The Beloved Snatam Kaur
Spiritually Inspired Music
Both AJ Crowell & Erica Mestyanek from Dallas Yoga Magazine are avid Kundalini Yoga enthusiasts. So, when Snatam Kaur came out with her latest album we were overjoyed to tell our readers. If you have never heard Snatam Kaur’s music, then I encourage you to put it on your to do list. Here’s what others are saying about her.
“In Snatam’s voice…there is purity, clarity and love.” Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now
“Snatam is a living example of an ecstatic soul. Her book and her music is a transmission of love and devotion.” Deva Premal
“Snatam has mined ancient meditative practices and brought them to us to make our lives better. She gives us ways to choose truth, positivity, light and peace—for ourselves and our families and the world. She’s a teacher of our times.” Elizabeth Lesser, cofounder of the Omega Institute author of The Seekers Guide
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Who is Snatam Kaur?
Snatam Kaur is an American singer, peace activist and author raised in the Sikh and Kundalini Yoga tradition. She has an amazing ability to transform traditional Sikh chants of India into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the Soul. For over thirty years, she studied with and grew up in the presence of her spiritual teacher, Yogi Bhajan, while he was in his physical form, learning the essence of Naad Yoga, a form of yoga focusing on sacred sound. At the core of this practice is an essential experience of peace and healing which has helped her music to be accessible to people of all walks of life. She has taught and shared Naad Yoga and Kundalini Yoga and meditation through her recorded CDs, concerts, and workshops for the past sixteen years as a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace. Her book, published 2016, Original Light; The Morning Practice of Kundalini Yoga is a compassionate and supportive guide to creating a personal daily spiritual practice.
New Release: Beloved
Finding a place of total peace within yourself is a priceless gift. From the first note, Snatam Kaur’s new release, Beloved, gives you that gift. The opening track, Amul (which is Gurmukhi word for priceless) invites you to travel away from the chaos of this commercial world to a place of priceless peace. From there, the album builds landscapes of song that have Snatam Kaur’s voice opening up in totally new directions from her previous albums.
Snatam worked with producer Jamshied Sharifi for the first time on this album, recording live in studio with her band, with music that has been nurtured and developed over the last few years on tour. What Snatam shares on this album is raw and rich and filled with her love and longing for the Beloved. Stuart Fuchs guitar brings a sweetness that translates the emotion and devotion of this music into notes and chords that you feel played on your heartstrings. Tabla player Neelamjit Singh creates a rhythmic heartbeat beneath the music that you feel your body beginning to sync with as you journey through the album. Bassist Sarah Siri Kirtan Carlisle creates the earthy undertones that pull it all together. There are also guest appearances from other incredible instrumentals including Steve Gore on Bansuri flute.
The range of music on this album is vast. With Amul, Gopaal and Sat Naaraa-in, long time Snatam Kaur fans will find she does it again, finding that perfect place where her voice and music takes you into a deeply blissful space. Snatam also shares a few more traditional Gurbani Kirtan tracks on this album, an ancient devotional musical style of Sikhs from Northern India. The flawless composition and rich vocals are sure to move traditionalists, as well as people new to this style of music. The high-energy track Har Uplift has been a favorite in her concerts for the last year and her fans are sure to celebrate its inclusion on the album. Snatam also wrote a deeply personal love song to the waters of the planet, born from her deep passion for the environment and for bringing awareness to the importance of taking care of it. The Sierra Club is working with Snatam Kaur to create a music video from this song title Water of Your Love.
In Beloved, Snatam Kaur’s musical evolution continues to take her listeners with her to higher realms. This is an album that is sure to be much beloved.
To find out more about her concerts, workshops, book and albums, visit www.snatamkaur.com