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.
Passages features thirteen original contemporary lyrical folk-pop songs passionately and evocatively exploring the universal passages of our lives. An exceptionally moving and heartfelt statement of love, family, friendship, and faith.
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 Tampa Tribune: "This Bay area resident has a powerful, righteous warble. Her pictures appear on this CD, first as a youngster peeking from beneath a baby blanket to that full-frontal grin on a 5-year-old face to a long, learned look from the front of her compilation disc. Wonder may be displayed on that face. But it is wisdom delivered by a confident voice that makes this album such a proud, professional triumph - which, when you realize that she is a full-time performer, writer, and music producer, comes as absolutely no surprise. The music here is full of personal revelation and celebratory wonder, but it is refreshingly happy in its absolutes. And groovy, too. Hold it, a happy album? When was the last time you heard one of those? Free of angst, minus preachy platitudes, Katzen-Guthrie manages what so few singers do - to make you feel hopeful without being weighed down by sickly sentiment. She sings her anthems softly, mixed in with groovy guitars, cool cellos and all sorts of other instruments, showcasing a voice that has rare sing-along quality. Yes, you can imagine her in front of a congregation of folksy truth tellers. Or on a Broadway stage. She can kick it up ("Freeway of Life"), and lay it down ("Sweet Friend, Dear Friend") ... Now the question is: Where's that major label record contract?" ~Jennifer Barrs"
From Focus Entertainment Magazine: "Passages is a musical scrapbook of Katzen-Guthrie's songwriting ... newly arranged and recorded for Passages in the supportive company of Tim Diehl and Brad Carlton ... free of the syrupy, "Dear Diary" sharings that permeate other singer/songwriters' work mislabeled as introspective. Katzen-Guthrie uses simple, direct language and soothing melodies to describe the complex feelings of found love ("Very First Love Song"), lost love ("Lora"), and the growth of spirituality (as in the album's title cut, perhaps her strongest work). Her playing and singing have never sounded stronger or more convincing ..."
From Bay Area Connection: "Joy Katzen-Guthrie has just released her new CD Passages, laced with some of the most meaningful lyrics in the contemporary world of music, and topped off by a potent, tender, supple, and darn remarkable voice. Guthrie's style is all her own, and Passages is presented as a journey through this artist's life ... Passages may be the story of Katzen-Guthrie's life, but let it be noted that most will be able to relate personally. Songs the likes of "Be Yourself," "Woman to Woman," "Good Friends, Good Times," and "Passages" etch out clear messages. Positive messages of what can be good and meaningful in this existence. And these brilliant messages confirm our affiliation with the power behind the voice." -Eileen Raymond
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. 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. 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.
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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