The collaboration of songwriters, Judy Hunt and David Washington was first suggested and encouraged by Judy's friend and David's wife, Sue. Here, in their self-produced debut album, "Starfire," Judy's hauntingly beautiful melodies, passionate lyrics, and spiritual perspective meld perfectly with David's lush arrangements and inspired orchestrations. And, David's three compositions ("Altar of the Heart," "Sunlit Leaves," and "Jasmine") melodically and thematically round out the spiritual journey depicted in Judy's songs. When Donna Rosenthal, who had been recommended by an acquaintance, arrived for an audition, Judy and David knew they need look no further for their singer. With her beautiful, sweet voice and gorgeous heart, she conveys the longing, the innocence, and the sense of wonder of a seeker. "Starfire" is a musical journey of the heart wherein one discovers that all questions dissolve in the realization that we are the answer. From the liner notes regarding the cover art: "The Star Queen Nebula, located some 7,000 light years away in the constellation Serpens... is a visually stunning star nursery - a great cloud of interstellar gas and dust where numerous starts have been born over the last 2 million years. In this beautiful photograph taken by John Smith, bright, luminous stars, born of the Star Queen, move upward and outward through her outstretched arms to grace the dark regions of the universe with heavenly light. The Star Queen is an exquisitely beautiful symbol of the Divine Mother residing in the heavens, eternally birthing and re-birthing, forever watching over us with unconditional love." And, some early reviews: "Melancholy, plaintive and hopeful, the female vocals of Donna Rosenthal are like a Disney heroine in quality - think 'Belle' in Beauty and the Beast... This album is an acknowledgement of the Great Mother... The songs are worshipful and joyous, yet all imbued with a longing. The orchestrations are impressive, yet often wonderfully simple... Celtic influences and gentle counterpoints abound in this peaceful musical journey. Indeed, the album progresses and grows in it's effect on the listener. Here is an album for the Aquarian Age!" ~ Creations Magazine "Beautiful, warm, relaxing, and moving. 'Starfire' is a breath of fresh air to be inhaled on a regular basis.' ~ Bruce D. Schneider, PhD, MCC; Founder iPEC Coaching; Author, "Relax, You're Already Perfect: Ten Spiritual Lessons...To Remember" "I love listening to 'Starfire,' especially at the beginning of my day. The music puts me in a wonderfully peaceful and balanced state... Donna Rosenthal's voice is melodic and the music and lyrics are beautiful!" ~ Deborah Van de Grift, CEC, Director of Professional Services iPEC Coaching "I love your CD! The music and lyrics are amazing. After a few times through the entire CD, it seemed like the narrative or soundtrack for a musical spiritual journey and I started to imagine the set design and choreography. Seriously, I had this whole production going on in my head! It's obvious that everyone involved in this CD is very talented... Huge congratulations!" ~ AK, New York "Words fail me... Your creation is truly beautiful! There is so much to discover with your words and music that I know I will listen many times and hear more. I cannot even state if I have a favorite yet - it is almost overwhelming." ~ ME, Florida.
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