Faith Angelina Dixon (her professional name is Faith Angelina) is a beautiful soul with a story to tell. Music seems to come to her like dreams. As she continues to compose and prepare to release new music for each upcoming album, it is nice to look back and see how far she has come in such a short window of time. It all started with her debut album, Reaching 12.
Reaching 12 is a story of emotional triumph and discovery. It is the completion of a young girl’s journey, a successful climb, and a moral victory captured through a musical journey of emotions in thought-provoking melodies.
It was 8 August 2016, when Faith’s mother found the suicide note left on her minivan. It was a heart-stopping moment. The type that slows down time and changes all priorities and perspectives. On the front side of the paper, it said, “PLEASE READ” in big letters. On the back was the following…
I am writing this to inform you about something I didn’t have the strength to tell you in person. I have depression. I know you think that we all go through a stage where we are sad it’s true, but this is not the case. I thought that I just had a sad time too until I realized I had been thinking about killing myself many times. I know that this is hard to hear but I felt it was important to tell you something I had been holding back for five years. I hope you can think of me the same after this note and know that me thinking about killing myself is NOT your fault.
After an immediate trip to the doctor, it was discovered that Faith didn’t have clinical depression but that she suffered from a hormonal imbalance in her body. She had been waking up in the middle of the night over half of her young life and wandering around while the rest of the family slept. With a small prescription and lots of love, Faith headed off to start middle school and a magical year that would follow.
Shortly after this experience, Faith composed a new song called “Finding Hope” and finished three others she had been working on. Focusing on her dream, new ideas started to flow like the wind. In February, her parents surprised her with a trip to a recording studio to lay down the first four tracks of this album as the dream started to take shape. She immediately set a goal to complete twelve total songs by the end of May, so she could put out her first album shortly after her 12th birthday. Reaching 12 is more than just the completion of that goal. It is a reminder to take the risk and trust in the love and support of those around us when we are struggling.
If you ever feel like you can’t go on, don’t think you are alone. Reach out and you will be amazed at how much love and support you will find.
Since launching her first album in 2017, Faith has been busy performing and composing music. She has also been a positive voice for suicide prevention. Since the subject is rather complicated and usually involves multiple things, Faith has focused on seeking help when we have negative thoughts instead of letting those thoughts continue to grow. She has appeared and played at many events around this subject and enjoys doing her part to make a difference.
In addition to her many performances, Faith struck gold with a few awards for her debut album. She won Best of State Awards, (Utah) in both Original Composition and Youth Solo Instrumentalist. It was her first time being considered for the honors.
On Saturday, 12 May 2018, 13-year-old recording artist Faith Angelina was named New Artist of the Year at the Zone Music Reporter (ZMR) 14th Annual Awards held in New Orleans, Louisiana. The ZMR is the industry source for New Age, World, Ambient, Electronic, Solo Piano, Relaxation, Instrumental and many other genres of music.
Faith Angelina entered the music scene in 2017 with her debut album – Reaching 12 – and ranked as high as number 6 on the ZMR top 100 charts in October and November of 2017. She composed the majority of the twelve songs on the album as she approached her 12th birthday.
The songs on the album meander between cheery to more meditative in nature.
When asked about how she felt about winning the award, Faith replied, “When they called my name as the winner the feeling was almost indescribable. The closest thing I could say is I felt like I was floating.”
Faith Angelina has the unwavering support of her entire family, especially her father, Thal Dixon, who recognized her gift for composing and started Faith Angelina Music to produce this first album. She performs locally around Salt Lake City at local Galas, and Events but Faith is currently working to keep her life as normal as possible even as she is back in the studio recording her follow up album, Notes from Zion, to be released 3 January 2019.
When asked if the sleepless nights were worth it, Dixon was quoted as saying, “It feels like I am living a dream right now.” It was everything I could do to hold back the tears when she won.
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