On January 1st 2008, international award winning vocalist Simone Awhina will release her third CD, Born to Fly. This album contains beautiful original as well as well-known songs that encourage, inspire and uplift. She has mixed the classic sound of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland with the contemporary sound of Michael Bubble and Josh Groban to a unique style that no contemporary female artist is doing today.
Simone, a native of The Netherlands who has been living in the United States since March 2004, feels honored to have top musicians like Celine Dionâ's guitarist Chielli Municci and many others share their amazing talents on this album. Simone, who discovered the healing power of her voice after her fiance Nico passed away in 1998 of a brain tumor, felt drawn to use her voice and music to uplift and inspire others. Since her debut in 2001, Simone has performed concerts and workshops worldwide. In addition to being featured on TV and radio in the Netherlands, Brazil, Canada and the United States, she performed at the 2005 Memorial Service for the victims of 9/11 in New York.
In 2001 and 2006, Simone was selected to represent her native country at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood, California, where she won six medals in various categories. After her debut album Journey Through My Soul, which describes the soulful journey Simone made after Nico's death, her new album Born to Fly will take the listener on a intimate journey of remembering, looking at the world through the eyes of a child, letting go of what no longer serves you, and following your passion and dreams. Simone's second album is titled Transformation.
Born to Fly consists of inspiring original songs including the new single Somebody Believed in Me, as well as Through the Eyes of A Child, and True Love is Letting Go, and well-known favorites including: The Way We Were, Summertime, Don't Worry, Be Happy and Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, songs that will deeply touch your soul, help you to let go and relax, or put a smile on your face.
Simone has a special vibration to her voice that can create a healing or help to balance the body, mind and spirit. Her special musical gift embraces listeners with a wondrous generosity that touches deeply into the heart. Simone's uniquely inspiring vocals and radiant presence have touched many lives.
"I have listened to hundreds of singers from around the world and I have never seen a performer touch the audience as Simone did." Wayne Sanders, NY, musical collaborator for Liza Minelli, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball.
You can listen to several of Simone's songs on www.sonicbids.com/simoneawhina by clicking on "audio."
Born to Fly and other CDs by Simone can be purchased through Simone's website www.justsimone.com or http://www.cdbaby.com