Krishna Das (singer)

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Krishna Das
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Background information
Birth name Jeffrey Kagel
Also known as Krishna Das
Born (1947-05-31) May 31, 1947 (age 70)
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Kirtan
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Harmonium
Years active 1994–present
Labels Krishna Das Music, Nutone Music
Associated acts Arjun Bruggeman, Genevieve Walker, Mark Egan, Mark Gorman, Patrick Lee Hammond, Nina Rao, David Nichtern, Steve Gorn, Walter Becker, Ty Burhoe, John McDowell, Wah!,

Krishna Das (born Jeffrey Kagel; May 31, 1947) is an American vocalist known for his performances of Hindu devotional music known as kirtan (chanting the names of God). He has released fourteen albums since 1996. He performed at the 2013 Grammy Awards, where his album, Live Ananda (2012), was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.


Krishna Das traveled to India in August 1970 [1] where, as Ram Dass had done, he studied with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji).

He was referred to as the "Rockstar of Yoga" by the Grammys when he was nominated for a 2013 Grammy Award.[2] [3]

Krishna Das has been associated with many other artists. Two of his albums have featured Hans Christian as a guest multi-instrumentalist, and Sting appears on the album "Pilgrim Heart". He has also appeared on an album with Baird Hersey & Prana entitled "Gathering In The Light". Walter Becker of Steely Dan plays bass guitar on and Co-produced "All One" (2010), which also features Rick Allen (drummer) of Def Leppard on drums and Steve Gorn on flute. Ty Burhoe plays tabla on several albums. Rick Rubin produced "Breath of the Heart".[4]

His album, Live Ananda (2012), was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.[5] He performed at the Grammy Awards Ceremony as well. In April 2014, his album Kirtan Wallah was released, under his own label Krishna Das Music.[6]

Anusara Yoga invocation[edit]

Krishna Das composed the melody for a Anusara Yoga invocation, "Om Nama Shivaya Gurave", at the request of John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Friend describes this composition as occurring during a summer night at a secluded mountain retreat center in Utah in 1998.[7]


  • 1996: One Track Heart
  • 1998: Pilgrim Heart
  • 2000: Live... on Earth
  • 2001: Breath of the Heart
  • 2003: Door of Faith
  • 2004: Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga
  • 2005: All One
  • 2006: Gathering in the Light with Baird Hersey & Prana
  • 2007: Flow of Grace: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa, Sounds True
  • 2008: Heart Full of Soul
  • 2010: Heart as Wide as the World
  • 2012: Live Ananda
  • 2014: Kirtan Wallah
  • 2015: Laughing at the Moon

Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga


Other appearances[edit]

  • Open to the Infinite: Live at the Inner Directions Gathering (video), with Ram Dass, Bertram Salzman, Matthew Greenblatt. Inner Directions, 1999. ISBN 1-878019-11-2.


In 2011 and 2012, a documentary was made about Krishna Das called One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das.[8] It was directed by filmmaker Jeremy Frindel and features interviews with Krishna Das as well as others commenting on his life and spiritual quest. In late 2012 the documentary was picked up by distributor Zeitgeist Films for US distribution,[9] and it came out in the USA in May 2013.



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