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By Hicks Music Press Release

EFY Composer Releases Original Piano Book

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- The composer of the EFY Medley has released his latest piano book of original music to accompany his CD, Creations. Michael R. Hicks announced the completion of his Creations Piano Book just three weeks following the 2001 Pearl Awards, where his Creations CD was nominated for three awards, including Sacred/Inspirational Instrumental Song of the Year.

Hicks says that he enjoys hearing other people play his music. "We have so many talented piano players in our culture, so I'm excited to finally have my songs available for others to play," Hicks said.

Jon Schmidt, another piano recording artist, said that Hicks' new release was his best so far. "With this latest release ["Creations"], Michael has established himself firmly as a 'player' in the big league of instrumental music."

Hicks' previous releases have all been arrangements of hymns. "I have enjoyed branching out beyond the realm of arranging hymns into the world of writing my own original music," Hicks said.

In 1999, Hicks arranged As Sisters In Zion &We'll Bring the World His Truth for the EFY Program to teach all of its participants. "When we sang [The EFY Medley] on Thursday night, I was so overwhelmed with the Spirit," said Beth Deever, an EFY participant from Maryland.

To Satisfy the Law, Hicks' first CD, was a collection of solo piano arrangements and medleys of sacred hymns and songs. To Satisfy the Law also included Hicks' original song, The Savior's Love, sung by John Canaan.

Hicks' music is available to listen to online at .



EFY Composer Releases Original Piano Book
Hicks Music Press Release 19Sep01 A2


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