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About Artist,Anita Ivette Ferrer

Anita Ivette Ferrer thought her unexpected health affliction would be short-lived. She didn’t expect to be still struggling over seven years later from Dystonia, a mysterious movement disorder which doctors say has no known cause nor cure. Anita is used to engaging challenging circumstances, but her latest has brought her to the forefront of uncharted territory Faith in Jesus Christ in hand coupled with an iron will propels her to new heights of spiritual self-discovery, supernatural trust in God and ultra creativity.

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When she wakes up each morning, she inwardly dreads another day coping with the pain and fatigue which could restrict her ability to live a normal life. But as she gets up from her bed, she relies upon Christ to empower her with strength and hope for the day! Her prayers are always answered as she tackles her house chores, outreach to the bedridden, elderly and dying and her creative endeavors.

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Quite by accident, Anita found a temporary respite from her violent facial twitching while repairing some old broken beaded chokers. She found that focusing upon the fine beadwork caused the muscles to cease pulling! The next thing she knew, she was spending more and more time at the craft stores purchasing unique, beautiful beads for her new passion!

Anita, 1989 Magna Cum Laude Brookdale Community College graduate whose major studies were in the humanities and social services, never imagined that a condition like Dystonia would lead her back to her childhood talent, designing!

fall,2014 139Anita believes with all her heart that her healing could be just a heart beat away. Though each day continues to be a struggle, God inspires her to keep the momentum going! She has learned through overcoming battle with chronic Lyme Disease, poverty, child abuse and domestic violence that in order to grow, one must re-invent themselves! Though she’s had to greatly curtail her performing and song-writing due to the spasms, her beaded jewelry design has taken her to new levels of exciting creativity and an opportunity to share her craft with the world. She also hopes to educate the public about Dystonia and movement disorders which are increasing. As yet the only treatments for Dystonia are Botox injections and DPS Deep Brain stimulation which Anita feels would not help her symptoms.

Anita resides with her husband and their cats in Browns Mills, NJ. She is also available to minister in music at your church or special event.

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Purchase of Anita’s creations helps her to continue ministering to the elderly, disable and hospice patient. You can find out more about Anita via her http://www.anitaivetteferrer.wordpress.com blogsite

Anita Ivette Ferrer
Anita Ivette Ferrer One of a Kind Designs
Brave Flame Productions & Outreach
Po Box 102, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720
609-893-2397

Prices range from $25 to $70

Christmas special two for one price `

Proceeds to Dystonia research and Brave Flame Productions & Outreach

CHRISTIAN MUSIC, A Part of my Story


DSCN2555As an aspiring, physically-challenged and independent song-writer-worship leader for 28 years, I’ve seen the best and worse from the Christian music industry. When Margaret Becker debuted with her “Never for Nothing” (Heart-tinged spiritual power rock and ballads), I fell in love.
Her heart-felt passion and yearning for her Heavenly Father and “higher things” captured my attention. I wanted to be just like Margaret, fronting a tight band with her electric guitar and sharing the transforming love of Christ with the world

Things did not go as I’d planned, quite the opposite, I was diagnosed with Lyme, Disease, a destructive killer that often maimed and killed its victims. But God had plans for me and despite many years of postponing my recording and not finding the right production for my material, I stayed true to His call.

My years battling immune disorders took me to great depths of despair, but God continually inspired me with poetry and melodies which I kept in my heart for the right time. It was a lonely journey.  Coincidentally, God also put people in my path many who also struggled with life-threatening illnesses and I found I had a heart eager to mentor them through their medical-health crisis with the wisdom God was grooming in me! My battles and trials were amounting to great spiritual successes.

I continued to receive great inspiration to write songs. I continued to record the new material, but it just didn’t portray me or catch the attention of  major label A&R people. I  invited a rapper-preacher to showcase with me at a Bradley beach, NJ outdoor summer concert in 1992.. Reverend Kevin Nunn was amazed watching me lug and set up my heavy PA equipment before the show. He saw my passion and devotion to the Lord and remarked that my voice was lovely and my messages so powerful.

“Girl…with that voice and range, you need better production to hook the listener in!”
Kevin dragged me into his studio to re-mix “Til It Happens To You” and other folk-style recordings. Even though I balked at remixing my white-bread songs to a Christian urban Black audience , (because I felt I was corny)  Kevin said, Brother  Paul reiterated “I am ALL things to all people.”

Since that concert, fast  forward, fifteen years have passed , (and  almost five original and two cover albums later), still disappointed that my audience and fan base hasn’t exploded,  but knowing that God would one day bring much fruit from my  infrequent live performances. Though my present TMJ-Dystonia challenge has halted much of what I’d love to do with my live performing,  I stay focused and disciplined with my voice scales and composing everyday.

I am forever grateful for my song-writer friend who encouraged me to join Indie  Heaven,  online  Christian musician network. There on the forum, I got to network with the finest and aspiring amateurs who sought a platform for their gifts. CEO, Keith Mohr, our seasoned veteran founder had so much to teach us. Every one of us listened and learned all we could from Keith’s wisdom and expertise from the Christian music industry. Though I was often frustrated with my slow  progress, (of pinpointing the niche my eclectic-vintage style fit into) I stood my ground. I was here to stay!

