Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. Listen to my latest single, ‘Dominion is God’s’ – a prayer to be recited in times of natural disasters.   Join the mailing list for 3 gift songs and be the first to hear new music and updates!

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Dominion is God’s – New video

A few days ago I shared a new piece titled ‘Dominion is God’s’, just released with my daughter.  I felt it was very timely to share it now with all the natural disasters happening all over the world.

If you know of any friends who have been affected by any natural disasters anywhere and may find some solace hearing this prayer, there is an option to share it with them as a gift (under ‘Buy Digital Track’ click ‘Send as Gift’).  Here is the link.

I have also created a video for the song.  Click here or below to watch it and feel free to share it with friends.

Download the song ‘Dominion is God’s. 

The song incorporates two different prayers, both of which are prayers for protection to be recited in times of peril. The title of the song, ‘Dominion is God’s’, comes from the first of these prayers. It was revealed by Baha’u’llah to be said in times of “natural events that invoke fear”. It reminds us that God is the Lord of Creation, the Ruler of the Universe, and our ultimate Protector.

The second prayer, Yá Bahá’u’l-Abhá, is a short invocation in Arabic. It means ‘O Thou the Glory of the Most Glorious!’. This prayer is to be recited in times of danger and great need, so I thought it would pair beautifully with ‘Dominion is God’s’. Together, these prayers instruct and help us to put our faith in God’s protection in all circumstances.

The song itself also has certain symbolism built into its composition.  The piece purposefully starts abruptly without any introduction, just as many natural disasters occur without prior warning.  Later on in the song, the key changes twice to depict intensity and to give weight to the song.  At 2:17 the cello plays a long, deep note to represent a pause and uncertainty as to what will happen next.  Throughout, the song keeps rising and building to give dramatic effect to the feelings associated with the words of the prayer.

 

Dominion is God's


Dominion is God’s

Lately there have been so many natural disasters in the world that I wanted to share with you a special prayer that Bahá’u’lláh wrote “to be said in times of natural events that cause fear.”

The piece is titled, “Dominion is God’s” and is a powerful reminder that God is the “Lord of Creation”.

The prayer is special to me as I was able to record it with my daughter whose voice melts my heart. I was also blessed to have it recorded professionally with talented cello player, Rhonda Branneky, from the Netherlands!  

As the world is suffering from the turmoil and tragedy all over the world, I pray that this prayer will bring some protection and solace to those impacted by such events.

Download the song Dominion is God’s

I look forward to sharing a video for the song that I recently created.

Dominion is Gods

If you missed the video last week for ‘Immerse Yourselves’ click here.

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Immerse Yourselves – NEW video!

In the spring, I was asked to sing for our Bahá’í New Year celebration.  I decided to choose a song titled ‘Immerse yourselves’ from my ‘Infinite Bounty’ album which was released exactly 3 years ago.  Since this is my daughter’s last year of high school, I chose to sing the song as a duet.  Every opportunity to sing with her while she’s with us is priceless!

Once we chose the piece, I set out to make a visual slideshow of beautiful oceanic photographs to accompany us in the background as we sang.  I believe there is a great power when music and imagery is combined and hope this creates a moving experience for the viewer.

You can watch the video below — feel free to share it with others.

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‘Immerse Yourselves’ is the first gift download (of 3 songs) on my mailing list.  Click here to join to receive your music gift downloads including ‘Immerse Yourselves’.

For my friends in China – click here to watch the video on Youku.

Immerse Yourselves lyrics


A New video – The Power of Thy Name

I’m excited to share a new video just released today!  The piece is called ‘The Power of Thy Name’ from my ‘Fire and Gold’ album.

I have often turned to these words for strength and courage and I hope it will inspire you also.  Click here (or below) to view the video.

Thanks to my talented friend, Adeeb Afshar, for the beautiful photographs that accompany the music.

Today is the last day of the 4 day 50% off everything sale. 

ALL music, prayer covers, and prayer beads are 50% off. With every purchase of a physical item you will receive a free ‘Fire and Gold’ CD as a gift!

Please visit my website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

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The Power of Thy Name


The Bird which Soareth

I can hardly believe it has been 10 years since the release of my album, Fire and Gold!  Over the years, I have been touched by the many stories people have shared about how the album has affected their lives.

