Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating Bahá’í inspired music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. I hope my music brightens your day and brings you joy!

I just released my new album, ‘The Exalted One’, in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb.  

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The Exalted One cover

Browse my music page to listen to all 9 albums + singles.  View my arts and crafts projects on the Art Creations page.

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Recent Blog Posts

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Playlist for Baha’i Holy Days

Lofty Notes group

I hope you have had a rejuvenating and uplifting 19 days of the Fast.  I so enjoyed sharing daily inspiring music on ‘Lofty Notes’ group on Facebook. 

We are seeing signs of spring all around which reminds me of growth and beauty everywhere.

Spotify Playlist for Bahá’í Holy Days

As a small gift, I have put together another Spotify playlist (that is also growing) :) of my favourite songs from different musicians for Bahá’í Holy Days.

>>> Spotify Playlist for Bahá’í Holy Days <<<

By the way, I’m waiting expectantly for the album packaging to arrive on my doorstep.  Can’t wait for you to hear the music!

If you want to stay updated, you can join the mailing list for more info.


look what arrived today…

Look what arrived on my doorstep!

While I stood on the road waiting for the driver to deliver the duplicated CDs, I was overcome with emotion.  The countless hours of love and energy poured into this album and the overwhelming support for its completion moved me to tears.  As the driver approached, I blinked hard so he wouldn’t wonder why I was crying!  Then I helped him carry the boxes in like a baby in my arms (as you can see in the photo below)! :)

Now we are just waiting for the exquisite deep forest green CD packaging with the gold laser cut Shrine of the Bab gate to be completed. Once all the elements are ready (the CD, the download sticker and the introduction card) I will personally assemble each album package, close each gate myself and place it inside its protective sleeve.

Unique download code for each physical album

I am also happy to share that each album will have a unique download code so that friends without CD players can download all the music digitally.

Looking forward to keeping you posted.

If you missed the last post about listening to the master CDs one final time, click here

If you haven’t already watched the video for ‘God is Sufficient’ – one of the pieces on the album composed by my daughter, you can watch it here. Enjoy!

If you would like to stay updated on the album ‘The Exalted One’ in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, you can join my mailing list here. 

'The Exalted One' CDs arrived


Phase one is done!

I’m excited to share that I just sent the mastered CD to be duplicated at the factory.  While I await a sample I will focus on the packaging of the album, ‘The Exalted One’!

Each package will include a CD as well as a unique digital download code to download the full album for those friends without CD players.

We are one step closer….

If you would like to stay updated on the album ‘The Exalted One’ in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb, you can join my mailing list here. 


Music for the Bahai Fast

Music for the Bahá’í Fast – Spotify Playlist

The Bahá’í Fast has begun and it is one of the most inspiring times of the year for me.  I find that there is a special creative spirit that I love to tap into.

This year, I thought it would be lovely to collect some of my favourite songs and create a Spotify playlist of music for the Bahá’í Fast.  I have included many wonderful musicians that I’m sure you will love to listen to.

Here is the link to follow the playlist so that you can listen to your heart’s content (or you can listen below by scrolling to the bottom of this blog post).

>>> Spotify Playlist for the Bahá’í Fast <<<

Please share with friends you think might be interested in listening.

If you haven’t yet heard ‘Meditations for the Fast’ CD (an album I released a few years ago of my favourite quotations for the Fast, be sure to listen here.

 

Lofty Notes – Facebook Group

One more treat…  Every day of the Fast, I will be posting an inspiring piece of music on my facebook group called ‘Lofty Notes’.  I hope you will join me and a community of friends as we nourish our spiritual appetite during the fast!

If you are fasting, let me know how it’s going and what inspires you during this time.

Last year I did a Facebook live video sharing some thoughts on the fast and what inspired my album ‘Meditations for the Fast’.

Cover of Meditations for the Fast


Happy Ayyam-i-Ha + 19 days of music

Happy Ayyam-i-Ha!

A few days ago I had the pleasure of singing this Ayyám-i-Há song with friends and families in our community.  It was a such a joy to sing together with everyone!

Last year I created a video for the Happy Ayyám-i-Há song so that friends could enjoy it during this special Festival.

Feel free to use it for your festivities and share with your friends.

19 Days of music for the Fast

* For the 19 days of the Fast I will be posting daily inspirational music from the Bahá’í writings to uplift us during our day. * 

Join my Facebook Group ‘Lofty Notes’ to see the 19 daily music posts and feel free to invite any friends you think would be inspired by it too.  I will be sharing my own music as well as from talented friends of mine who love to create music.

>>> Here is the link to join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/loftynotes/

A few years ago I made another video of me singing the Ayyam-i-Ha song just after I composed it.  Enjoy!  

I had no idea so many people would listen to it!  If I had known I would have smiled a little more on the video!  I was nervous while singing it as I think it was one of my first videos! :)


A million decisions…

Hi guys,

I wanted to give you a quick update… we are making wonderful progress!

Over the last month I have been listening to all the mixes for my upcoming album, ‘The Exalted One’. The process has been both exhilarating and daunting! There are a million decisions to make when listening to a song. But I am thrilled that we are one step closer to getting this album released.

