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 Lord’s Prayer in the original Aramaic, to a Sufi chant, Latin verse, Gaelic song and Eastern mantra and improvised ambient sound, 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 producer, Thomas Barquee (Snatam Kaur, Seal), Ashana has received wide-spread, international acclaim for her CD recordings All Is Forgiven, Jewels of Silence, Beloved, The Infinite Heart and The Illuminated Path, (featured on Spirit Voyage’s “Meditations for Transformation” series). Her ground-breaking CD, River of Light was the first album featuring kundalini yoga mantra with the crystal singing bowls and was selected for the first round of Grammy Nominated albums in the 2014 World Music category.
An international artist and student of yoga for most of her life, Ashana has led two worldwide online group yoga meditation experiences with Kundalini Yoga author and teacher, Ramdesh Kaur, as part of the Spirit Voyage 40 Day Global Sadhana, touching the lives of over 20,000 people in more than 50 countries across the globe.
A renowned Crystal Bowl Master, Ashana’s live performances have been called “powerful” and “deeply transformative” and she travels internationally, offering concerts, crystalline activations, retreats and sound healing workshops. Ashana’s intuitive and unique vocal improvisations and crystal bowl playing are featured extensively in the documentary films: The Sound You Feel: Vibrations of Healing, released by Beyond Words, Wisdomkeepers: Paqo Andino, Solace: Wisdom of the Dying and the soon to be released Almost Sunrise, selected to be shown at major film festivals worldwide. Prominent workshop leaders and spiritual visionaries 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, sacred mantra and meditation. For over twenty 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.”
Performer, recording artist, sound healer and teacher, Ashana tours the world with her concerts, workshops, retreats and crystalline activation ceremonies. She makes her home in Phoenix, AZ with her husband, James Kawainui, a Native Hawaiian Healer. And, of course, her magnificent family of crystal singing bowls.
“Music is a blessing, a prayer and a healing when it comes deeply from the heart. Music and sound have the capacity to transport us, lift us to a place where we remember that we are loved so that we ultimately remember we ARE love. As we come into resonance with this love, day by day, moment by moment, our world transforms. The crystal singing bowls have, in no small way, helped me discover this truth inside of myself. And I am eternally grateful that I get to share it in so many beautiful ways with the world.”