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Lili Añel: Finding Bliss by Climbing the Wall

Belinda Ware By

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With the demands of an indie artist's lifestyle, Añel faces the darkness through the safety of her music determined to find her way to the light of day. "Maybe I can climb the wall...get to the other side... scale the hurt... leave it behind... find the answers..."

Añel shared that "Climbing the wall is the easy part. Beginning the climb is the hard part;" and overcoming that fear is what Añel drives home on this single. Añel reveals her sensitivity and understanding of the human condition through well thought out lyrics resulting in a musical creation that is both streetwise and metaphysically teachable. Nothing is impossible to overcome. She recalls the words of her mother to her as a child and suddenly now as an adult, she understands more about the task ahead. Escapism and realism meet the music with this project representative of Añel's sincere artistry and it all makes sense.

In the process of writing the music of this project release, Añel goes through the rush of recollection of the strength of her mother, steps into her shoes as a grown woman of depth and finds healing and discovery of the light at the end of the tunnel through the art of the music.

Looking back at the struggle, the irony is seen in the fact that the hard times became the catalyst to create a project born from the depth of her own human experience. She reached inside and somehow found a way to get to the other side with the caliber of quality in a musical project comparable to a major recording artist.

After speaking with Añel in our recent interview, it is notable that her indie rise is in progress organically speaking. Her daily schedule of promoting this project is nonstop even more so lately with the news of her receiving an official nomination at the Tri-State Indie Awards in the category of Emerging Indie Jazz Artist. On top of that, her single, "Something to Do" is doing something extraordinary on the radio airwaves particularly on NPR's WRTI with the record soaring up the top 10 to the number 3 position of this week's Jazz Hot 11 charting amongst artists like Joey DeFrancesco, Houston Person, and Ahmad Jamal.

With the momentum of her new release underway, she aspires to hit the road and travel to new venues across America with the music and the message. She shared: "There are many places in the U.S. I'd love to perform, places in New York City, the City Winery, the Highline Ballroom, Town Hall, however, setting my sights high, I'll say I'd love to play The Blue Note. Then there's Yoshi's in San Francisco, JazzFest in NOLA. I would love to play at The Kimmel Center in Philadelphia where I live now, specifically Verizon Hall. It's a beautiful space and the sound is amazing. "

Añel continues to climb the wall of the ever changing music industry as a respectable indie artist doing it her way while keeping her human dignity intact with the spiritual purity and humility of woman who is on a mission to find the answers, and through her music inspire someone along the way.

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