In order to celebrate 10 years of its release, for the next 3 days I am having a 50% off everything sale on my website.  Click here for more detailsHead on over to the website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

I also wanted to share a video (below) for a piece on the album called ‘The Bird which Soareth’.

In this passage, Bahá’u’lláh describes the relationship between the material and the spiritual aspects of our lives through the metaphor of a bird. He depicts how the bird, despite being free to soar through the heavens, struggles in its longing for the things of the earth and at times finds itself so trapped by its desires that it is unable to fly. Bahá’u’lláh concludes by exhorting us not to allow ourselves to become stuck in the mud and clay of vain desires, nor to be hindered by the dust of envy or hate. I find this image very helpful when facing material challenges!

Here are Baha’u’llah’s words:

“Ye are even as the bird which soareth, with the full force of its mighty wings and with complete and joyous confidence, through the immensity of the heavens, until, impelled to satisfy its hunger, it turneth longingly to the water and clay of the earth below it, and, having been entrapped in the mesh of its desire, findeth itself impotent to resume its flight to the realms whence it came. Powerless to shake off the burden weighing on its sullied wings, that bird, hitherto an inmate of the heavens, is now forced to seek a dwelling-place upon the dust. Wherefore, O My servants, defile not your wings with the clay of waywardness and vain desires, and suffer them not to be stained with the dust of envy and hate, that ye may not be hindered from soaring in the heavens of My divine knowledge.”

 

The bird which soareth


A 10 year celebration…

It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since the release of my album ‘Fire and Gold’!

To celebrate this milestone, I am having a special 4 day 50% off everything sale. 

From now until November 19th, everything on my website – ALL music, prayer covers, and prayer beads are 50% off. With every purchase of a physical item you will receive a free ‘Fire and Gold’ CD as a gift!

Head on over to the website and enter this code at checkout for your 50% discount: fireandgold10years

I created this album 10 years ago in order to bring solace and comfort to those going through challenges and difficulties in life.  If you know anyone struggling right now, I hope these precious words and this music will bring healing to them.

Heartfelt thanks for all your kind support and encouraging words over the years.  It has meant a great deal and has inspired me to keep making music in order to enable souls to rise to greater heights.

Fire and Gold 10 year anniversary sale

9 CDs - Elika Mahony

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'Lavender Paisley' silk prayer book cover

‘Lavender Paisley’ silk prayer book cover

Water pearl prayer beads

Water pearl prayer beads


Epic song ‘This is Faith’

I have been wanting to share news of a song that is particularly dear to my heart!  It is a piece I composed 10 years ago for my 2007 CD ‘Fire and Gold’.  The song is titled ‘This is Faith’ and it sets to music the words of an inspiring poem written by Ruhiyyih Khanum. It was recently translated into Chinese for an album I collaborated on for the Bicentenary.

We were very blessed to have Cheng Lin, one of China’s most famous pop stars, sing the vocals for the song. We were doubly blessed to have Grammy winning producer, KC Porter, agree to arrange the song. Lin traveled to LA to record her vocals in KC’s studio.

KC and Cheng Lin recording in KC's studio

KC and Cheng Lin recording in KC’s studio in LA

I am in awe of how the song turned out with the tenderness of her vocals at the start of the song and the power and beauty in her voice as she sings the touching words of the poem in Chinese.

One of my bucket list dreams as a musician has been to have an orchestra record on one of my pieces. My wish came true on this song when Tom Price conducted the Czech National Symphony Orchestra to record for ‘This is Faith’ (see photo below). Nor was that all! Together with KC Porter, David Campbell arranged the strings (David won an Oscar for Best Original Score for Brokeback Mountain and has arranged strings for many movies including Tarzan, Men in Black II, Daredevil, Dreamgirls and Annie).  He has also worked on over 450 gold and platinum albums including music for Adele, Michael Jackson and Beyonce.

Czech National Symphony orchestra

Tom Price conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra

The other musicians who played on the song were equally outstanding. Michael Thompson, who records the guitar, has played on the sets of many of the biggest recording artists of all time, including Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Phil Collins, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Michael Bolton, Madonna, Gloria Estefan and Ricky Martin (to name a few)!!

Another talented musician on the song is Ramón Stagnaro who plays the nylon string guitar. He has toured or recorded with artists such as Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Enrique Iglesias, Nelly Furtado, Andrea Bocelli, Shahyar Ghanbari, Josh Groban, and Homayoun Shajarian. He appears on Yanni’s live concert video, Tribute.

