Break Open

  • Artist: The Zen Engines
  • Release Date: 2017-01-15
  • Genre: Rock
  • Produced By: Gregg Kirk, mixed & mastered by Phil Nicolo
  • Price: $9.99

Break Open” is The Zen Engines‘ third release in five years, following previous releases “Obrigado,” (2012) and “Everything” (2014). It spans such topics as healing from chronic illness, spiritual awakening, and journeys into the unknown. The musical range is much wider than past releases, spanning from heavy rock tunes to acoustic ballads… and with a Christmas song thrown in. The instrumentation features everything from electric guitars, bass and drums… to gongs, singing bowls, ektaras, cellos, violins, trumpets, french horns, and shruti boxes.

As with his past releases, songwriter Gregg Kirk has received these melodies and lyrics from a source outside himself. Call it channeled music or divine inspiration, but each of these tunes is aimed to heal and/or awaken a place within you to facilitate your own spiritual growth.

This album was produced by Gregg Kirk and mixed and mastered by Phil Nicolo at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. Cover photo by Deny Howeth.

Album Credits:


Gregg KirkVocals (all tunes), Guitars (all tunes), Bass (“Color of Your Heart,” “High Horses,” “Stardust,” “Odd One,” “You & I,” and “Gasoline”) Ektara (“Gasoline”), Percussion (sleigh bells on “Very Christmas”)

Dave AnthonyDrums (all tunes), Percussion (all tunes)

Billy GewinBass (“Astronaut,” “Quantum Love,” “Forgive & Forget,” “Better Everyday,” “Very Christmas,” “Shadows of the Night,” and “Break Open”), Piano (“Forgive & Forget,” “Very Christmas,” “Shadows of the Night,”and “Break Open”), C3 Organ (“Color of Your Heart,” “Odd One,” “Very Christmas,” “Shadows of the Night,” and “Break Open”)

Anna JacobsenViolin (“Astronaut,” “Color of Your Heart,” “High Horses,” “Stardust,” “Odd One,” and “Break Open”), Backing Vocals (“Astronaut” and “High Horses”)

Adriana Maria PeraCello (“Astronaut,” “Color of Your Heart,” “High Horses,” “Stardust,” “Odd One,” and “Break Open”)

Justin LoganGong (“Astronaut” and “Stardust”), Shruti box (“Very Christmas”), Singing bowls (“High Horses” and “Stardust”)

Zack KirkTrumpet (“Very Christmas”)

Dorothy KirkTrumpet (“Very Christmas”)

Caitlyn GrubbFrench horn (“Very Christmas”)

Carly KirkBacking vocals (“Better Everyday”)

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