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Gardens Of Hope

by Frank Smith

Soothing instrumental acoustic and classical guitar backed up with violin, cello, English Horn, fretless & fretted bass, angelical voice, percussion and more. Produced by Will Ackerman, Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Music.
Genre: New Age: Ambient
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1. Inspired By a True Story Frank Smith (BMI)
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2. Chasing the Shade Frank Smith (BMI)
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3. Gardens of Hope Frank Smith (BMI)
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4. Anything For a Smile Frank Smith (BMI)
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5. Bella Vita Frank Smith (BMI)
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6. Out of My Hands Frank Smith (BMI)
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7. It’s All Good Frank Smith (BMI)
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8. Soothe Frank Smith (BMI)
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9. Porch With a View Frank Smith (BMI)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Frank\'s New CD Release \"Gardens of Hope\"

Winner of the 2007 NAR Lifestyle Music award for
\"Best Instrumental CD - Acoustic\"

Voted #1 CD for June and July of 2007 by the NAR Top 100 Radio reports

Check out the link at: http://www.newagereporter.com/charts/top100.asp

Produced by Will Ackerman
Grammy winner and founder of Windham Hill Records

One of the most exciting new CDs to be released, “Gardens of Hope” will take you on a journey that will soothe the soul and enliven the spirit. Frank Smith is widely known for his original solo guitar performances on his first two CDs, but this newest recording separates itself by adding the texture and professionalism of many award-winning musicians who back up his acoustic and classical guitar pieces, making this an astounding three-dimensional composition.

It was the love of acoustic guitar along with the music of Will Ackerman that inspired Frank to begin a music career and later create “Gardens of Hope”. When he began exploring alternate tunings on the guitar along with using altered capos, he found the sound he had always been looking for. With the added expertise of Will Ackerman, and many other talented musical artists, “Gardens of Hope” became a reality.

Frank has received accolades in numerous publications for his performances as a Music Therapist in hospital settings as well as for his other professional performances throughout the United States.

Frank is considered a visionary because his multidimensional music weaves an emotional thread through each song he writes, lifting your spirit and making you smile. He constantly develops increasing enthusiasm for his performances which emphasizes his talent as an artist on the rise. His style of music is inspirational and will lead you on an inner journey of calmness from which you will never be the same.
“Gardens of Hope”
Frank Smith - acoustic and classical guitar featuring:

Will Ackerman – acoustic guitar and parlor guitar
Michael Manring – fretless bass
Jill Haley – English horn
Eugene Friesen – cello
Steve Schuch – violin
T-Bone Wolk – fretted and upright bass
Dana Cunningham – piano
Noah Wilding – vocals
Derrick Jordan – percussion
Jeff Oster – flugel horn
Jeff Pearce – ambient guitar

Special thanks to Will Ackerman and Corin Nelsen.
This CD would not have been possible without the support from both of these fine professionals and outstanding friends. They both put many, many hours into helping create “Gardens of Hope “.

\"Frank Smith so believes that music is a spiritual element that he left behind a lucrative life in environmental management to play his guitar in hospitals. This choice has brought comfort to others and a palpable joy in him. Frank’s music is less about flashy gymnastics than it is about heart… and his is one kind and noble heart. There are people who preach peace and kindness and there are those who quietly live it. Frank is one of those who is living it and sharing it with others.\"

Will Ackerman
Producer, founder of Windham Hill records, recording artist, Grammy winner.


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Candelaria

Gardens Of Hope is amazing!
"Gardens Of Hope" has a very special tranquil meditative spirit. It completely lends itself to healing and peace.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

Regardless of the struggle, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual, Smit
Rather than jump into the production, the skill and the technical virtues of this album, it is necessary to first reflect on how deeply this album moves and soothes its listeners. To understand the genuine spirit of this man and the generosity of his musical gift, it is important to first listen, let go and allow the music to shape you, the same way you would sit on a hilltop, looking out at a landscape and let the wind blow through your hair. His guitar inhales and exhales just like this kind of gentle, mountain wind, gathering in instrumental color with violin, English Horn, cello, piano, percussion, bass and flugel horn. Even before understanding this man more deeply through the nature of his songs and the stories which inspire them, the distilled simplicity and beauty comes through on a somatic level; his writing perfectly captures the magic of meeting a new person who instantly feels like an old friend. Like the opening track on this CD, “Inspired by a True Story,” Frank Smith’s album is founded on personal experience, from family reunions that resonated deeply in his soul for years to brief and fleeting moments with friends and family; sometimes these moments were just a phrase an old buddy used to sum up life’s intrinsic goodness (“It’s All Good”) and at other times, these moments are as simple as the memory of a smile (“Anything for a Smile”). It is this pure, unfiltered approach to songwriting that gives Gardens of Hope such an intimate and familiar feel, right from the beginning. With production by Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records, the warmth and humility of the music, as well as its intention, are perfectly conveyed. The title track speaks to the last five years of performing at Naples Community Hospital to soothe patients, staff and visiting loved ones; it is only natural that his music has been so successful in bringing hope and instilling peace among those who search. Regardless of the struggle, whether it be physical, emotional or spiritual, Smith’s musical voice softens the most resistant, roughened parts of the human condition.

Debbie Allen, International Business Speaker & Best Selling Auth

Can't stop playing this beautiful music!
Frank Smith's newest CD "Gardens of Hope" is wonderful! His music is so inspiring, relaxing and calming. I've been playing it for days on end and just can't seem to get enough of it. Thank you for creating such beautiful music for us to enjoy and also to help us de-stress our busy lives!

Annie Chozinski

Perfect !!

Me

Great CD to listen to! Very talented. No pretention!

Karen

Beautiful
Beautiful music, I play it all the time!