Unity Of Montclair Music Director Releases “Rising Up”

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Montclair recording artist Carol Vasquez will release her new CD, entitled “Rising Up” with a CD Release Party/Concert at the Montclair Woman’s Club (82 Union, Montclair) on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Comprised of original songs, inspired by Sunday services at Unity of Montclair where Vasquez is currently music director, “Rising Up” includes catchy pop songs, heartfelt ballads and sophisticated jazz music with positive, faith-filled messages.

Vasquez, a self-described singer and baseball mom, has her performing roots in musical theater. She traveled throughout the U.S. and internationally singing with the revue group “Broadway Exchange” and performed her own show on the SS Rotterdam. Her debut CD “I Have Dreamed,” was released in Fall 2011. This compilation of songs from the American Songbook, Broadway and pop music features performances by two jazz greats — guitarists Dave Stryker and Charlie Hunter.

Her new CD combines her two passions — music and spirituality.

“It has been so much fun creating this music, and it is my hope that these songs will help to spread uplifting and positive messages to a world that could use a little joy boost,” says Vasquez.

Musicians performing with Vasquez on April 6 include Ted Brancato (Piano), Gregory Jones (Bass), Lee Finkelstein (Drums), Dave Rimelis (Guitar, violin), Chris Amelar (Guitar), Tynia Thomassie (backing vocals) and Sue Nock (backing vocals). Performance will be follow by a reception with light snacks and beverages.

Rising Up CD Release Party
When: Saturday, April 6, 2 pm
Where: Montclair Women’s Club, 82 Union Street, Montclair
Cost: $15, tickets are available here.

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