Reviews of Star Song
“STAR SONG” is Raphaela Gilla’s first single to be released on September 18th in anticipation of her newest album ANCIENT ANGEL. Based in London and Berlin, Raphaela is a singer, musician, spiritual guide, and vocal medium. Her spirituality is a major influence on her work, as well as her Jewish-Bulgarian, Polish, and Spanish roots, which influenced her unique style of singing.Violet Childers on Kurrent Music 30 Sep 2020
“STAR SONG” is a track about a journey of love. In Raphaela’s own words, it “describes the feeling of Highest Joy when one precious heart opens to you and shows the Unconditional Love in it that’s meant for you.” This beautiful message is delivered by Raphaela’s enchanting vocals and angelic harmonies that truly touch the soul. She says “Star Song was a Gift that was already there completely waiting for me to receive and to share it.” With its release on September 18th, you will truly feel the same about this soul-grasping track.
Through using her vocal ability as a sort of spiritual practice, Raphaela Gilla creates music that transcends the mundane of everyday life. Born and raised in Israel but now based in London and Berlin, Raphaela’s multi-cultural heritage and upbringing inspire her faith and in turn, her music.Ali Hudson on ethno cloud September 09/25/20, 2020
Raphaela’s vocal style covers quite the range of practice, from ritualistic shaman to soaring melodies. Her latest single, “Star Song,” is the first off of her upcoming album Ancient Angel. This track pulls the listener in and upwards as she sings of the warmth that she feels in the presence of unconditional love. Her vocals rise angelically over the top of an atmosphere of ambient electronic sound and gentle single-head drumming.
“Star Song”, which Raphaela self-released on streaming platforms in September, features her ethereal, soothing vocals that feel like a massage in my ears. Organic percussion and ascending choral tones build gradually like the sun itself rising – I’m definitely adding this one to my Morning Routine playlist. Follow Raphaela on Spotify and socials to keep the good vibes coming.indie source 06-11-2020
Raphaela Gilla, uses her incredible voice to bring light, love, and wonder to the music scene. Her voice is unlike anything we have ever heard, and brings chills to our body as we become engulfed in her newest release, “Star Song.”Indepedent Artis Buzz 18-09-2020
STAR SONG is the First Single of Raphaela Gilla’s New Recording Album – ANCIENT ANGEL. This song is more than just music, or instruments and vocals produced together. This track is a testament to love. It brings the listener through the journey that love can bring someone on.
When asked about how she wrote this track, Gilla said, “My inspiration for Star Song was the surprise and the thrill that I felt in me caused by a person’s heart that was closed with fear but was ready to be open…”
Love, just like music, is the universal language, and Raphaela captures the incredible magic of both with her latest release.
Since the world seems to be falling apart around us, and quarantine is a complete killjoy, I’ve been turning to any form of healing and self-care I can get my hands on, and that includes spiritual-healing music. Enter Raphaela Gilla: she’s an Israeli-born, world-traveled musician and artist who creates rich sound palettes to uplift and awaken the listener’s spirit. Raphaela is classically trained in jazz, opera, Oriental, and Arabic music at various music schools around the world, so she really knows her stuff. She combines her traditional musical training with Tibetan singing bowls, shamanic drums, and experiences as a medium to create soundscapes for meditation, yoga, and the like.indie source 06-11-2020
“I hear the music and sing what I hear intuitively. It feels like the music is already there, chooses me as a channeling instrument. The melody plays itself through my voice, the lyrics appear as messages. The intuitive improvisations and the songs are being created when I’m in half-trance, in a very meditative state. Mostly it happens when I sing in nature. I feel that I am one with nature, singing and channeling its powerful energy.” -Raphaela Gilla
“Star Song”, which Raphaela self-released on streaming platforms in September, features her ethereal, soothing vocals that feel like a massage in my ears. Organic percussion and ascending choral tones build gradually like the sun itself rising – I’m definitely adding this one to my Morning Routine playlist. Follow Raphaela on Spotify and socials to keep the good vibes coming.
