sister Act; including her own multi-award-winning #1 chart-debuting albums: vocal based Color Me Home and Infinite Voice and piano with instrumentation Chromatones and Tranquil Times. Treat your musical self to a soothing time at The Grand Piano Spa.                 

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Biography Highlights

Darlene Koldenhoven is a GRAMMY® Award Winner with 3 GRAMMY® nominations and is the first inductee into the Indie Music Hall of Fame. Darlene is known worldwide as the featured soprano soloist singing “Aria” in the PBS TV Special and Video, Yanni, Live at the Acropolis seen by over 1.5 billion television viewers and millions more now on YouTube. She has several #1 albums on the ZMR International Radio Charts. Darlene's current album, The Grand Piano Spa, debuted #4 on the prestigious Billboard Classical Crossover Album Charts its first week out. Her biggest-award winning albums are Color Me Home that debuted #1 and won a stunning 20 awards and 35 nominations, including Best New Age Vocal Album 2018; two piano with instrumentation albums – Chromatones that won Music of the Year 2019, Tranquil Times Best New Age Album 2012 and Heavenly Peace Best Holiday Album 2008. Other GRAMMY® winners Tom Scott, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Charlie Bisharet, Brent Fischer and nominees David Arkenstone and Rocky Dawuni appear on her albums released on her label, TimeArt® Recordings, that are heard all over the world including SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube and two hundred more radio stations. Darlene’s two piano with instrumentation albums are played in treatment rooms of massage and healing practitioners and are on rotation on the CARE Channel Network in hospitals and hospices worldwide. Darlene’s voice of many genres has sung on over 1,000 recordings in film, television, albums, commercials and charitable causes internationally. She has sung on a plethora of artists’ albums including Pink Floyd, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Neil Young, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart. Before the pandemic, Darlene traveled to India three times to be a featured live performer with Grammy winner Ricky Kej before the Queen of Bangalore and thousands of fans, including a TEDx Talk in an effort to raise awareness of climate change and humanitarian causes that she holds dear. Darlene has performed also as soloist with David Byrne in Prince Albert Royal Festival Hall with London’s Royal Philharmonic; the Chicago Symphony; on the Academy Awards with the late Robin Williams, and most notably, as the tambourine-waving choir nun with Whoopi Goldberg in both Sister Act films where off-camera she was the production vocal coach, music director and rehearsal pianist during their choreography rehearsals. Even Olympic figure skating artists like Sasha Cohen perform to her music. Born and raised in Chicago, Darlene’s formal piano training that began at age 9 made the piano her closest friend. She reads music and improvises, playing many styles – Classical, New Age, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Musical Theater. Darlene accompanies herself on piano or keytar-synth in her live vocal concerts. She plays harpsichord and piano with orchestras and has accompanied other vocalists or instrumentalists on their live concert tours. Ms. Koldenhoven holds a Master’s degree in voice and Bachelors in Music Education and has authored an educational book with 7 instructional CDs titled, Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind’s Musical Ear endorsed by faculty from Juilliard to American Idol, Berklee, NYU. She is a credentialed voice teacher and certified Integrated Listening Systems sonic therapist who helps people overcome dis-ease by using her therapeutic music and unique listening techniques in her private practice as well as her healing music concerts and workshops internationally. Darlene lives in Los Angeles, California with her singing rescue dog, Poochini.

RADIO

THANK YOU to Radio for Spinning Darlene's Album!!! Great to be played on such high-ranking shows, some nationally syndicated, some worldwide, among major labels, and major artists. Please call your local station and request it. Here's just a few remarkable shows and stations spinning The Grand Piano Spa:

KAOI-FM, Maui, HI

KCBP-FM Westley, CA
KCMJ-FM Colorado Springs, CO

KCUR-FM, Kansas City, MO "Night Tides"

KKUP-FM, Cupertino, CA "Contemplation Connection"

KRCC-FM, Colorado Springs, CO

KSJD-FM, Cortez, CO

KTEP-FM, El Paso, TX "Audiosyncracy"

