P'tach Libi-Open My Heart
Rebecca Schwartz is a professional singer/guitarist and award-winning songwriter. She has been performing publicly and privately since 1974. 'P'tach Libi' is Rebecca's fourth album, and features many types of music, from folk, to klezmer, to latin, to rock. Other albums include 'Only Time Can Tell' (secular love songs), 'The Light of Shabbat' (a religious experience), 'Ahavah Rabah ~ with deep love' (songs of spirit, love, and hope), and 'Kirvu ~ Come Near' (music for Shabbat and beyond). 'P'tach Libi' offers new musical options for traditional liturgy, including Shabbat evening/morning, healing, and more. Rebecca's acoustic guitar style is supported in various songs by piano, bass, flute, clarinet, violin, electric guitar, and percussion. This CD features 16 original songs for Shabbat and beyond that create a soothing yet powerful landscape for prayer. The finely crafted songs, memorable melodies, and superb production of P'tach Libi make this CD a must-have for rabbis, cantors, and service leaders seeking new prayer melodies that will brighten their worship and draw their congregation together into a deeply spiritual community. Rebecca started her career in the coffeehouses and nightclubs of Philadelphia, performing original and cover tunes. She also led Jewish kids in song at local temples as a youth group songleader and music teacher. Rebecca then began a twenty-plus year career singing at wedding/b'nei mitzvah/anniversary receptions as well as high society parties around the country, and especially enjoyed performing for Barbara Walters, William Shatner, and Vera Wang in NYC, and PA Governor Ed Rendell in Philadelphia. Rebecca currently works as a cantorial soloist, songleader, choir director, and music teacher in the Philadelphia area. She specializes in worship experiences, engaging people in the power of prayer through music. This includes Shabbat and Havdalah services for adults and/or children, as well as healing services. Rebecca also sings with the elderly at retirement and nursing homes. She has performed in the US, Canada, Israel, and The Netherlands. 'When she leads us in song, her music brightens our worship and draws us together into a deeply spiritual community.' Rabbi Phil Cohen 'Rebecca creates a landscape for prayer. She is a performer; not just a singer.' Rabbi Howard Bogot During the summer months from 2005 - 2012, she enjoyed a position as Songleading Director at URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA, where she taught Jewish music, sang with kids/teens, and mentored young adult songleaders. Under Rebecca's musical leadership for eight summers, 'this camp has become one where singing and dancing are truly an enjoyable experience.' 'It all is really a tribute to Rebecca and her steadfastness over the years... It's incredible that there are so many who want to be songleaders and have that opportunity to lead others in Jewish music and worship' (quote past and present Senior Assistant Directors Brian Mitchell and Greg Kellner). For more information about Rebecca, please visit her website (see links).