Thank you so much for pre-ordering my album and helping me complete this musical creation.
Most of these melodies were born within the last few years, intended as songs of healing and awakening. Many of them I wrote for you, my community, to share in song circles, or at sacred events. I didn't intend them to be a part of my “Radharani” project. But I knew, when you told me they made you cry, that these were the songs I had to record and share with the world. It has been a humbling but exhilarating process to break free from conventions and give myself permission to write songs that combine all the things I love, without constraint: Sanskrit chants with English ballads, passionate cries with tender softness, divine love with human love, and all in between. Somehow it works, and it is authentically me.
As other campaigns before me have done, I have decided not to focus on a monetary goal, although producing and promoting an album as an independent artist is extremely costly and your contributions are what will make this possible. I have decided instead to aim this campaign at making a connection with you through the various opportunities listed here. I have therefore set the amount to an auspicious number: 108. Together, we can create a wave that will send healing, encouraging, uplifting sounds into the world, and there is an unlimited potential of how far that can go.
With the efforts made possible by my first album’s participants, that music continues to reach more ears every day, and is currently listened to by thousands of people. Your support is what has made this possible and I am in awe at what we can do together.
Time to Wake Up
Both this and "Just One Drop" (2016) were produced and edited by myself, with each note carefully selected.
This album features the cello, played by Noah Hoffeld, who is a deeply spiritual soul and who is steeped in sacred chant as he tours with Krishna Das. I have the same tabla player as my first album, Bhola, who plays a mixture of original and traditional rhythms. We did this sweet session over Skype, engineered by Arun Vir, who helped me begin "Just One Drop" in India in 2014. Kit drums on track "Goodbye" are played by the world-famous kirtan producer/percussionist Ben Leinbach, best known for his work with Jai Uttal. Guitar is played by Eric Archer, a multi-talented artist and musician who tours with Prema Mayi and who helps write the instrumental vibe for her uniquely vibey chants! Charlie Braun, who plays often with Kirtan Rabbi and Carrie Grossman, two East Coast USA chant wizards, contributes guitar to the track "Goodbye". The bass is upheld by Kevin Lowney, a very pure soul who is currently getting a degree at Maharishi University.
Featured Vocals include the celebrated singer-songwriter-Rabbi of Jewish Renewal music, Shir Yaakov, who is also a collaborator on Hebrew songs and spiritual community projects. "Your Eyes" features the voice of multitalented teacher/performer Seth Lieberman. Response vocals include: CC Treadway, Madeleine Grace, Renee Skuba, and Ustya Tarnawsky. The final mixing is currently underway by the talented Julie Last, who was one of the first women sound engineers in the mainstream music scene of the 70s, and who now runs her own studio "Coldbrook" in Woodstock, NY. All of these musicians are also dear, dear friends.
Much credit is also owed to my biggest fans: Mom - who gifted me with music since before I was born - and Dad - who believes in me 150% (and who could probably tell you the number of monthly Spotify listeners I have, at any given moment).
Also, much gratitude is owed to my other musical and/or spiritual collaborators who have all brought me to this moment through their generosity and grace: Parmita Pushman (White Swan Records) Amy McTear (One True Voice), Rabbi Andrew Hahn (Kirtan Rabbi), Ishwari and Sruti Ram (Sri Kirtan), Kamaniya and Keshavacharya Das (Prema Hara), Lee Mirabai Harrington, Ama'zjhi Dona Ho Lightsey, Reverend Kim Lesley, Lindsay Iya McGowan, Shoshana Jedwab, Steve Gorn, Avinash, and many many more...
Risks and challenges
In person and skype sessions will be a priority of mine following album release, however, it should be taken into account that we are limited by each others' schedules and it may take some time to coordinate.
Also, Kickstarter does not give me participants' addresses. I will be able to send the albums to you when you respond to the address query following the campaign.
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