DISCOVER THE KEYS TO PETER STERLING’S MAGIC KINGDOM
The award-winning artist’s eighteenth album is uplifting and effervescent, capturing energy inspired by the 2017 total solar eclipse. Peter Sterling, Richard Hardy, and Anthony Mazzella recreate an otherworldly vibe with highly-emotive instruments including harp, recorder, Irish penny whistle, guitar, soprano sax and more in this recording laid down in the sacred vortices of Sedona, AZ.
Sedona, AZ (October 5, 2018) – Everyone needs a little magic in their lives, and Peter Sterling’s Magic Kingdom has arrived just in time for holiday gifting to listeners of all ages. Initiated as an album for his young son, Sterling recognized the music’s appeal to instrumental music lovers of all ages and released it widely this week. It is his eighteenth album, available now on quality music streaming and sales sites in both physical and digital formats; explore more information, videos and sales links at www.harpmagic.com
Magic Kingdom’s mystical & uplifting melodies evolved over a period of a year in Sedona, with Sterling playing keyboards, harp, recorder, Freenote chimes, Peruvian wooden flute and percussion, while Richard Hardy plays the poignant Irish penny whistle and soprano sax, with Anthony Mazzella adding a guitar groove. The thematic album is a journey of sorts, full of sonic rewards with a slightly Celtic lilt. Sterling — a successful DIY composer, harpist, and entrepreneur – both produces and markets the album via his indie record label, Harpmagic Music.
Reflecting on the inspiration for the album, Sterling shares, “I was inspired by the energy of the 2017 total solar eclipse, and ‘Magic Kingdom’ came thru in a flash of light as I sat at my Korg keyboard and endeavored to express the potent energy of the sun into music. Initially, I thought this was music for kids – specifically my son — but as time went on the music evolved into an emotionally resonant journey thru the sun, into a stunningly beautiful magical kingdom, somewhat heavenly.”
The album is indeed uplifting, incorporating both electro-acoustic and nature sounds, light vocalizations and a mystical groove along the lines of electronic-new age-fusion groups like Enigma, B-Tribe, Adiemus and Andreas Vollenweider. The listener sits back and follows the albums sonic sunshine through awakenings, joy, dreams, ascension and entry into the Magic Kingdom; this is music for relaxation, meditation and visualization at its best.
Music industry veteran, Bill Binkelman of Retailing Insight magazine, writes “Peter Sterling never ceases to surprise and delight me. With each new release, his reservoir of talent seems to grow ever deeper and wider. Magic Kingdom showcases him in the embrace of energy and light, but also cheerful whimsy and a gentle playfulness. Chalk up another successful album from this masterful harpist and multi-instrumentalist.”
About Peter Sterling:
Peter Sterling’s career as a recording artist began in 1994 with his first album, Harp Magic, released on the World Disc label and nominated for the Best Instrumental Album award by NAIRD (now A2IM). His acclaim grew exponentially in the 2000s with high-charting albums and multiple nominations from the prestigious website New Age Reporter/Zone Music Reporter, including several Album of the Year nominations. Best-selling authors and teachers such as Neale Donald Walsch, Doreen Virtue Ph.D., and James Van Praag have embraced Peter’s music in their work over the years. While his recent works are released on his own Harp Magic label (including his 2018 album, Magic Kingdom), the renowned Real Music label released his Shadow, Mist and Light album in 2005. His most recent recognition came in 2017 when he shared the Hollywood Music and Media Award (HMMA) for Best New Age song. He is also a metaphysical teacher, an accomplished stained-glass artist, and a backcountry guide to the sacred sites of Sedona, Arizona. Visit www.harpmagic.com for more information.
What critics are saying about Magic Kingdom:
“Alluring, magical and inspiring harp beauty…”
– Dick Metcalf, ContemporaryFusionReviews.com
“Peter defines the term indie musician…It takes tremendous dedication, commitment and talent to produce a recording such as Magic Kingdom.”
– Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck, MuzikmanReviews.com
“Magic Kingdom is a delight from start to finish.”
– Kathy Parsons, MainlyPiano.com