BEYOND THE BEYOND: A Mantra Music Experience

This much-anticipated debut album delivers a fun, soulful, eclectic and ultimately transcendent mix of mantra music from the Buddhist, Hindu and Sikh traditions in styles ranging from gospel to rock, traditional, disco and beyond. Known for her rich and powerful voice, Lee sings with devotion, dharma and love, bringing you into a space of devotion and joy!

Conceived at the prompting of the gurus, and produced with mantra music visionaries Gaura Vani and Anthony Molina, BEYOND THE BEYOND showcases debut kirtan artist Lee Mirabai Harrington’s broad range of musical approaches and styles.  The album features eight distinctive tracks, each with its own unique sound and feel. “Om Namah Shivaya (Holder of the Moon)” features the backing vocals of the incomparable Queen of Soul Kirtan, C.C. White and the “Shiva­-esque” guitar licks of Steve Postell. Add the deep tones and bowls of sound healer Philippe Garnier to the mix, and we have a powerful track indeed, designed to invoke the transformative qualities of Shiva. The sweet, meditative lullaby track “Jai Ma” also features the healing tones of Philippe’s singing bowls, tuning forks, windchimes, plus the lovely voice of the kirtan scene’s newest rising star, Radharani. Be prepared to sail away on the blissful sound currents of the Divine Mother. “Govinda Hare,”­­ is an all­-star tribute to the beloved teacher Shyamdas, with Daniel Paul on table and harmonica, Adam Bauer on bass and vocals, John McDowell on keyboards, and C.C. White singing response. You’ll even hear Shyamdas himself in the mix. And if you’ve ever felt like dancing like Nataraj, check out the fun, energetic and cleansing track “Shiva Shakti (Lord of the Disco Dance),” featuring the vocals of Calia Marshall and Helen Tocci of Kirtan Soul Revival, plus soul singers Kim Lesley and John James. Closing the album is the protective Gurbhani mantra “Aad Gurey Nameh,” based on a melody by Yogi Bhajan himself.  You’ll also enjoy the remixes of the three Buddhist tracks from the EP “INTO THE BEYOND” which feature Lamas Karma Drodhul and Karma Thendup of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery.  May all beings benefit! (Release date: 2/5/16)

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AWARDS

BEYOND THE BEYOND was included in the top ten “BEST OF 2016” list by Gary Goldberg  (of WRPI’s “In The Spirit” radio).

BEYOND THE BEYOND was included in Lloyd Barde Productions Annual “BEST OF” list for 2016 in the VOCAL/CHANT category.  The album is #13 on a very impressive list that includes #WhiteSun, #Enya, #TInaMalia, #AjeetKhalsa. #TrevorHall and #miten.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM

Harrington’s vocal arrangements are perfect. Although [she] is a newcomer on the devotional music/chant scene, her [album] release shows depth and maturity. BEYOND THE BEYOND reminds you that mantra can be communal and exhilarating as well as private and mysterious.
LA YOGA magazine, ALBUM REVIEW
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