“Inspire your practice with charity albums that feature heartfelt lyrics, mantras and infectious beats.” Yoga Revolution Limited Edition: Music for Hope features leading kirtan musicians and pop aritsts Sting, Seal and Sheryl Crow. The special edition release was created for the national 2012 Yoga for Hope events and campaign promoting music, yoga and meditation as alternative and preventive therapies for life threatening diseases. Yoga for Hope helps fund cancer, HIV and diabetes research along with music, yoga and other supportive therapy programs at City of Hope, one of the country’s leading non-profit hospitals.
Yoga Revolution CD Review by Yoga Journal’s Lauren Ladoceour
To music producer Frank Fitzpatrick, yoga is a means of connection. The devoted practitioner was inspired to bring together mantra-recording artists like Krishna Das, Deva Premal, and Guru Singh and Top 40 musicians Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and Peter Gabriel on one CD. In one way or another, says Fitzpatrick, all of these artists are yogis: “Some may practice, but each has created music from a place deep within themselves, in connection with spirit and with an intention to help listeners become more deeply connected to themselves and one another.”
The 14 tracks come from a variety of genres – everything from rock anthems and folk tunes to ancient Vedic chants and world music – but all the selections have spiritual undertones. “Love Is My Religion,” by Ziggy Marley, is an acoustic reggae jam that’s as funky as it is devotional. McLachlan’s soulful “Prayer to St. Francis” sings of living a spiritual life, and Guru Singh and Seal’s “I Am” is a joyful celebration of the Divine present in everyone. Yoga Revolution is an eclectic set, for sure, but it’s also a sweet, uplifting look into how various artists devote themselves to love, peace, and spirituality in their own creative ways. Net proceeds go to Youth Health Alliance, a non-profit that provides yoga, academic, and health programs for underserved elementary and middle school students around the country.
Yoga Revolution: Musical Stars Unite in Superb Benefit Album
by LLoyd Barde June 2010
Over the past decade, the Yoga movement and proliferation has gone full steam into the mainstream. The numbers are staggering, with yoga classes everywhere, and students of all ages, backgrounds, sizes and interests benefiting from their own practice…Of the nearly 16 million people practicing yoga in America more than a few of them happen to be music superstars whose work has been collected onto a new CD, ‘Yoga Revolution’, a 14-track compilation which includes performances by Sheryl Crow, Peter Gabriel, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Franti, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley alongside yoga culture icons Krishna Das, Donna DeLory, Snatam Kaur and duo Deva Premal & Miten. ‘Yoga Revolution’ also pairs Sting with Anoushka Shankar and Karsh Kale, and Seal with Guru Singh, making their songs both familiar and soothing at once.
To CD producer, filmmaker, multi-platinum soundtrack creator and well-known music supervisor Frank Fitzpatrick, yoga is a means of connection…. In one way or another, says Fitzpatrick, all of these artists are yogis: “Some may practice, but each has created music from a place deep within themselves, in connection with spirit and with an intention to help listeners become more deeply connected to themselves and one another.”
With his 20+ years of experience in the film world, and 25 years as a practicing Yogi, Fitzpatrick had the vision of a crossover compilation like this, and while it took more than two years to piece it together, he is totally pleased with the results. “Music, at its best, has the power to uplift, inspire and invoke change in us,” said Fitzpatrick, who founded non-profit arts organization EarthTones, to raise social consciousness and connect people around the globe through the power of music and media.
So, too, are the artists that were involved. “Music is a great tool to open hearts and connect us,” DeLory says. “All of the artists on this CD have a strong belief in their art being an expression of peace and truth, a devotion to something greater than ourselves.” Bay Area icon and “Power to the Peaceful” visionary Michael Franti adds, “I practice yoga daily and I know how much music can inspire people. I’m excited to be part of this amazing compilation.” Sting, who was just featured in the May issue of Yoga Journal, says, “Like music, yoga is a journey, one that is long enough so you keep developing, and keep learning. I don’t see an end to it…yoga is an important part of my creative life.”
LA Yoga – August 2011
Review of Steve Gold’s Let Your Heart Be Known by Daniel Overberger
I didn’t know what to expect when I received Steve Gold’s new album “Let Your Heart Be Known.” But, man, do I love to be pleasantly surprised. This is so not what I expected in a “Yoga album.” But this is so much more than a Yoga album.
