We are blessed to have talented, inspiring, devoted musicians to lead us in kirtan, chanting, and sadhana music as our souls connect with the Infinite sound current.
Monday, December 17
Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her journey with the sound current began many years ago and doesn’t seem to have an end—instead it has become an infinite quest for the anahat, or unstruck sound.
A student of sound for more than 15 years, she integrates the Naad into her music, teaching, and healing practices. She has studied with some of the great Sound practitioners in the West: David Hykes, Shanti Shivani, and Pandit Mukesh Desai and is also influenced by the the Shabad Guru—the sound current in the Sikh tradition. Her music focuses on using sound to move the body, the mind and the breath toward powerful transformative experiences that uplift the individual and serve the soul.
A writer, editor, poet, singer and songwriter—and a pretty good cook, too—Sat Purkh serves as Editor and Creative Director of the Kundalini Research Institute. She has released three albums of sacred music: Queen Bee, Nectar of the Name and Beautiful Day. She recently authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to women’s teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She lives with her two cats Fatty and Slim, and her dog, Vinnie.
Tuesday, December 18
When Gurunam Singh graduated high school he was given a guitar and began composing simple songs. At 22 he found Yogi Bhajan and Sikh Dharma. He sang and played along with others and over time began leading sadhana chants in the early morning hours. He spent lots of time in the solitude of his own home, and in the Sikh temple late at night, chanting to God and writing devotional songs. Gurunam’s influences range from gospel, folk and country, to classical Indian raag and traditional Sikh hymns, to many of the current artists who sing devotional Hindu chants. He occasionally studied with some great ragis such as Bhai Avtar Singh from India and Dya Singh from Australia. But his music is very simple and he invites everyone to chant along. Spirit Voyage Facebook
Wednesday, December 19
GuruGanesha Singh is a guitarist, a singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur who has been a leading figure in establishing World Sacred Music as one of the fastest-rising and creatively fertile genres on the current scene.
GuruGanesha is one of those rare individuals who combine the heart and soul of an artist with the clear, quick mind of a seasoned and wise business leader. He started Spirit Voyage Records and became Snatam’s manager as well as her guitarist and co-vocalist in 2000.
“I’m 60 years old now and I’ve dedicated the past ten years of my life to sending healing sound currents out to the world,” he says. “I’m not doing it for the money. I’ve already had success in business. It’s been a labor of love and devotion, from starting Spirit Voyage, to my work with Snatam and now embarking on the Song of the Soul Tour with Tina Malia. People on the planet are so stressed out now. They need the healing, soothing energy of the Divine Mother. When a Snatam Kaur or a Tina Malia sings, there is an innocence and purity to their voice that opens every heart in the room within seconds. Everyone in the audience will feel like a child again, in their mother’s arms. For a time, they will forget all their troubles and cares, and rediscover their true identity as spiritual beings.”
His albums include Grateful Ganesh, Pure Ganesh, Joy Is Now and Kundalini Surjhee.
Thursday, December 20
Nirinjan Kaur Khalsa was born in Vancouver, B.C. to a Kundalini Yoga practicing, Sikh family. With two musical parents, she found her love for singing at an early age. As time went on, she became very interested in Kundalini Yoga and the Sikh faith, and became a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher at age 13. Sacred chanting goes hand in hand with both of these traditions, and Nirinjan quickly found a merging of two loves: spirituality and singing. In 2003, when she was 15, she began attending Miri Piri Academy in Amritsar, India. While in high school there, she studied Classical Indian music with a focus on Gurbani Kirtan (sacred Sikh singing) with a master, Ustaad Narinder Singh Sandhu. In the summer of 2007 her first album Aquarian was released. Spirit Voyage
Friday, December 21
Simrit Kaur was born in Greece and grew up in the United States. She has been singing and playing music from the time she was a young child and has studied both western and eastern classical vocals. She is an accomplished percussionist and is trained in piano. Simrit is a devoted student, practitioner and teacher of Naad Yoga, the sacred science of sound and consciousness. She is a musician, composer and yogini whose highly devotional chant music is quickly gaining attention around the world.
Simrit’s unusually rich, soulful and penetrating vocals speak for themselves. Her music and compositions are somehow both uniquely fresh with a contagious uplifting energy, and simultaneously ancient with a deep and sacred appeal.
Simrit’s debut album, The Sweetest Nectar, was released in June of 2010. simritkaurmusic.com/
Saturday, December 22
SatKirin Kaur Khalsa is one of the most prolific Shabd Kirtan singers of all time. Introduced to a holy life of Kundalini Yoga and Sikhism by Yogi Bhajan over forty years ago, SatKirin now serves the sacred sound current with a spiritual passion rarely seen in today’s world. Her music invites the listener to merge within the zero point of stillness where one can let go of the stress of the outer world and merge with divine love. Her voice reaches deep into the heart.
Having studied with many of the world’s leading kirtan masters, SatKirin now sings for audiences and festivals across the United States and around the world with her group, Mantra Medicine Band. Her many albums have a global following and have become standards in the Kundalini Yoga community. SatKirin shares her expertise with fans on her Kundalini Yoga TV show, aired internationally on Jus Punjabi. www.satkirin.com/
Sunday, December 23
Dev Suroop Kaur delights in sharing the pure practicality of nurturing a successful and deeply authentic life. An accomplished musician, recording artist, and Professional Level Trainer in the KRI Aquarian Trainer Academy, Dev Suroop Kaur strives to break it down, keep it real, and guide students to their own empowered authenticity. From the deeply contemplative compositions in her recordings, Sahej and Narayan, to the hip, edgy beats of her chant-rap album Kundalini Beat, Dev Suroop Kaur offers an extraordinary range of styles to invoke the experience of the Divine Spirit. Blessed to study directly with Yogi Bhajan for most of her adult life, she gratefully shares what she has learned and continues to learn about how to love, work, and live better in the world. She deeply enjoys training students and teachers of Kundalini Yoga in the science of Naad Yoga, Conscious Communication, and how to access the beauty and power of their personal voice. She currently lives with her husband in Espanola, New Mexico and, in addition to her teaching and music activities, works to maintain a peaceful mind as a business executive. Dev Suroop Kaur is an ordained Minister of Sikh Dharma and is certified as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) through Yoga Alliance.