Press Release (ePRNews.com) - NEW YORK - Dec 01, 2020 - Rita Harvey (star of Phantom of the Opera, Fiddler on The Roof, Next to Normal, etc.) has teamed up this holiday season with author and composer (and BWW.com Classical Music Editor) Peter Danish, of Danish Media Group, for an incredibly special new CD for an incredibly special new CD.
“Simple Prayers for Challenging Times” a collection of short prayers from numerous different faiths set to original music by Danish and performed by Rita Harvey, will be released December 1 on the Danish Media Group label.
“We were both seeking a creative outlet during this crazy stressful time, and this idea was a godsend. It just seemed like something we could share with absolutely everyone, and hopefully bring a little much-needed solace to everybody this holiday season,” said Danish.
The CD contains original compositions and a few traditionals in fresh arrangements including sacred Catholic, Jewish, Baptist, Arabic, Orthodox Christian and other faiths’ texts.
“I was honored and overjoyed to be asked to lend a voice to this project. Peter’s music and ideas were so inspired and beautiful, it was like a healing balm to get to sing. I also love that we included prayers from many different traditions to show that we are all unified in our search for peace,” said Harvey.
The album features some special guest artists, including Yiannis Hadjiloizou, the musical director of the Athens Philharmonic Orchestra, and legendary Metropolitan Opera Mezzo-Soprano Stephanie Blythe contributed the lyrics to one of the tracks. And noted engineer Frank D. Fagnano (The Hit Factory, Tony’s Bennett Studios) mixed and mastered the CD.
Rita has performed with Michael Crawford, Bernadette Peters, Alfred Molina, Harvey Fierstein and Rosie O’Donnell, among others. Danish is an Amazon.com #1 best-selling author of two novels: “The Tenor,” and “Medjugorje,” as well the award-winning play “The Final Days of Wolfe Tone” and the upcoming musicals: “The Flying Dutchman” and “La Paloma.” He has composed for and recorded with Metropolitan Opera legend Aprille Millo.
The first featured single, entitled: “An Invitation to Sing,” is based on a poem: “An Invitation” by Stephanie Blythe. Said Danish: “When I read the poem the very first time, I actually heard the music. The song came into being, complete in one sitting. That kind of inspiration is very rare! And I was just ecstatic that Stephanie loved the song!” “It is lovely to play some small part in such a wonderful, creative, uplifting endeavor!” said Blythe.
SIMPLE PRAYERS FOR CHALLENGING TIMES will be available in over 200 online outlets around the world and CDs will be available from Amazon.com.
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