***WINNER 3rd Place 'Best Solo Instrumental Album' in the Just Plain Folks 2001 Music Awards. 'Love Potion #235' WINNER 4th Place 'Best Solo Instrumental Song'*** 'Very original... and well played. It's not often you come across new music that is as truly unique.' --Frank Mazurco, Executive Vice President of Steinway & Sons, pianist and composer 'Astounding...Charlton's playing skills are nothing short of amazing...' --Kathy Parsons, Solo Piano Publications Catherine Marie Charlton's beautiful and exuberant piano improvisations paint colorful musical pictures, using fusions of jazz, classical, and new age influences. Her music is original, compelling, and refreshing, portraying life's emotions from the gentle to the torrential. Inspirations include such pianists as Claude Debussy, George Winston, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Bela Bartok, and Liz Story. Her compositions use mood, musical themes, playing techniques, and rhythms to 'frame' evocative improvisations. This album was recorded on a 9 foot concert grand piano from Steinway & Sons, moved from the Mann Music Center of Philadelphia specifically for this recording. The production quality is superb. ABOUT 'JEWELED RAIN': The title track from 'Jeweled Rain,' is about life-changing spiritual healing processes. The image is one of healing blue and green jewels falling from the blackness. Whenever the jewels touch the skin, they are warm, soothing, and nurturing. As you hold your arms up to the sky, the jewels give strength to not be afraid of the blackness around. They fall to the ground, and start piling up into a pool of strength to stand on. As strength builds, the original small column of rain spreads to a downpour from the entire sky.