For Your GRAMMY® Consideration

Best Arrangement Instrumental or A Capella

Cheerful Mohana

Instrumental Single by Darlene Koldenhoven




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

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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


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

"Bright and lively with an uplifting sparkle." – Kathy Parsons, 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 7/19/22

 Read Cheerful Mohana Review on New Age Music Guide

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(to date)

SoundsLikeCafé, Australia. Debuts #2 on Charts 10/4/22

Guido's Lounge Café, Netherlands

Journeyscapes, FL
New Age Music Guide, Norway #6 on July Chart

New Age Notes, Phoenix, AZ August 20, 2022

Peaceful Currents Radio, Marshall, MO July, 2022

Peaceful Radio Show 1502, The Netherlands 8/6/22

The River of Calm, Nashvillle, TN


KPBX 91.1FM, Spokane, WA Soundspace with Zan New Music

KUOS, Sedona, AZ

KRWV-FM 99.3 The Wave Smooth Jazz & More, Phoenix, AZ

WFCF, St. Augustine, FL, August, 2022

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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.

For full bio click here.


Cheerful Mohana  4:11

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, Tambourin. 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 & Brian Stroh

© 2022 TimeArt® Recordings

© 2022 DarSongs Music ASCAP. All Rights Reserved.

TRAVELERS' NOTES: I wrote "Cheerful Mohana" to bring an uplifting joy to the listener. I programmed and performed all my arrangement parts on keyboard synth into my computer using ProTools. I wanted to add some authentic sounds and players to the mix. So I asked GRAMMY® Winner Ron Korb in Toronto, Canada and Venugopala Raju in Bangalore, India if they would be willing to play on my new album. I met both of these incredible talents when we worked together performing with GRAMMY® Winner Ricky Kej at the Bangalore Palace (2016) and his Tedx Talk in Mumbai, India (2018). Ricky sent Ron a set of Indian bansari flutes and the first time Ron used one of them was on this cheerful melody I wrote! Ron also improvised a track of regular C flute. He recorded himself at his Humble Dragon Studio in Toronto. Meanwhile, Venu improvised and recorded several Indian percussion instruments with Shrinidhi Omkar at Omkar Studios in Bangalore, India such as  Dukki Tarang, Tabla Tarang, Khanjira, Bass Drum, Shakers, and Tambourine. Both gentlemen sent me their tracks which I incorporated into my file. Then I added some vocalese toward the end of the piece for a little musical surprise. My mixing engineer, Steve Sheherd (Kenny G.) mixed the track in my TimeArt Studio (Studio City, CA) and mastered it at his Extreme Mixing Studio (Lake Balboa, CA). I hope you'll enjoy their playing on "Cheerful Mohana" as much as I do!

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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.​