Western Contemporary Chants for Healing and Awakening
Emergence takes the ancient art of chanting in one’s own language and gives it an original, contemporary, and exceptionally evocative treatment, featuring seven very unique chant-songs in English, each of which invites contemplative depth, soul-centered singing, and spiritually vibrant movement.
In Emergence meaning, melody, richly layered harmonies, and deeply moving singing all resonate together with transformational power, providing a soundscape and meaning-infused environment that alerts us as much as it opens and rejuvenates us.
This is music that doesn’t just uplift us, but also expands, deepens, and grounds us, moving us into a more deeply fulfilling sense of wholeness. This is music to guide us through the challenges, troubles, and transitions of our lives, helping us not so much to rise above our difficulties, as to pass through them and EMERGE!
Diane is not just singing but is fully expressing, with her whole being, the meaning of her deceptively simple words, weaving them more and more fully into us as we listen. Emergence mixes skyflung joy and earthy exultation, guiding us into a more liberated way of being, without any bypassing of our humanity.
This is a rare work of art. Diane sings with the heartfelt, soaringly alive maturity of her entire being, and world-class producer Stevin McNamara is at the peak of his many years of musical wizardry and exquisitely attuned sonic sensitivity, doing wonders with the arranging, so that each chant-song very clearly stands on its own, in contrast to chant CDs in which most of the cuts sound similar. Pure magic.
As we let Emergence touch us, we find ourselves feeling more and more unshackled, swept to our core on a river of sound and primordial meaning, emerging in ways that truly serve us. We may sing with it, we may dance to it, we may silently listen to it, but whatever we do, we are brought closer to who and what we truly are.
Listen to Dance on the Earth:
Listen to Hummingbird of Joy:
Listen to Holy Ground:
Listen to I Free Myself:
Listen to Free Me From Fear:
Listen to Emergence:
Listen to Open to the Mystery:
“I was struck by the astonishing beauty of Diane’s new album Emergence, both aesthetically and lyrically. I love how the music plays with tribal rhythms, conventional pop/R&B song structures, and sweet transcendent melodies. Diane’s voice sounds absolutely gorgeous–I can feel a real transmission coming through her, evoking a subtle sense of being ‘pulled up’ out of mere gross-body awareness, even as the music keeps me grounded in the sensual. Highly recommended!”
— Corey deVos, Editor-in-Chief at Integral Life, Boulder, CO
“Emergence calls our authenticity out of hiding, heartfully reminding us of the chord of truth reverberating in the deep within. With depthful simplicity and a divinely inspired voice, Diane Bardwell sings us home. There is nowhere else to go- just home. I love this disc.”
— Jeff Brown, Author of Soulshaping: A Journey of Self-Creation
“Diane’s voice is irresistible! She projects a clarity and openness that I have not heard since Karen Carpenter or Barbara Streisand. This recording is a powerful blend of beautiful music and profound messages which gently invites you to leave off thinking about spirituality and enter into an experience of authentic and felt spirituality that is already present within each of us, awaiting our recognition.”
— Ronald Radford, world-renowned Flamenco Guitarist (www.ronaldradford.com)
“I am finding listening to Emergence very nourishing. It’s a remedy, a comfort and an inspiration to me. I love the richness of the arrangements and am loving how on deeper and deeper listening new elements are always popping out at me.”
— Frances Andre, Music Teacher, London