Jan Blaising Single Release

MPR Artist & Songwriter, Jan Blaising, joined MPR’s roster this year with her recording, “Faith, Hope, and Love”. The collection takes the listener on a journey of life – reflecting on experiences everyone has in common – faith, even when it’s easier to doubt, hope, even if it seems bleak, and love, unyielding, precious, and redeeming. 

Jan, along with Nancy Beaudette, have been writing together for the past few years even though they live miles apart. “It’s amazing how easy it is to work together on facetime or skype”, say Nancy, “and after a couple of sessions it feels like we’re in the same room!” 

At the recommendation of Connie Mims, a long time collaborator of Nancy’s, Rosewood Studio in Tyler, Texas became home for a few days as this team of creative women came together to produce, “Faith, Hope, and Love”. 

MPR’s is excited to announce the release of, “It Wasn’t a Silent Night After All” just in time for Christmas. It has been released to radio internationally and you can stream it live on Jan Blaising’s Website now.

The six song EP will be released early in 2021. 

 

Nur Felix New CD – North American Release

Moonlit Pond Records is thrilled to announce the North American release of “We Are All We Need” – a full length CD by South African artist and songwriter, Nur Felix. These twelve songs ring true to the courageous spirit of Nur. They speak of love and social justice with a backdrop of life in South Africa.

Music is a powerful tool. With so much sadness in the world, I believe it is my calling to spread love and happiness with my music“, says the musician from Cape Town. Nur’s music is featured in the documentary ‘Cape Of Lost Lullaby’s and his song ‘Africa I Love You’ is the theme of a Dutch radio channel.

“We Are All We Need” has been in the works for sometime now, creating and recording material as resources became available. Here at Moonlit Pond Records, we are so pleased with the songs and quality of this CD. Join Nur as he takes you on a poetic, soul-filled, musical journey.

The CD will be available for purchase at Moonlit Pond Records soon.

Jacelyn “Dovetailing” CD Release

 

JACELYN is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actor and entrepreneur best known for her sultry jazz vocals and music that is a melange of the classic and elemental sounds of jazz, blue-eyed soul, and pop, which offers a dynamic and refreshing contemporary twist. Moonlit Pond Records staff writer, Nancy Beaudette, co-penned “Someday” along with Connie Mims, Sherry Kuybus and Jacelyn after meeting in Nashville.  It is an an emotional song questioning whether a new love will last:“Sorry that we never found the words to make it better, It’s plain to see that baby you’re not the one, Someday ain’t gonna come” . 

 A versatile artist and actor, JACELYN has spent the last decade taking chances which has led her to successes one after another. Her Kickstarter campaign for Dovetailing reached $60, 000 ($30, 000 in just 16 hours) and became #1 in the world out of close to 60, 000 music campaigns. It was also featured in the top 10 Jazz campaigns ever to exist on the crowdfunding site alongside Quincy Jones and Paula Cole. JACELYN was able to bring together some amazing musical minds to support the creation of Dovetailing. She partnered with internationally recognized and critically acclaimed pianist and composer Amina Figarova to co-produce the album and worked with two-time Grammy-award winning audio engineer Max Ross from Systems Two in New York City. Dovetailing is out now and charting on radio across North America. 

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“End Of The Line” Is Just The Beginning!

Nancy Beaudette met Louisa Branscomb at a festival a few years back, and they’ve been friends and co-writers ever since. We are thrilled to tell you their song “End Of The Line” is included on Louisa’s new CD release, “Gonna Love Anyway”.

Bluegrass fans will surely know the song, “Steel Rails”, recorded by Alison Krauss in 1990 which was a billboard success and went on to earn her a grammy. That song was written by Louisa and helped to propel her songwriting career to what it is today – she has either won or has been  nominated for the industries most prestigious bluegrass awards.

This album features a new version of “Steel Rails” and a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists, like Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, and many more, all performing their versions of Branscomb’s songs. Two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller takes the lead vocals on “End of the Line”.

Co-producer Missy Raines helped select the songs for the album and explains, “We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.”

There is a wonderful theme of ‘trains’ that rolls through this project. In Louisa’s own words, “Trains know where they are going. They are going to take every bend, it’s just the way it is. They go through it all– the mountains, deserts, seaboard cities, deserted farms, hobo camps. They carry people to their dreams, their homes, and their deaths. They are courageous in their power and in their giving in. Even with all that iron and steel and fire, they accept. They surrender to the track, to what lies ahead.They are hope, wisdom, and courage.”           

We sincerely hope you’ll get yourself a copy of “Gonna Love Anyway”, and especially have a listen to “End of the Line”, appropriately placed as the last cut on the album, but certainly not the least among this superb song collection.

Louisa Branscomb, Becky Buller, Missy Raines & Russell Moore.

The Kelly Girl’s Debut CD – “May You Always”

December 4, 2017

From the first few bars at the very first rehearsal, The Kelly Girls knew a recording project would be in their future. 2017 is the year they made it happen. After months of arranging, recording, and mixing, the CD is complete!

Its unofficial release happened this past Friday night during their Celtic Christmas Show at the Bull Run Restaurant to an enthusiastic and celebratory audience. The reviews are just starting to come in, and the word on the street is beyond our wildest expectations!

