100 Musical Artists Honor Social Justice through Music, Spoken Word and Dance

Inner Light Ministries


Awaken! – Conscious Artists for Justice and The Choice is Now!

SOQUEL, CA—(March 25, 2010)—Social justice, equality and the transformational power of music will soon take center stage during a two-night event this spring featuring more than 100 musical, spoken word and dance artists at the 2010 Inner Light Ministries Musical Celebration.

Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1 @ 7:30 p.m.

Inner Light Center- 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073

The weekend event begins with Awaken! – Conscious Artists for Justice, an inspiring program featuring actor/songwriter/recording artist Charles Holt; jazz pianist Tammy Hall; actor/singer/choral director Lori Rivera; singer/songwriter/choral director Valerie Joi; and spoken word artists Rev. Deborah Johnson, Lex; and others.

On Saturday evening, The Choice is Now! features the 70-person Inner Light Choir, which has performed nationally and the Bay area-based Dominion A Cappella Ensemble, joined by Charles Holt and many of the artists mentioned above.

“We are living in a time when we are witnessing so much political divisiveness, social unrest, racial and ethnic tension, economic fear, and anger in our country,” said Valerie Joi Fiddmont, ILM Minister of Music and Arts. “At the same time, people are experiencing record-setting natural disasters around the world. Yet, we are also living in a time of great awakening. During this time, we who believe in Oneness must awaken and make the choice to stand and let our voices be heard, to propel our humanity and our beloved planet into our greater yet to be.”

Advance ticket purchases are recommended as this event has sold out in previous years. This year, a portion of the proceeds will support Embracing the World, a not-for-profit international collective of charities founded by the spiritual and humanitarian leader known as “Amma,” (Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi). The organization exists to help alleviate the burden of the world’s poor by providing food, shelter, education, healthcare and livelihood to those in need. (www.embracingtheworld.org)

COST: $25 for one night, $40 for both nights.

BUY TICKETS AT: Inner Light Ministries, 5630 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073 (On Sundays, Noon-1 p.m. only), http://www.innerlightministries.com, (831) 465-9090 ext. 6; Gateways Books & Gifts, 1126 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95062, http://www.gatewaysbooks.com, (831) 429-9600; Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, http://www.logosbooksrecords.com, (831) 427-5100

EVENT INFORMATION: (831) 465-9090, ext 6, or http://www.innerlightministries.com

Charles Holtis an actor, songwriter, inspirational speaker, producer, recording artist and author who has starred in some of the most celebrated and spectacular productions in American theater history including Smokey Joe’s Café, Jesus Christ Superstar and The Lion King. His television and film roles include Law & Order: Criminal Intent, All My Children and the award-winning independent film Anne B. Real. He received national acclaim for his one-man play Black Boy, based on the best-selling book by Richard Wright. His album, I Am, was recently released by Agape Media International and he is currently on concert tour with his ‘Sole’ Music Concert Series (www.charlesholtproductions.com)

Tammy Hall is an international jazz composer and pianist who also performs classical, gospel, Brazilian, salsa and funk. She is a solo artist and has accompanied musical greats such as Etta Jones, David “Fathead” Newman, Kim Nalley and Linda Tillery. She is also a member of the highly acclaimed Montclair Women’s Big Band. Tammy’s debut album is Blue Divine. Her performance DVD, Tammy Hall: Reflections, has won several music video and documentary awards and she appeared in the celebrated independent film, Miracle in a Box. She will be a featured artist with vocalist Kim Nalley at the 2010 Monterey Jazz Festival and is currently working on her third musical recording entitled Still Life to be released in 2011. (www.tammyhall.blogspot.com)

Dominion A Cappella Ensemble was founded by professional vocalist, arranger/composer and producer Valerie Brown. It is an ensemble of individuals who not only can sing but also testify about life’s challenges and how each of them overcame them to sing rich poly-rhythmic harmonies. The intent is that through their singing, the nuances of the pure voice heal, affect and affirm that music can change your life. (www.dominionsings.com)

Lori Gitanjali Rivera is a local singer, actress and songwriter and a student of Pir Shabda Khan. Most recently, Ms. Rivera has performed throughout the Bay area in a one-woman show “Smoke” written by Joe Ortiz, and with SoVoSo in Tandy Beal’s “Mixed Nutz.” She is the co-director of First Congregational Church’s Jazz and Gospel service and teaches music and acting through West End Studio Theatre. A student of Sufism for over 25 years, Lori Gitanjali seeks Love, Harmony and Beauty.

Valerie Joi Fiddmont is a singer, composer, pianist and choir director who has performed with numerous recording and production artists and mass choirs. Her classical, jazz and gospel influence can be heard in her CD Singing the Sacred Yes. At the 2005 Monterey Jazz Festival Valerie Joi was featured as one of the director’s Top 10 Picks. She also served as director of the choral ensemble of the 2005 San Jose Jazz Festival Orchestra. Currently Valerie directs the UC Santa Cruz Gospel Choir, the Inner Light Ministries Singing Circle and Inner Light Choir. (www.valeriejoi.com)

The Inner Light Choir a central part of the music ministry at Inner Light Ministries, is dedicated to healing and transformation through song and has performed around the country in a variety of venues including the Monterey and San Jose jazz festivals, the New Thought Music Festival in Atlanta, GA, a darshan program for the guru Amma, Mata Amritanandamayi Devi, the Agape International Spiritual Center’s Revelation Conferences in Los Angeles and Oakland, and the 2010 Bay Area Interfaith Mass Choir. Under the direction of Valerie Joi Fiddmont, the 70-voice ensemble individually and collectively stands for Love and Justice and believes that a greater understanding of cultural diversity is a key to living in Oneness.

Inner Light Ministries is an omnifaith outreach ministry founded by Rev. Deborah L. Johnson in 1997 and dedicated to individual healing and global transformation. We strive to be pioneers of possibility who dare to live in Oneness. We provide tools for living which teach the practical application of Universal Spiritual Principles to all of life’s circumstances.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ana Marden – (831) 234-3601; ana@surethingproductions.com


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