"Cantor's vocals are absolutely beautiful, whether just one voice is heard or when she sings with herself. The vocals are uplifting and joyous while at the same time being relaxing and calming. This album is right in the pocket of great new age music and is one of the better examples of new age wordless vocals. " from: A.Cantor reviews, amazon
"Songs to the Goddess" offers 8 songs, which are meditations on 8 goddess figures of different cultures. Annette Cantor's floating vocals are skillfully accompanied by C.G. Deuters ethnic arrangements. Deuter is the founder of new age music, who previously produced "garden of the gods" in collaboration with Annette Cantor under his own name. The songs create a sweet and harmonious atmosphere which invites to relaxation or meditation, accompanying your activities with grace and warming the heart. The voice sings about an ancient space which wraps you in it's soothing flow. Whenever you need some "time out" to recharge and rejuvenate , this is the music you will pull out and treat yourself to!
Songs to the Goddess voted Top 5 Album April 2013
The CD “Songs to the Goddess” is a
Top 5 album on the International monthly Zone Music Reporter Top 100 airplay chart!
The Entertainment Bank MARCH 30, 2013
By Michele Wilson-Morris
Annette Cantor's latest recording, released on the Source Being Productions label, is another wonderful find in the world of music that it tranquil and calming. Honestly, it can change your mood before the first track ends, so this is one you'll want to put on and just let your tensions melt away as Annette lulls you into a place that you won't want to leave. Her instrumentation is provided by acclaimed new age music pioneer C.G. Deuter.
The soundscape of "Songs To The Goddess" is beautiful indeed. Annette is vocalizing with the music, singing within a bed of textures, sounds, and chords that draw listeners in, allowing one to throw your worries to the side for a while, and boy, do we all need that. I know I do. There's are middle eastern and African influences in her style, and the music is a drone that she is singing over; it's well done. With operatic control of her voice and serious range, she is a disciplined and skilled vocalist. "Songs To The Goddess" proves that hands down, she's a stellar artist with whom very few others can compete.
The 8 track CD begins with "Tara", which has a free spirited expression of joy, and is almost ecstatic and ethereal. "Spider Woman" is a natural, evening setting with the sound of crickets further accentuating the sound of nature and night time. A synthesizer pad holds a note, which then yields to a flute that carries the melody over a layering of a pad of keyboards. With an Indian sound, "Spider Woman" is very soothing. The call and response technique between the choir of female voices and flute with operatic effects are breathtaking. On track 3, "Yemana", the main sounds are of the Kalimba and a voice singing in what appears to be Swahili. The vocals once again float over the top of the musical bed being set by the Kalimba. Meditation with African influences take you into an expansive jungle -- the African continent. It's like dreaming a dream of the best of Africa.
"Isis" sounds like a fanfare to the great goddess Isis. It has a very regal sound as if it was recorded inside a great pyramid or structure. There's a majestic, middle eastern sound with string instruments. Listening to this made me feel as if I was floating on a heavenly white cloud set against the backdrop of the deep blue sky as the piece comes to life and evolves with various elements such as the festive sound of drums and other percussive instruments. Absolutely divine!! "Gaia", the mother of Uranus and another name for the earth, is compelling and captivating. Annette gives a perfect vocal performance -- one that is soothing with very powerful vocals and strings. It's like the music of a royal court with an eternal quality of an ancient civilization. This one will definitely take you to a different musical place and time.
Rest assured, listeners will find the other 3 songs on this CD -- "Kuan Yin", "Demeter", and "Venus" to be enchanting and mesmerizing because the vocals and instrumentation are perfect, the production quality is high, and the choice of material is inspiring, with a sound that one doesn't hear much anymore. "Songs To The Goddess" is an interesting choice for any playlist, as it transforms your listening space, taking you to new and better, higher places.
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Annette, who has many projects under her belt, it a multi-talented artist who was raised in Germany, and studied singing and violin performances. Her early musical influences ranged from classical (Bach) to jazz (Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson). She studied voice at the Vienna Academie of Music and earned a degree in voice teaching. She became involved with the healing arts, initially utilizing dance and movement, and after moving to New York City, she also incorporated singing into her healing practices. In New York, she took an intense three-year training program studying the Alexander Technique (an energy-healing practice with the patient developing awareness of physical alignment as they move) and became a certified teacher. She is now training to also become a practitioner of Reconnective Therapy.
