Neshama Carlebach
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Put Your PJ's On
Ani Ma'amin
Feel The Wind Blow
Mr. Rabbit
Ruach
Wonder of the World
Y'hi Shalom
Brothers and Friends
What Did We Do Today
Hamalach
B'Shaim Hashem
Lullaby
Heaven & Earth
Return Again
Hinei Kel
Higher & Higher
Ata (Song for New Orleans)
Hu Elokeinu
V'shamru
Brothers and Friends
The Real
Ki Va Moed
Back To You (For My Father)
One and One
Sometimes
Wishing Well
Tightrope
Step Inside
The Best Thing
I Just Want
It's Time
Finest Hour
Only Now
Keeper Of The Flame
Soul Mate
I Just Want (Bonus Track)
Adon Olam
HaTov
Ata Hu
Asher Bara
Min Hametzar
Niggun Neshama
Baal Hayeshuot
Hinei Yamim Baim
Od Yishama
Return Again
V'shamru
L'shana Haba
Shomer Yisrael
Ani Shelach
Pe'ero Alay
Simon Tov
Asay La ma'an
Intro - The Mojitz Niggun
Chasdei Hashem
Zug Zug Zug
City of Walls
Eishet Chayli
Am Yisrael Chai
Ma Tovu
Barcheinu Avinu
Avi
Ani Shelach Reprise
Belief
Melech Rachaman
Soulmate
Dancing With My Soul
Gam Ki Elech
Before You Go
Nachamu Ami
Burdened
Evan Ma'asu
B'nai Vaitcha
Exclusion
Restoration
Tshuasam
L'Olam
Cracow Nigun
HaNeshama Lach Story: The Mirror
K'vakorat
Gam Ki Elech
Ein K'Elokeinu
B'Shaim Hashem - The Angel Song
Ana Hashem
T'naim Nigun
Y'hi Shalom
Shifchi Kamayim
Al Aileh Ani Bochea Story: The Ocean of Tears
Amen (A Medley)
Shlomo's Blessing
Hu elokenu
Esah ainai
Orech yamim
Kraticha Ka
Hinei Kel Yeshuoti
Uvenai Otah
Im Eshkachech
V'nisgav
Ki lishu'atcha
Mimkomcha
David melech Yisrael
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If there is a tenet central to Neshama Carlebach’s life and career, it is that from brokenness comes strength. It’s a teaching that time and again arises when discussing the singer’s life and work. Whether it’s the tragic circumstances that led to her status as a superstar in the Jewish music world, or the brutal disaster that led to some of her greatest inspiration on her album, Higher & Higher, with the Green Pastures Baptish Choir, Carlebach is no stranger to anguish, nor the opportunities contained therein for unity.

In many ways, there was never another album Carlebach could make, never another destiny she could follow. The daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Neshama was surrounded by music from an early age, given her father’s role as a hugely prolific songwriter, in many ways the father to modern Jewish music. “I don’t think I remember my life without music,” Carlebach explains of her father’s rigorous travel schedule that took her around the world, both uprooting Carlebach and exposing her to cultures and outlooks she would never have experienced. “Between the concerts and the hangs and the singing around the house, I don’t think I ever had life without music.”

As soon as Carlebach was old enough to hold a microphone, she was urged into the spotlight by her doting father. After years of voice and acting lessons, Carlebach would join her father onstage, and for several months preceding his death in October of 1994, Carlebach toured with her father, with no other desire than to simply spend time with him. “I think he was grooming me the whole time,” Carlebach explains of the performances she did with her father. “I think he knew he would die, and I think that’s the worst thing to absorb. After he died I looked back at all these random conversations, and I think he knew.”

At the time of Shlomo Carlebach’s death, months of shows had been booked. Within three days of his death, Neshama had agreed to perform in place of her father, and thirty days later, she was singing her father’s music, and building her own legacy within the world of Jewish music. “I don’t even know why I said OK,” Carlebach laughs in retrospect. "I wasn’t in my right mind. I felt this sincere sense of pressure.” In those performances, Carlebach was able to mourn her father, and in a manner most appropriate: by communing with his fans. After the tour wrapped up, Carlebach continued working with her band, looking at the breadth of the catalog her father left behind, and today her show is comprised predominantly of his material. “His music is my music,” Carlebach explains. From that point, Carlebach took on the role of a working musician, playing shows and writing music, all while booking shows and promoting herself – labor that most musicians outsource to a support staff.

