Passionate ... Personal ... Engaging ... Life-Affirming ... Joy Katzen-Guthrie's vibrant music and one-of-a-kind performances inspire and uplift with a message of insight, life experience, and worldwide unity and harmony from generation to generation.
Second in a three-part series of Jewish folk, stage, and liturgical songs performed by Joy Katzen-Guthrie, The Heart of Ancient Promise features intimate lyrical folk-pop performances of Israeli and American Jewish classics in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, with a joyful and uplifting message of Jewish life experience and hope. This collection includes an 8-page booklet of liner notes with English translations of the Hebrew and Yiddish lyrics.
Performer and Recording Artist, Composer/Lyricist, Pianist, and Vocalist for 27 years, Joy uniquely weaves history and storytelling with traditional, contemporary, and original songs from pop, stage, film, and world genres that celebrate the human spirit. Says Donna Klein, founder of Tampa Bay\'s Women Musicians Alliance: "Joy is a marvel on the keyboard, making her playing seem effortless. Her compositions, as well as her adaptations of others' songs, reflect the summation that it is her life. When she sits down at the keyboard, starts playing, smiles that warm smile of hers and sings to your heart, well it's just inspirational!"
From The Detroit Jewish News: "This is a pleasant series by a singer with a wonderful voice. The best among them is The Heart of Ancient Promise, a collection of mostly Yiddish songs that are so charming, so heartfelt, it's enough to make anyone nostalgic - even those born long after the numbers were popular. The other two recordings feature familiar (and a few are not-so-familiar) songs from the holidays and Shabbat...What these latter two can do is serve as excellent teaching tools. If you've always wanted to learn Jewish religious songs, but were afraid to ask, buy these recordings and sing along with Joy...her voice couldn't be more lovely. **** (4 hearts)
Joy\'s music is designed as an inner retreat and an outer celebration. Those who have heard her recordings and concerts have described the many ways in which her music has been beneficial - a portal to healing and creativity, joy, support, and renewal. Her first 3 releases of Jewish liturgical, Israeli, and Yiddish music - Seasons of Joy, The Heart of Ancient Promise, and How Good and How Pleasant have been loved in homes, schools, hospitals, communal living facilities, synagogues and many non-Jewish congregations, as well as life cycle events of every kind by individuals of all faiths. Passages and A Steadfast Bridge have been used in gatherings, worship, hospitals and hospices, at births, funerals, reunions, rallies for social action, in theatre and events of every scope. Her own arrangements and interpretations of full (including introductory verses) classic songs from Hit Parade, Vaudeville & Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and film in her Favorite Melody Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 recordings have been loved by individuals of every age. Hearing these songs for the first time or being reintroduced to them in a manner that breathes with the integrity of the music and lyrics has brought enormous enjoyment and special memories of these classic musical moments. SoulStream has provided comfort, relaxation, and mental release to countless listeners who described sleepless nights and stress-filled days prior to hearing it.
A Memphis, Tennessee native, Joy has made her home in the Tampa Bay area since 1981. Read much more about her work, study, recording studio, and programs at her Official Website. Her life has been devoted to writing, concertizing, speaking, and communicating the power of magnificent music.
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