Open Spaces is award-winning pianist-composer Stanton Lanier's 8th release and 5th with Grammy Award Winning Producer Will Ackerman. 12 all-new original tracks feature three Grammy Award winning guest artists (Jeff Haynes - Percussion, Eugene Friesen - Cello, Charlie Bisharat - Violin), along with Principal French Horn with the Boston Pops Orchestra, Richard 'Gus' Sebring, bass by Tom Eaton, and ethereal vocals by Noah Wilding. The album was recorded at Will Ackerman's Imaginary Road Studios in Windham County, Vermont from January to July 2013.
Stanton Lanier's passion to offer 'peace and rest in a hurried world' has led to a global following of instrumental music lovers. His live concerts feature signature piano, captivating visuals, inspiring stories and audience interaction. His music has been heard across radio and television, including Music Choice Soundscapes channel, Sirius-XM Radio Spa and The Weather Channel. Stanton is the Founder of Music to Light the World, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which has donated over 50,000 CDs to cancer and hospital patients through its Get Music Give Hope program.
It has been an honor and a privilege to produce 4 CDs with Stanton Lanier prior to working together on his newest recording, Open Spaces. Stanton's music has always been blessed with brilliant melody and profound emotional resonance. In Open Spaces, Stanton has matured into a composer and performer whose music flows with a confidence and grace that is simply breathtaking to behold. The new work surprises and delights. It's not that Stanton has left behind the qualities that have made his music so popularâ¦ he simply took a new leap of faith in trusting what is at his core, both as an artist and as an empathetic human being. --Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records