My healing journey led me to write the songs on this CD. I kept a digital mini recorder with me to catch my melodies and lyrics as they came to me during this very creative yet challenging time. The inspiration came from many places; as I took walks that connected me to nature, after a meditation deepening my connection to God, after learning and then practicing what I took home from teachers, workshops, books and CDs deepening my awareness of living mindfully. They came from a place of truth, from the heart and beyond, from a place of quiet, inner peace, gratitude and joy.
The present moment is where I find inner peace and I am always in the present moment when I sing, connecting to the breath, breathing in and breathing out. Singing puts me in a place of deep love and gratitude.
I so happy to share this CD with you.
Music and Meditation Open Hearts
About Frannie Faith
“There’s always been a link between music, spirituality, and healing for me,” says meditation teacher and singer-songwriter Frannie Faith.
Frannie has been singing and performing music her whole life. She began writing songs as a teenager. At 16, she became initiated into Transcendental Meditation and has continued on her spiritual path, studying many practices and traditions that have become an integral part of her life.
In her 20s, Frannie moved to New York City to pursue a performing career. While in the city she played in clubs with her band, worked with managers and music producers, and sang on numerous advertising jingles including background vocals for Whitney Houston’s AT&T campaign. She landed the role of a country singer on the long running television soap opera, “As The World Turns,” for which she wrote and performed over 40 original songs. In addition to penning songs for Patti Austin and others, Frannie is the singing voice of an animated character in the film “Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Battle of the Humungonauts”
Since 1997 she has been organizing and performing in benefit concerts with her band Heart & Soul, bringing the community together to raise money for various charities. Her band has performed multiple times at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Westport, CT. In 2018, Frannie had the honor of singing at Lincoln Center for the memorial of Fred Hellerman, an original member of the Weavers, along with Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) and Tom Chapin.
"Little breath, breathe me gently, row me gently,
for I am a river I am learning to cross." —W.S. Merwin
Her personal healing journey led her to delve deeper into spiritual practices. In fact, it was during this time that she wrote the songs on her first two CDs, “Artist of the Heart” and “Bring Up The Vibration.” Combining original songs and devotional chants with a pop sensibility, Frannie’s music also embodies world rhythms to dance to and a conscious lyrical message to uplift the heart, mind, and spirit. Her CDs have been a hit not only with listeners, but with DJs as well. “Frannie Faith’s voice is a mirror of her soul, innocent and pure,” raved Calm Radio’s Eric Harry. Gary Goldberg from WRPI 91.5 FM said, “When I think a certain song is my favorite, another takes its place. Frannie’s songs lift your spirit…”
As Frannie was presenting workshops and performing, she was increasingly being asked to teach meditation with her healing music. That led Frannie to write and record two meditation CDs, one for children entitled “Peaceful Kids” that was originally given as a gift to pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Yale Hospital Fair. (Check out “Peaceful Kids.”) Frannie feels strongly that children especially need to learn to meditate and relax the nervous system in order to deal with the world of technology in which they live. Frannie’s other meditation CD, “Peaceful Places,” is for young adults to adults where she teaches and guides three forms of meditation.
Along with her friend Nancy Slonim Aronie, Frannie co-presented writing workshops at the East Coast retreat centers Kripalu and Omega, offering participants techniques on healing through guided meditation and music. At Silver Hill Rehab Hospital, Frannie volunteered in the eating disorder house, helping patients experience joy through music and moments of peace through meditation. Frannie also taught meditation and chakra sound healing at the Cortiva Institute to students learning massage therapy. In addition, she has taught at yoga studios, large corporate conferences, as well as at private and group sessions. She currently runs a music and meditation workshop, Shabbat Shalva (Sabbath of Peace), with Rabbi/Cantor Sklar through her synagogue.
Her new CD, The Soul of a Mystic, is an important one for Frannie. The mostly original songs, prayers, and chants are written in English and Hebrew. Frannie says the tracks on her new CD, “represent my whole life’s spiritual journey, arriving home, whole, and expressing all of who I am.”
Frannie is a certified Power of Awareness Meditation teacher (Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield) through the University of California, Berkeley, an MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) teacher through the University of Massachusetts, a Reiki Level 2 practitioner, and a Yoga Nidra practitioner. She is also intimately familiar with the 12-step program and teaches Kabbalah Meditation.