God is Near is a wonderful collection of original liturgical-based songs centered around the theme of God's presence in our lives. Ranging from pop to jazz and from ballads to middle-eastern fare, these original melodies were composed by Tracy Friend and Andrew Dennen, who met at Hava Nashira, a Jewish music workshop held annually in Wisconsin. They have been collaborating since 2009.
"God is Near" is a remarkable collection of uplifting, spiritual music. - CD Universe
"Friend deals with complex issues like gratitude, forgiveness and peace. This album is a gift to parents and teachers. (Aside to camp songleaders - don't miss this one!)" - Paul Wieder, JUF News
We Choose Peace is an inspirational project with songs about peace, prayer and possibility. Based on biblical and liturgical text, these songs encourage the community in our responsibility to work for peace between all nations and to take care of the world around us. Ranging from rock to rap and folk to jazz Tracy captures the essence of our prayers, thoughts and dreams in her music.
When All is Said and Done, Tracy's debut CD, is a journey through the spiritual experience of Jewish prayer. With a blend of folk, jazz, light rock and ballads, to traditional Sephardic sounds, Tracy's original compositions are creative and engaging, and will soon have you singing along.
Tracy donates a portion of the proceeds from her CDs to various organizations supporting peace in the Middle East, including One Family Together, an organization that provides financial, legal and emotional assistance to victims of terrorism in Israel, and the Middle East Peace Dialogue Network, which supports organizations promoting peace-related dialogue in the Middle East.