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Christian recording artist, singer and harpist Marian Mihas announced the release of her debut album, "The Lord Reigns: Songs & Hymns To Live By," at a special CD release concert on April 25 at the Greek Apostolic Church of Pentecost, 1734 North Rd. N.E., Warren, Ohio. She sang while playing her concert grand harp and would interweave stories about her unexpected journey to the harp and how her faith influenced her music. She also led a unique sing along with the harp. Mihas’ album was produced and arranged with Don Hart, a renown and award-winning composer in Nashville. On every track, she sings while accompanying herself on the harp along with live strings, acoustic guitar, piano and percussion in a praise and worship style that seems to transcend contemporary Christian music genres. The album showcases her songwriting and arranging of one-of-a-kind originals, covers and timeless hymns. It was recorded in Nashville with the finest studio musicians there and is being released by the Living Hope label. It is available as a digital download and a physical CD via her site and other digital platforms. Mihas started out her career as a classically trained soprano and has been very active locally, nationally and abroad since 1996. She was the soprano soloist in Messiah, under the direction of John Kurtz, with the Warren Civic Chorus from 1997 to 2005. In Europe, she performed solo recitals of the classic standards from the Great American Songbook repertoire. She collaborated with the distinguished pianist Dimitris Yakas in concert at the historic Parnassos Concert Hall in the heart of Athens, Greece, and also at the American College of Greece in 2007 and 2008. Mihas has also been featured as a Christian vocalist and narrator on live TV, radio and recordings in the US, Switzerland, Russia and Greece. She has performed in churches, conferences and musical productions. Mihas often looks back on her first encounter with the harp as a divine appointment orchestrated by God. “I took my sister over to her harp lesson one Saturday afternoon in 1998,” she said. “As I was waiting in the other room, I just fell in love with its heavenly sound and decided right then and there to give it a try and take a few lessons.” She ended up pursuing it and continued to study privately for many years with professional harpists in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. She taught herself how to arrange for harp and voice and how to write her own songs. Parallel to her performing career, Mihas has been a teacher for Warren City Schools since 1997. She teaches music and technology classes full-time and directs music programs at the Jefferson PK-8 building. Mihas is a graduate of The Dana School of Music, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She also holds a master’s degree in performance from Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, Florida.