Beginnings

Barbara Graff

Beginnings kicks off the album with an inspirational, powerful anthem that celebrates life and our resiliency. When things don’t go the way we’d like, we can heal and re-boot our lives. Beginnings is a feel-good song to unite all of us.

Beginnings kicks off the album with an inspirational and powerful anthem that celebrates life and our resiliency. When things don’t go the way we’d like, we can heal and re-boot our lives. "Beginnings" is a feel-good song to unite all of us towards a happy and peaceful world.

The album is performed and written by award-winning pianist and composer Barbara Graff. The vocal version of "Beginnings" features Barbara’s piano and Diana Chittester on vocals. Diana is a spectacular guitarist and vocalist who has performed vocals and guitar live on NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts.

"Inspiration," the second track on the album, is an instrumental piece with a magical quality that has received rave reviews. It was “inspired” by a song in the public domain, yet during creation became its own piece entirely. "Blue Sky" is sunny and bright like its name and is one of the most relaxing pieces you could possibly hear. "Bring me a Rainbow" is an instrumental version of Barbara’s piece with vocals that is a fan favorite on Pandora Radio. It is haunting and beautiful yet somehow still uplifting. "By My Side" and "On My Own" are full instrumental pieces featuring live recordings of violin, drums, steel guitar and more. "Magic Within" and "Dancing Shadows" are contemplative piano solos. The album finishes with a pop version of “Beginnings” where you’ll encounter a cool surprise in the part of the song musicians call the “bridge.” While retaining the spiritualty and enchantment of the piano version, it has the feel of contemporary dance music.

Every song on the album is written and arranged by Barbara Graff. Matt Troja is Barbara’s incredibly talented producer for the "Beginnings" versions; Matt has produced several name artists including Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum! Several other pieces include the stellar skills of audio engineer Chris Lieber.

After Barbara wrote the lyrics for "Beginnings" it became a metaphor for the crossroads in her life. We hope this album, with the many uplifting songs and instrumental pieces, can inspire you during any critical crossroads in your life.

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On My Own

Barbara Graff

“On My Own” is about coming back from a difficult experience or relationship, dusting yourself off and proving you can make it on your own, just like you used to.

“On My Own” is about coming back from a difficult experience or relationship, dusting yourself off and proving you can make it on your own, just like you used to. Proving it’s not about what happens to you, it’s what you make of it. Music and words written by composer and pianist Barbara Graff. Arranged, produced and mastered by Michael Seifert, a multi-platinum award winning music producer, arranger, and recording engineer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Vocals sung by Madeline Finn, an American Idol contestant and rising star in the music world with an amazing voice that took Barbara’s words to heart and made them her “own.”

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Christmas Magic

Barbara Graff

Pianist/Composer Barbara Graff expands into the adult contemporary/pop space with a new, original Christmas song. This beautiful single features the phenomenal vocalist Chloe Boelter. An enchanting love song for any time of year!

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By My Side (Acoustic Version)

Barbara Graff

By My Side” is a song about the truest kind of love, one which stands the test of time. It’s the wonderful feeling you have when you know someone always has your back.

“By My Side” is a song about the truest kind of love, one which stands the test of time. It’s the wonderful feeling you have when you know someone always has your back. It’s unconditional love given and received with you and your spouse, significant other, parent, child or even a dear friend. This piano pop song with a touch of country on the fiddle is written by Barbara Graff, pianist/composer, songwriter and lyricist. The track features Barbara on piano and the phenomenal Katie Burk on vocals and violin. Katie’s smoky, sultry, soulful voice resonates with the authentic emotion of the song. The song was mixed and mastered to perfection by Chris Lieber, audio engineer.

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By My Side - Country Version

Barb's Country Crossroads

By My Side” is a song about the truest kind of love, one which stands the test of time. It’s the wonderful feeling you have when you know someone always has your back.

“By My Side” is a song about the truest kind of love, one which stands the test of time. It’s the wonderful feeling you have when you know someone always has your back. It’s unconditional love given and received with you and your spouse, significant other, parent, child or even a dear friend. This beautiful, emotional country song is written by Barbara Graff, pianist/composer, songwriter and lyricist. The track features Barbara on piano, Katie Burk on the fiddle and the phenomenal Sanner Wright on vocals. Sanner's smoky, sultry, soulful voice resonates with the authentic emotion of the song. Tim Wright adds to the emotional intensity with steel and acoustic guitar. The song was mixed and mastered to perfection by Chris Lieber, audio engineer.

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Fifteen Minutes

Barbara Graff, Austin Johnson, Jennifer Anderson

Bring humor to your day with this fun song destined to be a hit. “Fifteen Minutes” features a sing-along, catchy melody with a country 2-step feel and laugh-out-loud lyrics.

The tune’s send-up of relationship woes and tavern liaisons is something most of us can relate to from one time or another in our lives. For fans of my piano music, this song is a huge departure! If you also have a taste for country music, this fun song will keep you singing along. “Fifteen Minutes” is written by an outstanding team consisting of: Americana & country singer-songwriter-guitarist Austin Johnson; Pianist/composer/songwriter Barbara Graff; and songwriter Jennifer Anderson. Vocals are sung by the charming Julia Conway, one of the lead singers in the popular country-folk band “Half-Step Sisters.” “Fifteen Minutes” will put this writing team squarely on the country map- and for way longer than 15 minutes! I had a blast writing it with my team-Check it out and enjoy.

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look inside Secret Beach Composed by Barbara Graff. Contemporary Classical, Modern, New Age. Sheet Music Single. 3 pages. Published by Calm Creek Music (S0.553747).