Some of you may have had your heads in the sand like myself and not have heard of Steve and his music. I don’t know how I missed him because he’s everywhere in the Yoga community. Steve and wife Anne-Emilie have toured extensively with world-renowned Yoga teacher Shiva Rea, sharing their music at her teacher trainings and retreats. Steve has also collaborated on musical events with kirtan artists Dave Stringer, Donna De Lory and Suzanne Sterling, plus prominent yoga teachers Saul David Raye and Mark Whitwell.
True to its name, track on, “So Sweet,” is a bluesy, almost county groove filled with finger-style flat picking that would be right at home in Nashville. There is even banjo tucked way in the back to bring it straight on home to that comfortable, earthy sound that made me think of James Taylor with a Neil Young twang. After every song I expected to hear Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” come up on the iPod. The vibe and integrity of this album sit comfortably with the classics.
Steve Gold’s “Let Your Heart Be Known” is well-produced, beautiful music for the Yoga studio and yourhome. If Yoga music is meant to break out of the studios and into the mainstream, this album is a foot in- or out- the door.
Yoganomics – Wanderlust Interview of Frank Fitzpatrick
by Brian Castellani of Yoganomics
Yoga Revolution establishes a genuine opportunity to bring not only yoga, but also yoga education to underprivileged youths in city school systems across America.
Some of the larger names that contributed to this album are: Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, Michael Franti, Sheryl Crow, Krishna Das, Anjelique Kidjo, Seal, Guru Singh and Anoushka Shankar. All the music is rooted in yogic principles and it is a great album.
By integrating more yoga and yoga education in US schools, Yoga Revolution’s mission already is succeeding to provide fitness and health education for underserved youth. YR is scheduled to be released in conjunction with an annual national campaign for the awareness of the health benefits of yoga. This is a wonderful altruistic feat for yoga as a whole… and it is our hope that Earth Tones and Frank can take this as far as it is possible.
Yoga Journal – September 2010
With the September 2010 issue, Yoga Journal celebrates their 35th Annversary as the leading Yoga magazine. No celebration is complete without music, so Yoga Revolution and Yoga Journal joined forces for a contest to give away free copies of the Yoga Revolution CD to lucky subscribers. One of the musical starts and yogis on the CD, musical ambassador and founder of Lilith Fair, is featured on the cover of the magazine, along with the anouncement for the contest. Check out your news stand for more details.
LA Yoga – May 2010
We all know that listening to a great piece of music or one of our favorite songs can immediately transform our energy and our state of mind. Hearing even a few bars of a familiar tune can trigger us to recall cherished memories, reopen unhealed wounds or even get up and dance. Music and sound vibration affect our brain, emotional state, sense of identity, nervous system and the health and development of the very cells of our body.
But can music really be a catalyst for helping to influence large groups of people, even entire cultures, in a way that could bring the world into greater balance? Like many, I not only believe it can do so, but I see music as an essential component for the conscious awakening of the human race and the well-being of our planet.
Now, I don’t mean to claim that music can feed the hungry, cure epidemic diseases, reverse overpopulation or prevent global warming. But music can help us as individuals to better cope with these external challenges and inspire us as a global community to come together in a more harmonious fashion. – Excerpt from article written by Frank Fitzpatrick for LA Yoga’s special music issue. For complete article, go to LA Yoga Magazine.
The Trend Within: Yoga Revolution – by Mastin Kipp, June 8, 2010 (exerpt)
As far as trends go I’ve seen everything this year….The trend that I am most excited, enthusiastic and optimistic about is the upswing in awareness of yoga, meditation and well-being in the world. It’s becoming trendy to be positive, to do down dog at least once or twice a week and to use words like “karma,” “intention” and “projecting” in the same sentence. And all this is great!
One man who stands out in this trend is Frank Fitzpatrick. Frank is a music producer and prognosticator of positive change through pop culture movements. An avid yogi, Frank see’s the great opportunity that is at hand, which is to tap into the wave of positive thinking and living and create content that resonates with a wide audience.
Yoga Revolution, the new CD he’s created via his non-profit organization, EarthTones, is no exception. Boasting tracks from pop artists like Sting, Seal and Sheryl Crow, as well as well-known Kirtan and mantra artist’s Snatam Kaur, Krishna Das and Guru Singh — Fitzpatrick has created a compilation that bridges the gap between the mainstream and the yoga mat.
The best part is, Frank’s is doing it for a real cause. As part of EarthTone’s Music with A Heart series, proceeds from the CD help support the Yoga Health Foundation’s yoga and fitness programs for underserved youth.