Raphaela Gilla is an impressive musician and singer who is dedicated to helping others through her work as a Vocal Medium and Spiritual Guide. Her single “Star Song” and it’s the first track off her upcoming album Ancient Angel.Jarod October 22, 2020
Compared to the likes of Lisa Gerrard, Diamanda Galas, Yael Naim, Raphaela’s voice is her superpower and the control she showcases in “Star Song” is remarkable.
She was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Now she lives and works in London and Berlin. Her Jewish-Bulgarian, Polish and Spanish roots influenced her way of singing and granted her voice many colours and characters- from ritualistic shaman through native Balkan to heavenly angelic voices. This mixture of vocal styles defined her unique style as a singer and vocal-medium.
Raphaela Gilla studied jazz and contemporary music at the Rimon College of Music, Tel Aviv, classical music and opera at the Rubin Academy of Music, Oriental and Arabic music at the Institute of Oriental Culture, Jaffa.
She has performed all over Israel and Europe as a soloist in musicals, classical, world music and contemporary chamber music. She has collaborated with several DJs for electronic music as well.
She has performed with the Israeli Philharmonia Choir at the Philharmonic Hall, in Tel Aviv. And she was a soloist and artistic director of the Indonesian gamelan music performance at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
She performed at the London Body Mind Spirit festival and gave concerts of her own music with various ensembles at art galleries, museums, festivals, clubs and churches.
During the time of performing, writing and recording a wide range of music she developed her special style of vocal music and performance in which she combines soul, classical and world music, oriental, shamanic and ambient music genres. She accompanies herself with Tibetan singing bowls, gongs and chimes as well as shaman drums. As a vocal medium she opens herself and let the music flow through her. She receives the musical ideas and messages from the universe and channels what she hears. Her singing and music bring love, light, joy and healing to many people.
Raphaela Gilla is a singer, vocal-medium, composer and a spirtual guide. She was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. Now she lives and works in London and Berlin. Her Jewish-Bulgarian, Polish and Spanish roots influenced her way of singing and granted her voice many colours and characters- from ritualistic shaman through native Balkan to heavenly angelic voices. This mixture of vocal styles defined her unique style as a singer and vocal- medium. Sharing her new single and video for “Star Song,” we catch up with Raphaela, below!
1. Tell us the story of this song, why did you choose to visualize this song specifically in this way?
Star Song is about personal, human matters which are universal. For we are all one, the universe is in us and every one of us is a universe full of lights, shadows, magical nature, beautiful colours and more.
The song and the video are meant to encourage humans to feel Unconditional Love. To love and be loved in return. The visualisation of the video was chosen to emphasize the transition from the micro to the macro – meaning, finding our inner light, our divine essence, our soul’s purpose, our inner love. The universe will reflect that back to us through colourful visions, messages. It reveals connections with our spiritual guides and divine beings from higher dimensions
The Star Song video was made to represent a spiritual journey from discovering the divine inner being to the expression of it outside in the world. The images, which are connected to our universe, are supporting and helping to represent this journey.
2. What was the inspiration behind this video (visuals, storyline, etc.)?
The inspiration behind this video was my own spiritual journey of discovering Unconditional Love in a person’s heart that used to be closed with fear but opened itself to me so that I could feel the magical love in it.
That moment of revelation was so strong that it brought me back home to my own spiritual guiding star, who I had the luck to know in my life while she was still in this dimension, before she transformed to the higher dimension. The meetings with her were and still always bring me back home to myself, to the love of my guardian angel, to my higher inner self, to my inner light, to my crown, which plays a very important role in my life as well as in the video. The video represents the beautiful experience that brings unconditional, pure, true love, that everyone deserves to receive.
The crown emphasizes the Divine Feminine Aspect, which is a very important message and inspiration.
The Divine Feminine is on a journey. Her third eye is open and her crown chakra is present. She is awakened and observes the universe around her. She experiences the universe and its epic, colourful visions through her third eye and crown chakra with so much love, serenity and acceptance. The divine feminine aspect is “making love” with the universe in the video. The universe reminds her of who she really is and her original power and brings peace and healing to her soul.
At the end of the video, the divine feminine embraces it all from her spirit to her center – her womb and belly. The universe and nature has fertilized her and she brings these treasures to the people. She nourishes them with her ancient, sacred knowledge and the universal gifts that she has received. Finally, she has been brought back to her source of energy, what brings balance to the 3-dimensional world.
