After touring non-stop for nearly 20 years, and with CD sales well over 700,000, Deva Premal and her partner Miten have confirmed that the allure of mantra is as powerful today as it was thousands of years ago. Now, following her successful album Into Silence, international superstar of sacred chant Deva Premal is back with Into Light, an exclusive collection of illuminating chants and contemplative pieces for meditation and relaxation.Known for her genuine, heartfelt devotion, Deva offers a rich and expansive album that invites us to explore the divine inner light within and includes:
* 'The Moola Mantra' (invocation) which honors the divine light in everyone
*'Om Namo Narayanaya,' a devotional song to Lord Vishnu who removes the darkness of illusion
* 'Illumina, a song that draws on the four elements to help enlighten our lives
* 'Om Hraum Mitrya,' a chant encouraging the light of friendship to shine through us all
Radiant and pure, Into Light invokes the illuminating sounds of sacred chant and makes a relaxing musical complement to massage, yoga, and any moment of peaceful contemplation.
Track Preview 1. Lokah Samasta
Track Preview 2. Om Namah Shivaya
Track Preview 3. Moola Mantra (Invocation)
Track Preview 4. Moola Mantra, Pt. 2
Track Preview 5. Ilumina
Track Preview 6. Teyata [Shaman's Dream Re
Track Preview 7. Maha Mrityunjaya
Track Preview 8. Gayatri Mantra
Into Light, offers a compilation of eight luminous mantras and chants from Deva Premal which invite you to relax into the sacred space of your own inner light.
Accompanied by Miten, as well as some of today?s finest fusion artists, Deva shares a rich and expansive collection of her best-loved pieces, including: Illumina, a song that draws on the four elements to help enlighten our lives, Teyata for healing, and The Moola Mantra, which honors the divine light in everyone.
About the Artist
In contrast to the rock 'n' roll lifestyle of Miten, Deva Premal was raised in an atmosphere of mantra and spiritual discipline.
Born in N?rnberg, Germany in 1970 of a mystic/artist father and a musically talented mother, she was taught violin, piano and received voice training. By the time she was five years old, she was already chanting the Gayatri Mantra daily, and since that time she continues to integrate meditation into her life.
She has studied Shiatsu, Reflexology, CranioSacral Therapy and Massage, but music remains her first love. The influence of Indian classical music is evident in her singing, although she has never attempted to copy or steal from the tradition
"It just comes naturally, as if I'd heard it all before, in another life."
Among the numerous letters of appreciation she has received since the release of her albums, many describe how her music has been used to accompany and enhance the sacred passages of birth and death. In fact, Elisabeth K?bler-Ross, the world famous author of On Death And Dying, requested that Miten and Deva bring their music to accompany her passing. "We have played for many people," says Deva, "but to play personally for Elizabeth was something I will never forget.?
Miten grew up in the 60's. "At that time, England was alive with rock 'n' roll music and the sound of The Beatles. Everywhere you went it was on the street. It was a time of innocence, a time when you could sense the possibility that life has no boundaries."
He later went on to establish a successful career for himself in the 70's and 80's as a singer/songwriter, touring with such bands as Fleetwood Mac, Lou Reed and Ry Cooder. During this time he released two well-received albums, one produced by The Kinks, another by noted Los Angeles producer Bones Howe for Ariola Records.
Ultimately he found the rock 'n' roll life-style unfulfilling and empty, and he began an inner search which led him into the world of meditation. It was at this time he came upon the most important and influential figure in his life, the rebel mystic, Osho.
"After I met Osho, everything fell into place," he says. "He gave purpose to my life, and an understanding that divine chaos is the essence of it. My eyes were opened to new possibilities which I continue to explore to this day."
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Reviews of Into Light:
"Deva Premal is a force to be reckoned with. With her classical training and intense spirituality she was destined for a career as a New Age musician. Her albums are recorded with the help of her life partner, Miten, showing peace in both her personal and artistic life. The love and life they share become immediately apparent in the harmony that is in their work.
"German?born Premal was raised with equal weight placed on the study of music and spirituality?by age five she was already reciting mantras. She met Miten on a trip to India, and it was he who helped her to find her singing voice by encouraging her to sing backup vocals for him. Their shared philosophy remains that everybody with a voice can sing, and everyone with a breath in their body can experience divinity, which they continue to promote in music that is gorgeous, both spiritually and sonically.
"The pair have been touring together for almost 20 years and have been heralded by the likes of the Dalai Lama, who said they create "beautiful, beautiful music." Their recent release, Into Light: The Meditation Music of Deva Premal, is consistent with past releases in that it promotes inner peace, but this album encourages focusing on the light from within during a guided meditation. The album begins with the stunning Lokah Samasta, a mantra that translates to "May all beings in the universe be happy." She begins with low, hypnotizing harmonies that emulate a breath in your ear, calming and regulating your own breathing, before launching into the next part of the meditation, a segment with gorgeous soaring vocals.
"One of Premal?s strongest suits is her crystalline voice and her inherent awareness of it. With Miten?s production, she plays off of her higher registers using low, bassy instrumentation. On Illumina, warm acoustic strings create balance with their added richness, as do the additional harmonies. The album closes with Gayatri Mantra, the Vedic mantra recited during the sacred thread ceremony, when the concept of Brahman, or the infinite reality, is introduced as a rite of passage. As a closing song, this mantra symbolizes the knowledge the listener has gained through this guided meditation, and Premal?s hushed tone is appropriately reverential."
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