If you’re looking for music that you can rock out to in your car, on the mat or chill out to after a meditation and that is for a great cause, I highly recommend you check out this wonderful CD!
Reviewed by Michael R. Mollura, LA Yoga Magazine, April 2010
Time Life and Nettwerk’s Nutone label are releasing this compilation of Yoga-driven tracks that includes music by everyone from Krishna Das to Sting. The album was produced by master producer Frank Fitzpatrick through his nonprofit EarthTones with the goal to benefit the Yoga Health Foundation.
The best way to describe what you might find on an album of this magnitude is to imagine Krishna Das rocking out on a chant that begins with an invocation to Narayana which then turns into a soulful upbeat jam on the rock classic “For Your Love,” complete with chorus, Hammond organs, traditional western drumming (using four/four beats) and electric guitar leads.
If you are the type of yogi who loves it when your favorite pop stars get spiritual or when your favorite bhakti chanters get commercial, you’ll love every track on this collection of inspiring, uplifting tunes. The songs include contributions by Angelique Kidjo with Peter Gabriel, Anoushka Shankar with Sting, Wah!, Sarah McLachlan, Michael Franti, Ziggy Marley, Guru Singh with Seal, Sheryl Crow and Deva Premal singing with Miten.
My favorite tracks reveal the spiritual side of stars like Sting and Peter Gabriel, a side the world could benefit from hearing more often. The album is inspiring and embraces the power of the sacred in all of us. The songs are a testament to what happens when the ego is put on a shelf and the music is delivered from the heart with the intention of raising the consciousness of the world. The problem is that an album of this kind will most likely land in the Yoga bags of the devotional, when it needs to get to the hearts of the cynical and the suffering souls who are still wondering why they’ve been abandoned.
A portion of Yoga Revolution’s proceeds benefit the Yoga Health Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting Yoga through awareness campaigns and educational programs, including Yoga Recess, which provides kids’ Yoga DVDs to schoolteachers. yogarevolution.org
Whole Life Times Blog, April 6, 2010
Music has the power to transform, so why not use it to transform a nation of increasingly overweight kids into one that is healthy and fit? That was the reasoning of the Yoga Health Foundation when they partnered with music producer Frank Fitzpatrick to create an album they hoped would inspire and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to discover and experience the positive health benefits of yoga.
Sting, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan and others have joined to birth Yoga Revolution, an album that includes all of their distinct styles as well as kirtan devotional chanting. Net proceeds from the album will be donated to the foundation’s health education and fitness programs for underserved elementary and middle school students around the country.
Fitzpatrick’s non-profit arts organization, EarthTones, created to raise social consciousness and connect people across the globe through the power of music and media, plans to release a whole series of CDs to benefit the Yoga Health Foundation and support their shared mission of inspiring a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Some of the highlights of this release: Sarah McLachlan, Michael Franti, Ziggy Marley, Sheryl Crow, Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Donna De Lory; and cross-cultural collaborations between Sting and Anoushka Shankar, Peter Gabriel and Angelique Kidjo, and Seal and Guru Singh.
Don’t expect to play this CD for shavasana. There are too many musical surprises that will inspire you to keep moving and actively listening.
Wanderlust 2010 kicks off yoga, music and art celebration
by Jason Shueh – Sierra Sun
OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. — Sheltered beneath a stretch of canopy, the arms are rising. The palms are lifting, the fingers gently spreading like a slow bud of pedals. The scene is a panorama of men and women with closed eyes, looking as if they were awaiting some sign from Granite Chief, Squaw Valley’s 9,050-foot peak towering just beyond. – Jason Shueh/Sierra Sun
Checking sound controls as he holds his guitar, Frank Fitzpatrick is preparing to accompany musician Steve Gold and his band, a self-described “alchemical blend of American blues and spirituals, folk pop, world and Kirtan music.
Fitzpatrick, a music producer from L.A., said he made the pilgrimage to the festival to promote the integration
of yoga and music and especially to promote his all-star benefit CD series, titled “Yoga Revolution” featuring artists such as Sting, Anoushka Shankar, Seal and Sheryl Crow. Fitzpatrick said proceeds for the CD will provide free yoga and fitness classes to kids and to the public at more than 1,000 participating studios throughout North America. “Yoga and music both help you to balance a connection with your inner self and help you live a more peaceful and balanced life,” he said. “We’re just trying to teach people about it and bring the awareness up,” he said.
