Back in 1973, a young man left an up-and-coming rock band called Cat's Cradle to walk the spiritual path, embracing the Sikh faith and the practice of Kundalini Yoga. It was a hard choice. But his spiritual guide, the world-renowned master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan, told the young man, "Whatever you leave behind to walk this path will re-manifest later, in a higher form."
Today the world knows that man as GuruGanesha Singh, a guitarist of exceptional grace and expressiveness, 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. With a brand new album, Kundalini Surjhee, an exciting new live project with golden-voiced singer Tina Malia titled Song of the Soul, and an on-going musical collaboration with the incomparable Snatam Kaur (in its12th year and still thriving), GuruGanesha feels that he's now experiencing the complete realization of the prophecy Yogi Bhajan made all those years ago.
"What's happening now is a full manifestation," he says. "All the same pieces are there that were there in '73, but they've re-manifested in a higher form. All the spiritual and musical work I've done for the past 38 years has been preparing me for this."
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. By the time he started Spirit Voyage Records in January, 2000 he had already made a substantial financial success as CEO of Sandler Training Institute of Virginia, a company dedicated to providing integrity based sales training for the high-tech industry. For many people, that would suffice as a life's achievement, but for GuruGanesha it was just a prelude.
The first year of the 21st Century proved a musical watershed for him. He released the album A Game of Chants with Guru Singh, Thomas Barquee and the Grammy-winning singer Seal and began to record as part of the Peace Family, a group featuring the extraordinary, angelic voice of Snatam Kaur. Becoming Snatam's manager as well as her guitarist and co-vocalist in 2000, GuruGanesha helped launch Snatam as a solo artist with the Spirit Voyage album release Prem. It was the first in a string of outstanding CDs, including Shanti, Grace, Anand and Liberation's Door that established the diminutive yet divinely guided singer as one of the preeminent voices in the growing world of mantra, kirtan and devotional music.
GuruGanesha's shimmering, evocative guitar melodies and supple chordal rhythms played an integral role in creating Snatam's signature sound. Their collaboration over the years has been extremely fruitful and always dedicated to the service of humanity and the cause of world peace. In a similar way, GuruGanesha has helped foster the careers of producer Thomas Barquee, the devotional duo Mirabai Ceiba, Nirinjan Kaur and now, Tina Malia.
In 2004 GuruGanesha made his debut as a solo artist with the album Grateful Ganesh, a title that pays playful tribute to the artist's all-time favorite band, the Grateful Dead. This was followed by Pure Ganesh in 2006 and Joy Is Now in 2008. All these releases are remarkable for their blend of heartfelt songcraft and sterling guitar work embracing a cornucopia of musical styles, from kirtan to jazz to raga to rock.
GuruGanesha has taken his unique musical vision to even greater heights on his new release Kundalini Surjhee, an album that includes several collaborations with Tina Malia, a gifted singer whose recordings span the devotional, pop and electronic fields and who has worked with such diverse artists as Carlos Santana, Jai Uttal, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, India.Arie and Bassnectar. In addition to his usual robust touring schedule with Snatam Kaur, GuruGanesha will be hitting the road this year with Tina Malia on their Song of the Soul tour along with multi-instrumentalist Hans Christian, percussionist/remix master Craig Kohland and fast rising young bassist Jared May.
"I've been aware of Tina for a long time," says GuruGanesha. "I feel she's right up there with the best female devotional singers on the planet. And she has a beguiling pop side as well, which I love."
And so the young man who turned his back on rock and roll glory has become an icon and inspiration in another great musical genre-one with higher goals than fame or wealth.
"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. 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."
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beatiful music heartfilled gratitude and love compassion joy
I really love how you introduce new music every week it allows us to listen a get to know the artiste before buying there music THXS
great sound and vibration
I love his voice and all he can move in my soul with his songs. Thnaks to share his music.
Joy is now
Soul Soul Thank YOU!!
