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Billboard Classical Charts

Leila Adu-Gilmore’s composition For Edna, featured on cellist Amanda Gookin’s new release, Forward Music Project 1.0, debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart. The release features multimedia works for solo cello that elevate stories of feminine empowerment, commissioned by Gookin, who writes: “For mothers. For sisterhood. For brave storytellers and quiet listeners. I sing, I gasp, I fight, I breathe life into the work of these fearless artists. I founded Forward Music Project for you. And you are not alone.”

In For Edna, Adu-Gilmore sought to encapsulate the strength of women. “At first, I was going to write something physically and aurally demanding – hard. I then realized that our strength is perseverance and endurance, adaptability and openness, and connection to others.”

For more information and to purchase the album, visit the Bright Shiny Things website