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What Heaven Is to Me

What Heaven Is to Me

  • Door Natalie Isaacs
  • Release 13-4-2010
  • Muziekgenre Christian
  • Media-indeling CD
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"What Heaven is to Me", is not just another worship CD. With the exception of the song, Wayfarin' Stranger, it is a compilation of original songs that chronicle the journey of Natalie's life and story of healing, hope, inspiration and redemption that any one can relate to. Her lyric soprano voice has a unique clear quality to it and is simply beautiful. The affect on the listener is one of inspiration, joy, encouragement, hope and healing. The melodies are beautiful and the words thought provoking with wonderful arrangements by Emmy winner, and producer Cliff Downs. The opening track "Oh Israel" is a somber song. It expresses the profound love for GOD and the Jewish people. The melody captures the struggle and pain the Jewish people have suffered, yet the message is one of hope and comfort and the knowledge that GOD will never forget his chosen ones. Because of the lyric, the musical arrangement and her voice, when Natalie sings the lyric "it won't be long, I'll be coming back to take my people home," the heart is filled with the promise from GOD. You just know that He is coming back. "Barakee Nafshee," written by Sue Samuel is an upbeat praise song with a decidedly Celtic feel to it. The verses are sung in Hebrew while the rest of the song is in English. The centerpiece of this song is the vocal arrangement. The vocals are layered and harmonies, which are sung by Messianic artist Marty Goetz, are thick and beautiful. By the time this song ends you will find yourself singing along with it. "Walk on the Waves" begins with the sound of the ocean and manages to paint a visual imagery of not looking at one's circumstance. It brings to mind the picture of Peter walking on the water. It's message reinforces the need for faith. This lush song is a little reminiscent of Barbara Streisand in vocal range and strength and "big" production quality. "The Child in You", has a fun reggae feel. Lyrically, it is targeting the hurt of the inner child that only GOD can heal. Musically, the impression of being on an island is conveyed giving the sensation of a breeze blowing across you while breathing in fresh salty air, freeing you from all the things in life that are binding you. "Remember Me" has a beautiful melody coupled with the imploring lyrics, which stir in the listener a soul search. The string arrangement and acoustic guitar sooth your spirits, making you feel as though you can come to the truth peacefully. "Safe with Me" written by Cliff Downs and Dominque Messenger is a hauntingly engaging song. The sparse musical arrangement heightens the dramatic tension of the melody and Natalie's beautiful, crisp vocals convey a place you want to be, safe with Him. The song is somehow familiar, like an old friend. It encapsulates a supernatural quality with it's message of safety and comfort. You will find yourself wanting to listen to this song over and over again. "Sister-Friend", is a duet with former Sparrow artist Lisa Bevill and paints a story of the individual pain and hurt of two friends. The lyrics depict the Godly bond between women. The music is lilting and dynamic, not unlike a deep relationship. The title track "What Heaven is to Me" is a prayer. The lyric of the prayer entreats someone deeply loved to accept the forgiveness of the Savior with the hope and joy that they will be together in eternity. Cliff Downs musical arrangement gives the minds eye a colorful visual imagery evoking the beauty of Heaven. "You are the Lord Most High" is an upbeat contemporary, praise song and is the most pop-rock sounding track on the CD. Natalie's crystal clear vocals are driven with tastefully distorted guitars, piano, drums and bass. "Can You Hear Me" articulates the loss and grief of losing a loved one. This is a song in the tradition of Celine Dion type pop. The melody is one you will be humming for days after you hear it. The CD ends with the hymn "Wayfarin' Stranger" with a fresh new and dynamic arrangement enabling Natalie's vocals to shine. There is something for everyone on "What Heaven is to Me." Each song uniquely targets the hurt and longing of the heart with the direction and focus on a Holy and loving God. A Conversation With Natalie Isaacs Having the opportunity to sit and chat with Natalie Isaacs, the first thing one is struck by is her sense of humor and love for the LORD. It is not until Natalie shares her trials and the depths of pain she's endured that you begin to realize the awesome power