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Featured Artist.....24/Nov'/2017......

Vashti Klein is a filmmaker and folk singer/songwriter in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

She is proudly continuing her family's long legacy of musicians. Klein's grandfather was founder of the Louisiana State University School of Music as well as a professor and director of music there for over 30 years and her grandmother wrote the first Louisiana State Song, "The Song of Louisiana." Her father was also an accomplished musician who encouraged her singing, and after his sudden death, she turned to music for healing.

Klein began to sing locally in Maryland at charity events, and teamed up with a guitar player singing in coffee houses, the USO, and at the Cellar Door on open mic nights. After winning a competition, she was played on the radio, which was a big highlight of her early career.

Responsibilities of adulthood began to take precedence, and her singing was put on the back burner for several years. In March of 2012, Klein decided to sing again. Just as her fervor was returning, she was faced with a crisis that could have ended her dream forever. Thanks to a brilliant surgeon in Bethesda, Maryland, Klein came through and emerged with a new view of her life.

She wasted no time fulfilling her dream of singing publically again and started writing and performing original music as well as folk and Irish ballads. Her first album, The Heart of Things, was released on CD Baby in 2014 to great critical acclaim. Klein was fortunate to work with violinist/pianist Mark Pfannschmidt who plays with the National Philharmonic at Strathmore; Chris Gamble, guitar player with Dangerous Curves; composer/pianist Roger Hooper; and internationally known clarinetist/saxophonist Reginald Jackson.

The following year, Klein felt greatly inspired and her second album, Path to the Sun, Moon and Stars was born. Roger Hooper worked as co-arranger and pianist with Vashti on the arrangements for about ten songs over the period of a year, eight of them making it to the album. Stylistically, her songs range from a Kentucky farm, to a Gaelic pub, to a concert hall. She had the pleasure of recording with cellist Adam Gonzalez, guitar player Mike Taylor, violinist/violist Caitlin Perdue, and Reg Jackson joined again playing clarinet.

Klein continues to perform and write original music, including orchestral pieces and a book of poetry.

CD Baby -- http://cdbaby.com/cd/vashtistopherklein Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/VashtiStopherKlein/ Twitter -- https://twitter.com/VashtiSKlein LinkedIn -- https://www.linkedin.com/in/vashti-stopher-klein-9637b33b/ YouTube -- https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVKhRbpgu7unM2Hg42xfhxw

*** Path to the Sun, Moon and Stars album reviews:

"I listened to your album several times. It's absolutely beautiful. Your voice is beautiful." "I listened to the album on the way home from work and when I got home I didn't realize how I'd even gotten there, seriously, I didn't remember anything in between except your music."

"I just finished listening to this amazing CD, it's so moving; your voice is even better than before and it almost brought me to tears - it's absolutely magnificent." "I put your CD on and didn't move until every song played. I listened to the words and heard your stories but thought of mine too. Your voice is healing."

"I received your recording yesterday and was simply knocked out by your voice and the music.  Where the hell has this been all these years?"

"Congratulations on giving birth to a masterpiece!"

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