Sean Hurley plays the bass for ‘This is Faith’.  He has played bass for John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Selena Gomez and Alanis Morrissette.

Last, but not least, is Victor Indrizzo, the drum player.  He’s currently on tour with Sheryl Crow. He has toured, recorded and worked with a variety of artists, including Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani.
Indrizzo has also worked on the soundtracks to many movies, including Spider-Man, Charlie’s Angels and The Matrix Reloaded.

I am truly honored and humbled to have so many incredible musicians, engineers and producers be a part of this epic song. Thanks to KC Porter and Cheng Lin for making it possible.

Look out for next month’s ‘Fire and Gold’ 10 year anniversary celebration!

This is Faith Chinese cover

This is Faith poem


Joyous Twin Holy Days!

I’m in awe thinking about how in every corner of this earth there will be celebrations in the next 24-48 hours taking place in honor of the 200th birthday of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith.

I wanted to write a quick note to wish you a joyous celebration!

Starting within the next few hours, there will photos and stories of activities from around the world and video streaming of selected events from Bahá’í Houses of Worship.

I found a beautiful video called ‘Flowers of One Garden’ that I thought I would share with you.   The video was created by Alina Suleimanova.  She writes: “Our differences make us beautiful. Our differences make us strong. Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings help us understand that God has created every human being from the same substance, that no one should exalt themselves over another and that the differences between us can be likened to a garden, in which each flower has its own fragrance, colour and form but together create something very beautiful.

This art project of portraits of people from 68 different countries is inspired by the upcoming Bicentennial Celebrations Baha’i communities are holding around the world. In commemoration of the birth, 200 years ago of Bahá’u’lláh, and an expression of love for His vision of a united world – He writes “So powerful is the light of unity, that it can illuminate the whole earth.” Baha’u’llah

Wishing you joyous celebrations wherever you are.

So powerful is the light of unity


Interview about ‘The Ancient Beauty’

Interview with Bahai Blog

I’m excited to share an interview with Baha’i Blog about my most recent album, ‘The Ancient Beauty’ in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh.  They asked me some great questions about what inspired the album, what I learned in the process, my greatest challenge in creating it, how this one differs from other albums and what delighted me as I was making the CD…

To read the full interview, click here.

 

9StarMedia now carrying ‘The Ancient Beauty

In other news, 9StarMedia is now carrying the CD so you can order directly from them also (and they will have faster shipping as they ship from within the US).  Click here to order from 9StarMedia.

Interview with Baha'i blog

Wishing you joyous celebrations for the bicenentary of Bahá’u’lláh wherever you are!

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New Chinese album for the Bicentenary

Look what just arrived on our doorstep!

I’m excited to share that the Chinese CD titled, ‘King of Peace’ is released!  The CD was created in honor of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh.  The album is a collaborative effort that includes many talented Chinese and international musicians participating in the project.  We worked on this project for the last year and a half and I’m thrilled that it has been released just in time for the Bicentenary.

I contributed four pieces to this particular album, all of which were  translated into Chinese from my previous CDs. The songs are: ‘This is Faith’ and ‘Intimation’ – from the album ‘Fire and Gold’, ‘Detached from All Things’ – from ‘Infinite Bounty’ and ‘Amame’ – from ‘Edge of Forever’ (a duet in Chinese and English).

Among the songs on the album, there is one called ‘Titles of Bahá’u’lláh’ which is a duet (a different version than the one on ‘The Ancient Beauty’ CD).  I am honored to sing the English vocals and Tracy Chen, a talented Chinese musician, sings the Chinese vocals.

All the music is now available for download on Cdbaby!

The CD is packaged in a beautiful book of stories about Bahá’u’lláh and includes the lyrics from all the songs (all in Chinese).  It is a lovely gift to give to Chinese friends for the bicentenary celebrations.

The CD/books were just shipped to CDbaby and should take a couple of weeks till they are available for purchase.  For now, individual and full album downloads are available on CDbaby.

I look forward to sharing more about one of the songs on the album that is particularly important to me.  I can’t wait to tell you the story soon!  It is quite extraordinary!

Below are a few photos of the recording sessions with several talented musicians and the cover of the book/CD!

Many thanks to our producer, Jarome Matthew, for all his talent and dedication on this album!

Chinese CD musicians