Higher & Higher is the intersection of faith and talent, an album written from the perspective of a particular faith that applies to all. Written by a rabbi, performed by his daughter and a Baptist choir, the songs preach in the least secular way, sharing a message of unity and hope. Other than faith, one of Carlebach’s greatest inspirations on the album was the devastation Hurricane Katrina visited upon New Orleans. Carlebach, who spent time in New Orleans both prior to and following Hurricane Katrina, is holding a benefit in conjunction with the release of the record there. “It’s become one of my personal missions, to help the victims of New Orleans,” Carlebach says. “Ata,” which literally translated from the Hebrew means “without words,” is a hope-infused blues vocalization that conveys the emotion and spirit Carlebach and the choir feel for the fallen city in a manner purer than words. “Higher and Higher,” the album’s namesake, is both mournful and moving, a message of appreciating life’s fleeting nature.     What was born out of fear and sadness has become inspiration, from destruction came creation. Carlebach and the Green Pastures Baptist Choir have a salve for some of the suffering they see throughout the world. “People need one piece of hope, one shred of faith to cling to that makes us feel that all we’re doing and all the craziness is worthwhile, that we’re not alone,” says Carlebach. This album is ten pieces of that hope.
Every Little Soul Must Shine
Album Cover for Every Little Soul Must Shine
Neshama was commissioned by PJ Library, an organization which sends out books and CDs to Jewish families to strengthen Judaism in the home, to record a CD of children’s music. The CD, Every Little Soul Must Shine, features songs in both Hebrew and English. The CD was produced by Mark Ambrosino and features several songs written by her father, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and several songs by Tom Laverack and Mark Ambrosino (Sojourn co-founders).
Put Your PJ's On
Ani Ma'amin
Feel The Wind Blow
Mr. Rabbit
Ruach
Wonder of the World
Y'hi Shalom
Brothers and Friends
What Did We Do Today
Hamalach
B'Shaim Hashem
Lullaby
Higher & Higher
Album Cover for Higher & Higher
Neshama Carlebach and The Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir join forces to record this powerful album produced by Sojourn co-founder Mark Ambrosino. Singing the songs of her father, beloved Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Neshama and the Choir bring a new found depth and majesty to the songs that are clearly timeless works of art. 
Heaven & Earth
Return Again
Hinei Kel
Higher & Higher
Ata (Song for New Orleans)
Hu Elokeinu
V'shamru
Brothers and Friends
The Real
Ki Va Moed
Back To You (For My Father)
One and One
Album Cover for One and One
Neshama's sixth CD, One and One was released in 2008. This recording consists of all original music with English lyrics. The title track, One and One, showcases the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. Neshama writes "My father said the greatest downfall of humankind is our inability to connect to all people in this world. We think One and One is Two, but One and One is One."
One and One
Sometimes
Wishing Well
Tightrope
Step Inside
The Best Thing
I Just Want
It's Time
Finest Hour
Only Now
Keeper Of The Flame
Soul Mate
I Just Want (Bonus Track)
Journey
Album Cover for Journey
Neshama's fifth CD, Journey, combines a sweet mix of the simplicity of her father's melodies, jazz and earthy folk sounds. Neshama's musical growth is evident. Of Journey's thirteen acoustic songs, eleven were composed by Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. All songs on the album are in Hebrew besides Shlomo's English classic "Return Again".
Adon Olam
HaTov
Ata Hu
Asher Bara
Min Hametzar
Niggun Neshama
Baal Hayeshuot
Hinei Yamim Baim
Od Yishama
Return Again
V'shamru
L'shana Haba
Shomer Yisrael
Ani Shelach
Album Cover for Ani Shelach
Neshama Carlebach's 3rd release released in 2001 and recorded in Hebrew, includes both pop and mystical Hebrew folk songs. Continuing her progression towards creating a new platform to celebrate her father Shlomo Carlebach's music, she is passionate about her interpretation and promotion of her father's songs and his spirtual message..
Ani Shelach
Pe'ero Alay
Simon Tov
Asay La ma'an
Intro - The Mojitz Niggun
Chasdei Hashem
Zug Zug Zug
City of Walls
Eishet Chayli
Am Yisrael Chai
Ma Tovu
Barcheinu Avinu
Avi
Ani Shelach Reprise
Dancing With My Soul
Album Cover for Dancing With My Soul
Released in 2000. A mystical blend of classic Hebrew folksongs and new contemporary original music that will uplift your soul. This is Neshama's second album after he debut album, Soul, released in 1996. 
Belief
Melech Rachaman
Soulmate
Dancing With My Soul
Gam Ki Elech
Before You Go
Nachamu Ami
Burdened
Evan Ma'asu
B'nai Vaitcha
Exclusion
Restoration
Tshuasam
Ha Neshama Shel Shlomo
Album Cover for Ha Neshama Shel Shlomo
With a photograph on the cover taken just prior to her beloved father's death, Ha Neshama Shel Shlomo is a classic recording featuring the effortless interplay of Shlomo and Neshama singing together. It is a natural fit. As popular now as it was over ten years ago, this recording provides a last glimpse at a master songwriter, performer and spiritual leader, passing the torch to his nineteen year old daughter.
L'Olam
Cracow Nigun
HaNeshama Lach Story: The Mirror
K'vakorat
Gam Ki Elech
Ein K'Elokeinu
B'Shaim Hashem - The Angel Song
Ana Hashem
T'naim Nigun
Y'hi Shalom
Shifchi Kamayim
Al Aileh Ani Bochea Story: The Ocean of Tears
Amen (A Medley)
Shlomo's Blessing
Soul
Album Cover for Soul
Released in 1996, this is Neshama's first record and features traditional Hebrew folk "soul" music sung in Hebrew. A remarkable debut.
Hu elokenu
Esah ainai
Orech yamim
Kraticha Ka
Hinei Kel Yeshuoti
Uvenai Otah
Im Eshkachech
V'nisgav
Ki lishu'atcha
Mimkomcha
David melech Yisrael
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"Higher & Higher" - Top Ten Album 2009
Neshama Carlebach's new release on Sojourn Records, "Higher & Higher" has been named in Jim Bessman's Top ten albums of 2009. Bessman, writing for the Examiner (formerly at Billboard) lists "Higher&Higher" first on his list of the best of 2009. See the article here
Neshama Carlebach -Oct. 13 - New Album
Neshama Carlebach's new album, "Higher & Higher" recorded with The Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir, is available as of October 13th. Recorded and Produced by Sojourn Records co-founder, Mark Ambrosino, "Higher & Higher" is being distributed by Sony/RED and will be in stores nationwide and is available here as well to purchase. Neshama and the Choir will be touring in support of the release and will be up and down the Eastern seaboard over the next month and a half and will be out on the west coast in December. Neshama's record will be followed by a new release by Shlomo Carlebach (her father) performing live in two separate performances in 1973. His album, "Songs of Peace", will be released on Oct. 27th.
Neshama at IdeaCity

