This CD was a wonderful spontaneous event between Lenedra Carroll and Ralf Illenberger--nothing was written ahead of time. No preparation was done other than to try not to get in the way of what flowed through us as we improvised. The songs are here as they came to us, with almost no alteration. The 'lyrics' are not words as much as communications wedded to extemporaneous melodies. Later, additional guitar parts and vocals were added sparingly and from the same inner space. There is healing here, there is peace, there is joy and laughter, there is power. It is the inarticulate language of Spirit and a musical blending of Souls--a feast of song. People such as Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Eve Ensler, Deepak Chopra, and Barbara Marx Hubbard have contacted us saying it is their new favorite music. Their response has been very heart-warming, we just didn't expect this. "The CD is aptly named Beyond Words," Gloria Steinem offered. It is beyond genre definition too, and beyond wonderful. It's a richly satisfying vocal and guitar feast." ILLENBERGER BIO Ralf Illenberger's immensely successful career spans 30 years in 50 countries. As a recording artist with many hits and a German 'grammy' nomination, he has 16 Cds with sales of over 400,000. Illenberger has had a very successful career in Europe as well as several instrumental hits in the U.S. An unparalleled performer, he has extensively toured most of the world. Ralf is known for his extremely dynamic instrumental music that is both accessible and experimental. His orchestral acoustic guitar-stylings create a unique woven tapestry that places him in the category of guitarists whose sound and technical mastery form a recognizable individual genre. His accessible instrumental guitar music borrows from classical, jazz, folk, blues, world, and ancient traditions. A talented musician and composer, Illenberger writes, produces, arranges and records his own material and that of other artists. He has produced 16 albums of his own compositions that resulted in three US top ten singles on the Narada label, and five hit albums in Europe. He has received US Grammy nominations as well as the German Record Awards nomination (German 'Grammy' equivalent). Considered by many to be one of the top guitarists in the world, Illenberger has received many other prestigious awards for his productions and extraordinary musicianship throughout his long career. As a highly acclaimed musician, he has played on compositions of many famous musicians who have reciprocated on his works. Illenberger has also produced numerous songs for many high-selling and award winning compilation CDs and has produced full length albums for more than 30 artists as well. A music engineer for thirty years, Illenberger has engineered over 40 full-length albums and countless individual songs. LENEDRA CARROLL BIO Singer and performer Lenedra Carroll has sung for many heads of State and world leaders, and audiences in over a dozen countries. She has sung at the State of the World Forum, at the Vatican for Pope John Paul, at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, and on many national television programs including the Today Show, Good Morning America, Regis and Kathy, and two PBS specials. Her CD, Beyond Words, has been heralded by the likes of Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, and Deepak Chopra. Created with fellow musician, the highly-regarded composer, guitarist and performer Ralf Illenberger, Beyond Words is a powerful collection of haunting beauty and strength. After hearing it, Gloria Steinem remarked, "This CD is one of my all-time favorites. It soothes and uplifts me. Lenedra's wonderful vocals combine with Ralf's lush guitar virtuosity to create a simple and spontaneous combustion that is, indeed, beyond words, beyond genre, and beyond wonderful." Lenedra Carroll is an accomplished businesswoman, visionary, singer, artist and author who grew up on a homestead in rural Alaska in the 1950's. Of Ms. Carroll's numerous achievements, the two that stand out most are her successes as an author and as a successful music manager. Her unique management style and powerful business intuitions led her to enjoy great success in her 15-year career in the music industry. In her breakout book, The Architecture of All Abundance (New World Library), Ms. Carroll reveals both the unconventional and practical methods she has employed in every aspect of her life. Many of her most profound insights have been proven in the development and management of the career of multi-platinum recording artist, actress, and author, Jewel. Her book won NAPRA's 2002 Nautilus Award for outstanding merit in the Personal Journey/Memoir category. Ms. Carroll's television appearances include Oprah Winfrey, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Regis & Kathy Lee, CBS This Morning, The View, and Lifetime Applause. She has also been featured in USA Weekend, Reader's Digest, US, and People Magazine. She continues to appear on numerous television and radio talk shows and is featured in print publications on a variety of subjects. Ms. Carroll is a sought after public speaker, and consults with many music industry and business persons to assist in developing projects and talent. Lenedra also plays an active part in an expanding group of entrepreneurs who have built prosperous and principled careers and businesses as a platform for helping others promote humanitarian and spiritual values. Ms. Carroll founded the public charity Higher Ground for Humanity with her daughter, Jewel, and son, Shane. The Clearwater Project, the premier program of Higher Ground for Humanity, works to bring about positive change for millions around the globe suffering from lack of clean drinking water by providing relief in the form of simple and affordable technologies for making contaminated water safe for drinking. In addition, the project provides education and awareness programs, and other initiatives. Founded in 1998, The Clearwater Project is now active in 18 countries around the world including Tibet, Honduras, Mexico, India, the United States and Africa.