Music so beautiful, brings tears to my eyes!!
His music found me a few years ago, and I've been listening and chanting with it ever since. I love to see the vids of him playing, he rocks!
like his music as can deepen my sole.. very good voice
Was at his concert in NJ with a friend. WOW! I feel like a groupie at this point I have all his cd's.
His new band is FABULOUS. I can sum it up in three words...Heart Opening Joy!
Love this! Superb!!
His voice and guitar playing are amazing. Love him singing with Snatam. My two favorites!!
Incredible music and amazing person!!!
Very armonic.,,,nice, Good
Me guto mucho.
I liked it very much
His playing the guitar is so wonderful.I really enjoy listening to his music.
He's my favorite! xo
Like all the music and singers I have the pleasure of listening to, different style, but clear cut and joyosly happy.
I have a Buddha crush on GuruGanesha Singh ! I love his music and his spirit !
I love your new CD. Thanks from germany...
I love him!!
I really enjoy his voice and the guitar has a special sound that I like.
Hari Om just "gr8"
very fine music
tambien deseo comprar los mantras.sat nam
Me enriquece tu musica. Infinitas gracias.
nice voice and guitar too.
simple but good melody
Absolutely LOVE his guitar playing.
Awesome! Thank you for sharing it. God bless his voice and music.
GuruGanesha is so alive! It's a joy to watch him play guitar, and to listen to of course! I love Bright Star so much!! Thanks muchly, xx
i love him!!
Very very good, god bless him for this beautiful mucics
GuruGanesha is a "Bright Star" illuminating the way with his music...
Stellar - his music, his compositions, his work with Snatam. Looking forward to seeing him in NYC in June.
"Golden Temple of Amritsar" is one of the most divinely inspired audio recordings in the history of music. The light of God and Guru shine through Snatam Kaur Ji's amazing voice.
He is so hot. I mean, for his age!
I just love to listen to you I really enjoy singing with you thanks sat nam Siri Atma Kaur
"A rock is not bothered by the river", a phrase I think about when I listen to this music. Just let go and be everything we are ment to be. We are all in one and carry all within.
radically amazing, he's bridged the gap and I want to be a roadie :)
Singh Sahib you are awesome
an azing musician!!
It is that magic Guitar played by the soul of a the talented Guru Ganesha who's pure heart shines
through on this most inspiring album
that nudged my fingers to push the "dwnload through oup3 store...." button rather than wait for the hard copy via cd,even after even losing
many of my i-tunes songs due to a computer crash). Guuru's most loving mantra pentrates the Souls longing & answers the direct cry of why we are here and what needs done in our short gift of this life time's journey. Listen to Guru's word's through the Blessing of this music answers to any of your prayers. It will serve you well, simply allow it and
God for all who contributed
!) along with
I love his humor, devotion and rock n roll Kirtan.
Just beautiful music!
i love your music thank you soooooo much love from Germany
Thank You for you music. And...
Gracias por su sonrisa :) Love & Peace.
Bendiciones Infinitas de Dios y del Gru gracias por compartir tu musica, no siempre disponemos de los materiales para trabajar con la gente, y muhos egoistas solo traen para ellos los Cd cuando viajan.Mil gracias desde lo más profundo de mi corazón
No one compares to you! You are THE BEST! Just love your voice, your beautiful guitar playing and of course your wonderful energy! sat Nam!
I think GuruGanesha music is very enjoyable. I like it all esp the one with a Middle Eastern music in the background. I wish to know the words for song 2, Kundalini Surjhee...can it be sent to me on facebook, pls.
I've been fortunate to see GuruGanesha perform live in Vancouver three times now, and every time he blows me away with his talent, passion, and open hearted genuine nature. Most recently, I was incredibly impressed with his solo performance of Bright Star; it was an enigmatic, connected, heart-opening experience. My only hope is that GuruGangesha Singh will perform more as a solo artist -- I would LOVE to hear his CD versions of Wah Yantee, and the Mul Mantra LIVE. The guitar strums of Mul Mantra mixed with his healing voice makes my heart ache in a good way. So beautiful. Thank you for shining your Light ever so bright!
