Krishna Das (singer)

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Krishna Das
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2005
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Kagel
Also known asKrishna Das
Born (1947-05-31) May 31, 1947 (age 71)
Long Island, New York
GenresKirtan
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsHarmonium
Years active1994–present
LabelsKrishna Das Music, Nutone Music
Associated actsArjun Bruggeman, Genevieve Walker, Mark Egan, Mark Gorman, Patrick Lee Hammond, Nina Rao, David Nichtern, Steve Gorn, Walter Becker, Ty Burhoe, John McDowell, Wah!
Websitewww.krishnadas.com

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.

Biography[edit]

In August 1970 Krishna Das traveled to India [1] where, as Ram Dass had done, he became a devotee of 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]

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 of Def Leppard on drums and Steve Gorn on flute. Ty Burhoe plays tabla on several albums. Rick Rubin produced Breath of the Heart.[3]

His album Live Ananda (2012) was nominated for the 2013 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.[4] 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.[5]

Anusara Yoga invocation[edit]

Krishna Das composed the melody for an Anusara Yoga invocation, Om Nama Shivaya Gurave, at the request of John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Friend describes this composition as being written during a summer night at a secluded mountain retreat center in Utah in 1998.[6]

Discography[edit]

  • 1996: One Track Heart
  • 1998: Pilgrim Heart
  • 2000: Live... on Earth
  • 2001: Breath of the Heart
  • 2001: Pilgrim of the Heart
  • 2003: Door of Faith
  • 2004: Greatest Hits of the Kali Yuga
  • 2005: All One
  • 2007: Gathering in the Light with Baird Hersey & Prana
  • 2007: Flow of Grace: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa
  • 2008: Heart Full of Soul
  • 2010: Heart as Wide as the World
  • 2012: Live Ananda
  • 2014: Kirtan Wallah
  • 2015: Laughing at the Moon
  • 2017: Trust in the Heart

Books[edit]

  • Flow of Grace: Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa, Sounds True, 2007. 100 pages. ISBN 1-59179-551-6.
  • Chants of a Lifetime: Searching for a Heart of Gold, by Krishna Das. Hay House, Inc, 2010. ISBN 1-4019-2022-5. (Memoir)

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.

Documentary[edit]

In 2011 and 2012, a documentary was made about Krishna Das called One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das.[7] It was directed by filmmaker Jeremy Frindel and features interviews with Krishna Das and others commenting on his life and spiritual quest. In late 2012 the documentary was picked up by distributor Zeitgeist Films for US distribution,[8] and it came out in the USA in May 2013.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About Krishna Das". krishnadas.com. Feb 2012. Retrieved Feb 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Krishna Das, The Yoga Rock Star". GRAMMY.com. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  3. ^ Wiser, Carl (March 27, 2015). "Krishna Das : Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved 2018-10-12.
  4. ^ "55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Winners:Nominees". Grammy.com. Feb 2012. Retrieved Feb 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "New CDs in stores this week". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2014-04-18.
  6. ^ Ty Burhoe, Invocation, CD liner notes, Sounds True Records, 2006.
  7. ^ "Official Website for One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das".
  8. ^ "Zeitgeist Grabs Krishna Das Documentary 'One Track Heart' for April Release".

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