Hold on to Hope

by Stephanie Chin

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Dubbed as a soulful songbird, Stephanie's passion for music is evident in all she sings. With her debut EP, this singer/songwriter's mission is to inspire her listeners to be Love, be Present, and achieve their dreams. She hopes her fans nurture the gifts they each have no matter how small they may seem.

Caged, Walk On, and Better Words were co-written by Stephanie's dear friend Kristen Blum. Stephanie and Kristen often play in local venues in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area. Caged is an anthem written for anyone feeling stuck in a relationship, in a job, or in anything. There is a way out. Walk On was written for a Brain Tumor Walk-a-thon to inspire those diagnosed and the friends and families in their support system. Better Words was written for anyone in love who feels like the words "I love you" just aren't enough.

Life is Good was co-written by producer Bhauraw Avhad of Vrtigo Music. Stephanie wrote this to remind herself that no matter what's going on, no matter how bad things may seem, there is always love to look to and guide your way.

Essence was written as Stephanie's vision of what her dream love would be. She heard from several authors and speakers that one should write down one's vision of their dreams in life and in love in order to help manifest them. She wrote the words and woke up in the middle of the night with the melody. A couple of years after writing the song, she was blessed to find her true love.

Stephanie wrote Nothing Like for her true love.

House of the Rising Sun is on this album only because she finds it's so fun to sing!

credits

released February 19, 2018

Stephanie Chin - music, lyrics, vocals
Kristen Blum - music, lyrics, vocals, guitar
Joe Casalino - percussion
Ajibola Jeremy Rivers - cello
George Milly - electric guitar
Produced by Bhauraw Avhad of Vrtigo Music
Mastered by Pete Maher
Cover art by Victoria Veluz

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Stephanie Chin West Windsor Township, New Jersey

Dubbed as a soulful songbird, Stephanie's passion for music is evident in all she sings.This singer/songwriter's mission is to inspire her listeners to be Love, be Present, and achieve their dreams. She hopes her fans nurture the gifts they each have no matter how small they may seem. Catch her live in the NY, NJ, and PA area. ... more

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Track Name: Life is Good
When you’ve got love in your life
Oh darling
Love for your child, friend, your wife
Or mother
Nothing can beat you
Down to the ground
When you let it flow
Powerful

So just let it come forth through you
Watch your troubles fade away from view
You’ll see

Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Count your blessings everyday
Then those blinders fall away
Life is good, oh oh, life is good

When all you see are gray skies
Above you
Faces of people may grow long
Around you
Think of the sun
Above those clouds
Undisturbed
mighty

Let that sunlight come forth through you
Watch your troubles fade away from view
You’ll see

Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Count your blessings everyday
Then those blinders fall away
Life is good, oh oh, life is good

Don’t underestimate your power
You make an impact each hour
Get high on life and everyone around you
Will rise up too

Hmmmmmmm

Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Count your blessings everyday
Then those blinders fall away
Life is good, oh oh, life is good

Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Count your blessings everyday
Then those blinders fall away
Life is good, oh oh, life is good
Track Name: Walk On
It’s hard sometimes
Life comes at you
Unexpectedly
Your World falls down all around you
And you cry so hard
You think there’s no reprieve

Breathe in
Breathe out
Let go of your doubt
Rise up, don’t give in

Walk past the fear
Walk past the pain
Embrace the warrior within
Hold on to hope
Hold on to love
Hold to faith and strength from above
Let your will be strong
And walk on

When you feel closed in
By heavy shadows
Suffocating you
Even in the darkness
You can find your light
And shine your way through

Breathe in
Breathe out
Let go of your doubt
Rise up, don’t give in

Walk past the fear
Walk past the pain
Embrace the warrior within
Hold on to hope
Hold on to love
Hold to faith and strength from above
Let your will be strong
And walk on

When you feel you’re walking barefoot
Through the fire
Don’t look down, set your sights on
Something higher
Your spirit, your belief will
Carry you
Let love pave the way
You’ve got it in you

Walk past the fear
Walk past the pain
Embrace the warrior within
Hold on to hope
Hold on to love
Hold to faith and strength from above
Let your will be strong
And walk on
walk on
walk on
Track Name: Essence
Your essence reaches through me
Courses throughout completely
Healing my every wound
Your essence, genuine
I want to drink you in
Submerse in the ocean of your eyes
Let me permeate you
Souls intertwined