To get closer to nature, Annette moved to Santa Fe, drawn by the spiritual community she found there "and the good scent of the air." She began pursuing vocal improvisations, both in healing situations and as a spiritual performer. She sang in front of the Dalai Lama at the World Sacred Music Festival in Los Angeles, at the Resonant Wave Festival in Berlin, and at a concert celebrating World Water Day in Santa Fe. Her deep love of poetry has been expressed in performances with distinguished poets Donna Thomson, Jane Hirshfield, Drew Dellinger, Roger Housden and Rumi poetry presenter Coleman Barks. Cantor often sings the poems after they have been recited. She also gives voice lessons and workshops which combine her healing practice with patients' breathing and singing for therapeutic effect.
Cantor states, "I hope that my music will creative an atmosphere that assists people to hear their own inner voice and tap into their creativity. Living from that inner source can facilitate a rebirth, a new phase of a person's life. When that happens, the goddess is smiling."
"Songs to the Goddess" is getting wonderful responses from people all over the world. I’ve had a few Radio Interviews – the links are below – which were really fun to do, and made me enjoy the album very deeply again, since I had to listen to the music closely in preparatioin for the conversations.
I have to admit that I absolutely delight in the music. Each track is so individually different, and really wraps one into the energy of the specific goddess figure, I am singing to. Because I sang in prayer to these mystical figures, who’s energies I want to inspire our lives today. Having Deuter as a musical partner who is so increadibly skilled in finding just the right instrumental accompaniement to the voice, was of course an absolute blessing.
Tara, for example, the first track, has such a delightful beginning: a bright A major cord setting the tone for this piece, and undulating vocals soaring in the sky to sing her praises. Beginnning with the Buddhist mantra: no maku san man da, bota nan ban, invocking the Buddha consciousness, which underlies the whole piece in various versions, it opens up to the world of compassion. Delightful compassion in this case I want to call it. Compassion does not have to be a type of chore, the way we somethimes might think about it. It can be simply an attitude, which brings peacefulness and humor into our daily lives, since it includes us as well!
Spider women – Terry Hawke in England, who interviewed me yesterday, was surprised by that image, she is defenitely more wellknown to us here in the Southwest of the US, where the American Indian culture is so present. I love the instrumentation we chose for that piece, the slow drum, nature sounds, alto flute and ample sound of the rainstick in the background, creating it’s very own world. The singing then comes in in blocks of layered voices – to me it feels like a wide, open landscape whith the occasional red rock coming out of the ground. Spiderwoman is the mother goddess from whom all life comes, and her web creates the stars in the sky, of which we see many here in our part of the world.
Yemana has that marvelous tongue drum underlying the improvisations – Deuter and I sat in the studio playing the piece right into the recording, as is. A meandering, dreamy and restful singing to Yemana who represents the female archetype. She comes from the African culture and is found in Brazil, Cuba, Haiti as well, the goddess of the oceans, all seven of them. I focused more on the watery quality of her being, imagined myself in the water, may be like a baby which is being birthed right into the water, like Chris Griscom tells us about of the birth of one of her children. The voice is playing with being in the back- and the again in the foreground, a soft and dreamlike voice.
Isis has the deep yearning and tearing on the heart, which we somethimes experience when life gets us. Since she was able to pick the pieces back up of her Beloved, that had been strewn around, bring him back to life with her intense yearning and love, and have a son with him, this piece for me is sung to all people who experience terrible fate but move through, heart wide open. Middle eastern flavors int the instrumentation, what a great drum sets in 2 and 1/2 minutes into the track, and the drone we created from the voices moves through the whole piece.
Gaia, the earth mother – opens up with beautiful, rich and mysterious synthesziser sounds. Again we bring in nature sounds with the Australian rainstick. The voice then sings the lullaby to the earth mother, in the hope that it will bring her some consolation and deep healing. That piece is so close to my heart, I sing it a lot these days, seems like healing is so badly needed all around.
