Many benefits of sonic therapy can be experienced in addition to simply enjoying the original, beautiful music with Darlene Koldenhoven’s new album “Color Me Home” that comes with a 24 page coloring book integrating lyrics/liner notes. As a licensed sonic therapist, Darlene created all the project’s elements to benefit all who listen. Not only can one feel the vibrant and blissful relaxation, calming and focusing of the music but when coloring along while listening with the images selected to depict the music, one feels transported to another realm of deep relaxation with the eyes and ears looped in harmony.
Every element from tempo, texture, arrangement, selection of instrumentation, mixing, placement of the vocals, frequency balancing has been considered in the creation of the music to allow the soul of the individual’s listening experience to shine through. Singing along with the songs with lyrics, or even the ‘vocalese’ pieces, adds even more physiological, mental, and spiritual benefits such as relaxed heart rate; increased breathing capacity, oxygen circulation; lower blood pressure, stimulation of all areas of the brain, stronger voice, more focus, uplifted emotionally when combining the trifecta: listening to music, art and singing. Not necessarily an album for meditation, the benefits of the album are quite remarkable and rejuvenating.
About Darlene Koldenhoven
Grammy winning vocalist, composer and sonic therapist Darlene Koldenhoven (“Yanni, Live at the Acropolis,” “Sister Act”) is releasing her ninth album Color Me Home on April 21. The critically acclaimed and ZMR #1 ranking artist’s (who has performed with Pink Floyd, Yanni and on more than 1,000 sessions from film to TV) newest release features 11 original tracks of enchanting New Age vocal music (five vocalese-instrumentals and six songs).
The album also features a “who’s who” of guest performances by fellow Grammy winners Tom Scott, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Brent Fischer, Charlie Bisharat and Grammy nominees David Arkenstone and Rocky Dawuni. Other artists on the album include ZMR Award winners Jeff Oster and Al Jewer, and first chair players Gayle Levant, John Sarantos, Tom Boyd, Nick Vincent, Lyn Bertles, Mike Miller, Courtney Jacob, and Vanil Viegas.
Darlene is an accomplished American soprano, pianist/keyboardist, songwriter, arranger, composer, lyricist, record producer, author, actor, educational speaker, music industry consultant, international voice teacher and sonic therapist.
Darlene has a Grammy Award and three Grammy Nominations as lead soprano in Clare Fischer’s 2+2. She is known globally as the featured soprano soloist in the PBS television special and DVD, “Yanni, Live at the Acropolis.” Darlene has an MVP award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (The GRAMMYS®) for “Best Studio Singer” for singing on over a thousand recordings of movies, television shows, CDs, commercials, live shows and more. She has a Platinum album for her vocal work on Pink Floyd’s “A Momentary Lapse of Reason.” She is also known worldwide as the tambourine-waving choir nun in both “Sister Act” films with Whoopi Goldberg and off-camera as the production vocal coach, vocal contractor, and music director. Darlene has two Telley Awards for her song/video, “Love is an Action Word.” Her albums have gone to #1 on the ZMR Radio Charts and was voted by broadcasters worldwide for Best Vocal Album 2007 “Infinite Voice,” Best Holiday Album 2007 “Heavenly Peace,” a nomination for Best Vocal Album 2011 “Solitary Treasures,” and a nomination for Best Piano Album with Instrumentation 2014 “Tranquil Times.”
The artist also has a robust teaching program and published Tune Your Voice, distributed worldwide by Alfred music, an at home guide or classroom supplement to help anyone, especially musical artists, to sing in tune and in harmony, prepare them to compose and sight-read music, learn any instrument faster and/or by ear, and become an all around better singer and musician. The interactive “listening” exercise/lesson book & CD series explores the space-time code of music to develop the mind’s/voice’s musical ear. It simplifies and focuses one’s surroundings as well as musical sound and its aspects, affects, and elements. Because music registers in different parts of the brain, Tune Your Voice is produced to allow learning both consciously and sub-consciously.
She has also taken her music knowledge to become a sonic therapist. Sonic music therapy is an allied health profession and one of the expressive therapies, consisting of a process in which a music therapist uses music and all of its facets—physical, emotional, mental, social, aesthetic, and spiritual—to help clients improve their physical and mental health.
Presale: February 24 – April 20 (pre-orders receive a free pack of mini color pencils to accompany the coloring book liner notes and a cloth bag hand-made by Darlene)
Street Date: April 21
Radio Promotion: May 1
Track Listing – TRT 55 minutes:
First Light – 4:11
The Pleasure of the Mourning Dove – 4:15
Kalahari Calls – 5:49
Song of the Swans – 6:01
Eternal Love’s Song – 3:49 Indian Summer – 6:05
Embracing The Moment – 5:02
Ode to Our Orb – 4:51
Until – 4:30
Open Skies – 4:32
Color Me Home – 5:32
Format: Digipak CD with 24-page coloring booklet Suggested List: $17.98
Label: TimeArt Recordings – www.timeart.us
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Above text by Darlene Koldenhoven via LinkedIn and press release by Nomad PR