GuruGanesha Singh is pure joy wrapped up in human form. Having the good fortune to spend time in his presence with Snatam Kaur in Seattle was so inspiring. Spirit jumps in his body as he plays spilling out and infecting all of us. Cute, adorable and so very talented. Blessings, blessings, blessings. Can't wait for April when he comes to Seattle again with Tina Malia, who is also an ascended angel......what joy!
The closest human to pure energy I have ever been blessed to know.
that laughing photo with guitar is pure joy. SO captures you.
I LOVE IT!! Bright star is awesome, Tina Malia, wow, another angelic voice to soothe us, thank you!
see you in Montreal!
come to Bali please
Thank you for this compilation. I am of Haitian descent and your beautiful voices & prayers prayers touch the heart! Love & light to all of you!
I like the tunes.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Parmatama de bande to direct us the real path of life.
Thank you for your loving presence, for your huge openheartedness, and for your wonderful music. You have certainly been given a profound gift of genius on the guitar, and your music is a blessing to the world. Thank you for your untiring work for Peace -- Holding the vision of peace for the entire world. Namaste!
I bow to you. Thank you for your music.
Making beautiful music!!!Shanti and rock'n'roll at the same time, and really warm and funny in person:))) Wahe Guru Guru Ganesha-ji :)
Thank you for the beautiful warm energy you bring to your music and your excellent guitar playing. You have inspired me to take up my guitar again after many years of it sitting idle. Bright Blessings. =)
Your kirtans light up a room with light and love!
He is magical! I loved GuruGanesha Singh the first time I saw him. He is like an antenna in-tune with the heavens. His seat is firmly rooted setting a foundation to infinity!
GuruGanesha is a truly compassionate and authentic Being. To spend time in his presence one can feel the peace, love and joy that radiate from within him. The workshop he gave (Chanting and the Art of Happiness), almost two years ago now, continues to be a daily inspiration. A butterfly, having emerged, now flys free. Namo. Namaste.
I hope that now that your concert tour has allowed for a bit of a hiatus, I pray that you can find the time to rest and recharge your batteries...and give those magic fingers a break. Your kirtan (with and without Snatam) has been the backing soundtrack for this yatra! May God bless you. And may you continue to be an instrument of His peace!
De mi coraZON emana perfume.Gracias por compartir.
I have had the pleasure to be with GuruGanesh and loved his stories,music & his love of chants take over our hearts. Such joy to be with him!!
i love this holy music. i listen daily. i feel very relaxed on listening your music.
Guru Ganesha is just so cool!! I was looking for music some time ago and " "accidently" found a cd of his online. ( it wasnt spirit voyage, that surprise came later !) well, I listened then, for the first time, to kundalini chant music and was touched to the core of my being. Who is this guy? What is this sound ? It felt incredible!!!! I felt connected to something beautiful. I have been listening and loving it ever since. He makes mantra and melody an amazing experience. His voice and his guitar are one of a kind and I smile with such happiness everytime I hear it. I really feel one of his gifts to the earth is to simply be joy and in being, he brings joy to everyone. The flow feels so effortless. In one word..to me, Guru Ganesha = HAPPINESS ! Finding all of the fantastic music offered at Spirit Voyage has changed my life. I am forever grateful . SATNAM
La voz de Snatam es un regalo de dios.
You rock. Thank you.
this reasonates for me - I totally love this song guru ram das and the mantra meaning also makes sense for me - love it!!!! xo
This is beautiful
I just listened all clips and they are wonderful!!! I started crying when I listened "Ma" and "Akal". Do you have this album in CD??? Lord may bless your souls...thanks
Beautiful, enchanting and heartfelt...as always!
