“For Simrit, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching, reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly. This devotion is a gift, a talent beyond any, that will lead thousands into the lightness of being and awareness that is so vital to humanity in this day and age.” …Snatam Kaur
“FIRST OF ALL, I’M SUCH A FAN OF SIMRIT. THE FIRST TIME I SAW HER LIVE I THOUGHT – WOW SHE’S KIND OF PUNK ROCK. I DON’T KNOW WHY I THOUGHT THAT, BUT THAT’S THE ELEMENT THAT DREW ME TO EXPLORING HER MUSIC.
HER SENSE OF MELODY IS DIFFERENT FROM A LOT OF THE OTHER CHANT ARTISTS AND HER ENERGY AND MUSICALITY SET HER APART. SOMETIMES WHEN I SING WITH HER, I THINK – THIS IS LIKE A POP SONG. THIS IS WHY I THINK SHE HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BRIDGE THE GAP OF POP/ROCK AND MANTRA MUSIC.
HER NEW SELF TITLED ALBUM, SIMRIT, IS FLAWLESS – MY FAVORITES BEING MUL MANTRA, REVOLUTION AND OF COURSE KUDRAT KAVAN.
SIMRIT, FOR ME, IS THE VOICE OF THIS NEW DAY AND AGE.”………BELINDA CARLISLE
“Simrit offers something creative, new and fresh to mantra music while maintaining
the integrity of it’s devotional roots. Her alluring vocals weave a vast web of powerful Mantras through her music which ranges from etheric to deep and earthy. Her music is mind altering. Simply put…on all levels, she just ROCKS“!!!! …..Bibi McGill/lead guitarist for Beyonce
“Simrit amazes me! With the force of her being and the uniqueness of the divine energy that flows through her, people are moved deeply when she sings. On so many occasions I sing with Simrit and I feel the heavens come into the room, like the angels and celestial beings just come to open the space, like a portal from another dimension. What an amazing gift to witness. I am always honored to sit by her side and sing or just be in the room with her while my insides shift. Her first CD, The Sweetest Nectar, is now a classic in my collection with Ardas Bhaee and Hey Gobind Hey Gopal(as not only my favorite tracks, but a lot of people’s favorite tracks). Her 2nd CD, The Oracle Sessions, has a different vibe everyone should check out. It is the kind of CD you just want to leave on repeat and let it go all day. Praana Apanaa is really rockin’! Her 3rd and new self-titled album captures Simrit’s power in a new way. The songs and mantras are just fresh and different. “Aisaa Naam” is like sitting at a live Simrit concert. The way the drums come in is a trademark of Simrit and really awesome. “Let Me Know” is passionate, beautiful, strong and it is refreshing to see her song-writing skills beginning to reveal themselves, and in this moving way, not to mention the amazingness of the vocals. I feel Simrit pours herself into her music; more than waiting for something to happen she is calling upon something inside, revisiting a space, reopening, and allowing us all to enter with her. I also feel she is even navigating that space, like she is entering into it and moving around. Her music is amazing whether you are hanging around the house, meditating or cruising in your car. Like me, you will feel honored, blessed and touched deeply by this woman, rising into the world and bringing mantra music to a new sphere. I am deeply thankful for Simrit’s presence and music in my life.”……Gurunam
If you have never heard of Simrit Kaur, allow me to introduce you to her. She is a sacred chant artist, yogini, wife and mother. This is her first album. She is about to become a star.
The Sweetest Nectar is a stunning first album. There is something intimate and rich about Simrit’s voice, a quality that holds within it strength and courage and sweetness to boot. She was born to sing; there is no doubt about that.
What is incredible here is the strength of the album itself as a consistent and solid mass of great music. The production and mixing, which was done by a variety of producers including Ram Dass Khalsa, Hans Christian, Todd Boston and Simrit Kaur herself, is strong and capable, like the steady hand of a master teacher.
