Snatam Kaur – A Life of Musical Devotion
“We go into juvenile facilities and share our music in conjunction with yoga classes. …yoga is a good way to get in touch with what is going on inside. It’s challenging. It has helped me get back to the basics of what is real and what is important.” - Snatam Kaur
Snatam Kaur was born in the mountains of Colorado and grew up with the teachings and lifestyle of the Sikh tradition. Her musical parents (her father also managed the Greatful Dead) always brought her to their early morning practice of yoga, meditation, and chanting, where a young Snatam loved to sing. As a teenager in California, she played kirtan in Sikh temples and began to write songs, even performing an original song for 70,000 people at an Earth Day concert in San Francisco. But Snatam was not intent on becoming a musician – instead she graduated from Mills College with a science degree and became a food technologist for Peace Cereals.
After spending time in India and further studying kirtan music, Snatam also began performing at Sikh events and working with Guru Ganesha Singh, founder of Spirit Voyage Records. They formed the group Peace Family with Livtar Singh, and recorded three albums. Since becoming a solo artist in 2000, Snatam has released eight albums on Spirit Voyage, consistently topping New Age Retailers’ Top 20 list.
Today, Snatam Kaur is an international favorite, performing at over 100 venues each year. Her “Celebrate Peace” tour encompasses Snatam’s love of music, children, and service. She is an ambassador for the United Nation’s 3HO organization, committed to supporting its Peace Resolution. She brings music, yoga and mediation to the communities she visits, as well as to hospices, juvenile detention centers and schools, all in the spirit of peace.
“I remember walking along the banks of the Ganges near Rishikesh and hearing the music of Snatam Kaur pouring out of shops and tea stands. Snatam has one of the most notable and beautiful voices of the Western Kirtan movement and popular devotional singing. “Long Time Sun” – her heavenly adaptation of a simple Irish folk song – resonated with me the first time I heard it, and continues to touch the heart of anyone I share it with.” -Frank Fitzpatrick
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