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Fortnum part of Ode to the Broken Sunday

Chilliwack Vineyard Community Church presents an Easter evening of dance, music, poetry, prayer and spoken word on April 20 at 6 p.m. The event features dancing by Soli Deo Gloria Ballet, singing by Debbie Fortnum (pictured), and more. - JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS FILE
Chilliwack Vineyard Community Church presents an Easter evening of dance, music, poetry, prayer and spoken word on April 20 at 6 p.m. The event features dancing by Soli Deo Gloria Ballet, singing by Debbie Fortnum (pictured), and more.
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The bonus track is a heart-stirring version of the gospel classic, I'll Fly Away.

Chilliwack worship artist Debbie Fortnum has released her eighth CD, an instrumental piano album, The Heavenly Piano.

She'll be performing at the Easter Ballet Night with Soli Deo Gloria Ballet Company, Sunday, April 20, 6 p.m. at the Vineyard on Wellington.

"They often dance to my music throughout Canada, so I will do a song or two with them live," Fortnum said.

The overarching theme of her brand-new CD is all about being positive, she says.

In fact it's dedicated to helping to reverse what world health organizations are calling a global epidemic: depression.

"The more you study the merits of listening to instrumental piano music, the more you want to listen to it," she said.

Her songs have already been used in Mental Health Canada depression groups, and other therapeutic uses.

"Piano music especially, has been proven to assist our neurotransmitters in cleansing the brain of the toxic factors that lead to depression."

With the expert production of multi-talented producer/artist Chris Janz, her signature ethereal-pop lilt graces many of her original tunes. They range from "Living Love", "Heaven's Joy", "Send Your Angels" and the opening tune, "After the Storm".  Many ancient hymns also made the cut including her up-beat take on "How Great Thou Art", "O Boundless Salvation", "Blessed Assurance" and "Crown Him With Many Crowns".

Fortnum began to understand the effects of her piano music on audiences at an early age.  She played the piano prelude for her first wedding at age 12 and became the church pianist at age 13.  Since then, she has brought musical peace to thousands of hearts and homes around the world.

Food for the Hungry Canada (www.PovertyRevolution.com) is also proud to endorse Fortnum, their longest standing Artist Representative in Canada.

All four of her piano CDs have received attention from Canada's prestigious gospel awards organization, GMA Canada.  She is the recipient of over 20 awards and nominations for her vocal and piano CDs, including  Female Vocalist of the Year, and Inspirational Song of the Year.

In 2008, her original composition "Easter Morning Sunrise" from The Beautiful Piano CD won the GMA Covenant Award for Instrumental Song of the Year.

Ode to the Broken, Easter Ballet Night with Soli Deo Gloria Ballet Company and Debbie Fortnum, Sunday, April 20, 6 p.m., doors at 5:30, "love" offering, at the Vineyard Community Centre on Wellington.

It's an "intentionally inspiring" evening for men and women, children and grand-children, but the organizers ask everyone to please not bring babies or small children. While the spoken word content is not shockingly graphic, it will include testimony of childhood domestic violence, according to the event page. See more at https://www.facebook.com/events/548836785214427/?ref=51&source=1

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