For Your GRAMMY® Consideration
Three GRAMMY® Entries by Darlene Koldenhoven

1. Best New Age, Ambient, or Chant Album
The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy
(Soothing Solo Piano)

2. Best Instrumental Composition
Radiance
Track from The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy

 

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The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy is the sequel to GRAMMY® Winner Darlene Koldenhoven’s successful #4 ‘hot shot debut’ Billboard Classical Crossover Charting album, The Grand Piano Spa. Arriving on October 22, 2021, The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy continues the wave of her solo piano music that was inspired out of the isolation of the pandemic to support us and now raises our hopes for a brighter future. Ten beautiful, emotive, original pieces are crafted to highlight Darlene’s mastery and heartfelt sensitivity of expression on the grand pianoforte. Each track, whether improvised or composed, tells a unique story culminating in an overall message of relaxation, carrying on the tradition of classical crossover, New Age, Solo Piano music. From the brilliant “Radiance” to the slow-moving, meditative “Glaciers” to the grandness of “Ancient Forest,” each piece massages our ears, relaxes the mind and cradles the body with divine vibrations. The self-produced album has 46 minutes of luxurious sound to immerse oneself in, like sinking into a warm bath or embracing an emotional hug. Whether background music for dining, working, studying, yoga, massage, falling asleep, putting the kids to bed, or just taking pleasure in the simple things of life, this elegant music satisfies our musical curiosity while gently rejuvenating our spirits. Treat yourself to a tranquil time at The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy. (The companion collection of digital sheet music is also available.) Revealed here is 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 radio chart-debuting albums: vocal based Color Me Home and Infinite Voice and piano with instrumentation Chromatones and Tranquil Times.

Credits

Piano, Composition, Production - Darlene Koldenhoven

at TimeArt® Studio, Studio City, CA. 

Mixing & Mastering – Steve Shepherd at Extreme Mixing

Cover Image - Shutterstock & Adobe Stock

Graphic Design - Brian Stroh
Headshot Back Cover - Brigette Jouxtel

Album PlayTime: 46 Minutes 

©2021 TimeArt® Recordings

DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

Release Date: October 22, 2021

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Debuted #8 on Billboard Magazine's

Classical Crossover Albums Chart

(week of Nov 6, 2021) its first week out

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#4 on Amazon its first day out

WINNER
Indie Music Channel Awards

September 4, 2022

Best Classical Songwriter

"Ancient Forest"

Track from The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy

Best Classical Artist

"Sweet Conversations"

Track from The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy

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One World Music Radio Awards 2021

Best Solo Piano Album 2nd Place

What They are Saying . . .

 

"The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy’ is utterly uplifting and radiant. This is a true treasure in the deep sea of New Age solo piano.” 

- Dyan Garris, New Age CD, Retailing Insight Magazine (8/21/21)

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“Darlene Koldenhoven has such a warm performance style, one that raises the spirits and energies of the listener, but also soothes the day ahead with such style. The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy is truly a panacea of beautiful piano based music, that will ease away the strains and stresses of any moment with the ease of a new sunrise, this album is the apex of all that is good, serene and tranquil in the solo piano genre.

–Steve Sheppard, One World Music Radio (8/3/21)

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“Never too much of a good thing, GRAMMY® Award winning vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven continues on the success of her recent instrumental album The Grand Piano Spa with her thrilling follow-up release The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy. Within ten tracks of immutable idyllic music, she transports the listener to their favorite places of fantasies and daydreams.”

- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews (7/29/21)

“Warm, soothing and optimistic, Darlene Koldenhoven’s The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy brings messages of hope and healing. Themes of nature, love, and beauty flow from Darlene’s heart to her fingers on the piano keys, communicating directly to our own hearts and imaginations with peaceful images and gentle sounds. It’s even better than a massage!

–Kathy Parsons, Mainly Piano.com (8/6/21)

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"What's always most striking about new albums from Darlene Koldenhoven is the crystal clarity of her keyboards... as I listen to songs like "Cumulus", it's easy to realize why she is such a sought after pianist... absolutely timeless playing and flawless recording!"

–Dick Metcalf, Music Editor rotcodzzaj.com (7/30/21)

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“Profoundly hopeful and inspiring, “Legacy” takes “The Grand Piano Spa” to incredible new heights.”

–BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide (8/3/21)

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"This is the perfect listening experience. Darlene is a brilliant musician that knows how to create perfect beauty with the ivory keys."

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews (8/16/21)

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"Darlene is such a phenomenal vocalist and overall brilliant musician and human being. It is displayed in everything musically she releases. Close your eyes, breathe, and let the music revitalize your soul."

