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December 23, 2006
(Re: Be Not Afraid CD, 2007) Most impressive is the consistency sustained throughout the album. Cleveland’s abiding faith and reverence for God forms the basis of every song. And, as such, it’s difficult to pick favorites since it’s the kind of record that can be played repeatedly, from the first track to the last, without tiring of it..."Eye of the Storm" captures the full strength of Cleveland’s artistry. With a gospel choir that gives the sound a heavenly measure, Cleveland has offered the world a gift that, obviously, was divinely inspired. A tribute to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, this song could elevate Kitty Cleveland to star status. B. B., Music Connection Magazine, Los Angeles, CA
Kitty, your concert was so beautiful--I immediately liked EVERY selection when you sang it and again as I heard it going home on the CD! By now,my daughter and I have memorized all of the songs pretty much, and we compete for who gets the CD at home. We have "joint custody"--taking turns with listening to it at home, and then agreeing to listen to it first in the car!! Mary T, Kenner, LA
I got Kitty's newest CD in the mail a couple of days ago and I think I've listened to it 4 times since yesterday. It's awesome! Anyway, I just love the CD...Caroline S., Washington, DC
The new Be Not Afraid CD is fabulous. I was crying so hard yesterday listening to it I could hardly get out of my car and go into church without looking like I was a basket case! Kitty is being used as an instrument in God's hand to draw people into a higher place of worship and awe. I quickly ran out and bought a bunch more to give as gifts. Jan T., New Orleans, LA
Dear Kitty, I just had to write and thank you so much for being there for all of us at the Women's Day at St. Luke. You sound even more beautiful in person. I am so glad I purchased your "Be Not Afraid" CD. "Fragrance Prayer" really brings the Holy Spirit into my heart as soon as I hear it. It fills me with joy. Your Eye of the Storm song brings chills all over me. As you were singing "I will fly to you" a dove landed on one of the windows above the stained glass Jesus. I know because I have a family of doves that lives in my tree in my yard. Anyway, I just knew that the Holy Spirit flew to watch you sing that beautiful song and to be with us. It still brings tears to my eyes. Thank you for giving us such a wonderful gift and being part of such a wonderful day. And thank you again for sharing the gift God gave you with your voice and songwriting. Patrycja B, Slidell, LA
November 27, 2006
The Be Not Afraid CD release concert was a true joy. What a gift to have so many friends come to share this special evening with me.
Thanks to my special guests: Fr. Kenny Allen (piano), my husband Mel Rogers (piano and flute), and my mom Joey Cleveland (background vocals). Also thanks to Fr. John Talamo, pastor at Our Lady of the Lake, who trusted me enough to allow this concert in our beautiful church. And very few people would have known about it without the hard work of my faithful friends, Maria and Ron Burkhardt--you are a blessing and an answer to prayer!
September 22, 2006
While we were exiled in Beaumont, TX after Hurricane Katrina, I spent a lot of time in an adoration chapel that was close by. I spent hours in prayer trying to make sense of what had happened to my beloved home town of New Orleans, and out of that prayer came the words and melody for the song "Eye of the Storm."
The soulful ballad was a real gift, and I sent it to the brilliant Bob Halligan (pictured at left, www.CeiliRain.com) for his songwriting input. In the meantime, his new single "Kneeling" took off on the Christian charts, and I couldn't get a copy of the finished music from him before I left for Nashville to start recording the new CD (Be Not Afraid). Needless to say, I was anxious to get my hands on the it before I headed back home.
In the "God never sleeps" file, I arrived in Nashville to work with producer Joe Hand--only to find that Bob, who lives in New York, was also working in the studio that day! What an unexpected blessing. We added a bridge and gospel chorus, which makes the song even more special. What a joy it was to sing and harmonize with him!
"Eye of the Storm" is on the Be Not Afraid CD, and the gospel choir will give you goosebumps! In fact, one of them almost won American Idol a few months after the release (Melinda Doolittle came in 3rd place).
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