BALTIMORE, MD. (Top40 Charts/ Jillian Goldin Official Website) - Jillian Goldin, award-winning vocalist and composer of New Age and World music, announced today the release of her first full-length solo album, Origins. The 11-track album, largely written, arranged, and produced by Goldin, combines passionate vocals with organic textures and ethnic rhythms, and was released on Earth Day in conjunction with a fundraiser for The Nature Conservancy's "Plant a Billion Trees" campaign.
Advance copies of Origins have already garnered critical acclaim, particularly the single "Hajime." In late 2007, the song was featured as one of the "Tracks of the Year" on the popular New Age radio station radioMystic (www.radiomystic.com). Last March, "Hajime" competed against 15,000 songs from a variety of genres on OurStage.com to win the monthly $5000 Grand Prize.
"One of my goals with Origins was to fill a gap that exists in contemporary New Age music. So much of it is instrumental, and conforms to a neat stereotype," said Goldin, who cites artists like Loreena McKennitt, Enya, and Sting as her influences. For Origins, Goldin collaborated with electronica artist zircon (Andrew Aversa) who helped enhance the atmosphere of the album through additional production, and who mastered all the tracks.
"I wanted this album to be as much an exploration in lyrics as in sound," Goldin explained. "The songs are all connected, not just in terms of style, but also as a continuous journey, exploring themes of mystery, plight, and catharsis."
Goldin's diverse influences mirror her professional background. A recent graduate in voice from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, Goldin has written and recorded vocals for a number of film and television scores, as well as dance music productions. In 2007, she received her first credit in a video game score, performing for the soundtrack of the popular game, Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword.
Origins, an independently-published release, is available in physical CD form directly from Goldin's Web site (www.jilliangoldin.com) for $12.99. Digital copies are available for download at indie music online retailer CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com/jilliangoldin) as well other major digital distributors.