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Set It Free

by Cindy Boehler

This album was completed in Nashville with The Legendary Jordanaires and the world's top studio musicians in a rare treat. With six original songs as well as 2 cover songs, this is a hoot.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Set It Free
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2. Life's Railway
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3. One Step
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4. Uncloudy Day
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5. One Piece At a Time
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6. Hello Central
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7. That's What I Come From
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8. Have You Need
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9. In His Own Time
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10. Just a Closer Walk With Thee
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11. You Gotta Know
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
After stepping away from the music business 16 years ago to dedicate herself to raising her children, Cindy sent an e-mail to Grammy nominated producer Steve Ivey of IMI Music in Nashville telling him how much she appreciated the Bluegrass/Gospel CD she had recently purchased. This e-mail was to be a life changing one, as eventually Ivey invited Boehler down to Nashville to audition in his Music Row studio.

Ivey signed Cindy on her first day in Nashville and both set forth on an intense process of putting together the beginning works of Boehler's debut CD, Set It Free.

It was apparent from the start that Cindy was blessed with strong song writing skills and Ivey pushed her to commit to six original recordings on the CD.

Through an offhand comment about how wonderful The Jordanaires were on a Patsy Cline song they were reviewing for possible recording, Ivey asked if Cindy would like to have them record the song with her, and the rest is in the history books. The Jordanaires and Cindy, with her strong Patsy inspired vocals fit together like bread and butter. The Jordanaires are present on 6 of the 12 traks and with two of the original members still performing, the sound is shockingly similar to the cuts they originally recorded with Cline. The Jordanaires recently travelled all the way from Nashville to Nebraska to help Boehler release her CD to over 700 fans!

Cindy has credited many for inspiring her to be a musician, but none more than a mother who made sure there was always music in the house when she was growing up. "I was fortunate to have a mother who knew what it meant to teach me to love Jesus and be grateful for the talents that I was blessed with. This is why I chose to do a Gospel/Bluegrass CD the first time out. It's my way of saying thank you to my mother and my God," says Boehler.

One of Boehler's earliest influences was the music of Karen Carpenter. Boehler adds, "I have been told that I am the Karen Carpenter of Bluegrass, and that's such a great compliment! My voice has also been influenced by the music of Patsy Cline and The Jordanaires, so you can imagine what an honor it was for me to be able to develop a relationship with them that evolved into performing live with them!"

Boehler is the mother of 7 children ranging in ages from 26 down to 6. "My family means everything to me and it was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make to step away from the music industry when I did, but it was the right decison and I'm glad now I made the sacrifice. There were many times that I didn't think I would ever be able to return to music in the scope that I wanted and when this opportunity arose, I knew God was blessing me for all my years of prayer and patience," says Boehler. "My husband and children have made many sacrifices for me to be able to pursue this crazy dream that ended with my release of Set It Free in November of 2006," she adds.

Along with The Jordanaires, Cindy is joined by some of the best studio musicians in the world including, Rob Ickes, Richard Bailey, Shad Cobb, Andy Leftwich, Charlie Chadwick and Steve Ivey. You can read more info and see pictures from Cindy's Jordanaires concert at www.CindyBoehler.com.


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RadioIndy.com staff

Excellent Country CD by a talented mom. Pick up a copy today!
Wow! That's the word that comes to mind when you listen to Set It Free by Cindy Boehler. This mother of seven can sing! Her voice has a very smooth sound with great pitch that will remind you of Karen Carpenter. The CD also includes tremendous backing music by top musicians, including the Jordanaires! The musician's fly up the fretboard in You Gotta Know. One of our favorite tracks is One Step, with a memorable chorus and nice banjo and fiddle fills throughout. If you are a fan of talented mother's who put down their talents to take care of their families, or a fan of country or Americana music, you'll enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!

Joe Ross

Cindy Boehler never gives up on her dreams
Playing Time – 41:12 -- Cindy Boehler’s motto in life could easily be “Never give up your dreams.” Her advice to other musicians with a body of original material to record is to patient. As evidenced by her professional debut album, “Set It Free,” the personal reward and satisfaction are worth the wait and sacrifice. Born in Colorado and raised in Nebraska, Cindy acknowledges that growing up in a small Midwestern town significantly shaped her as an individual. The self-proclaimed ruralist grew up around music and was singing by an early age. Attributing her mother, as well as role models like Karen Carpenter and Patsy Cline, for inspiration, Cindy’s first public appearance as a vocalist was in 1976 at her sister’s wedding. “Set It Free” is a musical tribute to both her mother and her God as she joyous exclaims “Find the promise of salvation in the Word” in the opening cut.