KUFM-FM, Missoula, MT "Oasis"

WBTV-FM Burlington, VT
WDIY-FM Bethlehem, PA
WERU-FM Blue Hill, ME

WFIT-FM, Melbourne, FL "Future Echoes"
WHYR-FM Baton Rouge, LA

WIAA-FM Interlochen, MI
WOMR-FM Cape Cod, MA
One World Music Radio
NewAgeNotes (Debuted #8 on Top 10 Radio Chart-May)

New Age Stars Radio, Norway (Debuted #2 Top 10 Chart-June)

Peaceful Radio, Netherlands

The Musical Panorama, 2MaxFM, Australia

Guido's Lounge Café, Netherlands
Aloha Joe's "Relaxation Island" Aloha Radio Network, HI

Peter Bochan's "All Mixed Up" Nationally Syndicated

Enjoy all things Darlene on One World Music Radio Here:

Climbed to #3 on June OWMR Top 100 Radio Chart

Debuted #5 on OWMR Top 100 Radio Chart May, 27, 2021

OWMR as a Featured Artist Interview on

"The Album Show"

OWMR Featured Playlists #348 & #349 including three tracks from "The Grand Piano Spa."

OWMR Host Steve Sheppard's Album Review of

"The Grand Piano Spa."

Playlists Kaleidoscope #35, The Voice #22, A Dream Creation #61 and more . . .

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Darlene's YouTube Art Video of Delphi's Dream created 5/19/21

Darlene's premier performance of "Wisteria" 8/18/2019 at the S. Mark Taper Amphitheater, Beverly Hills, CA in her benefit concert for Tree People. The beautiful outdoor event was in a canyon among the trees, on a very chilly night with a capacity audience.

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Darlene's 9 premier, free, zoom 1 hour concerts that ran from May 7 to May 20 at "The Grand Piano Spa" were a blast. 4 camera shoot and fun talking "backstage" after the concert with new and old friends and fans. 

Also Facebook live 3 songs quick concerts through May 20. 

“This was the best hour+ I've spent in a year!   Your The Grand Piano Spa concert was absolutely wonderful!!!  So warm, so relaxing, so you.  I still play my DVD of Live at the Acropolis just to hear the Aria.  Your voice is as comforting as your piano playing.  You are truly a wonderful gift to folks like me that love good, heartfelt music.” –Barbara Geair, Ventura, CA 

What They are Saying . . .

"One of instrumental music's highlights of 2021 will undoubtedly be the release of The Grand Piano Spa. It's gorgeous! Don't miss it!"

                                      Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com

Full Review

 

"The phenomenally gifted songbird is just as talented on her piano as with her unmistakable and remarkable voice. “The Grand Piano Spa” Darlene Koldenhoven’s first beautiful solo piano album, is a most welcome respite to the soul and a shining ray of sparkling light in a murky sea. Truly grand."

Dyan Garris, New Age CD, Zone Music Reporter (ZMR),

and “Spirit Seeker Magazine”

Full Review

"Something rare and special captured within these timeless pieces . . . Koldenhoven is perhaps far better known for her exquisite vocals rather than prowess on the piano, which makes this collection of relaxing and delightful piano solos something rather special: the perfect spa treatment for the mind and soul."

–Jan Mawdesley, Blue Wolf Reviews & Conscious Living Magazine, Australia  Full Review

 

"The Grand Piano Spa provides the keys to the kingdom . . . it is so beautiful and inviting, the benefits of this music are immediate. All 9 tracks will lift your spirits."

Keith “Muzik Man” Hanneleck, NewAgeMusicReviews.com,

The Final on Vinyl Podcasts

Full Review

"My friend Darlene Koldenhoven is well-known here for wondrous creations that always capture the heart and soul.  On her new album, she gives us new insights into her musical genius with tasty solo piano that other artists can aspire to... I'm (again) mightily impressed!"

