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Ida Maree Releases New Album - Chapter 2

Ida Maree Release 11-Song Inspirational Album That Will Move Your Soul

(Melborun,e Australia)

Ida Maree's Chapter 2 will uplift your soul with 11 inspirational songs about love and loss, forgiveness and faith, healing and hope. The album's title track describes the artist arriving at a higher ground and turning a new page in her life. Using elements of R & B, funk, blues, soul and pop, this is an album that will appeal to fans of all genres.

“This time I won’t be shaken, this time I won’t be moved…I’m steppin’ into Chapter 2.” - Lyrics, Chapter 2

While in Nashville, in 2014, Ida came into contact with Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (WhiteHeart, Johnny Cash, Clay Aikens, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sandy Patty), and they formed a partnership, which didn't come around to making the music until all the pieces fit together in 2018. Then, for a year and a half, they worked tirelessly towards defining Ida Maree's voice, sound, story, and songs. Bringing her new album Chapter 2 to the forefront of music is the culminating effort of these 2 kindred souls.

“Working with Ida has been a complete joy and effortless endeavor to create the music we both love and envisioned for this project.” -Billy Smiley

With Smiley coming from Detroit carrying the sounds of Motown and Stevie Wonder in his soul, and the lyrical depth of Bob Seger, he brought in a great cast of young musicians and engineers who are shaping the Nashville landscape: Australian Jared Kneale on drums (Kacey Musgraves, Ben Rector, Hunter Hayes), Brennan Smiley of the rock group “The Technicolors” on electric guitars, Akil Thompson on bass (Little Big Town), Blair Masters on Keys (Garth Brooks, Peter Frampton), and musician / engineer Jonathan Crone. Mixed by Billy Whittington (Amy Grant, Be Be and Ce Ce Winans, and Michael W Smith) and Jonathan Crone. The project has come full circle to a national release of incredible and soaring vocals and passion from Maree in Chapter 2 .

Along with BGV gospel singers Larysa Jackson, Dwanna Hughes, and Martrell Harris, they have come up with an incredible soulful body of work not often heard in the marketplace; one that is both fresh, musically compelling, and yet with a special sense of power and vulnerability all rolled into this quiet young artist named Ida Maree.

Track List

  1. Chapter 2

  2. Waiting and Watching

  3. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart

  4. Battlefield

  5. All Glory and Honour

  6. I Did

  7. Stronger

  8. Safe In Your Arms

  9. Tell Your Heart To Beat Again

  10. W.W.W.

  11. My Tribute (To God Be the Glory)

When touring resumes, Ida will be ready for gospel churches, theatres, worship events, and women conferences to share her story of Chapter 2.

About Ida Maree

Australian artist Ida Maree has had quite a musical journey. From the clubs of the Gold Coast, to the theatres of Sydney, and into Black Gospel Churches of Melbourne, Houston, DC, Birmingham, LA, her travels and singing have encompassed the true path of a musician searching for truth in her life. Her debut album Saving Grace was acclaimed as The Album of the Year by Australia’s leading Christian Radio Charts, best known for the success of her songs Saving Grace and Butterfly.

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