Available for sale at www.thekellygirls.com

“Wow! Wow! Wow! Made me cry, gave me chills, and had me dancing around the kitchen while I made cookies. And that’s before it was even over! Highly recommended.” – P. Kenneally

The album has thirteen songs, seven of which are Kelly Girl originals! “Molly Kool”, written by Nancy Beaudette, honours the first North American woman to receive her Master Mariner papers back in 1939. “Last Rose of Summer” was penned by Christine Hatch and is a touching ballad about a mother’s legacy. “Barney’s Shenanigans” and “Barney Get Home” are jigs inspired by the antics of Aisling Keating’s cat! Melinda Kerwin’s beautiful melody “Another Goodnight” along with Nancy’s lyric, lament the heartache of young lovers going their separate ways. The title track, “May You Always”, performed by Chris and written by Nancy, invokes blessings and good wishes for a happy life.

Every song on the CD was thoughtfully arranged and produced with our audience in mind. We sincerely hope you enjoy the collection of songs we present on “May You Always”.

Cattaneo & Beaudette Collaboration

June 20, 2017

Nancy Beaudette met Susan Cattaneo in Austin a couple of years ago, a fate which would result in collaboration and friendship. “We’ve co-authored a number of songs to date, but perhaps the most precious was our first, ‘Fade To Blue'”, says Nancy.

We’re thrilled to let you know that Susan included the song on her ‘double-album’ project, “The Heart and The Hammer” which was released this month. Nancy both sings and plays guitar on the track with Susan.

From the first cut to the last, this is an exceptional CD. The songwriting is flawless and Susan’s voice is superb. We hope you’ll add this to your music collection.

“No matter what happens around me, there is an incredible amount of joy in making music with people I love. And that’s what this album is all about: sharing all those different musical experiences and collaborations with you.” – Susan Cattaneo

Visit www.susancattaneo.com to learn more!

 

“Peace Date” Video Release

April 21, 2017

“Peace Date” was inspired by an experience I had walking down the street in Cape Town, South Africa this past January. I saw a street vendor singing and smiling, obviously so happy that I had to engage him. I asked what he was singing about and he pointed to the sky saying, “We are light in the darkness.” Nur and I took it from there. Nur Felix is an incredible songwriter/artist from Cape Town and I was honoured to co-write this song with him. Help us spread the message around the world.

You can also buy the MP3 – and when you do, every single penny raised will go towards helping Nur finish recording his CD. Follow this link to donate: http://moonlitpond.com/peace-date/

‘Sisters of a Different Skin’ Song Release

January 21, 2017

This past December, Nancy had the amazing privilege of being part of the Lucy Stone Singers, a fabulous group of talented women who said YES when Susan Cattaneo put out the call to be part of the recording of, “Sisters of A Different Skin”.

Susan Cattaneo, is an award-winning songwriter and Berklee professor, and a true advocate for women’s rights around the world. Recalling the inspiration for its creation, she says, “This song started as an a cappella voice memo in my phone. Many recent events in the news inspired me to write this song. It feels like it’s an important time to talk about gender equality and empowerment. I had this image of this chorus of women of all ages, races and musical genres singing it. Fortunately, I’ve worked with many wonderful women in the New England music scene, and they all came together to sing it with me.”

All proceeds from sales of the single will go to Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. Please support this important organization and buy the song here!

Sisters Of A Different Skin by The Lucy Stone Singers from Susan Cattaneo on Vimeo.

Nancy Beaudette Releases New CD

March 31, 2015

CD400_outBlending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her new CD, “South Branch Road”, delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss.

Order your copy of “South Branch Road” today. Available on Nancy’s website in both physical and digital forms. Also available for download on CDBaby and itunes.

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South Branch Road

 

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“Fa La La” New Holiday CD is Released

October 29, 2012

Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the release of “Fa La La” – a holiday CD by Nancy Beaudette featuring NINE original Christmas songs!

“I dust off these old songs when December comes along”, a line from “In Our Home”, couldn’t be truer for Nancy Beaudette. She recalls singing carols with her family from a tender age, and it flourished into a lifelong passion the year she found her very own guitar under the Christmas tree.  “Fa la la” is a collection of nine original Holiday songs spanning emotions of festive joy, innocence, peace and longing.

Click here to get your copy today!

Here is a brief overview of the songs:

1. “Fa la la” – a spirited song celebrating the excitement that kids have preparing for Santa Claus.

2. “Silence Tonight” delivers a powerful message of the peace all Mother’s long for when their sons and daughters are serving in the military.

3. “In Our Home” recalls happy memories of Christmas while growing up.

4. “Most of all Baby (I Want You)” is an invitation to get cuddled up with the one you love.

5. “Gold and Myrrh” longs to reclaim the innocence of a child at this time of year, comparing it to the precious gifts given to the Christ child by the visiting Kings.

6. “I think I’ll buy a Christmas Tree” is an acoustic ballad about regaining strength to celebrate Christmas after separation or divorce.

7. “My Silvertone Guitar” was co-written with Louisa Branscomb (of Steel Rails fame), and is a wonderful story about riding the rails to Nashville on Christmas Eve knowing there would be a new guitar waiting under the tree.

8. “Merry Christmas to Me” is a tender ballad about spending Christmas alone after the loss of a loved one.

9. “The Babe of Bethlehem” celebrates the birth of the Christ child and invites us to follow the Star.

DJ’s are invited to download “Fa La La” at Airplay Direct