Neshama performing and speaking at the 2010 IdeaCity conference in Toronto last June. See here.

Get Neshama's New Single Here
Neshama Carlebach and The Green Pastures Baptist Choir have just released a single from a new "pressing" of Higher & Higher  now out in Israel. It includes a new song not on the US version of Higher & Higher. The single, Back To You is available here only - It is listed now as the last track of Higher and Higher.
Neshama Carlebach & Green Pastures Baptist Choir Single Out in Israel
Neshama's new single "Back To You" is a new addition to her international release of Higher & Higher, her 2009 album recorded with the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir. Released by The Eighth Note, the single is featured here in promotion of the album's release in mid December.
Neshama Carlebach performs with Indie Arie and Ian Raichal
Neshama Carlebach made a guest appearance on stage at The Beacon Theater in NYC Tuesday October 18th with India.Arie and Idan Raichel who are currently touring with their new collaboration entitled Open Door. Neshama and India.Arie sang the classic Shlomo Carlebach song "Return Again" as a duet and Neshama joined the performers with a guest vocal on an additional India.Arie/Idan Raichel song as well. The Beacon Theater is an iconic, 2800 seat venue on the Upper West Side that has seen just about every major musical act that tours through New York over more than half a century.
12/26/2014
Christmas and New Year's Symposium: Unity in Diversity: Welcoming a New World
Evening Satsang: Neshama Carlebach and Josh Nelson in Concert
Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
01/23/2015 - 01/25/2015
Neshama and Josh Nelson will be a part of an Artist in Residence weekend 1/23 – Josh & Band to perform “Warehouse Shabbat” – location TBD 1/23 – Neshama to participate in Erev Shabbat services at the Synagogue 1/24 – Gala Concert featuring Neshama Carlebach, Josh Nelson & The Glory to God Singers 1/25 – Neshama and Josh will perform a Duet concert for the Sunday Religious school
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