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Elika Mahony

Elika Mahony
Vocalist, composer, pianist, and artist, Elika considers herself a world citizen; her parents are from Iran, she was born in the US, raised in Kenya, and now lives in China. Elika's love of music began when she was a child growing up in Africa. In between she has lived in Israel and Hong Kong. Her music beautifully expresses the diverse cultures that have been a part of her upbringing, blending and reflecting the influences of this varied background, drawing upon classical Western structures but incorporating instrumentation and styles from Iran to Ireland and China to Spain. Elika studied classical piano from the age of five, and its influence can be heard in the stunning instrumental pieces that she began composing when she was in college. It was at the same time that Elika began singing and setting the Baha'i Writings to music. The enchanting "Melodies of the Nightingale" was the end result by Elika and two close friends, Michelle Brown and Fiona Doomun-Rouhani. This debut CD and launch into a professional music career was followed a few years later by a solo follow up titled "Melodies of the Nightingale for the Family" produced by Paul Meredith.

Elika just released her 10th album titled 'The Exalted One' in honor of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Báb. The album consists of 11 pieces from the prayers and writings of the Báb. She collaborated with producer Daniel Badi Rinaldi from Colombia.

Elika's previous album is titled, 'The Ancient Beauty'. This CD is especially created in honor of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá'u'lláh. The 11 songs on the album set the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh to music with piano, cello, santour, guitar and voice. The album cover has a beautiful laser cut rendering inspired by the inner gate at the entrance to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the album includes a short written introduction to the life and mission of Bahá'u'lláh.

'Meditations for the Fast' is Elika's 8th release. The pieces on this album set passages from the Baha'i writings to beautiful melodies that uplift the soul and enchant the listener. The words are from prayers and writings revealed by Baha'u'llah and 'Abdu'l-Baha especially for the Baha'i fast, a time dedicated to personal reflection and meditation.

'Infinite Bounty' was released in November 2014. It showcases gems from the ocean of Baha'u'llah's Revelation set to enchanting melodies and ethereal harmonies, blended with diverse instruments and styles inspired by New Age, World, Pop and Middle Eastern genres. It includes collaborations with six outstanding musicians from around the globe. This album is accompanied by a hard cover book adorned with stunning, ocean-themed photographs.

Elika's previous release, 'Edge of Forever', is a collection of songs in diverse styles such as Latin, World, New Age, Pop, Middle Eastern and a little Rock. The music depicts the soul's desire to transcend the limits of the material world and to soar in the spiritual realm. This album reflects a wider ranger of Elika's musical influences with original lyrics for most of the songs. In January 2012 Elika released a piano instrumental CD of her original compositions entitled 'Glimmerings'. Some of the pieces were composed over 10 years ago and others were created on the spot as she was inspired to play what came to her heart.

Elika has also completed a fourth CD called 'Birds of Love' on the theme of love and marriage. It comes with an elegant book of quotes on love, each hand-made with a slightly different pattern of gold silk fabric. Each page of quotes includes a traditional Chinese painting of two birds. Elika's third CD, 'Fire and Gold', blends eastern and western musical styles and features a number of languages including English, Spanish, Arabic and Chinese. Elika's music is inspired by the lyrics of the poetic and profound treasures of the Baha'i writings that cover deep subjects such as life, love, family, difficulties, the soul, afterlife, spirituality, and the progress of humanity. Accomplishing the near impossible, Elika takes these deep and complex subjects and creates music that is sophisticated and yet breathes with simple, heart-warming melodies and soaring harmonies that swell over the lyrics in elegant, diverse waves lifting the listener to ever higher realms.

Elika's CDs have been sold in more than 25 countries and their stirring melodies and soaring harmonies have inspired people all over the world. An artist as well as a musician, Elika's passion for art began in elementary school. In high school, she began painting watercolor pieces and experimenting with black ink drawings. The Kenyan scenery inspired her and she loved being surrounded by the natural beauty of the landscape and painting in the garden.

During college, Elika took a break from visual arts and pursued an interest in composing music and singing. Recently her love of painting has reawakened and she has immersed herself in acrylic abstract pieces. One of her hobbies is creating specialty cards for all occasions blending her love of art and design.

Elika's current projects include making prayer beads from Chinese water pearls with matching Chinese clasps, silk prayer book covers, beaded bookmarks with inspiring quotations and hand made specialty cards with the writings of Bahá'u'lláh.

Elika's greatest hope is that her music and art will bring joy and upliftment to people around the world.


Albums by Elika Mahony

Birds of Love

Birds of Love

Elika Mahony 

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Edge of Forever

Edge of Forever

Elika Mahony 

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Fire and Gold

Fire and Gold

Elika Mahony 

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Glimmerings

Glimmerings

Elika Mahony 

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Infinite Bounty

Infinite Bounty

Elika Mahony 

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The Ancient Beauty

The Ancient Beauty

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Other Albums Featuring Elika Mahony
Melodies of the Nightingale

Melodies of the Nightingale

Featuring: Elika Mahony
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The Photograph

The Photograph

Featuring: Elika Mahony
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