Check out the video below where I share how I felt after listening to all the songs one final time…

Thanks again for all your kind support. Can’t wait for you to hear the album soon!

Check out a previous blog where my producer explains the process of mixing and mastering a music album and likening it to baking a cake!

Join Elika’s music mailing list for updates on ‘The Exalted One’.


Chinese New Year sale!

We are nearing Chinese New Year here in Beijing and I’m anticipating lots of fireworks, joyous celebration and the making of jiaozi (Chinese dumplings)!

A quick reminder about the Chinese New Year sale we’re having before the post office closes (last day to order is January 31st).   Everything is 10% off for both the music and the crafts!

If you are looking for a meaningful gift for a friend (especially for Ayyam-i-Ha), please check out my Etsy craft store and/or my music page to see if anything inspires you.  Use the code AYYAMIHA19.  The Etsy craft store already has everything marked down.  Please use the code on my music website.

Below is a photo collage of some of the items on the Etsy shop which include specialty cards, beaded bookmarks with inspiring quotations, prayer beads that come with a silk box,  Ayyam-i-Ha and Nawruz cards, Greatest Name cards, silk prayer book covers, art magnets and more!

The collage below the craft collage photo is of all my music albums (but does not include my single releases).  Enjoy!

Elika’s Etsy Craft Store

Elika’s 9 Music Albums


“It’s like baking a cake!”

I hope you are having a fruitful start to 2019!

Update about ‘The Exalted One’

I wanted to give you a quick update about ‘The Exalted One’.  I am now in the middle of recording the vocals for the final song titled ‘Enable All the Peoples’.  It has turned out to be one of my favorite pieces on the album because of the beauty of the flamenco guitar and its Latin flavor.

In other good news, I’m thrilled that we have now started the mixing for the album.

Next month, Daniel, my producer in Colombia, will complete this process. The album will then be mastered by an engineer in the U.S. To be able to create music with so many talented individuals around the world is such a gift!

It’s like baking a cake

Daniel describes the mixing and mastering process by likening it to baking a cake:

“I liken music production to baking a cake. First you gather ingredients (a recipe can be useful, but not required), you place the ingredients together, bake them, and finally decorate. Elika and I have practically finished gathering the ingredients which is the process of recording all the musicians, including Elika’s piano and vocals.

Now we’re ready to start mixing those ingredients. So this is literally the editing and mixing stage where we’ll decide how loud the vocals should be in relation to the piano or guitar…so taste is subjective in this stage. Once fully mixed and baked, the cake is ready for decoration or what we call mastering. Mastering takes multiple songs and makes them sound coherent as one album rather than standalone songs. So when you listen to them back to back one isn’t much louder or brighter or duller than the previous one. Just like a cake could have many layers, but when decorated it looks whole. I hope you enjoy Elika’s delicious cake…I mean album!”

Thank you again for all your kind support of the album.

Look forward to keeping you posted.

P.S. If you haven’t already seen or heard ‘Prayer for Protection’ – one of the songs on the album, watch it here.

If you have heard it, I would love to hear what you think about the piece.

Join Elika’s music mailing list for updates about ‘The Exalted One’.


Ayyam-i-Ha gift ideas!

The season of Ayyam-i-Ha will soon be upon us! It is one of the most festive times of the year for Bahá’ís. During these days, Bahá’ís all around the world celebrate by visiting friends, giving gifts and through acts of charity.

For this special occasion I will be making my CD, ‘Meditations for the Fast’, available in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts). With each purchase of the bundle, I will be adding a free silk prayer book cover as my present to youClick here for more details.

Until the end of January, everything in my Etsy store will be 10% off including new items (I just added a new set of prayer beads in the color ebony and Baha’i greeting cards for Ayyam-i-Ha or any other occasion) to my shop!

>> To view my Etsy shop, click here. <<

ALL of my music is also on sale until the end of January on my website.  Use the code AYYAMIHA19 for a 10% discount at checkout (you can also click ‘Send as Gift’ and write a special note to friends or loved ones).

>> Here is the link for ALL my music. <<

Shipping takes 2-3 weeks (sometimes longer) from China so please order soon!  :)

95 black prayer beads with cloisonne clasp comes in elegant silk black/gold box

Ayyam-i-Ha cards

Ayyam-i-Ha cards handmade with elegant Japanese paper and gold ribbon

Bahai greeting cards for all occasions

Discounted package of 5 CDs for the fast with a gift prayer book cover


Marriage – an ongoing conversation

Dear friends,

If you are a subscriber of my blog posts, I apologize for the accidental old blog posts that have made their way to your email yesterday!  We have fixed the issue so thank you for your patience!

Wedding Anniversary

January 7th was our 24th wedding anniversary and a friend of mine asked ‘What has contributed to marriage going well for you?’

So I wrote down some answers for her and decided to share them on my blog.

I could spend a whole day talking about this topic… I listed some of the more significant things that have contributed to the progress of our marriage below (not in order of importance):