Ashana – BIO
“The miraculous quality of Ashana’s voice, its power to soothe and heal … comes to us like a message from beyond, creating the healing space with which we can remember true destinies and connect with the eternal grace of the present moment.”
– Daily Om
Weaving together soaring, angelic vocals and the celestial sound of crystal singing bowls, Ashana is one of the premiere healing music artists and New Age vocalists of our time. In fact, Ashana’s original sound is the forefront of an entirely new genre of healing music. This exquisitely crafted, luminous sonic tapestry soothes and opens the heart, enfolding the listener in a transcendent experience of the Divine and a direct experience of the Soul. This stunningly beautiful alchemy has been hailed by listeners all over the world as “breathtaking” and “a Gift from Heaven.”
Evolving from deep self-exploration, her style is truly eclectic. From her haunting rendition of the Lords Prayer in the original Aramaic, to a Sufi chant, Latin verse, Gaelic song and Eastern mantra, Ashana blends Western and ethnic instruments with the unique drone of the crystal singing bowls to create the ultimate transcendent music for healing, relaxation and meditation.
With her producer, Thomas Barquee (Snatam Kaur, Seal), Ashana has received wide-spread, international acclaim for her CD recordings All Is Forgiven,Jewels of Silence,Beloved and The Infinite Heart. Her latest work, a recording of two healing mantras, The Illuminated Path, was released with Spirit Voyage Recordson their “Meditations for Transformation” series. As part of this new release, Ashana and Ramdesh Kaurled the worldwide Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhana featuring the mantra “The Crystalline Path,” an experience which touched the lives of over 13,000 people across the globe.
A renowned Crystal Bowl Master, Ashana’s live performances have been called “powerful” and “deeply transformative” as she travels internationally, offering concerts, crystalline activations and sound healing workshops. Ashana’s intuitive and unique vocal improvisations and crystal bowl playing are featured extensively in the documentary film “The Sound You Feel: Vibrations of Healing,” released by Beyond Words. And prominent workshop leaders and spiritual visionaries around the globe feature her music widely in their programs and spoken word recordings.
Ashana is passionate about nurturing the creative process to bring through just the right words, sound, melody, feeling and expression. Her musical calling came at an early age as a young girl growing up in the Bronx, in New York City. She began singing in churches and as time went on, synagogues, temples, sweat lodges and gurdwaras. Classically trained, she spent many years exploring a wide variety of musical genres including jazz, pop, gospel, musical theater as well as composing and teaching children’s music. From ancient to contemporary she immersed herself, graduating with a degree in vocal studies from the Mannes College of Music in New York City. She discovered yoga, chanting and mantra in the early 80’s and is a devoted student of Kundalini yoga and meditation. For the last fifteen years, she has been on a deeply personal journey, studying and exploring sound healing and the voice. During this period she began working with quartz crystal singing bowls, instruments that are often used in contemplative practices to support healing, balance and well-being. Bringing these extraordinary sounds into her music and the lives of others is, Ashana reflects, “my destiny.”
“Music is a blessing, a prayer, and a healing when it comes deeply from the heart” says Ashana. “Music can transport us, lift us to the place where we gently let go and open to receive, reflect and remember the Love we truly are. And as we begin to rest in this Love, our world is transformed. We see beauty in everything. And Heaven becomes fully present in every moment, right here on Earth.”
Performer, recording artist, sound healer, songwriter and teacher, Ashana tours the world with her concerts, workshops and crystalline activation ceremonies. She currently lives in Mt. Shasta, CA with her husband, James. And, of course, her magnificent family of crystal singing bowls.
“A shining star in New Age music!”
– The Jordan Rich Show, CBS Boston
“When I first listened to Ashana’s CD, “All Is Forgiven,” my husband and I were driving in the car. I was thankful that I was in the passenger’s seat, because all I could do was just close my eyes and be taken into the heavenly sounds. I noticed that my breathing actually slowed down, and I felt as if I was being taken into a beautiful place in my heart that was being awakened by Ashana’s serene vocals, and the sacred bowls that she plays. Ashana’s music is light and beautiful… but takes you right into your heart… where all is forgiven.”— Snatam Kaur
“Listening to Ashana’s CD “The Infinite Heart” feels like entering a beautiful cathedral of perfect harmony and peace. “– Mirabai Ceiba