Simrit Channels the Divine on “Songs of Resilience”, On Tour Now
Simrit and ensemble will perform across the US and Canada in Spring 2017.
Some performers can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to club audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have a presence that engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls.
Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists. Drawing on the harmonic beauty of the Greek Orthodox chants she grew up with, adding the pulse and melodic sensibilities of West African traditions she studied intensely, Simrit and her ensemble tease out distinct facets of devotional poetry and the intimate ardors of the spirit on Songs of Resilience (release: September 30, 2016).
Working with an elegant, expressive musical palette–rich cello, exquisite kora, rolling percussion–and with veteran rock and Americana producer Paul Mahern (Willie Nelson, Iggy Pop, Lily & Madeleine, John Mellencamp), Simrit reveals new sides to ancient gems, encouraging listeners to find grounding endurance, hope, and transformation. “Our songs are about the soul, about all its experiences of love, pain, and joy,” says Simrit. “These are all things that people on this planet deal with each and every day.”
Her sound is hailed world-wide as haunting, hypnotic, healing and majestic, and it has topped World Music Charts including iTunes at #1 and Billboard Music at #3. Her voice communicates with so much humanity. Simrit was born into a lineage of beloved Greek women singers, going all the way through her great-grandmother. Simrit was born in Athens, Greece to a 17 year old singer who wasn’t able to take care of children at that time in her life. When she was just over a year old, she was adopted into the United States and raised in South Carolina by another Greek family.
She was steeped and studied in the mystical Byzantine music of Greece from a very young age, and she was also influenced by the classical and folk music of Greece. She also grew up expanded by the swirling sounds of Nana Mouskouri, Glykeria, Singh Kaur, Led Zeppelin, Mazzy Star, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Jeff Buckley, Loreena McKennitt, the devotional music of India and Africa, and many others.
As a child Simrit was joined and raised with a brother with special needs who was also adopted from a different family in Greece. With her unique upbringing with no one in her family that was blood related, Simrit learned at an early age that connection is incredibly deep and profound through the heart and soul of sound. Her voice has been what she has always experienced as her true connection to herself and others. Her energy and music have a way of deeply touching people, understanding them, and bringing them with her into the unapologetic realm of the soul.
Simrit is an independent artist who runs her own record label, Simrit Kaur Music. She is a Renaissance woman who is known for her revolutionary innovation in mantra and world music and her undeniable ability to transmit a potent level of humanity, healing and pure love through her sound.
As listeners describe her music as otherworldly, Simrit is known for her profound relationship with melody and rhythm, and she continues to inspire an authentic and fresh experience through her albums and her live concerts. By simply existing within her natural relationship to music, she enchants the listener into a world of wonder and mystery. Simrit’s music brings the depth of the sacred and ancient to the modern, and her timeless sound deeply weaves the listener into what many have described as an altered state of consciousness while simultaneously bringing them into the depths of their own healing and humanity.
Simrit is a student, practitioner and teacher of Kundalini and Naad Yoga (the sciences of sound and consciousness). Her yoga of the voice and sound course, ‘The Supreme Sound’, has been highly acclaimed worldwide. She records, composes and produces music, and tours with her band giving concerts and workshops across the globe.
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