Common Ground Magazine – June 2010
Excerpt from CD Review by LLoyd Barde
The tracks flow in an incredible and eclectic mix of original songs with waves of joy, ecstatic inspiration, and a variety of touchstones, from Sanskrit mantras to “Prayer for St. Francis” to reggae-fied mantras, bilingual world music and anthems like Marley’s “Love is My Religion”. With a gathering of artists of this stature, this CD should reach far beyond the yoga community. I can’t really recall a merging of this many styles and top-notch artists that has succeeded so admirably both in concept and as well as pure musical enjoyment.
Let’s for a moment toss out the Yoga theme, and set aside the “Revolution” idea. This stands alone as a premier contemporary collection of great songs, universal themes and flowing beats and rhythms, hand in hand with lyrics that address topical issues and positive vibrations. It opens with immediate impact to Krishna Das’ track from his latest CD, moving from Sanskrit verses to his version of the Yardbird’s 1965 classic “For Your Love” and then trails back into the chant chorus. Then West African Angelique Kidjo offers the dancey “Salala” with Peter Gabriel joining in. Then comes Sting on “Sea Dreamer” supported by Anoushka Shankar & Karsh Kale. How’re we doing’ so far? Great! Wah! Is next, with a rousing chant called “Ganesha”. The pace slows for Sarah McLachlan’s lovely “Prayer of St. Francis”. Then Franti picks it right back up with “I Know I’m Not Alone,” sliding right into “I Am” by Seal and Guru Singh, catchy and anthem-like. Halfway through we hear Sheryl Crow on “I Shall believe”, and then comes the surprising, tropical, hip hop infused Vedic chant “Om Namo” by newcomer Eeday. Donna DeLory comes right after, with an awesome remix of her “Bathe in These Waters,” a definite favorite of mine. Ziggy Marley’s “Love is My Religion” reaches a new height, ever so inviting to sing along with, and then Sasha Lazard adds the operatic “Angeli”. The last two tracks bring this to a perfectly gentle, peaceful close. First is Deva Premal & Miten with a tasty remix of an earlier popular track, and then finally Snatam Kaur with her “Long Time Sun”. This is a full platter of luscious listening, offering non-stop highlights, and a very worthy cause.
When Wanderlust goes Hollywood
The push to bring Yoga and music together means mass marketing, and Frank Fitzpatrick might just be the right guy
By Ryan Slabaugh – Sierra Sun
Frank Fitzpatrick looks like a movie star. On Saturday at Wanderlust, a music and yoga festival at Squaw, Fitzpatrick sat on a couch with a glass of chardonnay, hair long enough for Hollywood, and sunglasses for the silver screen. A few tie-dye dresses and belly dancers swung around nearby, waltzing to an invisible beat.
Fitzpatrick, from Santa Monica, took it all in as he talked about his mission: to bring yoga and music together for the betterment of society.
“I decided about three years ago to shift my work in Hollywood,” he said. He created soundtracks for movies like Friday and Scary Movie 3, and is working on a new project called “Beat the World” — a dance movie, but one that incorporates yoga-inspired consciousness and music. “I figured I understood how to reach millions of people, and as a Yogi, it just made sense to combine the two.”
“There is a prejudice against big media and television,” he said. “That television is bad. But if I want to reach 85 million kids, then I have to be on Nickelodeon or Disney Channel.”
He’s not kidding about wanting to reach millions of children. Putting Yoga in schools is something the EarthTones, as well as this music and film producer, want to accomplish. But that will take years — In fact, Fitzpatrick added, it could take a generation.
“These kids are growing up on Yoga,” he said. “They will want it taught to their kids, is our hope.”
A music CD is also helping his cause. Called “Yoga Revolution” and featuring artists like Sara McLachlan, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti and Sting, the sales are hoping to generate excitement for his cause.
Learn more at www.earthtones.org.
Live to the rhythm of EarthTones: A non-profit healing the world through music – The Examiner – San Francisco Edition- July 31, 2010 by Robin Lucas
Yogis and yoginis in the San Francisco Bay Area will enjoy this non-profit called EarthTones, dedicated to healing the world through music.
EarthTones recently put out its latest media called “Yoga Revolution” (listen to samples here)”, a benefit CD featuring a stellar list of musicians. Included in this prize are San Francisco based Michael Franti, well known international recording artists such as Sheryl Crow, Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Krishna Das, Donna de Lory, and many other musical icons and kirtan stars.
