World Journey was inspired by my own travels to places around the world, and all the wonderful friends I have traveled with and met along the way. This album is both very personal and filled with the commonality of life we all share: it's struggles, it's joys and it's wonderful tapestry of life experiences. Best Regards, Sharon West ------------------------------- Latest Reviews on World Journey: ''World Journey' is an instrumental journey into world sounds, a musical tour-de-force that presents dozens of exotic sounds and instruments...all woven together in a sonic tapestry that is a listening pleasure.....Truly, I was blown away by the nuances, the textures and layers on these songs, and the rhythms and melodies that point to the place of origin of these sounds. ... This album is a truly fabulous work from Sharon West. It is one of the best I have ever heard in the genre of World Music/Instrumental. I HIGHLY recommend this work. It is perfect for just plain listening but can be a great background for reading, meditation/contemplation, or relaxing.' - A. Canales - The CRITICAL REVIEW, March 4, 2008 '... With an artistic reach that touches on continents around the world and draws these influences under the creative banner of West's own signature style, 'World Journey' manages to be soothing, lively, alluring, exotic, friendly and beautiful. World has become a popular discount bin filler and with some CDs, it's easy to understand their placement there. All I can say is that if West's disc ever ends up piled in with the generic world music crap that passes for musical culture, it's an undeserved fate. Four stars.' - Upchuck Undergrind Upjohn, Corazine.com - Jan. 15, 2008 "Happily, World Journey is a lovely album, warm and pleasing, providing the listener with an excellent blending of contemporary 'new age' music with a wide variety of world rhythms. ....The textures and layers of each song are remarkable, and the album as a whole is phenomenal.... Highly recommended." - Lisa Mc Sherry, FacingNorth.net, October 2008 Bio on Sharon West Sharon West is a multi-instrumental composer who has been writing music full-time for about the last 5 years. She played piano, recorder, violin in her youth and saxophone all the way thorugh college, and seriously debated pursuing music in college but ended up getting a B.S. and M.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois (Champaign/Urbana) before embarking on a 20 year career in Telecom. She decided to leave the corporate world after 20 years and write music full-time, setting up a studio in her home and going back to school at the Berklee School of Music in Boston (online) to develop her songwriting and composition skills. She has produced 4 instrumental music CDs and a recently released a collaborative lyrical CD of original Holiday music. Past CDs have been on the Top 20 New Age Reporter charts and a number of tracks can be heard on Sirius XM stations as well as over 80 radio stations worldwide. A number of her tracks have been selected for inclusion in various Film/TV and Advertising catalogs.