The first track “Akal…Deathless” introduces a very profound tradition in Kundalini Yoga. When a person has died, you chant “Akal” a minimum of three times. Akal means deathless and it helps to release the soul from attachment to the body, the earth and those it left behind. Simrit’s voice holds a world of power within it; she is an alchemist whose throat, with a simple akal, can take your spirit from grief to love. The mantra Sat Siri Siri Akal is woven into the track, and it is a mantra sung every morning during sadhana. This mantra helps your own soul to realize its greatness and its eternal nature. With this song, Simrit connects your heart to the undying spirit of those you have lost and then reminds your own soul that it, too, is deathless. There is comfort and solace and grace here, and it is no amateur singer that accomplishes this sense of deep emotion with just one word.
“Wah Yantee”, the second track, is an incredibly lovely version of this verse from Patanjali’s yoga sutras. Said to promote intuition, this mantra is a profoundly powerful tool for connecting with your creative self. What is magical here, and there is much that is magical on the album, is how well this track supports meditation. If you want to use Wah Yantee as a meditation, the melody, instrumentation and vocals will push you into a deep state of focus and serenity very quickly.
“Tithai Too Samarath” is smooth and rhythmic, blending Gurmukhi prayer with a solid percussion that makes it perfect for a yoga practice. The pace is quick enough to keep your body active, yet honest and prayerful enough to keep your mind calm.
The next track is a lovely “Ardas Bhaee”. You’re welcomed into this track with a gentle sitar and the stage is set for Simrit’s voice to lead you in the ultimate prayer. Yogi Bhajan said of this mantra, “Normally there is no power in the human but the power of prayer. And to do prayer, you have to put your mind and body together and then pray from the soul. Ardas Bahee is a mantra prayer. If you sing it, your mind, body and soul automatically combine and without saying what you want, the need of life is adjusted. That is the beauty of this prayer.” The viola, played lovingly by Sahib-Amar Khalsa, who also played on Prabhu Nam Kaur’s Seasons of the Soul, has its own voice on this track. Simrit and the viola pray together. In Christian writings, it is said that wherever two or more are gathered in prayer, God will be there with them. The Infinite Love Intelligence that animates this universe is hidden in the sound current passed so sweetly between Simrit’s clear and sparkling voice and the gentle viola. Prayers are answered in this healing space.
On “Hey Gobind Hey Gopal”, Simrit Kaur leads us all in an uplifting and emotionally insistent plea for support from our Beloved God, the creative force of the Universe. This feels like a song for all humanity, a swelling and soaring request that we all might be elevated and assisted during difficult times. It is a mantra that appeals to the aspect of the Divine that is both creative and nurturing, reminding it that life can get very hard for us sometimes and asking for its grace to help us thrive. She sings for us all, creating a boat on her voice to carry us across the dark ocean of the world. The percussion, by Ramesh Kannan of Urban Nature, who is currently on tour with Snatam Kaur, has strength and solidity; it holds Simrit’s soaring voice to the earth, grounding it.
The title track, “The Sweetest Nectar”, is a proud and expansive Waheguru Wahejio. Simrit Kaur has sung this to herself thousands of times, no doubt, and she has touched that part of her own soul’s infinity that really believes it. That place of deep belief is where she sings from, inviting you to enter into her experience of inner clarity. Have you touched upon the potential of your own infinity? Chant with her. Open your heart and sing to yourself, to your own True Identity, to your own limitlessness. Then be humbled by its magnificence, for it is larger than just you, larger than just her, larger than any of us. Waheguru is the bliss, the perfection of the totality of experience, that is the Creative Divine, and which lives in us, as us, through us, every one.
The Long Time Sun song, which is used to close every Kundalini Yoga class, will be a welcome addition to yoga teachers who wish to use this album during their classes.
This is a beautiful album and it is clear that it is not her last; Simrit Kaur will be singing for years to come. What is The Sweetest Nectar? It is the touch of the Divine, the inspiration from Infinity, the grace of the Universe. Simrit Kaur pours you a cup. Go ahead and take a sip…Ramdesh Kaur, Spirit Voyage