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Unveiled

by Stanton Lanier

5th album of signature ambient, soothing, uplifting piano melodies, complimented by seven acclaimed guest artists. 2nd recording with Grammy Award winning producer Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Awaken the Dawn
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2. To and Fro
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3. Discovery
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4. Dreams in the Night
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5. Taken By a Cloud
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6. Rivers of Light
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7. Unveiled
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8. Wellspring
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9. The Quest
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10. Discovery (Solo)
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11. Awaken the Dawn (Solo)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Grammy Award winning producer Will Ackerman says of Unveiled, "the music is filled with both soaring inspiration and a remarkable sense of peace." Guest artists include Will Ackerman (guitar), Philip Aaberg (keyboards), Eugene Friesen (cello), Tracy Silverman (violin), Jeff Oster (flugelhorn), Jill Haley (English horn), and Noah Wilding (vocals).

Stanton Lanier's passion is to help listeners slow down and experience some peace and rest in a hurried world. His improbable story (chemistry degree to pianist/composer with over 27,000 CDs distributed) began with piano lessons at age six. In 2000 he began creating scripture inspired piano melodies to "bring peace to the soul" of every listener who encounters them. This has resulted in five original albums -- Walk in the Light (2001), Still Waters (2002), Draw Near (2004), The Voice (2005) and Unveiled (2007). There is also a piano book for each of the first four recordings. The Voice and Unveiled were produced by Will Ackerman.

People describe Stanton's melodies as "calming, soothing and uplifting," and often send stories about the music bringing them a unique and personal sense of peace. Listeners consistently rank the song Peace in the Top 10 on Comcast Cable's Soundscapes television channel. His piano music has also been heard on Solo Piano Radio, The Weather Channel, the Delilah radio show, iTunes and many traditional and internet radio stations. Stanton’s music has been purchased and enjoyed by listeners across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His concerts are enjoyed by all ages, combining all original music with a captivating visual presentation. He loves to encourage adults and students to pursue their creative gifts in order to make a positive difference in the world.

Born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Stanton grew up loving basketball and piano. He composed his first song at age 14, and wrote over a dozen songs during his high school years in Milton, Florida. He played a variety of musical styles during his twelve years of classical training, and especially enjoyed pieces by Bach and Beethoven. He continued to play piano and write music during college and graduate school, while completing a chemistry degree at Georgia Tech, and an MBA at the University of Georgia. He spent fifteen years in the business world, and was a financial advisor with Ronald Blue & Co. for nine years. He became a full-time pianist and composer in 2004 after founding Music to Light the World, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a vision to "bring peace to the soul."

In addition to music, Stanton enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, shooting basketball, traveling, and reading. One of his favorite quotes is "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive" (from the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge). Stanton and his family reside in Marietta, Georgia.


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Kathy Parsons

Soothing and Spiritual
“Unveiled” is Stanton Lanier’s fifth CD to date, and the second produced by the legendary Will Ackerman. Lanier calls himself “Pianist of Peace” and heads up an organization called “Music to Light the World,” which gives you an idea of where he is coming from with his music. Seeking to bring peace and comfort to listeners through relaxing, scripture-inspired music, Lanier’s soothing melodies are filled with hope and tranquility. There are no jolts or hard edges in any of the twelve pieces, and the music is presented both as solo piano and piano ensemble with a very impressive group of backing musicians. Will Ackerman appears on two tracks - one on guitar and one on Hopi drum; Philip Aaberg plays keyboards on two pieces; Eugene Friesen plays cello on two; and Noah Wilding’s haunting, wordless vocals appear on three. Jeff Oster and Jill Haley appear on wind instruments, and Tracy Silverman on violin. Two of the pieces (“Awaken the Dawn” and “Discovery”) are presented as both piano solos and ensemble works.

“Awaken the Dawn” begins the CD with the full ensemble. Delicate tones suggest the pastel colors and optimism of a new dawn. As the piece develops, the musical tones intensify, suggesting the vibrance of colorful sunrise. Wouldn’t it be great if we felt like this every morning? (The piano solo of this piece is equally effective.) “Discovery” is a beautiful piano and cello duet. Being alert for the truth and beauty in the routine events of everyday life can bring about discovery and revelation. This piece conveys a sense of adventure and of joyfully seeking something new and unknown. “Dreams in the Night” is my favorite track. A bit darker and more somber than the other pieces, Noah Wilding’s amazing voice is the only accompaniment to Lanier’s soulful piano. Graceful yet a little unsettled, this elegant piece is a knock-out. “Rivers of Light” begins in the deep bass of the piano to contrast with the “paintings” of the gifts from heaven as they flow as “rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light.” Aaberg’s ethereal keyboard washes and Jeff Oster’s flugelhorn create a celestial backdrop for Lanier’s peaceful, contented piano. “Wellspring” is another beauty, telling of the need to keep ones heart refreshed and open. Jill Haley’s English horn is evocative and soothing, while the piano is breezy and free. “The Quest” describes the idea that life is a story and an adventure rather than a problem to solve. Piano and violin make this a lovely, soaring slow dance. “Wildflowers” is an ensemble piece for piano, guitar, and voice. As peaceful as a spring breeze, this piece describes how slowing down to look at wildflowers puts life back into perspective. A wonderful closing to a fine album!

“Unveiled” is a wonderful follow-up to “The Voice” (2005) and should bring new fans to Stanton Lanier’s work. Treat yourself to a soothing and calming hour of spiritual piano music! Recommended!