Frank Fitzpatrick, Director of EarthTones, and yogi / producer and composer for the last 25 years, promoted this beautiful concoction while attending the amidst the mountains in Lake Tahoe while performing along side Steve Gold and Donna de Lory.
This CD, which is a combination of musical genres ranging from yoga mantras to contemporary popular music, received rave reviews since its release on TimeLife and NuTone Records earlier this year and will make the cover of the Yoga Journal’s September issue. It has been enjoyed by all, even those who are new to the world of yoga…
The profits for this CD all go toward a foundation called Yoga Health Foundation, a well-known health and fitness program bringing yoga to kids in schools. This program is national and certainly benefits kids of the Bay Area.
So, join the yoga revolution! Help Frank in spreading the love of musi to the yoga world and beyond by purchasing this CD and donating to this foundation, available at retail stores everywhere and at Yoga Revolution’s official website. Our kids will thank you
Lend an Ear
By Hillari Dowdle, Yoga Journal Yoga Buzz Blog, April 2, 2010
Time to do your home practice but not feeling it today? Pop in Yoga Revolution Volume One–a compilation CD that features songs from “yoga music” superstars like Donna DeLory, Krishna Das, Deva Premal and Miten, and Snatam Kaur as well as from genre benders like Sheryl Crow, Angelique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan, and Peter Gabriel. The collection is uplifting and energizing–perfect for vinyasa flow. And since proceeds from the sale help provide access to yoga for underserved kids around the country, you can feel good about making an investment in this aural upgrade. BONUS: Fun to listen to off the mat, too, Yoga Revolution Volume One is the perfect tunage to see you through even the nastiest traffic snarl. Ponder the message behind Ziggy Marley’s “Love is My Religion” (it’s track 11), and you just might find yourself hitting the repeat button instead of the horn.
GRAMMY WINNER musician Sheryl Crow has contributed towards a CD to raise funds for providing in-school kids yoga programs – Merinews, July 16, 2010
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed has applauded the efforts of Crow and other musicians to promote yoga for schoolchildren. In a statement in Nevada (USA) today, he urged other Hollywood and sports celebrities to come forward to help incorporate yoga in the lives of youth and children.
Titled “Yoga Revolution”, its other contributing artists include Sarah McLachlan, Sting, Ziggy Marley, Peter Gabriel, Seal, Michael Franti, Krishna Das, Anjelique Kidjo, Guru Singh, Donna De Lory, and Anoushka Shankar.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also urged public schools to include yoga in their curriculum. Yoga was a mental and physical discipline whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE, he pointed out.
MUSIC STARS UNITE FOR YOGA REVOLUTION RELEASE
By Mark Nardone, Music Connection Weekly Bulletin, March 2010
Multiplatinum producer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Frank Fitzpatrick (Jill Scott, The London Symphony) is trying to make the world a better place through music. Fitzpatrick has produced Yoga Revolution, the first in a series of benefit albums that bring together musical icons (Sting, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow) and rising kirtan stars (Krishna Das, Guru Singh) to raise funds for yoga and fitness programming for underserved youth. Yoga Revolution will be released through Time Life and Nettwerk’s NuTone label on March 30th. For more details, visit www.earthtones.org or www.yogarevolution.org.
Peace. Harmony. Connection.
The music of YOGA REVOLUTION transports listeners to a beautiful ethereal garden, as if they are peacefully practicing yoga on a warm sunny day, listening to a trickling stream and soothing background music. It helps bring a connection with our inner spirit and one another. Everyday anxiety, pressure and stress are inescapable parts of modern life and many look for balance by practicing yoga.
Keri & Hermas Lasalle, The Y-Catalog
“Your CD rocks! LOVE IT!!!!!! What an amazing gathering of talent and emotion and love….THANK YOU!
-Ritam Healing Arts
By Mastin Kipp, April 16, 2010, The Daily Love
Hey guys, I want to tell you about a really cool project that my new friend Frank Fitzpatrick (who’s a rediculosly talented music producer and yogi) has created, it’s called – Yoga Revolution.
It’s a new CD that has uplifting and healing music from Sheryl Crow, Seal, Snatam Kaur, Guru Singh, Sting, Ziggy Marley and others! The sales of the CD go to benefit Frank’s non-profit record label Earth Tones.
I FULLY support Frank and his work and he has hand picked some of my favorite pop and kirtan artist’s and combined them on one CD to benefit a great cause!