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Neshama Carlebach's 10th Album ‘Believe' Evokes Amy Grant In Its Combination Of Pop Melodies And Spiritually Uplifting Themes; New Interviews Provide An Inside Look
For Immediate Release
July 3, 2019
"My music was rooted in my own broken heart"
"Neshama Carlebach believes in hope, love and the unifying power of music"
‘Her voice is something to behold'
10th Album ‘Believe' Evokes Amy Grant in its Combination of Pop Melodies and Spiritually Uplifting Themes
In a series of new in-depth interviews and review coverage, singer/writer Neshama Carlebach is praised for her ability to mine an episode of torment and transform it into an uplifting message of hope: "Carlebach examines personal and universal problems to transform darkness into light. The 12-song album approaches life's challenges with grace, beauty and uplifting music." Her 10th CD ‘Believe' is an affirmation and a message to others who hope to overcome life's setbacks, as she has done through her cathartic creative process: "My music was rooted in my own broken heart."
Over her storied career, Carlebach has sold over one million albums and has toured the world. Her style finds its home amid various genres including classic Hebrew folk songs, contemporary pop music, jazz, rock and gospel. As the first then-Orthodox woman of her generation to perform for a mixed-gender audience, she is a strong advocate for religious pluralism and human rights.
An expansive interview ran via Eponymous Review - By Laurie Fanelli, 6/2019
Neshama Carlebach believes in hope, love and the unifying power of music - Full interview here:
The thoughtful Q&A feature opens as follows:
"...Carlebach has been performing - often alongside her father the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach - since she was a girl, but with Believe her own voice is amplified with a collection of original songs. Carlebach took time out to share details into her songwriting process - and the influence of the #MeToo Movement - as well as her joy of life, faith and family."
An expansive new interview with VENTS Magazine:
Full article above. The Q&A includes this exchange:
What aspects of torment and hope did you get to explore on this record? I believe that artists who are connected to themselves are always a glorious mixed bag of all their life experiences. This is the first recording I have created of original music that really reflects some of the deepest parts of my own story. On this recording, I was able to express strength, honesty and hope while not running away from this truth - that our world is beautifully broken and that we have a lot of work to do. The lyrics are aspirational but so am I. I really do believe in the power each of us holds, we can make a difference if we choose to. For me, the songs are all about that.
The Record-Journal - CD Review (Meriden, CT)
By Jim Pasinski 6/2019
‘Her voice is something to behold'
Singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach recently released her new album "Believe," which circles around the message of having faith. Neshama has sold millions of albums and has toured the world, spreading the word of love through her music. Her new release begins with the uplifting, gospel-like delivery of the title-song "Believe," as her voice is something to behold. She continues her new album with the R&B/pop strength of "Hear Our Prayer" and the graceful ballad "How Long," as Neshama pours her all in her music. The beauty of "Shine" and "Only Love" are highlights of the album as you focus on her words of inspiration and faith.
The album is a warm embrace, delivering an array of songs that lift the spirit. From the anthemic ‘Hear Our Prayer', featuring a gospel choir led by Pastor Milton Vann, to highlight track ‘Always With Me', with its pop/country vibe that recalls mainstream crossover artists Amy Grant and Shania Twain, with a bit of Bette Midler mixed in; from the hopeful ‘Shine' to the intense ‘How Long', which focuses on the discord and violence in our world that must be overcome, Carlebach has created music that speaks to the part of us that struggles, loses hope, needs inspiration and ultimately, seeks elevation. She aims to embolden listeners to believe they are ready to share their best selves with the world.
Listen to streaming versions of the aforementioned tracks, here:
Always With Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV6UY4OW7S8
Hear our Prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVgVsIDneiE
How Long https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxmLrATxaPY
She adds, "It is clear that I had to rip my own soul apart to find and then reclaim my own voice. Believe comes from that place of triumph and transcendence, and I am so very grateful. I hope this album will inspire others to speak their truths, to sing, to dance, to cry and to believe."
‘Believe' was released March 29th and is available on all digital platforms. Jackie Tepper is Executive Producer, and Album Producer and co-songwriter is Beth Styles.
Neshama Carlebach - Biography
Neshama Carlebach is an award-winning singer, songwriter and educator who has performed and taught in cities around the world. Neshama has sold over one million records, making her one of today's best-selling Jewish artists in the world.
She collaborates with musicians of different faiths, and partners with organizations, synagogues, and churches. Neshama has been a cornerstone of major Jewish music festivals across the U.S. and globally, performing in front of thousands at an interfaith peace summit in Mt. Fuji, Japan, at the gates of Auschwitz on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and at countless concerts and gatherings for audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
As the first then-Orthodox woman of her generation to perform for a mixed-gender audience, Neshama is a strong advocate for religious pluralism and human rights. She has sparked public conversations with brave forays into the place of women in Judaism and today's world.
Neshama was one of the creators and performers of the musical Soul Doctor, which ran on Broadway. In November 2016, she was inducted into the Brooklyn Hall of Fame, where she received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for her work.
Since her debut album, Soul, in 1996, she has released 10 records, each showcasing her vocal range, power, versatility, and her unique blend of various genres including classic Hebrew folk songs, contemporary pop music, jazz and gospel. Her most recent release, Believe, includes 12 all-original tracks and features her band and a new gospel choir led by Pastor Milton Vann.
Neshama began training as a singer and actress at the age of five. As a teenager she performed alongside her father, the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. Today she lives in New York with her husband Rabbi Menachem Creditor, and their five children.
Keep up-to-date on tour activity, here: https://neshamacarlebach.com/shows/