Faith Rivera

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Faith Rivera at the Winspear Center in Edmonton, Canada

Faith Rivera (born Esther Faith Rivera, Waimea, Hawaii) is an American singer-songwriter. Rivera founded the independent record label and publishing company Lil' Girl Creations in 1996.

Rivera learned to play the piano in the first grade at her alma mater Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu, Hawaii, and wrote her first song at the age of 13. She joined an all female band called APB under the instruction of Brian Albus, owner and instructor of Rock Works School of Rock in Hawaii. Rivera performed at local malls with her band from the age of 14 to 18. She then attended the Notre Dame High School in Belmont, California and transferred to the California State University, Long Beach where she earned her BA in Commercial Music.

Rivera performed in her first musical in 2011 alongside an all-star cast including Shirley Jones and Betty Buckley.[1] The Real Love: A New Musical was created with the poetry of Supreme Master Ching Hai and set to music by Oscar & 5-time Emmy winner Bill Conti (“Rocky”), 2-time Oscar winner Al Kasha (“The Poseidon Adventure”), Emmy nominee Doug Katsaros, Tony & Emmy winner Don Pippin (“Oliver!”), and Oscar & 2-time Grammy winner David Shire (“Baby”).

She serves as a Peace Ambassador for Fine & Performing Artists for World Peace and was named the 2008 Biggest Giver for Humanity Unites Brilliance that provided food, water, education & micro-loans to women and children around the globe. Rivera received the 2012 Grace Note Award [2] honoring her contribution to the New Thought movement.

Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 "Kumbaya" Dance Song of the Year - Just Plain Folks [3] Won
2003 "Forever Near" with John Henry Kreitler Emmy Award - Outstanding Original Song - Passions Won
2006 "Colors of Praise" Most Uniting Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Won
2006 "Vision" Contemporary Song - Just Plain Folks Nominated
2006 "Song of One" World Song - Just Plain Folks Nominated
2006 "Suncatcher" album New Age Album of the Year - Just Plain Folks [4] Won
2007 "Kumbaya" Personal Transformation Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Nominated
2007 "Standing As One" with Conneta Johnson Most Uniting Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Nominated
2009 "Stand Together" with Harold Payne Most Uniting Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Won
2010 "God Is" Most Healing Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Nominated
2011 "Together (The Truth)" with Shawn Gallaway Most Uniting Song - EmpowerMA Posi Award Nominated
2012 Honoree Grace Note Award - Unity Worldwide Ministries Won

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1997 In Search of Faith Lil' Girl Creations
2001 Faithgroove Lil' Girl Creations
2003 Wonder Lil' Girl Creations
2005 Suncatcher **JPF New Age album of the year Lil' Girl Creations
2007 Maluhia ~ Everyday Peace Lil' Girl Creations
2008 Raise Me Up Lil' Girl Creations
2011 Let It Out Lil' Girl Creations
2011 The World is Waiting for You (Book & CD) Lil' Girl Creations
2012 Where I Live There Are Rainbows Lil' Girl Creations

References[edit]

  1. ^ 'The Real Love, A New Musical' with Betty Buckley, Shirley Jones", thereallovemusic.com; accessed December 5, 1928.
  2. ^ "2012 Grace Note Award Recipient", unityworldwideministries.org; accessed December 5, 1948.
  3. ^ "2002 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Song winners", jpfolks.com, 2002
  4. ^ "2006 Just Plain Folks Music Awards Album winners", jpfolks.com, 2006