Boehler is a mom herself, with seven kids ranging in age from 6 to 26. She best captures her love of family and own maternal instinct in her self-penned “That’s What I Come From,” where she sings “my mother’s heart was given by those who came before, I’ve raised my babies lovingly, I’ve trusted in the Lord.” It’s a splendid tribute to her grandmother, mother and the wisdom they imparted and passed down. That piece and other slower numbers (e.g. Life’s Railway to Heaven) could’ve been arranged without banjo, but Richard Bailey’s proficient playing doesn’t create too much distraction. The full instrumental and vocal complement is most problematic for “Uncloudy Day” in that there are some conflicting melodic riffs, fills and vocals. The rest of the album is tastefully arranged, and I was particularly thrilled by the songs that modulated to different keys and incorporated professional background vocals not commonly heard on bluegrass gospel projects.

Produced and engineered by Steve Ivey, the top Nashville session musicians enlisted to support the project include Rob Ickes (Dobro), Richard Bailey (banjo), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Andy Leftwich (mandolin), Charlie Chadwick (bass) and Steve Ivey himself (guitar, background vocals). Pat Berguson’s bass harmonica imparts some rhythmic and breezy propulsion to “Hello Central.” All are musicians who have assisted Ivey on his previous bluegrass gospel releases from IMI Music. Of special note is the inclusion of The Jordanaires (Gordon Stoker, Ray Walker, Louis Nunley, Michael Black) on six of the 12 tracks. While the cohesive quartet has recorded three of these same songs before, they add comforting warmth to the originals “That’s What I Come From,” “Have You Need,” and the cautionary “You Gotta Know.” In a strong show of support, The Jordanaires traveled from Nashville to Nebraska to help Boehler release the album to nearly 1,000 fans. In a more contemporary new acoustic style, a dreamy “One Step,” faith-affirming “One Piece at a Time,” and reflective “In His Own Time” impart nice musical diversity to the set. With His grace, Cindy sings about finding her meaning, place, and the direction to make her dreams come true. The six original songs, co-written by Boehler and Ivey, are the crowning moments on this project. C.K. Harris’ “Hello Central” is also given an engaging bluegrass treatment.

The creation of this music has been a life-changing even for Cindy Boehler, a vocalist of breathtaking ability. She hopes that the messages in her songs will similarly provide some guidance and direction for others in need of finding their way during life’s journeys. Considering that it’s taken many years for Cindy Boehler to find her own musical bearing and course to Nashville, the underlying tenet of her ministry is that God loves all, has answers, and will help all who are seeking sweet redemption in His plan. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Barb Hartzog

Great CD
What a great CD. Very inspirational and a pleasure to listen to.

Stan Polnicky


This lady is one of the first "unknown's" I've ever heard where I truthfully wanted to go back and listen to more. In fact, I find her music much better than many famous artists! Her sound reminds me of the sound of Ann Murray's music of the 70's. I've been on the road for 4 days listening to various radio stations. I just listened to this lady's music for the first time and find it better than any I've heard in the past 4 days. I gave her 4 stars but highly expect her future music to be 5!

Kathy Schluntz


Cindy has recorded a terrific CD! It's amazing that this TALENT has been hidden from fame all these years! But she is sharing her music with the world now and her music is fantastic! I LOVE listening to this CD. Her voice rings true on every single song with such amazing exceptional quality, she is a joy to listen to. If her songs are not taking me away, then they are touching my heart in ways that I will never forget. Thank You for this wonderful CD. I can't wait for your next one! I KNOW we'll be hearing a lot more about this talented talented lady!

Karla Leaf

SET IT FREE!! Whew!
Just what I needed over the holidays to get me through to a refreshed new year.... I had time off and stayed home to "straighten up" things and relax, I listened to Cindy singing while I plowed away and felt like I had a friend with me. Thanks!!! I feel great. Set It Free is fun to listen to in the car too.... Open road, singing, pushin' on the gas peddle.... Lift your heart up Set It Free!

Jessica

Love Your CD...Know all of the words by heart.
The Cd is great I love to go home after a long day of work and listen to it...It's calming...The songs all have a story behind them that can be related to...GOod luck with your new journey...

Sue Roads

I loved it! Cindy is a great talent.
The songs touched my heart. They are songs you can relate to. The background vocals and the musicians blend so well. I think it is a big HIT

Marie Kugler

Set It Free
What a great voice this lady has. I have both of her cds and listen to them constantly. These songs brighten my day, every day. When can we expect new music from this artist?