JoJo Silverman, creator and director of the Devotional Music Foundation, wasborn on a spring day of 1973 in Boston MA. HeÂ has been studying yoga, meditation, holistic health,Â Â music, chanting, hand percussion, and fire keeping for over 15 years. Using sound for the exploration of our consciousness to connectÂ hearts and minds is his mission and gift.
Popular percussionist Girish is blasting through the defining boundaries of the chant music genre, bringing a fresh, exciting, and yet deeply spiritual interpretation to kirtan.
Steve Ross has practiced various styles of yoga for almost thirty years and has been an instructor for over twenty years. He spent four years as a monk in the Vedic tradition, and since that time, he has ceaselessly sought out and reveled in the presence of some of the most notable masters of our time – in India and elsewhere. His chanting is legendary in the Los Angeles area. You can also catch his morning yoga workout TV show called Inhale on the Oxygen channel.
Howard Wills has been sharing his healing gifts throughout the world since 1974, after a powerful spiritual transformation. His work is experiential, offering a tangible spiritual technology that puts self-healing within our grasp while revealing the importance of love, forgiveness, personal freedom, and happiness in our search for perfect health and higher consciousness. The healing prayers he offers for free on his website have brought profound healing and inner peace to people all over the world.
Inspired by the deep devotional mood of Indian singing and music, Jaya Lakshmi began leading kirtan with harmonium and 12 string guitar and writing her own devotional songs over 12 years ago on the island of Hawaii, shortly after she received harinam initiation from Srila Govinda Maharaj. Her singing and kirtans have a powerful effect and always create a deep sense of intimacy with the Divine.
Thomas Ashley-Farrand, Namadeva, was one of the Western world’s foremost authorities on the application of Sanskrit Mantras to life’s problems. His Maha Samadhi occured on October 1st, 2010, and his wife, Satyabhama, continues to carry on his mission of bringing the healing power of mantra to the world.
Jami Lula dedicates his voice through soulful singing and uplifting themes. As a vocalist, musician and teacher Jami Lula is striving to perform music that is uplifting, healing, heart opening and inspiring and that spreads a powerful message of love and positive intention. His contribution as a featured soloist with the choir group TAG through the Agape International Center of Truth serves as an extension of Jamiâ€™s commitment to inspiration through music.
Donna De Lory is a singer and songwriter whose voice and sound seem to transcend time and genre. Her music is a seamless blend of east and west, a beautiful hybrid of English lyrics and devotional Sanskrit mantras set to modern melodies. A longtime accompanying vocalist for Madonna, Donna De Lory has also recorded with legendary artists including Santana, Julio Iglesias and Jewel.
In concert, Donna performs a meditative blend of Sanskrit Chanting and Devotional Pop, often accompanied by musicians such as Ty Burhoe on tabla, Cameron Stone on cello and Dave Allen on drums.
Bhavani Lorraine Nelson offers experiential workshops throughout the world from her home base at Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, with which she has been aligned as a program director since 1988.Â Bhavani teaches meditation and mindfulness, yogic tools to transform stress, and the power of the voice, including sounding, singing, chanting, sound healing, and public speaking.Â She has conducted inspirational seminars, sounding experiences, and vocal coaching in educational, medical, corporate, and religious settings.
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Heather and Benjy
Benjy and Heather Wertheimer lead kirtan (sacred chanting) worldwide as the duo Shantala, with soul-stirring vocals, sacred lyrics and exotic instrumentation. The weaving of Benjyâ€™s Indian classical singing and instrumentation with Heatherâ€™s soaring vocals is freshly original and profoundly moving. Together they create music with beauty, passion, and reverence. Shantala has performed and recorded internationally with such sacred music luminaries as Krishna Das, Deva Premal & Miten, and Jai Uttal. In summer 2008, they were named as one of the top â€œWallahs to Watchâ€ by Yoga + Joyful Living. Kirtan is a celebration of spirit through the chanting of sacred names, carrying the audience into a state of heightened awareness, bliss, and devotion. The audience is invited to participate fully through call-and-response chanting, dance, and meditation.
David Newman or Durga Das, as he is also known, is a Kirtan Chant Artist and a practitioner and educator of Bhakti Yoga – the Yoga of Love. David, a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, travels extensively singing Kirtan (Indian devotional chanting) and sharing the spiritual, devotional, meditative and musical aspects of yoga. David’s music embodies a devotional mysticism, distinctive musicality, poetic intimacy and a deep respect for India’s ancient chant tradition. His recordings expand the traditional Kirtan medium by incorporating a wide range of musical and lyrical elements and by exploring a vast palette of progressive production influences.
Larisa Stow & Shakti Tribe create an unprecedented blend of ancient Eastern mantras with the contemporary sounds of the West with their debut release. Larisa’s voice is absolutely mesmerizing as these empowering messages of peace and love transport your heart and soul on an inspirational journey… including sacred chants in Sanskrit, Aramaic and English.
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