GOD can have in a person's life if they only let Him. Q: Natalie, tell me about your CD "What Heaven is to Me." A: The CD was recorded at NorthBeach studio in Franklin, TN and was produced by Cliff Downs. Apart from "Wayfarin' Stranger," and "Barakee Nafshee" all of the songs are original, never before heard music. Cliff and I co-wrote the songs "The Child in You," "Sister-Friend," "What Heaven is to Me" and "You are the Lord Most High." He co-wrote "Safe With Me" with Dominique Messenger and "Can You Hear Me" with Larry Wisse. I co-wrote "Walk on the Waves" with Ann Ault and "Oh Israel" with my friend Jimmy Jack Whitaker. Jimmy Jack also contributed to "Remember Me" with George Maddaloni and Margueritte Miller. "Barakee Nafshee" was written by Sue Samuel. Q: I understand there was a bit of a challenge getting this project together. A: Yes, it took three years to finish because Cliff was busy doing major projects and I had vocal problems due to illness. There were many times I was so distraught over not being able to sing that I wanted to give up. I'd go to the studio to record and my voice was hoarse and I'd be sent home. A few times I broke down in tears. I was ashamed and embarrassed, but Cliff wasn't fazed. I think any other producer wouldn't have given me the time of day, but he hung in there with me and he had faith that I'd heal and get through it. His light and fun approach to recording saved the day! I can't imagine even working with another producer. Q: Did you ever question whether this was project was ordained by GOD? A: I did. I wondered why did the LORD open these doors and led me to do this and then allow this to happen? I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish this. The LORD called me into ministry and I'd waited 30 years for it to be birthed. How could this happen? But, Cliff and Lisa Bevill, who supplied all the background vocals and sang with me in the duet, "Sister-Friend," would not let me give up. In fact, I wrote that song with Lisa and my sister Susie in mind. Cliff and Lisa encouraged me, believed in me and loved me through this difficult time. I am very indebted to them and love them both more than they can ever imagine. I was blessed to have such incredibly talented people participate in my dream. I was especially thrilled when Marty Goetz agreed to sing on "Oh Israel" and duet with me on "Barakee Nafshee". Q: "Oh Israel" is an interesting choice to open the CD with. A: I chose this song because I know that there is much suffering in the world and in people's lives. The songs following it give us the answer to getting through this journey. Being raised in a close Jewish family I've always been aware of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism toward the Jewish people and Israel. I use to envision what it would be like, what those people went through that had to endure it. If I had been alive at that time I would have suffered what they did, so I have tremendous empathy. Most of the people who have lived through it are either elderly, or have passed away. I wanted to sing a song with the feel of the heaviness they felt, but also filled with hope, for God will not forsake his people. Unfortunately, once again, the Jews and Israel is under attack. But, having said that this is not intended just for the Jews, but for any group of people that have, or are enduring persecution, and on an individual level as well. The Messiah is coming - He is our redemption. He holds us in the palm of his hand. Q: Tell me about the ministry God has called you to. A: My goal is that by candidly telling my story on how the LORD turned my life around and by sharing a few of the pivotal moments of divine intervention, others will find hope, inspiration and healing. I would also like to bring a little bit of "Jewishness" including humor into the church, as well as encourage the support of Israel and the Jewish people. Q: What is your story? A: I will share a little with you now, just enough to tease you because I want you to come out and hear it through my ministry. I became ill when I was 27. I couldn't eat or sleep and became emaciated, was hallucinating and I also had excruciating headaches. Doctors misdiagnosed me and everyone gave up hope. I never lost faith and I was finally correctly diagnosed with Lyme disease. I am leaving out the tortuous and most interesting bits. Q: This is called a teaser. A: ... and that's all you're getting. [Laughs]

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Kunstenaar: Natalie Isaacs
Titel: What Heaven Is to Me
Genre: Christian
Releasedatum: 13-4-2010
Label: CD Baby
Media-indeling: CD
UPC: 884502263879
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