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I Wanna Be Where You Are – Camron Crowe

My name is Camron. I have always appreciated how music can make us feel so many emotions. I love writing music and watching how each song I have different struggles in making it complete. I think it is so amazing how we change with the music that we listen to and even act differently. My song is called “I Wanna Be Where You Are”.

This song is about a special person that you care about that you always want to be with. I think we all have someone who makes us feel special and of course you want to be around that person and reciprocate that kindness. My Nana passed away due to cancer and I don’t think anyone deserves to have a loved one taken too soon. I hope that my music can be helpful to others so please vote. Thank you 🙂

Jenny Oaks Baker – America’s Violinist

Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker, is one of America’s most beloved and accomplished violinists. Whether her music is experienced live or through one of her many recordings, it is impossible to escape the magic of her artistry.

Jenny began playing the violin at age four, and made her solo orchestral debut in 1983 when she was only eight years old. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Jenny Oaks Baker has released twelve albums as a Shadow Mountain Artist, having sold over a quarter of a million copies since 1998. Her album “Wish Upon a Star: A Tribute to the Music of Walt Disney” earned a nomination at the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Jenny’s albums consistently chart on Billboard, with her 2010 album “Then Sings My Soul” hitting the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart two weeks in a row.  Her next project, “Noël: Carols of Christmas Past” was produced and arranged by Emmy award winning composer Kurt Bestor and features former “Celtic Woman” star Alex Sharpe.  Her most recent CD, “Classic: The Rock Album” has also been met by critical acclaim and is yet another Billboard chart-topping album.

Jenny Oaks Baker’s performance career is equally impressive.  She has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Strathmore Hall, the Library of Congress and as a guest soloist with the National Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She has also been featured in television and radio broadcasts nationwide.  Her “In Performance” BYUTV Special Silver Screen Serenade, features Jenny performing music from her album of the same name.  Over the years Jenny has collaborated with such luminaries as Gladys Knight, Kurt Bestor, Alex Boye, Marvin Hamlisch, and the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Jenny’s emotionally stirring music has been featured on the soundtracks of many films, including Helen Whitney’s 2007 PBS Documentary, “The Mormons”, TC Christiansen’s film, “17 Miracles” , and alongside music by “The Killers” in Mitch Davis’ new film, “Stuck”.  Additionally, Jenny will be making her acting debut as the violinist character, Mandy in “Stuck”, a film to be released in the Fall of 2015.

With her extensive performing and recording careers in addition to her superlative education, Jenny is an esteemed expert and served as a judge for the 2007 Stradivarius International Violin Competition. In April 2008 Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah awarded her the Governor’s Mansion Artist Award for excellence in artistic expression.

For seven years, Jenny Oaks Baker performed as a first violinist in the National Symphony Orchestra before resigning in 2007 to devote more time to her young family.  Jenny, her husband, and their four children reside outside of Washington D.C.

Life is Sailing – Marilyn Duncan

“Life is Sailing” was written while I lived in Nova Scotia, Canada and recorded on my first album, “Old Friends and Lovers.” It features myself on vocals and acoustic guitar, Graham Duncan on electric guitar, Harry Daley on bass, and Michael Patrick Galante on percussion. It is a meditative piece, focusing on the universality of life.

I am a singer/songwriter and President of Soona Songs, Inc., an independent record label located in Jonesborough, Tennessee. I have released two albums of my own songs, and produced and engineered albums for our Soona Songs artists, as well as outside clients.

Prior to my full time music career, I worked for the National Cancer Institute as a Program Specialist. I graduated from the University of Texas, Austin with a B.A. in English, have been married 44 years, have two children and two grandsons. We have lived in Texas, Nova Scotia, Maryland, Toronto, Maryland again, Texas again and now Tennessee.

I Can Do This – Kerilyn Johnson

I am a music lover, voice teacher, yoga enthusiast and ice cream connoisseur.  For work I sing and teach. In my free time I teach and sing! As a mom of six I am blessed beyond belief and want to share my love of life through music.

When I was younger, I thought that life problems were something other people had. Now that I’ve had a little more experience, it is pretty clear that each one of us will have a difficult road to travel at some point. This song to me is a reminder that whether it’s cancer or another form of adversity, we can do this.

All I Need – Katie Ainge

2013-07-11 11.06.36-2I started writing music at a young age and performing since the age of 14. My parents were always very encouraging and supportive and my father quickly stepped into the role if manager, producer, booking agent, and number one fan. Over the 8 years and hundreds of shows my dad has always been there cheering for me. I struggled through depression, anxiety and a battle for self worth. But one of the hardest parts was walking with my Dad through his cancer diagnosis and treatment.

In my senior year of High School I encountered God in a very real way. I was immediately inspired to write songs for Him and to lay my burdens down. I knew God would always be strong even when things of this world are weak. I wrote the song “All I Need” about God’s love for me enduring through all the things that may happen and the realization that He is truly all I need.

Sleeper’s Reef – Ben Kingwell

Sleepers Reef is an instrumental piece of music I wrote last year. It has some deep meanings for me. Writing music is my life, and all of my music has some meaning behind it and helps me express my emotions. I am 21 years old and my dream is to write music for film. Music has been my life since I can remember, and still is to this day. I have my second album due out October 1st.

ThePianoGuys – Al van der Beek

Al van der BeekAl van der Beek is a member of ThePianoGuys, a You Tube and Sony music sensation. As music producer and songwriter, he joined ThePianoGuys in 2011 and was instrumental launching them into the wildly popular group they are today. In 2012 they signed with Sony and their first three major-label albums The Piano GuysThe Piano Guys 2, and A Family Christmas each reached number one on the Billboard New Age Albums and Classical Albums charts.

Al opened his own recording studio in 2004 and ran it for several years before he went full time with ThePianoGuys in May of 2011. He plays the roles of producer, songwriter, sound engineer, choreographer and fashion police. He is an optimist and a jokester, and he loves the guys he works with. To sum up his outlook on his musical journey as one of the “PianoGuys”, Al says, “I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing opportunity. To do what I love. To create and share uplifting and inspiring music with the world. I feel this is truly something that I have been destined to do in life and I’m so grateful every day.”

 

 

I Will Say Goodbye (So Long Dex) – by Jenny Ahlstrom

My name is Jenny and I’m a multiple myeloma (blood cancer) survivor, diagnosed in 2010. After tandem stem cell transplants, I went on maintenance therapy that include a steroid called dexamethasone. “Dex,” as most myeloma patients call it, is a devil of a drug. It makes you stay up all night, makes you hyper-obsessive and let’s just say it’s not the greatest drug to be on if you want peaceful family relationships. Being on Dex was like being in a bad co-dependent relationship. You see some upside to it all, but are pretty convinced that it’s in your best interest to end it sooner rather than later. I wrote and recorded this song to say goodbye to my myeloma-killing but rage-inducing friend, Dex.