Amanda Abizaid Releases Fifth CD, This Life
July 22, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA - Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Amanda Abizaid, is proud to announce the release of her fifth CD, This Life. Abizaid is best known as the captivating vocalist on the theme song "A Place In Time" from Paramount's The 4400, the featured song "Dreams in Ashes" from Lifetime Television’s Odd Girl Out, as well as other lead vocal appearances in songs appearing in Smallville, Ed, One Tree Hill, Felicity, and Charmed.
Abizaid has outdone herself with This Life in what Brian Ball, music editor of WomansRadio calls, “the perfect half-hour escape from the boundaries of time and space altogether,” and Paul Fleck, former Executive Director of Marketing of Paramount Pictures’ Motion Picture Group, states, “This Life is unquestionably her most accomplished work to date, with already-classic tracks entitled “Undivided,” “Wash Me,” and, well…actually, every single track on the album is fantastic.”
Born in Beirut, Lebanon to an American mother and Lebanese father, Abizaid taps into early musical influences from her childhood in Lebanon, infusing a sensuous and seductive Middle Eastern flair on tracks “Wash Me” and “My Friend”, thanks to Ali Shayesteh’s prodigal Saz and Bouzouki playing. On “How Can I Explain,” trumpeter Max Vasquez’s, jazzy, impassioned and poignant horn swirls around of Abizaid’s smoky, sultry and engaging vocals.
Also a gifted pianist, guitarist, and flautist, Abizaid’s other standout tracks are the hauntingly spiritual-sounding and ambient/electronica-influenced “Blue Star Red Sky” and “Undivided,” featuring Abizaid on flute and guitar. But, moreover, the album’s title track and first single, “This Life,” produced and co-wrote by Morty Shallman, captivates the listener from the very first notes of the strummed and vibrato-saturated glassine electric guitar chords that open the track through to the chorus that carries the listener
on the warm updrafts of its unforgettable anthemic melody.
Paramount’s Paul Fleck continues, “As Amanda’s star continues to rise, and she ultimately achieves the recognition she so richly deserves, one can only imagine the volume of extraordinary and wondrous music she has yet to produce… and I can’t wait to hear more!”
There are countless singers who lend their voice to an infinite number of anonymous TV gigs, but Abizaid is recognized with a voice that resonates above the crowd with an adventurous spirit that makes her albums unpredictable and mesmerizing. So impressive was her vocals on “A Place in Time”, Adam Buckman of the NY Post stated, "I'd like to thank Amanda Abizaid for making TV more memorable this summer," and Paul Fleck, who calls her "A Place In Time" performance “sheer perfection” on what he considers “one of the greatest television theme songs ever,” sums up his opinion of This Life with, “If it’s possible to somehow actually wear out a CD, I’m doing it.”
Brian Ball concludes by referring to This Life and Amanda as, “Absolutely stunning music from one of the world’s friendliest songwriters.”
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