Snatam Kaur

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Snatam Kaur
September 10, 2007, Snatam Kaur in Hockley, Birmingham, England.
September 10, 2007, Snatam Kaur in Hockley, Birmingham, England.
Background information
Born1972
Trinidad, Colorado
GenresMantra, Meditation, New Age, Female Vocalists
OccupationsMusician
Years active2000–present
LabelsSpirit Voyage Records
Websitehttp://www.snatamkaur.com
 
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Snatam Kaur
September 10, 2007, Snatam Kaur in Hockley, Birmingham, England.
September 10, 2007, Snatam Kaur in Hockley, Birmingham, England.
Background information
Born1972
Trinidad, Colorado
GenresMantra, Meditation, New Age, Female Vocalists
OccupationsMusician
Years active2000–present
LabelsSpirit Voyage Records
Websitehttp://www.snatamkaur.com

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[edit]

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.[1]

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.[citation needed]

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.[1]

Snatam's music[edit]

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.[1]

Discography[edit]

Release DateAlbum TitleRecord Label
2002Prem (Love)Spirit Voyage Records
2003ShantiSpirit Voyage Records
2004GraceSpirit Voyage Records
2005Celebrate PeaceSpirit Voyage Records
2005Mother's Blessing
  • (Snatam Kaur and Prabhu Nam Kaur)
Spirit Voyage Records
2006AnandSpirit Voyage Records
2007LIVE in ConcertSpirit Voyage Records
2009Liberation's DoorSpirit Voyage Records
2010The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants For HealingSpirit Voyage Records Under License To Sounds True
2011RasSpirit Voyage Records
2012Heart Of The UniversePoint of Light Records/Spirit Voyage

The Celebrate Peace tour[edit]

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 is a featured teacher and "Peace Ambassador" for the 3HO Foundation, a NGO (non-governmental organization) affiliated with the United Nations since 1996.

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.[1]

Sikh influence on Kaur's music[edit]

Sikhism is a 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.[2] Kaur’s teacher, Yogi Bhajan (1929-2004), was influential in helping promote the Sikh tradition in the West.[3]

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.” [1]

Reviews and Critical Acclaim[edit]

Snatam Kaur has received numerous positive reviews of her concerts and albums, especially in alternative and yogic media. These include LA Yoga, The Olympian (Olympia, WA), Light Connection, The Union (Nevada County, CA), The New Sunday Times (Malaysia), and Yoga Chicago.[4] In 2010, her album Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing peaked at number nine on the Billboard listing of Top New Age Music Albums.[5] Snatam Kaur's career also received a boost when it became known that her music was a favorite of Oprah Winfrey.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Snatam lives in the United States with her husband Sopurkh Singh, whom she married in January 2006, and their daughter.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Snatam Kaur Official Website". snatamkaur.com. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Three Principles of Sikhism". Sikhism.about.com. 2013-12-25. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  3. ^ Khalsa, Shanti Kaur Khalsa (1995). The History of Sikh Dharma of the Western Hemisphere. Espanola, NM: Sikh Dharma; McLeod, Hew (1997). Sikhism. London: Penguin Books.
  4. ^ "Snatam Kaur Reviews". Kindredspirits.ws. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  5. ^ "The Essential Snatam Kaur: Sacred Chants for Healing - Snatam Kaur | Awards". AllMusic. 2010-05-04. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 
  6. ^ "How Oprah Celebrated Her 58th Birthday". Oprah.com. Retrieved 2014-01-04. 

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