First Light was originally released January of 2016. That particular version featured the solo guitar compositions Ken was writing at the time. In many ways, it was a monumental moment for Ken as it was his first all solo guitar release. But there were some tracks that Ken felt weren't strong enough to keep and by the summer of 2016, through the encouragement of a friend decided to remove some of the initial tracks, add some new ones and then do some additional production work on some of the remaining original tracks. The end result has brought Ken to feel as though this is no doubt his best recorded effort to date. After dealing with a season of health issues, and enormous financial challenges, this release is a satisfying accomplishment. It is Ken's hope listeners will feel the same!
Heartfelt compositions that is guaranteed to put you in a good place. This is an album of gorgeous melodies and expertly orchestrated arrangements, all recorded and produced in a way that makes every song shine. ~ Vin Downes - Recording Artist, Guitarist & Composer
Ken Verheecke's new album "First Light" is an filled with so much love and of course light! His touch on the guitar is healing and relaxing. One of my favorite tracks is "Healing Rain" . You will fall in love with his style as you listen to him weave his thoughts by his gifted playing. By the time the last chord is done, the uplifting emotions will have put you in a good place. I highly recommend this album! ~ Kori Linae Carothers - Recording Artist, Pianist & Composer
It was September 2008... I had made my first journey to Alaska to meet family. My mother, Mary Ann Verheecke a full blood Yupik Eskimo had a brother named Paul Beebe and he lived in a village called Quinhagak. I was staying at my Uncle Paul's place and I remember the first days there being extremely HOT in the house. My first thought was... "wow, they like it HOT in their house!" Little did I know... they were only trying to make us (myself and my siblings) comfortable... which was such a wonderful, nice thing, but it was a little too hot which we all laughed about later.
So, since it was so hot those first few days... I would leave the window by my bed open so that I could feel a cool breeze coming in and it was during those times I would stare into the beautiful night sky there in Quinhagak.
One night I dreamt I was floating over the village and above me were the Northern Lights dancing in the heavens, below me was the village. Floating up from the village was gospel music. You might ask... "gospel music?" Yes... and I think the reason why it was in my dream is because wherever I went in the village, the store, the laundry mat... homes, cars... I always heard gospel music being played. I remember marveling over that!
So... back to the dream. I heard gospel music floating upwards towards the Northern Lights... and soon that sound meshed with the sound of the heavens/northern lights. The combination of sounds has haunted me ever since and just like my album "Dreamfield" this one too is inspired by heavenly sounds.
It starts off with "Through The Veil of Tears" written and recorded days after losing our dog Aubrey to a heart condition. From that moment on... I never looked back.
Lights Over Quinhagak is the most ambitious album I have ever recorded! It also is a departure from my usual gentle acoustic releases... but it was something that needed to be done. I hope you, the listener will enjoy this journey into something I feel very good about.
New sounds... and tonal colors bleeding into the sounds of heaven... I give you, Lights Over Quinhagak.
In these trying times... we need music that brings comfort and healing...
"Your music has meant so much to our family. As my grandmother passed from this life into eternity, she specifically requested that your music be played as she breathed her last breaths. You have no idea how much comfort your music brought to her and my family during those last few moments of her life. Thank you... your music means so much to us."
"Your CD saved my marriage..."
"You music was playing as my little girl was born into this world..."
"I heard Ken Verheecke's "A Place Called Home" years ago and I absolutely loved this music from the very first note. I was going through lost and depression. It always cheered my mood. Thank you so much!"
"There was a brief season in my life when I wasn't able to sleep, your CD's helped me find rest during that time..."
"Through The Veil of Tears." was created specifically to create an atmosphere of peace, comfort and healing. Whatever it is you're facing, know that storms come and go... they don't last forever. The sun will shine again! Life is a gift!
A collection of gorgeous, instrumental guitar... featuring steel and nylon string compositions.
The Spring Season is wonderful... beautiful time of the year...
Everyone loves the sweet smell in the air, the sounds of the birds, and the hints of warm summer to come. It is indeed a time of rebirth, of new beginnings. This collection of songs contains the wonder and beauty of the Spring Season!
Summer is here... so, make food for + go on lots of picnics
host a backyard bbq
go into the outdoors as much as possible
roast marshmallows + hot dogs over the fire pit in the yard
dust off mountain bike and go for a ride
take a nap on a blanket in the grass
eat lots of ice cream
go for walks
sit outside all for the sake of being outside
take lots of photos
go to an outdoor movie if I can find one in the area
go camping if possible... Summer is here!!!
Originally released in the fall of 2009... now newly mastered and re-packaged... featuring photography provided by Katie Lautenschlager © 2011 KTPhotography! A perfect addition to your music collection of instrumental music!
“This beautiful Holiday record includes a number of traditional Christmas favorites, and a few of Ken’s original pieces for balance. A vintage Martin classical guitar carries the melody with steel string guitar accompaniment. This is quite honestly the prettiest collection of Christmas music I’ve listened to in a long time.”
-- Damon Buxton, Many Miles Music
Based on a dream that Ken had of his father, Edward Allen Verheecke who passed away on May 1st, 1992. A dream where Ken felt he was in heaven with his dad and heard music like he had never heard before!
Ken's first all acoustic instrumental guitar project. A very popular release... and Ken's ALL time best selling album!
"A Place Called Home is one of those rare albums that not only showcases an exceptional guitarist at the peak of his craft, but shows how a truly gifted composer, even with only a single instrument at his disposal, can write subtle and straightforward pieces of immense emotional and musical depth. Is this folk music? Is this adult contemporary? Is it some kind of ambient Americana? Amazingly, the answer to all of these questions is ‘yes’. This disc truly has something for everyone. Listen to this music NOW." – Darrell Burgan of Blue Water Records, May 2004
"I referred to a place called home as “an acoustic ambient album” in my earlier review and I stand by that statement. The music would easily fill a room with peace, calm, and invite the listener to indulge in reflection or remembrance of a most pleasant variety. Of course, direct listening would allow you to delve into Verheecke’s talent and this new re-mastering is ideal for just that since now the tone and clarity of his guitar sparkles like dew on morning grass. a place called home may be the perfect CD to play while driving the back roads of rural America in the early evening with the sun tinting the western sky orange, then pink, then deep violet-blue. If you have to restrict your traveling to the armchair type, though, the album will still serve you in excellent stead, guiding you in your mind’s eye through a landscape of rolling hills, wheat fields glowing golden in the sun, and the day’s end promise of arriving home, a tasty dinner waiting on the table, and good cheer from loved ones to greet you. Simply put, it doesn’t get any better than this CD. I have fallen in love with a place called home all over again and with this newly spiffed-up version, the recording wins my highest recommendation and is nigh essential for all lovers of acoustic guitar music." - reviewed by Bill Binkelman (Zone Music Reporter) on 6/19/2006
Ken's first 2001 instrumental musical release. Remastered and set to the frequency of 432hz. A glimpse into Ken's initial recording process and a great reminder that music can bring comfort and peace to many.