September 10, 2007, Snatam Kaur in Hockley, Birmingham, England.
|Genres||Mantra, Meditation, New Age, Female Vocalists|
|Labels||Spirit Voyage Records|
Snatam Kaur Khalsa (Punjabi: ਸਨਾਤਮ ਕੌਰ ਖ਼ਾਲਸਾ, born 1972 in Trinidad, Colorado), is an American singer and songwriter. Kaur performs Indian devotional music, kirtan, and tours the world as a peace activist. The name "Kaur", meaning "princess", is shared by all female Sikhs.
Early life and education
Her family moved to California when Snatam was two, living in Long Beach and Sacramento. When Snatam was six, the family went to India where her mother studied kirtan. Snatam lived on a ranch near Bolinas, California until 8th grade and then moved to Mill Valley in 1986. During her childhood, she played kirtan with her mother in Sikh temples and at Sikh religious ceremonies. She attended Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. While at Tam High, she played violin in the school orchestra and began songwriting. Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead coached Kaur and her classmates before they performed her song Saving the Earth at an Earth Day concert in San Francisco on April 22, 1990.
Snatam was also active in social and environmental causes while in high school, serving as president of the social action club known as, "Students for Justice," in her senior year. The club started a campus recycling program and organized environmental awareness programs. The club also led the effort to change the school mascot and sports team names from the Indians to the Red Tailed Hawk in 1989 and 1990 due to a speech given at the school by Sacheen Littlefeather.
After graduating from Tam, Snatam attended Mills College in Oakland, California, receiving a bachelors degree in biochemistry. She then returned to India to study Kirtan under her mother's teacher, Bhai Hari Singh. In 1997, Kaur began a career as a food technologist with Peace Cereals in Eugene, Oregon.
In 2000, Kaur signed with Spirit Voyage Records—the founder of which, Guru Ganesha Singh, became her manager and guitarist. Her professional collaboration also includes New Age music producer Thomas Barquee. Titles of Kaur's CD's include: Prem, Shanti, Grace, Anand, Liberation's Door, Ras, Evening Prayer and many others.
|Release Date||Album Title||Record Label|
|2002||Prem (Love)||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2003||Shanti||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2004||Grace||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2005||Celebrate Peace||Spirit Voyage Records|
||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2006||Anand||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2007||LIVE in Concert||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2009||Liberation's Door||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2010||The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants For Healing||Spirit Voyage Records Under License To Sounds True|
|2011||Ras||Spirit Voyage Records|
|2012||Heart Of The Universe||Point of Light Records/Spirit Voyage|
The Celebrate Peace tour
Snatam Kaur spends much of the year touring, singing and teaching yoga. Her Celebrate Peace world tour includes performances at schools, hospices, juvenile detention centers, and other facilities.
Kaur tours with her longtime musical partner Guru Ganesha Singh, a guitarist and vocalist. Her husband, graphic artist, Sopurkh Singh and their daughter Jap Preet Kaur also travel with her.
Sikh influence on Kaur's music
Sikhism is a world religion that began in India in the mid-fifteenth century with the first Guru, known as Guru Nanak Dev Ji (1469-1539 C.E.). The essence of being a Sikh is that one lives one’s life according to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, devoting time to meditating on God and the scriptures, chanting, and living life in a way that benefits other people and the world.
Sikhism is based on the Shabad Guru. On Kaur's official website she explains, “Shabad is the sacred energy or recitation of sound, and Guru means the living teacher. For Sikhs, our living Guru exists within the sacred words of our tradition and physically within the Sikh holy book known as the Guru Granth Sahib.” 
Snatam lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband Sopurkh Singh, whom she married in January 2006, and their daughter Jap Preet Kaur.
- "Snatam Kaur Official Website". snatamkaur.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012.