Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

by Shelley Morningsong


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Release Date: 10/24/2006
Label: Silver Wave
UPC: 0021585094628
catalogNumber: 946
Rank: 251674

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Out of the Ashes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone looking for a new, sultry, refreshing and beautiful female voice need look no further. Shelley Morningsong is as gifted (if not more) than any Madonna, Brittany Spears or any other female peformer out there. What a pleasure to listen to a CD where you can understand the words and they are accompanied by beautiful music. Music that has heart and soul with a message of love, life and blessings. I only wish that this CD would be mainstreamed and not held back because of her Native American heritage and being a 'unknown' artist at this time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Playing Time – 49:10 -- Shelley Morningsong’s auspicious debut on Silver Wave Records is a convincing showcase of smart, tuneful songs that fuse Native American music with contemporary pop flavorings. Shelley’s expressive, enticing vocals wrap around self-penned lyrics that both educate and entertain. There are rootsy moments, evocative mood pieces, wistful remembrances, all presented with thoughtful provocation. Besides adding her own flute and guitar-playing to the mix, her adventurous tuneful journey is given dynamic direction with the able assistance of producer Larry Mitchell (guitars, drums, percussion, bass, synthesizer, programming) and her husband Fabian Fontenelle (spoken vocals, percussion). Others contributing to a lesser degree include Chase Morrison, Robert Muller, Ronnie Ray Padilla, and Jeff Omidvaran. Appropriately named “Out of the Ashes,” Morningsong’s alluring Native American pop breathes a devout tone into her musical voice, and she infuses an essence of meaning and life itself into her music. Her songs directly address Mother Nature, Father Sun, family and her Northern Cheyenne ancestral heritage. In a more indirect and subtle way, she addresses such human traits and acts as ignorance, prejudice, anguish, sacrifice and suffering. Thus, beyond mere musical scores, the singer/songwriter’s compositions help us find balance and stability in much the same way that a tree’s roots do in Mother Earth’s soil. I hope that her commercial approach to arrangement doesn’t detract from her messages. The most successful music lends immediacy to story songs, and it provides emotional and spiritual depth to connect with listeners. Despite life’s travails, Morningsong seems focused on finding answers, providing direction, and experiencing brighter days ahead. After hearing songs like “Heart of a Hero,” “Sweet Protector,” “World Gone Crazy,” and “Sing For Them,” you will come away from her enlightening set with healing, clarity and wisdom about the joys and sorrows of life. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, Oregon)