There aren’t many government SCUBA divers-turned-pop-artists-turned-film-composers who battled panic attacks, looked for audio to help quell the anxiety, and composed a stunning album in an abandoned mountain town in Greece as the solution.

NEW YORK, NY, December 20, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — After two weeks in a half-abandoned mountain town on the Greek island of Crete at an artist residency, Cheryl B. Engelhardt flew home to New York with something special in her pocket… and on her hard drive.

She had over 60 minutes of music that she composed and recorded on a grand piano in a stone room. Engelhardt spent half her time in Greece composing and the other half editing and producing the audio (including reversing the audio of plucked piano strings and a bell, giving the album an electronic/orchestra feel without being synthetic).

The album is called “Luminary” – 10 tracks of six-minute pieces, some piano-only, some piano, voice (hums and breath). Engelhardt will be throwing the album’s hat into the New Age Grammy ring after its February 7th release in 2020.

The Obscure Sound blog says this about “Luminary”:

“Wordless vocal effects and enchanting piano tone intermingle with consuming appeal” create a “wintry aesthetic.”

The music is already featured on the meditation app Simple Habit (~ two million users).

“Luminary” was Engelhardt’s solution to her panic attacks. She had been searching for something to quell the noise in her head, something to keep her present. To meet her where she was, emotionally, and take her on a journey to a more peaceful state of mind. Engelhardt couldn’t find such recordings, so she decided to compose them herself.

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“Luminary” is Engelhardt’s fifth record, the first in the New Age category. The New Yorker received a degree in Biology and in Music from Cornell University, studied orchestration at Juilliard, then began her tenure as a composer for films, ads, theater, and choirs, as well as a touring pop recording artist. Her successes as an independent musician make her a sought-after speaker on music business panels and podcasts. She began an online series of programs called In The Key Of Success ( to help other musicians find fulfillment in their creative careers through powerful communication and self-awareness. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her mountain guide husband and basset hound.

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