Effortlessly
You've captivated me
Who you are
How you love
What you stand for
What you won't
No pretense, no games
Your essence proclaims
Your elegant, unmatched spirit within

Your essence, magnetic
I happily fall
Victim to its pull
To be near you
To hear you
To bathe in the melody of your love
Of which I can never get enough

Effortlessly
You've captivated me
Who you are
How you love
What you stand for
What you won't
No pretense, no games
Your essence proclaims
Your elegant, unmatched spirit within

The rainbow in a rainstorm
The silver lining of every cloud
The soft stillness after a snowfall
Your essence inspires my very soul

Effortlessly
You've captivated me
Who you are
How you love
What you stand for
What you won't
No pretense, no games
Your essence proclaims
Your elegant, unmatched spirit within

Your essence reaches through me
Courses throughout completely
Track Name: Nothing Like
Honey, how can you be so blind to your worth?
Your light outshines any other
You’re all I can see
I give you the best of me
The best of me

Nothing like…hearing your voice wish me goodnight
Nothing like… your smile brightening my life
Nothing like…the solace of your arms
The sweetness of your kiss
Nothing like you

Baby, you’re the one I’ve been dreaming of
Your heart so deeply reaches mine
You’re the purest of souls
Never letting you go
I promise you so

Nothing like…your eyes alight with love
Nothing like…your intoxicating scent
Nothing like…the solace of your arms
The sweetness of your kiss
Nothing like you

So grateful for your goodness
But even more than that
I embrace any sadness
Riding through your storms
For I have no doubt
That together we will continue to rise
Believe me

Nothing like…hearing your voice wish me goodnight
Nothing like… your smile brightening my life
Nothing like…the solace of your arms
The sweetness of your kiss
Nothing like you

Nothing like…your eyes alight with love
Nothing like…your intoxicating scent
Nothing like…the solace of your arms
The sweetness of your kiss
Nothing like you
Track Name: Better Words
Wake me in the morning
Kiss me goodbye
Can’t believe that I got you here
By my side
You came in like an angel
At the perfect time
I had given up on love, then you
Opened my heart’s eye

Wish I had better words
Better words than I love you
This frenzy of feelings inside
All the ways you changed my life
These words are too weak
To carry the weight of your worth
Wish I had
Better words

Hands and eyes are locked with yours
Embraced by the crowd
Took a wild path to bring us here
Down the aisle
Pledging myself wholly
Can this be enough?
To be truly deserving of
Your immeasurable love

Wish I had better words
Better words than I love you
This frenzy of feelings inside
All the ways you changed my life
These words are too weak
To carry the weight of your worth
Wish I had
Better words

Never knew this was possible
Didn't know this was real
Just when I thought we had it all
Another miracle still

Embodiment of our love
Cradled in my arms
Know you’re blessed and beautiful
Oh my child
You’re our little angel
Couldn’t ask for more
Sacred treasure through and through
Devotion defined

Wish we had better words
Better words than I love you
This frenzy of feelings inside
All the ways you changed our lives
These words are too weak
To carry the weight of your worth
Wish I had better words
Wish I had better words
Track Name: House of the Rising Sun
There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one

My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans
My father was a gamblin' man
Down in New Orleans

Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and trunk
And the only time he's satisfied
Is when he's on a drunk

Oh mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done
Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun

Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train
I'm goin' back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain

Well, there is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one
And it's been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I'm one
Track Name: Caged
Can’t take much more of this
I was made for so much more than this
Tired of outside expectations
time to pursue my own ambitions

Can’t keep me in your box
These limits are strangling me
Cast your stones and your rocks
I’ll climb them to set me free

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Inside I’m building rage
Much louder than fear
Time slows for no one
The race is set, I’m ready to run

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Taking the stage
it’s finally clear
The truth is out
And I’ve only just begun

No more excuses
Especially from me
This passion burning inside
Won’t eat me alive
I give it liberty

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Inside I’m building rage
Much louder than fear
Time slows for no one
The race is set, I’m ready to run

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Taking the stage
it’s finally clear
The truth is out
And I’ve only just begun

Run from who they tell me to be
Run to who God made me to be
Run fast, run strong
run fast, run strong
run now, run strong
Fear no more

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Inside I’m building rage
Much louder than any fear
Time slows for no one
The race is set, I’m ready to run

I’m feeling caged
Gotta break out of here
Taking the stage
it’s finally clear
The truth is out
And I’ve only just begun

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