Tonia Evans Cianciulli, the Acclaimed Canadian soprano has unveiled two songs that she created with her daughter and son when they were both children.
Written and recorded with both of Cianciulli’s children when they were each just six years old, “Always Her Home” and “Hold His Heart” are tender reflections on Cianciulli’s relationships with her daughter and son.
“Always Her Home” is a tear-inducing duet with her daughter Sophia, created at a time when Sophia needed the kind of comfort and care only a mother can give.
Also a duet, “Hold His Heart” expresses the unexpected bond between Cianciulii and her son, Anthony. Both of these loving tributes were brought to life with the help of another of Cianciulli’s longtime loves, her high school bestie Ambre McLean, along with producer Dima Graziani.
The heartfelt videos for both songs were filmed on iPhones by family members and illustrate the bittersweet and sentimental bonds between mothers and their children.
With her two new song releases and her second book, Flick Your Heart-Light On, Let Your Fears Be Gone, Cianciulli hopes to start a meaningful conversation with her audience, particularly mothers and their children. Illustrated by her daughter Sophia, the book has already received early praise from celebrated authors as a game-changer and must-read for parents and children at a time when mental health is an overwhelming concern.
“The first version of the book was written in a couple of hours for one of my cousins to read with her seven-year-old whose unexplained anxiety had started overwhelming her and her mother,” explains Cianciulli. “It seemed the book effortlessly spilled out onto the pages but it was only because of the years of trial and error with herself and her own children. This is a perfect example of how we can help others through the pain we have already endured.”
“I thought perhaps teaching my children long division and fractions would be the most challenging part,” she notes. “What proved to be the most heart-wrenching and helpless feeling part of the journey has been standing with them while they process the many emotional, psychological, and physical aspects of being children and teenagers.”
Having experienced her own struggles with anxiety and depression, Tonia started a personal journey when her first child was born. She set out on what has now been a 16-year quest of self-development, self-analysis, and study resulting in major certifications. She understands healing her own inner child while raising her two children is the best gift she could have given herself and her family.
Knowing that her job as their mother is far from over, Cianciulli hopes Sophia and Anthony, now 14 and 16, have been given the foundation to navigate the rest of their lives with compassion, mindfulness, and ongoing conversation.
“Always Her Home” and “Hold His Heart” pay tribute to those foundational years and Flick Your Heart-Light On, Let Your Fears Be Gone aims to pass it forward to help other families.
These new creative projects follow closely on the heels of Hymns of the Heart, an album of beloved hymns Cianciulli released In September 2021 in an effort to reconnect with the spiritual music of her past during the period of grief and uncertainty that the global pandemic has brought.
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