The vocal experimental improvisations, the abstract shapes, and the colours in Star Song video are representing diverse elements. Blue represents the water element: deep wisdom and feelings. Red and orange represent the fire element: warmth, love, passion and strength. Green represents healing and wild nature. Purple represents the flame of inspiration and spirituality. Yellow & white represent the bright light of a star. Black represents the shadows.
3. What was the process of making this video?
Star Song video was made over the course of 9 months from January until September 2020. It was like a pregnancy process.Jane Lambert 10-10-2020
Originally this video was supposed to be shot at a live concert in Berlin, Germany, and was planned to be edited as a live performance. But due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the concert was cancelled so the video producer and I had to come with another plan.
We could not meet during the lock down, so our meetings turned into online conversations like every meeting at the time of the pandemic’s beginning. We came to the idea of the relevant status of the world in a time like this. Because Star Song is a song about unconditional love, coming back home to our souls through connecting with our spiritual guidance, about light and healing, we felt that this is the right moment to bring these themes into the world in the video as well. We had the need to create an authentic feature that supplies balance, love, light, positivity, and hope that wins over the fears, shadows and chaos, that activates an energetic shift, harmony and healing in humanity and in mother earth.
We looked for elements and images that create the universal, epic atmosphere that we wanted to achieve, which could serve the song’s message and provide a feeling of a huge, free space.
Due to the situation, the video producer and I weren’t allowed to bring assistants to the shooting day in the studio. According to the safety rules, only two people could be in one room/studio so the two of us had to find solutions to help each other. For example, the “making love” frames were all selfies, I had to hold the light, the video producer had to help me when my make-up ran down, etc
However, the difficult conditions didn’t affect our creative process, didn’t shade the high quality of art and the fun of making this video! Most of all they didn’t prevent the birth of the Star Song video into the world!
Raphaela Gilla is a Berlin-based musician and singer who is dedicated to helping others through her work as a Vocal Medium and Spiritual Guide. Her single “Star Song” is out now and it is the first track from her upcoming album Ancient Angel.Carl Johnson – October 16, 2020
“I see my music as a new food, which has been offered to the people. It adds a new flavor to the world industry. When one tries it and realizes that it has an interesting, exotic, new taste, which is not similar to anything that they have tasted before. You will be drawn in to taste it again and again till it becomes part of your breakfast because it’s too tasty and nourishing to leave off of the menu! It’s like a new, special, rich, sweet, and salty kind of butter with caramel, which has both gentle and intense flavors that melts on the tongue, opens the heart, warms the belly, frees the spirit, and fills the soul with lots of love vitamins.”
Compared to the likes of Lisa Gerrard, Diamanda Galas, Yael Naim, Raphaela’s voice is her superpower, and the control she showcases in “Star Song” is remarkable. Listen here:
Israel born, Berlin and London based singer, composer, vocal medium and healer Raphaela Gilla has released her newest track, Star Song.Joshua (J.Smo) Smotherman October 12, 2020
It’s a beautiful thing when someone who expresses themself through creative processes is in touch with their roots. Coming from a tradition of spirituality and shamanism, Raphaela Gilla is as much a music creator as she is a medium for using music and sound to heal…the mind, the body and the soul (or aura, energy, what have you).
In Raphaela’s words,
“The first time that I held a singing bowl in my hand I heard magical music, sounds and melodies that weren’t from this world. From this moment I knew that it’s my special gift, that I am here to bring heaven on earth, to bring the music that I hear to the people, to awaken, to open hearts, to bring love, light and healing to the world, to inspire and bring spiritual awareness to people’s lives, to bring all of us back home on this earth. These instruments are my faithful, inspiring, sound gates companions.”
The ambient, passionate, emotionally powerful ballad Star Song came to Raphaela after someone whose heart had been closed and filled with fear, opened up to themself and to Raphaela.
My inspiration for Star Song was the surprise and the thrill that I felt in me caused by a person’s heart that was closed with fear but was ready to be open and to reveal it self to me, so that I could see and feel it’s Warmth, Joy, and the Remembers of Deep Love in it.