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Explore the “Immeasurable Heaven” with Kathy Sanborn's New Release, Lights of Laniakea
Award-Winning Singer/Composer's New Album Shines with Silky Vocals, World Rhythms, and Inspiring Melodies
This is Sanborn’s seventh album and it once again features her trademark sultry, sensuous, velvety voice. She sings in English on eight of the songs plus creates wordless vocalizing on three others (“On those I just wanted my voice to be another instrument in the band.”) The recording also contains the Spanish-language “Fantasy” which won an American Songwriting Award in the World category when it was released as a single (It additionally was nominated for a 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Award.)
More information on Kathy Sanborn is available at her website (http://www.kathysanborn.com). Her CDs, Lights of Laniakea, Fantasia, Sultry Night, Six Degrees of Cool, Blues for Breakfast, Small Galaxy, and Peaceful Sounds, and digital download tracks from those recordings, are available at online sales sites such as Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, eMusic, Rhapsody, and many others.
Sanborn writes her own music and lyrics, does all the singing and vocal arrangements, and produces her recordings. On Lights of Laniakea, she teamed with Ricky Kej who arranged the music, played keyboards and bass, and brought in some world musicians: Varsha Kej on sitar, Butto on flute, Vanil Veigas on santoor and keyboards, Karthik K. on percussion, and Keerthy Narayan also on keyboards. Sanborn invited trumpet player Wayne Ricci whom she has worked with previously on numerous recordings. The result is a global synthesis especially spotlighting sounds from both India and the United States, and featuring gentle world rhythms. Kej is a master at producing these sounds having worked with many other musicians over the years, releasing his own CDs, and winning a 2015 Best New Age Album Grammy® for his world-fusion duet recording with flutist Wouter Kellerman.
Sanborn explains the inspiration behind Lights of Laniakea: “Back in 2014 at the University of Hawaii, scientists mapped a new supercluster in space that contains our own galaxy, the Milky Way. They named it Laniakea which means ‘Immeasurable Heaven.’ The name pays homage to the Polynesian navigators who used knowledge about the stars to navigate the Pacific Ocean. So Lights of Laniakea musically explores our universal desire to live in the light – in the ‘immeasurable heaven’ that is our home.
Her lyrics expand upon these sentiments. Regarding the album's first track, “Star Catcher,” Sanborn says, “Catch the light and spread some light,” and about the next tune, “Follow the Light,” she states, “You have light, goodness, and a voice inside you which will tell you what to do if you listen, so turn that into a radiant purpose and passion for life.” She addresses deep relationships with “Soul Dancing” and “Fantasy,”
The song “Abundant Love” is about the spiritual light always around us, while two tunes with wordless vocals, “Immeasurable Sky” and “Akea,” aim to link the idea of an expanding universe to expanding our inner light in a positive way. She describes children as bright lights in our lives (“Little Candle” and “Lani Heaven”). Sanborn titles one composition “The Stuff of Stars,” and explains, “Carl Sagan said everyone and everything are made of the same cosmic material, but the truth is we are each, individually, much more than that and we must work to achieve our full potential as beings.”
With two songs, Sanborn spotlights her positive outlook on life. “Someday” states her belief that human beings “will see the light and stop wars and killing people and all the horrible things that go on in society because our collective light is powerful and we can carry the torch to victory.” With the wordless “Seeds of Hope,” Sanborn dedicates the music to the environmental activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, who strives to protect the earth’s resources.
“The one common thread through all of my musical evolution is optimism, something I truly believe in,” explains Sanborn. “I know we can make a better world and that each of our lives can be improved for greater personal fulfillment. We need to move out of the darkness into the light. I have explored these lyrical themes before. On my first album, Peaceful Sounds, I aired pro-peace sentiments. On my second album, Small Galaxy, I was very positive lyrically, telling listeners to keep going and encouraging them to achieve their dreams. In some ways that album was smaller in scope, about just our galaxy, while Lights of Laniakea, as the title implies, is broader and deeper and relates to many galaxies, even more stars, more light, and more knowledge. But I try to make my messages soft, like helpful hints for living, rather than hitting the listener over the head with force. With this new music, because the lyrics are universal, I thought it made sense to have the music broaden into a world sound that helps cross cultural boundaries.”
Sanborn adds, “My main philosophy about music is that I believe in creating music to bring more light and happiness into the world. That is my mission.”
The Creative Service Company