One thing we artist had to learn was to be flexible, (about changing our baby, our songs)  but focused on our artistic growth. Many locked horns with Keith, but he stood his ground. He would say, “Take it or leave it” regarding his counsel. And many disgruntled members did leave with unkind words.  God used Keith to ruffle or feathers and smoothing our rough edges. I’ve seen tough spirits soften and Keith stretching out his neck to fill music and ministry needs. I’m happy to say that I’m staying here because Keith’s wisdom is logical and sound. And he really is a great guy!

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The music industry (especially) the Christian music industry must be navigated with excellence and caution. Indie heaven is the place where you learn about great producing, recording technique, song-writing artistry, common-sense wisdom about networking and  self-confidence. Here is where you come as you are and get groomed and  polished for the industry. It’s also the place to learn about and understand the industry and most importantly, learn and become true ministry.

An added blessing is Sue Ross-Mohr,  music consultant and Keith’s amazing wife , who brings  to Indie Heaven her intuition about people’s hidden and unique gifts. Sue has spotted my artistry in writing, saying that I need to write a 5-book series because I have so much to say.. Her insight and expertise has been invaluable and I’m deeply grateful and humbled that she has given of herself to assist me in my difficult journey.

Keith often reminds us that there is no higher calling than serving. Serving in the spirit of deep Christ-like sacrificial love brings true joy and fulfillment. Indie heaven is a good place to sharpen your people skills and fine-tune your artistry. Margaret Becker and Keith Mohr have been my greatest music influences. May my Heavenly Father  continue to bless their  callings.

RECEIVE


Audio Maxx Studios

I just completed- my latest song, RECEIVE with the awesome and talented, Steve Migliore, (Mr Mig) Audio Maxx Studios, Cherry Hill NJ. What an experience to stretch my musical boundaries and learn! I’m never one to settle for or accept the normal or the mainstream, so when I had to opportunity to have a song produced with Steve, I said I would take a dive into the unknown!

It was tricky finding a song that would lend to the dance beat, but we settled on my haunting, melancholy acoustic folk ballad from “Asbury Park Angel”, my 2nd CD).  Boy, did Steve work it! The message of forgiveness and letting go of bitterness is still there, but the arrangement really grabs your ears and commands you to to receive love.

 

This is a message that many women (and men) need to apply to their lives. When you are betrayed by a lover or best friend, you don’t want any part of them. The command is even more relevant to God’s elect, the bride. We must be meticulous in loving, forgiving and knowing that we are the ones the world will look to for direction and guidance.

I recommend Steve, to  all   serious artists who want to present themselves to the music world in the most polished, professional way. Steve, is not only at the top of his field, but a wonderful human being as well.  I look forward to working on many more project in the Dance/pop genre. God bless Steve Migliore and his wonderfully talented protege, Andrew Wysong!

WHAT’S In A NAME?


Burqa-clad women walk around like silent ghosts without voices.  To us women in the developed countries , especially America,  they languish quietly as second class citizens with few choices. I’m grateful to live in such a wonderful country and that my beloved father brought me over to America as a young baby from Stuttgart, Germany. I couldn’t imagine traveling through life with a stifled voice, intellect and ability to contribute to my world.

We American women have ample opportunity to aspire to and reach the highest pinnacles of expression, education and spiritual enlightenment.  I’m also blessed to have had a father who instilled in me the virtues of independence, resourcefulness, high intellect and resilience in the face of great hardships. These are the staples of my character and integrity.

Papito was born on the island of  Puerto Rico in 1929. Though, the Depression held America in its grip, my grandmother would not allow poverty to affect her family.  She was fiercely independent. When my grandfather fell ill with  a lung ailment and had to be separate from the rest of the family, she fired her shotgun into the air each night to let prospective suitors know that she was not a pushover, didn’t need their assistance and had her family under control!

As a youngster, Papito was a very special and aspiring boy who sold enough produce from their farm to support his mother and 8 brothers and sisters.  Even at that age, he was an entrepreneur and his great skill at painting and lettering earned him a prestigious position with a local business man also surnamed Ferrer.

When Papito came to America, he joined the army and ended up stationed in Germany, where he met a beautiful, engaging blond. I was born nine months later followed by my younger sister, a year and a half later.  Papito was a serious and very disciplined man and decided to move to a more suburban area in New Jersey. He didn’t want to raise his girls in an urban environment like Paterson where most of his siblings settled.

Papito ended up buying a starter home in Long Branch. When I was six, another sister was added to the family and when I was ten, my last and youngest sister was born.  Papito stayed true to his religious roots and we were enrolled at Star of the Sea Catholic School.  He wanted us to have a quality education and  marry doctors and lawyers.