Dancing with you Always
Thank you for reminding me.I am so grateful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you You rock :)
Great sound...upbeat heart lifting music.
A great man who has the conviction that all people are worthy.
Great! Wonderfull present. Thanks a lot
This chant is wonderful. When I clicked on it to listen, I had tears in my eyes when the track ended.
Thank you for offering this chant for free!
how can i download the free mp3??
What a beautiful and inspiring voice.
Give me the lift I need in life spiritual way. Sat Naam !!
awesome. she rocks!!
I think he is Truly Wonderfull
Great music! Opens my heart and fills me with love and joy. I can´t wait to do Sadhana with this wonderful music!!!
Thank you Guru Ganesha and Snatam Kaur for this beautiful gift. It was put into immediate action, and along with Shashara became our driving from Iowa to Utah and then back again prayers. I had just received the CD and the next day drove to Utah to be with my family for my Brother's transition. It is significant and helped us so much in this and settled us into helping comfort all the members of the family. My Husband, John and I are very grateful. It has become our favorite of this fall season. Thank you. Welcome to Iowa, again, soon.
"I love you. Everyday in the morning and in the afternoon and in the evening and underneath the moon".
By Corbin Baccetti - Age 5
Quoted from Grant and Tobi's son, Corbin when I asked him what he would like to comment on the music of GuruGanesha Singh and Snatam Kaur.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
wah hey guru
I love this chant. Thank you for sharing.
Wah Hey Guru
Thank you for sharing your music on Guru Ram Das Birthday Celebration. It is beautiful and soul refreshing.
Love it...I would bye it now but am financially strapped but I will keep it in mind,...your music is awesome!
Thank You . Happy Birthday!!!
I think he is amazing!!!!
love guru ganesha... want to talk to him some day soon
very,very beautiful.It's food for my
heart and soul..I wait for you in Poland
Jai Guru Dev
Thank you. I just love and appreciate you're music. Thank you.
At the concert in Auburn on Tuesday May 12th, Snatam said GuruGanesha Singh made every night feel like a Saturday night. She was absolutely right. He is a celebration of life, a sea of love and an unbelievable guitarist. Thanks so much to all of you for a heavenly concert and for the peace you left us all with.
I pray for your van to make it back here real soon or better yet, for a newer turbo one to bring you back even faster!
I love this CD!!! Love the way these chants are beautifully arranged, A really nice change for these chants, and love the English songs/ words that are added to the chants. I listen to the morning chants every day while @ work, this is a really nice change.
I love this album! I can´t stop listening to this music, it has inspired me so much!! The combination of Ganesh and Snatam Kaur is something unwordly! Beuatifl!!! ! Thank you so much! for bringing such love and light to our world...!!
From the bottom of my heart and soul!! with much love and gratitude..
Sat Nam... Onna
Desde BS AS Argentina les envio mi agredecimiento por todo lo bello que hacen y por la inmensa Paz y Energia que siento cada vez que escucho la maravillosa vos de todos..Namaste.y ojala algún día vengan para Argentina.
I HAVENT STOPPED LISTENING TO YOUR NEW ALBUM SINCE I PLAYED IT ON MY WAY HOME
I LOVE IT---ITS WONDERFUL
I love love love "Joy is Now". GuruGanesha, your guitar sings and makes me smile. Move over Santana! This is indeed a Joyous album. Fun to sing to at any time as well as serious and fun to use in class. Thank you! Margaret Trezza, E. Greenwich, RI
When GuruGanesha and Krishan were working on this album, there was so much creativity flowing. It came out so joyful and with so much love.
The combination of voices and instruments is beautiful. I am looking forward to listening to the entire CD.
It's a great and wonderful CD, I will add it to my collections of Snatam's CD.
So everyone hates the 22 minutes right? Well this 22 minute waheguru is my favorite of the album! The mix of Sat kartar singh and then Gurusangat Kaur's vocals really keep me awake and focused.
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