Fiona Joy Hawkins | Sensual Journeys

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Sensual Journeys

by Fiona Joy Hawkins

Australian Fiona Joy's evocative piano and etherial vocals have earned her the 2013 internationally voted ZMR Radio Award for Best Piano Album.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Contemplating
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2. Joy
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3. Flight of the Snowbird
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4. Gliding On Air
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5. From the Outside
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6. Song Phonique
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7. Frozen Rose
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8. The Midnight Interlude
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9. Moving On
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10. White View
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11. View from My Studio (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fiona Joy's new album Sensual Journeys celebrates the female essence of Contemporary Instrumental piano music. Her evocative piano and ethereal vocals on Sensual Journeys are dedicated to our Mothers past, present, and our shared Mother……Earth

Fiona thanks for this nurture and guidance.
Sensual Journeys is an eclectic combination of tracks that span six award winning and chart topping
albums by one of New Age’s best female composers, pianist and vocalist Fiona Joy.

‘One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre Fiona Joy
is poised to move into stardom’ Will Ackerman (Founder Windham Hill Records)

Fiona grew up in Rural Australia with musical parents and two creative sisters who help her with artwork and lyrics. The families’ experience of loss drew the girls even closer together when Fiona’s son found her Sister’s son drowned in a backyard pool. Alex was an angel the family will never forget. ‘Life is defined by certain experiences and you learn what is and what isn’t important’ says Fiona, “Being a Mother of two boys myself, there are no words , I can only speak of my Sister’s loss with music”.

The strength of the album lies with a strong female collaboration including Australia’s Rebecca Daniel violin/vocals, Noah Wilding vocals, Lilith vocals, Jill Haley English Horn, Heather Rankin vocals (Rankin Family), and the wonderfully poignant Gaelic lyrics of Effie Rankin (Rankin Family) “My dear Mother, Kind Mother, Lead me on the path, Lead me to safety…..” ‘I was very humbled by the talent shared on this album, recording The Midnight Interlude with Effie’s words held great meaning in my life at that time”.

An ARIA Finalist in Australia, Fiona Joy Hawkins was also winner of the ZMR Lifestyle Music Awards for Album of the Year. Fiona has over 43 awards across 9 countries and has worked with internationally renowned artists including Will Ackerman (Producer) and Corin Nelsen (Producer, Engineer), T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oates), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, Dire Straits), Jeff Haynes (Pat Methany), and Eugene Friesen (Paul Winter Consort) to name a few.

‘To celebrate the essence of all things female in New Age music means there are pages yet to be written……’ says Fiona.

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Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
The 11 tracks on this CD are culled from six of Fiona’s earlier releases, from which she carefully chose the songs that reflected her life or were inspired by the unique experience of being female. In her words: “Sensual Journeys “celebrates the female essence of new age music, and is dedicated to our Mothers past, present, and our shared Mother... Earth” One of Fiona’s biggest supporters is Grammy-winning producer and founder of Windham Hill Records, Will Ackerman, who was involved in the production of a number of the tracks, and who called Fiona: “'One of the brightest lights in the contemporary instrumental genre, The roster of top-flight studio musicians who are heard along with Fiona on these tracks is impressive and extensive. However, the spotlight is clearly on the talents of Fiona Joy Hawkins as a pianist, vocalist, and composer. The accompaniment is always tastefully arranged to highlight the strength of her evocative compositions and grand piano virtuosity.

The first song entitled “Contemplating,” exudes a mildly melancholy air and features some exquisite ensemble playing by the session musicians. In contrast, the mood elevates considerably on the next song - an upbeat tune simply called “Joy.” A subtle touch of didgeridoo is no surprise, given Fiona’s Australian roots. A lush orchestral arrangement with a string section that features Eugene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort on cello, graces Fiona’s beautiful composition entitled “Flight Of The Snowbird. “The Midnight Interlude” waxes wistful, with its Gaelic lyrics sung in ethereal ambience. An interesting change-up is on the delicate “White View,” with a blend of subtle electronic elements, traditional Asian instruments, and Fiona’s keyboard integrating harmoniously. The album concludes with audience applause for a solo piano piece entitled “View From My Studio” that was recorded live in concert. It was interesting to note how comfortable Fiona seems to be expressing herself in a range of musical motifs from misty melodies to rhythmic romps. Those who are already fans as well as those just discovering her will find an artful musical collage in this new release – one that Fiona feels most personally and deeply reflects her own life.
To read a full length feature article on this CD, as well as others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com

Sheila Geiger

Fiona Joy Hawkins: Kicking Some New Age Butt
Very beautiful music. Calming and inspiring. I enjoyed this music very much....Wonderful!