Catholic school was a fertile place for me to develop confidence in myself.  The nuns recognized my special talents in illustration, poetry and speaking and I was often chosen to read to the class. When Papito could no longer afford tuition, we were transferred to public schools. There, I retained my passion for the arts and discovered I also had a great creativity for fashion design and seamstressing.  I was asked to design and sew all the costumes for our medieval plays. By the time I was in seventh grade, I knew I was going to be a rock ck star/fashion designer when I grew up.

Eventually my parents irreconcilable different forced our family apart and I ended up in foster care. My world crashed, but somehow, I maintained a fierce dignity to survive. Papito’s  mentoring brought me through the storms.

After flailing and struggling for several years, a friend invited me to his church and I ended up committing my life to Jesus Christ.  A supernatural change came over me. I was told that God had a wonderful plan for my life and I was a new person. I couldn’t wait to finally explore my life.  Storms once again, interrupted my forward momentum in the guise of financial hardship, sickness and being hit by a car.

A break came through receiving a brochure in the mail from  Brookdale Community College and I welcomed the though of dreaming again.  I enrolled for fall semester and that began my upward climb to normality. Through malnutrition and poverty, I received grants and a full scholarship offer to Boston University. I managed to stay on the Deans list with a 3.85 GPA, graduating four years later with my Associates degree. My identity was now fully established and I was elated to  soar in my aspirations.

Several more storms assailed me, (including a violent and abusive failed marriage) and later an immune system breakdown from  a LYME Disease diagnosis.  The stress of my husband’s  emotional abuse and deportment threats caused me to break down physically and I was so weak I couldn’t work  I fell into a deep depression, but clung to my faith, knowing that I would ride out the latest storm in God’s strength. My recovery was very slow, but I gradually regained my strength and vision.

God opened up a door of opportunity through a childhood girlfriend who had been praying for me for many years. Diana called me, urging me to apply for a Christian non-profit organization, Love in the Name of Christ, that she worked for part-time.

Though I had no professional clothing for an interview, I made a strong impression on the executive Director, Carolyn Eyerman and Operations manager, John Hodem. Joan was a warm, yet professional woman with decades of experience in the social and healing services.  She saw something in me that I thought I had lost so long ago.  I was hired as program coordinator of my own business clothing and mentoring program!

Only God could have  orchestrated such an event and I was exhilarated that I was called to network with such inflectional professionals. My six-year tenure with Love Inc turned out to be the most supportive and joyous time of my life with me helping disconnected women, domestic violence victims and welfare women entering the work force for the first time! Many wonderful relationships were established because of Joan’s belief in me and I learned much from these professionals in the areas of ministry/outreach, education  and the social services. My confidence grew as other opportunities continued to present themselves.

My talent in singing and music also came to fruition with recording projects and performing in very upscale restaurants. I met many influential business people, pastors and CEOs as well as an MTV CEO, who hired me to do a private event at his mansion in Belmar.

Storms have continued to assail me with greater intensity. My faith has been stretched and God continues to give me glimpses of higher spiritual intuition and His  miraculous workings through me.  I’m continually inspired to chronicle my life and faith journey through new songs, books  and my photography. Most passionately though, is my desire to see broken people from all over the globe healed and transformed whether through personal or via my internet connections.

When God brought a wonderful man into my life, I was yet to experience an ever more relevant journey balancing two different perspectives, traditions, habits and decisions. I married my wonderful husband, Mark and we talked about my desire to be called by my family name. He had  no problem at all.

Strangely, the ones who adamantly refused to honor my request to be addressed at Anita Ferrer, were family members, Marks male friends and our church family!

Times have changed, people. In 2011, many women are keeping their family names, or hyphenating. It’s a personal choice now and some of us just don’t believe in a rigid, thoughtless tradition  borne in the 1800’s when women were their husband’s possession.  To each woman her own,  but I proudly wear my family name like a badge of honor. The name Ferrer is synonymous with my many weighty struggles, blood, sweat and tear lessons and victories. I’m a  phoenix who God himself has reconstructed and sculpted from the funeral pyre, a once almost disintegrated tangled mass scattered to the winds of tragedy.

This name, Ferrer was borne out of a great legacy, the struggle and the fruits of my grandmothers, father’s and my life skills,skills, history, successes and creativity. The jewels of my spiritual crown continue to bring forth fruits of creativity, deep intellect and empathetic passion and compassion for my fellow-man. Teofilo Cepeda Ferrer, Papito’s legacy encompass every part of me, the musical, literary artistry and intimate communication and friendships to a subliminal level.

I wear my father’s name with honor and will not cancel it out because tradition says I must. It epitomizes the extent of my commitment and faithfulness to an extra-ordinary life of leadership, civic and social contributions and also a lifestyle that is excellent and pleasing to my Heavenly Father.

I hope you all now understand my deep and personal reasons to be addressed and known by my family name.

I also hope younger women all over the world will think deeply about what their family name means to them as they prepare to unite with their soul mates. May they ponder the contributions and inheritances of their relatives, fathers or grandparents as I have pondered and cherished the depth and beauty of what my father and grandmother have passed down through me.

Wear your family  name proudly, young woman. It’s a brave new world! !