FYO - Shelly Segal Launch - An Atheist Album - in London 21st March

From: Sue M
Sent on: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:55 AM

Australian Atheist Singer-Songwriter Shelley Segal has just released her latest album entitled 'An Atheist Album' and is having an album launch on the 21st March in London, before she heads off to Washington DC to play at the 'Reason Rally'.

Details of the launch are as follows:

The Comedy Pub
Wednesday 21st March 2012
Onstage 9:00pm
7 Oxendon Street
Piccadilly Circus
SW1Y 4EE
London, United Kingdom

Please spread the word to your group members & affiliates! Your support is very appreciated and your attendance, warmly anticipated!

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Below is part of the official Press Release for further details & links.

Any further questions? Please email [address removed]

Brought up in a traditional Jewish family, Segal's religious world-view was first challenged in a year 11 Biology class, while learning about evolution.

The next few years were a journey of learning and discovery, spurred on by authors such as Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins.

Segal then became involved in the secular movement, a cause she sees as indispensable.

As a songwriter, Shelley’s music is often biographical and story-telling in nature and in response to her views she has recorded and released 'An Atheist Album.'

The seven songs on the album are her thoughts on religion, atheism and related themes through the prism of her secular humanism.

The opening track of the album, 'Eve,' explores the oppressive views of religious doctrines towards women.

The final track, 'Afterlife' is a very lyrical song discussing the potential consequences of belief in an afterlife; from not fully appreciating this life and abandoning environmental responsibility to full blown martyrdom.

A folk track, 'Gratitude,' describes how one can feel gratitude for one's life, even without a deity to be grateful to. It challenges religion's perceived monopoly on transcendent experiences.

While Segal advocates that atheism is simply the rejection of theism, for her it also represents applying critical thought, reason and evidence to your belief system and world views and not blindly accepting dogma. It is a reminder to her to do so in all areas of thought.

Segal does not "believe in fairies" as her song tells us, nor Jesus, Zeus and Allah but she does believe in the right for open discourse and responsibility for ones beliefs and actions. She believes no opinions are above criticism or scrutiny - including her own.

A quote from her album cover reads "A mechanistic view of the universe is neither shallow, nor devoid of awe. Rather, it unveils and celebrates the beauty and the wondrous complexity that is present in our world, even in empty space"

Shelley Segal has written and recorded a song with world-renowned DJ Carl Cox. The track ‘Chemistry’ spent two weeks at #1 on the techno charts in November 2011.
This March, Shelley will be flying to Washington DC to perform at the 'Reason Rally’. Heralded as 'Woodstock for atheists' the Reason Rally is set to be the largest gathering of the secular movement in history.
In 2012, Shelley will be releasing her next album, touring Australia and the US and will be performing at the Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, April 13-15th and at the American Humanists
Annual Conference in New Orleans, June 7-10.

Here is a link to Shelley's music video of 'Saved,' the first single of An Atheist Album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-h_jNiSczw

Further Links:
An Atheist Album on ITunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/an-atheist-album/id480862948
Shelley Segal Facebook http://www.facebook.com/shelley.segal.music
Shelley Segal Artist Website http://www.shelleysegal.com/
Shelley Segal Artist Bio http://www.shelleysegal.com/bio/
Shelley’s music video for 'Saved' (single) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-h_jNiSczw
Reason Rally Website http://www.reasonrally.org/2012/02/10/shelley-segal-will-perform-at-the-reason-rally/
Press release for 'Reason Rally' from the Centre for Inquiry http://reasonrally.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/ShelleySegalRRFINAL.pdf
Global Atheist Convention 2012 http://www.atheistconvention.org.au/shelley-segal/
American Humanists Annual Conference http://conference.americanhumanist.org/performer/shelley-segal/

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