When I Survey {New Recording}

When I Survey {New Recording}by Anna Ferraro | April 10, 2020It’s Good Friday today. When I was young, I was confused by its name. Wasn’t Good Friday one of the darkest days in history — when Christ the Lord was cruelly crucified to a cross, bearing the sins of the world? So why is it “Good?” Today, I smile through tears as I reflect — Good Friday is good.  It’s good because on that day, Christ’s death marked the beginning of our life.  Every human — myself included — deserves to die for our sins. On Good Friday, Christ paid … Read More

For the Hard Holiday Moments

Fighting the Hard Holiday Momentsby Anna Ferraro | December 10, 2018I don’t know about you, but it’s been an interesting holiday season for me and my family. We normally invest a lot of time and energy practicing and performing music for audiences far and wide – sharing the joy of the season. But behind the spotlights and the stage curtains, life is happening for us too. A car accident, the death of a close friend, some sickness, and some high-stress job demands threaten to spiral our season into strain and stress. And then the calendar tells us to “smile and … Read More

[VIDEOS]: Christmas Carol Conversations

VIDEOS: Christmas Carol Conversationsby Anna Ferraro | December 5th, 2018Underneath the titles of Christmas carols is incredible depth and meaning. Join pianist Anna Ferraro in looking into lyrics to find the “dawn of redeeming grace…” “We see the heart of God in planning Christmas before the beginning of the world… His character, His wisdom, His sovereignty…” Get Redemption Dawns today >>“When we sing, ‘Go, tell it on the mountain…’ we’re singing about real-world, gospel-driven missions. The shepherds figured out the gospel, and they figured out what to do with the gospel 33 years before the Great Commission even existed…” Get … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 3: Producing

Behind the scenes, Part 3: Producingby Anna Ferraro | October 22, 2018Here’s Part 3 in this mini-series behind the scenes of Redemption Dawns. This last post gives a glimpse into the production process of this Christmas piano album. After recording (which is really the fun part!), the album production process becomes very businesslike. You get to enjoy hours upon hours of phone calls, messages, and emails with sound engineers, graphic designers, distribution companies, duplication managers, sponsors, investors, and more (really, when you’re a musician, most of your life is just straight business, and every once in while you actually get … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 2: Recording

Behind the scenes, Part 2: Recordingby Anna Ferraro | October 15, 2018Here’s Part 2 in this mini-series behind the scenes of Redemption Dawns (Anna’s album of beautiful Christmas piano music!) – now looking at the recording process… [Reality insert: As any recording date draws near, I’m usually pretty stressed… Nothing ever comes together as smoothly as we would like it, and crazy things always change at the 11th hour. Such is the way of life. And if I make a recording every year until the year that I die, I don’t think that factor will ever change]. During the week … Read More

Behind the Scenes, Part 1: Creating

Behind the scenes, Part 1: Creatingby Anna Ferraro | October 8, 2018“How do you do it?” people ask. “You know, improvising in the recording studio. No two takes alike. And then getting the whole project finished. What’s that like?” Creating… recording… producing… Let’s talk in that order for this blog mini-series. Creating: When I set out to create on an album, I’m usually working around a set of ideas. For Haven of Rest (2016), I was working around the idea of the rest Christ gives to us during the hard seasons of life. For the album Where Glory Dwells (2017), … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Content

The Making of Redemption DAwns: The contentby Anna Ferraro | September 29, 2018Redemption Dawns was produced in response to overwhelming requests from listeners of my past albums. In this album, I set out to unite the best of Christmas music, with the best of hymnody and scripture. What does that look like? Keep reading… In the timeless carol, “Silent Night,” Franz Gruber said, “… radiance beamed from God’s holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace. …” That, my friends, is Christmas — the ultimate story of redemption, told through Christ’s journey from the cradle, to the cross, to the … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Challenge

The Making of Redemption DAwns: The Challengeby Anna Ferraro | September 22, 2018Every album is a journey, and this one was no exception. As requests from listeners for a third album poured in, I struggled and wrestled against the proposition for months. And for good reasons, too. Life and work were piled up on me in the throes of a messy arm injury, and I really needed less, not more. Plus, as I calculated how my sprained arm had turned into tendinitis, maybe just signing myself up for another set of recording contracts wasn’t the best idea…  But as I … Read More

The Making of Redemption Dawns: The Beginning

The Making of Redemption DAwns: The Beginningby Anna Ferraro | September 15, 2018Where are visions born? In exciting places? In dark places? In confusing places? In my case, the answer is, usually, all of the above. 2013 was a crazy year. A massive jaw and neck injury shattered the course of my post-college plans and leveled me for a good long while before I found a reasonable routine for life again. Of course, it all happened at the height of a national piano competition. I remember Christmas of that year well – wrestling through the injury, crushed dreams, and now, … Read More

New Release: Where Glory Dwells

New Release: Where Glory Dwellsby Anna Ferraro | September 27th, 2017This summer, I embarked on another album recording adventure… this time, with a new stylistic twist – a collection of “riverside hymns and spirituals….” As I thought about the direction to take this album, I began in the same place I began with my previous album – reflecting on the journey the Lord has me on in life right now. Over this past year, God has been leading me to find all of my joy in Him, regardless of what circumstances in my life looked like. In this broken world, Christ … Read More