–Jaconell Mouton, South African Pianist, Composer (8/25/21)

"Darlene Koldenhoven: Album: ‘The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy’ Released: October 22nd 2021
“A fabulous sequel to Darlene’s ‘The Grand Piano Spa’. Great New-Age piano flavour, Emotive, Relaxing & Reflective. Splendid album!”
Via: https://darlenekoldenhoven.bandcamp.com/.../the-grand...
Recommended Tracks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, and 10.
Hawke Rating: 9/10

–Hawke CD Reviews & Ratings: Issue 12. July 8 2021 to October 22, 2021. (12/10/21)

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3. Best Arrangement Instrumental or A Capella
Cheerful Mohana
Instrumental Single from the upcoming album
Traveling the Blissful Highway

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DESCRIPTIOn

 

Cheerful Mohana (4:11) is the first single release (7/15/22) from Darlene's upcoming New Age - Ambient - World Music influenced instrumental album "Traveling the Blissful Highway" due out October 14, 2022.

“I composed and arranged “Cheerful Mohana” to bring joy to the listener. I used an Indian raga (scale) called mohana, which is played in the morning in their culture and used to calm anxiety, stabilize mood, soothe depression and relieve headaches. Then I carefully crafted all the various instrumentation and their frequencies into the weave of the arrangement to uplift and bring balance and calm to one’s day."  – Darlene Koldenhoven

 

CREDITS

Darlene Koldenhoven - Composition, Arrangement, Synth Programming, Keyboard Performances, Background Vocalese, Engineer. Recorded by Darlene at TimeArt Studio, Studio City, California USA
Ron Korb - Bansuri Flute & Improvised Flute parts Recorded at Humble Dragon Studio by Ron Korb, Toronto, Canada
Venugopala Raju - Improvised: Tablas, Dukki Tarang, Tabla Tarang, Khanjira, Bass Drum, Shakers, Tambourine, Recorded by Shrinidhi Omkar at Omkar Studios, Bangalore, India

Steve Shepherd  - mixing at TimeArt Studio; Mastered at Extreme Mixing Studio

Cover Image - Shutterstock • Graphic Design - Darlene Koldenhoven

© 2022 TimeArt® Recordings

© 2022 DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

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Nomination Best Ambient/New Age
Hollywood Music in Media Awards 9/15/22

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Best World Music Recording
Indie Music Channel Awards 9/4/22

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Debuts #6 on New Age Music Radio Chart July (Norway) Debuts #6 on New Age Notes Radio Chart September (Phoenix, AZ)

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REVIEWs

"This one is gold for relaxing and chilling in downtime." – SoundsLikeCafé, Australia 10/4/22

"Bright and lively with an uplifting sparkle."

– Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com 8/3/22

"There is no better way to greet the day than with Cheerful Mohana. The stunning raga has a lot of beautiful moving parts and elysian elements to start your day. With a joyful flute by Ron Korb and subtle tabla by Venugopala Raju, Darlene’s rapturous opening number is all the energies in the universe soaking into your being. Time to take that first step."

- R J Lannan, Artisan Music Reviews  8/9/22

“Some of the most relaxing and dreamy music you will have the pleasure of enjoying. Cheerful Mohana, the first single of the upcoming album sets the tone and atmosphere perfectly.”

–Keith “Muzik Man” Hannaleck, New Age Music Reviews 8/4/22

“Cheerful Mohana is a bright, cheerful, New Age instrumental track arranged with ethnic influences from India and a touch of vocalese background used as instrumentation towards the end of the track. This is a very uplifting piece of music that opens the upcoming album, Traveling the Blissful Highway.

–BT Fasmer, New Age Music Guide, Norway

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MINI-BIO

GRAMMY® Award Winner and three-time Nominee, Darlene Koldenhoven is a vocalist, pianist, composer, arranger, lyricist, speaker, and sonic therapist from Studio City, CA, born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL. Her last two albums, “The Grand Piano Spa” and “The Grand Piano Spa: Legacy” debuted on the prestigious Billboard Classical Crossover Charts at #4 and #8, respectively in May & November 2021. In May, 2022 & June Darlene received a Lifetime Achievement Award from One World Music Radio and an Outstanding Legacy Award from the Akademia Awards. She was inducted to the Indie Music Hall of Fame at the GRAMMY® Museum in 2019 by the Indie Music Channel Awards and the COVR Awards hailed her “Chromatones” as Album of the Year a few months later. Several of her albums ranked #1 on the worldwide ZMR Radio Charts and she has 2 Best New Age Vocal Albums and a Best Holiday Album from ZMR. Darlene is best known worldwide as the featured soprano in "Yanni, Live at the Acropolis" and for her role as the tambourine-waving choir nun, production vocal coach, and music director in both "Sister Act" films with Whoopi Goldberg. Ms. Koldenhoven has authored "Tune Your Voice: Singing and Your Mind's Musical Ear," a comprehensive music education book with 7 CDs or downloads.  She performs her music in concerts worldwide.

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Los Angeles Area Friends are invited to celebrate with Darlene at her "Traveling the Blissful Highway" album release-concert-birthday event Friday, October 14 at 7-10pm at TimeArt® Studio in Studio City, CA. Cheerful Mohana and Radiance will be played at the concert along with the "Traveling the Blissful Highway" Album. Concert at 8-9pm with Darlene on keyboards, vocals, singing bowls, Joanne Lazzaro on woodwinds, Dov on violin, Harry Kim on flugelhorn.

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