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 Featured Instrumental Music: Jan Mulder Posted on 4-10-2014
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Jan Mulder - Featured Artist on WOTR Featured Christian Music: Jan Mulder

We are very blessed to have Jan Mulder's music on our station. Jan Mulder was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He studied piano, organ as well as composition at the Rotterdam and Utrecht Conservatories. Since graduating in 1992, Jan Mulder composes music for his solo albums and concerts on a daily basis. His CD's, recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, can be heard on Classic FM in the Netherlands, Great Britain and South Africa. In 2007, Jan Mulder decided to focus exclusively on large concerts in the United States where he would perform on the piano and conduct the orchestra simultaneously. As a result of his vision, Jan Mulder and his family immigrated to the United States. Jan Mulder and his Orchestra appeared 300 times on PBS Television in 2011. In the same year, Jan recorded an album with 16 of his compositions and arrangements at the Abbey Road Studios in London, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra.

More Info about Jan Mulder
WOTR Artist Profile for Jan Mulder
Jan's Official Website

Listen to Jan Mulder on our WOTR Instrumental station

- The WOTR Staff

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 Featured Instrumental Music: Stanton Lanier Posted on 11-3-2011
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Stanton Lanier - Featured Artist on WOTR Featured Christian Music: Stanton Lanier

We are very blessed to have Stanton Lanier's music on our station. The best introduction to Stanton Lanier is to first listen to his music before you listen to his story. Stanton's stated mission, to offer "peace and rest in a hurried world," is accomplished through storytelling, but not in words. His stories are told through instrumental melodies on the piano, transporting a global listening audience to that unique interior place that brings peace to each person's life and circumstances. Many of his live performances are coupled with exquisite pictures of nature that create a powerful sensory experience.

Music to Light the World
is the non-profit organization Stanton founded in 2004 with a vision to offer "peace to the soul" through scripture inspired piano. This organization brings peace, hope and healing to many who need it most through donating CDs and performances to groups such as cancer patients, families who have lost children to cancer, hospitals and inner city ministries. Get Music, Give Hope is an initiative where, for every album purchased, Music to Light the World donates one album to a cancer center or hospital. Music to Light the World is gaining strength and support from prominent philanthropists in Atlanta and beyond who are equally dedicated to touching lives with a message of hope.

Stanton Lanier lives in Atlanta with his wife and two children. He enjoys time with family and friends, sports, travel and cooking. One of Stanton's favorite quotes is "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive" (from the book "Wild at Heart" by John Eldredge).

More Info about Stanton Lanier
WOTR Artist Profile for Stanton
Stanton's Official Website

Listen to Stanton on our WOTR Instrumental station

- The WOTR Staff

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 New Music Spotlight: Janice Faber Posted on 2-19-2010
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New Music Spotlight

CD cover for Rest Assured by Janice Faber

Rest Assured
From Janice Faber

Rest Assured - Hymns on Piano is a collection of timeless hymns played with graceful, soul-stirring simplicity.

Song List:

Day By Day
In This Very Room
Blessed Assurance
Jesus Loves The Little Children - Jesus Loves Me
Amazing Grace
My Jesus I Love Thee
Oh How He Loves You And Me
Savior Like A Shepherd Lead Us
How Great Thou Art
Gentle Shepherd
Near To The Heart Of God

Review by Kathy Parsons of mainlypiano.com

Rest Assured: Hymns On Piano was pianist/composer Janice Faber's debut CD, and is a gently soothing collection of eleven traditional hymns and praise songs enhanced with some of Faber's original music. It was originally released several years ago when Faber's three children were quite small. She and her husband used the music for rocking them to sleep as well as for their own relaxation at the end of a long day. People requested more of this music and shared stories of how the music comforted them in difficult times. Faber has been a church pianist since she was a child, so this music is a very big part of her life, giving her the ability to express meaning in the music that goes far beyond the scope of the lyrics. Her approach to the music on this album is one of soothing comfort and reassurance. Her touch is gentle yet strong and confident, making this a recording that anyone can enjoy simply for the beauty of the music whether or not they are drawn to the hymns themselves. For anyone who enjoys solo piano hymns, this album is a must-have, as is the follow-up Measures of Grace (2009). On both albums, some of the hymns are familiar classics while others are less well-known, making for a richly rewarding listening experience.

Rest Assured begins with "Day By Day," a gorgeous hymn played with grace and sensitivity - a lovely start. "Blessed Assurance" is one of the best-known hymns, yet Faber makes it her own. Her flowing left hand brings out the best of the melody and fills it with warmth. "Jesus Love The Little Children" and "Jesus Loves Me" are two of my favorite hymns from childhood Sunday School, and Faber's medley is gentle, innocent, and very sincere. I'm always fascinated by all of the different interpretations of "Amazing Grace," and Faber's is one of the most beautiful solo piano arrangements I've heard - quiet and gently flowing. "Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us" has an elegant flow and a deep emotional connection that really comes through - beautiful! "How Great Thou Art" is another classic hymn, given a fresh and contemporary make-over that is true to the original melody and spirit of the piece. One of my favorites is "Gentle Shepherd," a hymn I was not familiar with. The melody is simple and heartfelt, and Faber's arrangement is wonderful. "Near To The Heart of God" is the closing hymn, ending this excellent CD on a quiet, thoughtful note.

Rest Assured is a beautiful album from the first note to the last. Be sure to check it out at janicefaberpiano.com, Amazon, CD Baby, and iTunes. I very highly recommend it!

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