Dick Metcalf, ContemporaryFusionReviews.com

Full Review

"Renowned New Age vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven uses the voice of the piano to offer you a little time for yourself for renewing, refreshing, and healing as she presents her new album, The Grand Piano Spa. It is the compassionate sound track for a new beginning, a new day. A new you."

- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews

Full Review 

"Koldenhoven's talent as a pianist manifests truly blissful and heartfelt pieces . . . like the album itself, her skill set on the piano is vast, compelling and relaxing . . . she indeed is the creator of a musical panacea that we all seek and through her musical compositions that can be found on this splendid album . . . Probably one of the most tranquil moments of solo piano you're likely to experience this year."

–Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio

Full Review

"Fabulous piano solo compositions from Darlene. Quite an emotive and reflective musical atmosphere happens when listening to her CD. Recommended tracks: Wisteria, Into the Light, Delphi's Dream, Quiet Read, Spring Dance & Clover Fields. Hawke Rating 9/10"

–Terry James Hawke, Hawke CD Reviews & Ratings Issue 9

"I LOVE it!! Both your playing and the compositions are superb. It feels so honest and light, yet there is a complexity to the pieces too. It is for active listening, I think. I can't wait to share it with my audience. Great work!" 

BT Fasmer, New Age Stars Radio, Norway

Full Review

"The Grand Piano Spa is one of the most graceful and mesmerizing piano albums of the year!" 

–Lissette Cascante for Candice Michelle, AuralAwakenings.com

Full Review

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ARTICLE

Read Darlene's latest article for In the Key Magazine

The Prescription is Music:

Piano - the Grand Emotional Equilizer

INTERVIEWS

Hear Darlene's Interview on The Final on Vinyl Podcast with host Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck

Hear Darlene's Interview on Instru-Mentality Yours with host Ken McKay.

Hear Darlene's Interview on Mixing it with Nicki Kris® on SIM Sisters in Music Radio Network

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 Appreciation from Fans

 

“Yesterday afternoon I sat in my quiet time and just closed my eyes and listened to the CD that had just arrived. It was so beautiful and soothing.  I could picture lovely settings as background to your melodies. I will use this often to quiet my day and think of you.”

Betty Mann, North Carolina

"All my friends agree that 'The Grand Piano Spa' has calmed them down and put them in a relaxed and comfortable feeling that things are beginning to become normal.  My friend in Key West, FL is a Bank President and she told me she uses it as background when she has dinner guests, or in her office at the bank - calms everyone down.  She loves it too! My cousin in Montana is recovering from hip surgery and she too says it is so comforting and calming.  Her hubby thinks it is romantic - go figure!  But actually, he's a clown and he loves the soothing sound too. I sure hope other recipients pass on the good news that #4 on the charts is making a lot of folks calmer and happier! God Bless you and the wonderful talent you so willingly share."

–Barb Geair, California 6/11/21

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Darlene is proud to be one of three reviews in Retailing Insight Magazine, the most important magazine servicing the retail community, especially being in the reviewer, Dyan Garris's first contribution to her new job!

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COMPANION Downloadable Piano Songbook or Individual Sheet Music NOW Available HERE • Sold separately.
INFO & PURCHASE HERE
SONGBOOK REVIEW
"I have found all nine of the pieces to be very enjoyable to play and will revisit this book often! The moods and experiences expressed in the music are varied, something that I think adds to the enjoyment of playing the music. This would be an excellent book to work on with adult and teen piano students as well as for pianists to play for their own enjoyment. "
–Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com
Read Full Review Here
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August 8, 2021 IMC Nominations Announced

IMC Awards Presented September 5, 2021

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SkyLounge Magazine Fall 2021 Issue worldwide.

Cover & 11 page Interview

The Grand Piano Spa (5/14/21) & sequel The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy (10/22/21)  Received 9/27/21

One Earth Awards (Summer 2021)
GOLD Best New Age/Ambient Song "Wisteria"
SILVER Best New Age/Ambient Song "Delphi's Dream"