Kuan Yin is again one of these duetts between the voice and the instrument: in this case it is the Koto, the Japanese harp with its very distinctive sounds. Again a very dreamy piece sung to this enlightened being – just imagine, you get enlightened, and have the choise to never come back into this world for any other lifetime, but you choose to instead turn around to come to help your fellow human brothers and sisters… isn’t that our experience ever so often at some unexpected moment in the course of the day, say where we could rush ahead in front of the next car to make it through a green light, but choose to let the other pass instead, just because…well, I don’t always chose the latter, and so I need the reminder of a Kuan Yin to remember that there is no reason to feel I would not be getting what I need in life, to remember that sharing will not take away from what I have, quite the opposite: if Ifollow that general tendency to support the whole over my very own , pressing personal needs, I might actually get ever so much more then I could have imagined. Takes trust, I know.
Oh well, it is so wirth it to just do it – trust - and explore what happens!
Demeter, the harvest goddess, gets a cascade of beautiful Balinese gongs to be sung to, and the piece rolls on with rich chords and movement abound. The voice is ever reborn, the source of the singing is never drying up, what abundance. Even when I play this album on my ipad I get a great differentiation of sounds and a rich tapestry of musical instruments, which again, I have to credit Deuter for with his amazing craftsmanship as a musician in the studio.
Finally Venus, the goddess of beauty and love, coming out of the ocean as well, finisheing the album with a radiant major chord that reminds me of the sunrise over the Hemez mountains, light oming out of every pore of the sky being. The gesture of the voice si warm and inviting, and the heart warmed and opened up.
There you have it – I love the album!
My wish is that the listener will find inspiration in this music, for their own relationship to life from the perspective of a goddess. Try to be one and see what it does to you! It is an ongoing meditation and I wish everyone strength and courage for the journey. april 2013 love and light from Annette
APRIL 2013 REVIEW - www.the-borderland.com/uk
Annette Cantor - Goddess
As you may surmise from the title, Goddess is a new age album, the fourth
by composer/vocalist Annette Canter, and the second reviewed here at The
Borderland, the previous one being Songs To The Earth [click here to
read review]. Subtitled "Songs To The Goddess" the music here is
resolutely spiritual and meditational, and aimed at those seeking a
calming influence or needing music for healing purposes. A joint
collaboration with multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger CG Deuter,
The music has an opulent feel to it, the voices are multi-tracked and
there is a strong world music feel with various ethnic instruments and
melodic themes. Not as complex as say, an Enya recording, the music is
still richly illustrative and evocative. There are eight tracks and
their titles are: Tara, Spider Woman, Yemana, Isis, Gaia, Kuan Yin,
Demeter, Venus. Thanks to Ms Cantor's soprano voice there is a strong
choral ambience to the music, one could almost be in a medieval abbey at
times - though this is mixed with a strong feeling of Eastern mysticism
as well. For the more cynical of you who don't buy into the whole new
age spirituality vibe, I would say try some of these tracks on Ms
Cantor's website and I think you will be entranced by what is a
collection of very beautiful music. Recommended.
VOCALIST ANNETTE CANTOR SINGS SONGS TO THE GODDESS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
This review is for: Songs to the Goddess (Audio CD) from amazon april 2013
The latest album from new age vocalist Annette Cantor is SONGS TO THE GODDESS which takes as its theme sacred deities from around the world with the common denominator being a focus on the universal Mother Earth. Cantor, who this time sings all wordless vocals, says the music is meant to praise the planet, give thanks for birth and living, and also ask for guidance in creating a good life.
Well-known new age instrumentalist Deuter plays all the (mostly-acoustic) instruments. SONGS TO THE GODDESS is the follow-up to her widely-acclaimed and top airplay album SONGS TO THE EARTH.
The best and most full-bodied track is "Spider Woman" based on legends of the American Indian and featuring a wooden native flute plus a Native American drum sound (this track is reminiscent of the sound heard on SONGS TO THE EARTH). Other tunes on the new CD utilize instruments from other parts of the world (in keeping with the idea of goddesses from different cultures spanning the globe over the millenniums).
Cantor's vocals are absolutely beautiful, whether just one voice is heard or when she sings with herself. The vocals are uplifting and joyous while at the same time being relaxing and calming. This album is right in the pocket of great new age music and is one of the better examples of new age wordless vocals.