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Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
The "Human Becoming" CD features a beautiful 16 page booklet with original artwork done by Bridget Klappert. Each piece was mindfully created from the inspiration of each song. The cover art is a large piece made out of cut and layered paper surrounding a black and white photo taken by Keith Woolf. The individual pieces were done with no rulers, compasses, or pencil. They are drawn in Prismacolor markers. All photos are by Keith Woolf. Album layout by Keith Woolf and Alana Purcell.
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SANGSTER guitar pick set
A 2-year anniversary bonus set of two custom SANGSTER guitar picks. Includes a red signature pick and a blue EP pick. The set is included in the purchase of the CD (1 set per CD) from 10/8/15 - 10/22/15. Not sold separately.
Best described as mercurial, Sangster has created an album which is at once introspective and vulnerable, yet universal and thought-provoking. The openness of the song writing allows for sweeping multi-faceted musical arrangements that range from deep, pulsating grooves of lush, polyphonic layers, to austere lonely vocals sparsely accompanied by two perfectly plucked guitar notes. This process oriented record reminds the listener that being human is "Human Becoming".
Lauded guitarist, Larry Koonse sums it up perfectly: "I finally got a chance to listen to Afton’s EP. I was totally floored. Her music (and vocal quality) gets me right in the gut and heart. What a gorgeous sound she has along with an beautiful way of shaping the experience (phrasing). Her songs which have a recurring theme of looking at people with great intentions and potential who are left behind by the forward motion of life is so powerful to me. I think about this all the time. In my estimation she would be the "it person" in the singer/songwriter world if the powers that be knew about her. My god …. what a gift!"
released October 8, 2013
“The Conversation” // 2009
Afton Hefley: vocals, background vocals, & guitars
Gavin Salmon: drums & percussion
Artyom Manukyan: cello
Ross Garren: harmonicas, harmonium, & piano
Nick Mancini: vibraphone
“Girls Are Grown And Gone” // 2010
Afton Hefley: vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar, & electric guitar
Gavin Salmon: drums & percussion
Artyom Manukyan: cello & bass
Ross Garren: harmonicas, piano, & additional percussion programming
Nick Mancini: vibraphone & marimba
Grethel Bonilla: electric guitar
All songs written & arranged by Afton Hefley, ASCAP 2013
Tracks 1, 2, & 5 produced by Afton Hefley & Ross Garren
Tracks 3 & 4 produced by Afton Hefley & Nick Mancini
Engineered & mixed by Ethan Carlson at Studio B in Studio City, CA
Piano tracks engineered by Sean P. Jones, assisted by Josh Franks at Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys, CA
Mastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
Nick Mancini uses a Majestic vibraphone and mallets by Innovative Percussion
Artyom Manukyan uses a custom bass made by Armen Bibulyan
Ross Garren uses Seydel harmonicas and CME MIDI Controllers
Album artwork: Bridget Klappert
Photography: Keith Woolf
Album layout: Keith Woolf & Alana Purcell
Gary Denton & Melody Carpenter & Josh Franks at Stagg Street Studio, Abby & Dan Savell at LA Percussion Rentals, Nikki Neves & Cory at Lurssen Mastering, Tim Yalda at Curve Line Space, Rachelle & Tom at Left Coast Wine Bar, Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church, Cecelia at PledgeMusic, Bryan Kelly at Groove House Records, Joon Lee and staff at Blue Whale, & the Tears For Fears family.
To my pledgers….
None of this would have been possible without your donations. I am truly grateful.
Tracy Spears, Dave Meros, Benjamin Sperber, Janis Walkingstick, Arlene Wszalek, Adrienne & Brad Henske, Janice Whaley, Kevin Krohn, Craig Bartlett, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Ross Garren, Najam Saeed, Kelly Diaz, Ai Buangsuwon, Carrî ÐuPoint, Maria Beck, Vardan Ovsepian, Suzanne Olden, Nichole Halgren , Sarah Pigion, Eric Schaefer, Stuart Paterson, Curt Smith, Sébastien Proulx, Anitra Novy, Sheila Kingsley, Cynthia Jamin, Toni Lebel, Phyllis Yogi, Rise Hixon,Angie Huber Bair, Cassie Shires, Karen Gaines Wilkinson, Matthew Yeakley, Lael Mark, Dona McClure, Stanislav Sitnitsky, Andressa Andrade, Steve Christian, Dave Hefley, Brianna Zarlinga, Stan DeWitt, Corey Smith, Natasha Agrama, Tom Ames, Steve Hefley, Ben Yadegarian, Cyndy Fujikawa, Kathryn Christie, Celia Chavez, Tom Sheehan, Robert & Carla Hefley, Manisha Shahane, Julie Greathouse, Alan Morse, Allan Humphrey, Gloria Wehrenberg, Nick Mancini, Tim Yalda, Andrea Ketchum, Kit Petrie, Briana Hefley, Tom Bartolac, Danny Hall, Juliane Gralle, James McConnell, Leanne Buckley, Roland Orzabal, Sara Leib, Diana Maio, Cathy Segal-Garcia, Lisa Groening, Jeremy Cordy, Jessica Jeza-Vautor, & Michael Kavin.
This record would also not be possible without the guidance, support, inspiration, & love from the love of my life, Nick Mancini.
And to my ever-supportive family, Momma & Daddy, Briana & Brent (and little Rio): thank you for putting up with my ups and downs, for your monetary and emotional support, your reality checks, and your inspiration. I truly am blessed.
To Doug Petty: it was your guidance and re-assurance to light the fire in me with these songs. You helped shape this record.
To Carla Jamie Perez: for your tutelage, guidance, light, imagery, ass-kickings, and faith. I have found my true voice through you.
To Curt Smith (and family): thank you for the constant guitar loaning, social media shout-outs, employment, friendship, and guidance.
To Rachel & Jeremy Cordy: you know, for everything.
To Tanya Malcolm, for helping me realize when I was “done”.
To my extended family: Mimi, Papa, Uncle Dave & Aunt Charlene, Darren & Angie, Jason & Melissa, Uncle Steve & Eric, Uncle Brian & Aunt Brenda, Nicole, Aunt Dana & Uncle Wayne, Brittanny, & Hunter.
To my old family at New Haven UMC: thank you for my music upbringing.
To my students current and former – you inspire me daily.
To my near and dear friends, new and old:
Angie, Craig, Grethel, Keith, Lindsay, Mikkee, Manisha, Bill “Big Willy” Lanham, Diana Kazakova, Tim Yalda, Bridget Klappert, Sarah Pigion, Yeva Babayan, Marcie Servedio, Kathryn Christie, Tom Ames, Brooks Ball, Karolyn Halpin, Andrew Halpin, Celia Chavez, Chelsea Coleman, Carina Round, Anthony Arvisu, Ellen Petty, Arlene Wszalek, Cheryl Thompson, Geoffrey Rose, Linda Adams, Andrea Calderwood, Matt Salmons, Adrianne Duncan, Jason Luckett, Zach Harmon, Dave Wood, Matt Yeakley, Will Lovell, & Zig and Frida, of course.
This debut record is dedicated to my Granny, Julia Carol Sangster Blissit.
Sangster is Afton Hefley. Chosen to honor her maternal grandmother, a musician, like herself. She recalls her
earliest memories of music making - singing in her church choir and tender, young piano lessons. Her songs are a rich mixture of folk and organic textures with classical and jazz sensibilities in a classic pop song form; warm and inviting, straightforward and authentic....more