Dorianne Laux - Voice Rites of Passage

March 21, 2019

Dorianne Laux – Voice Rites of Passage

Aired Thursday, 21 March 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

‘Rites of passage’ or ‘initiation rituals’ are powerful tools for those who choose to consciously move into a new phase of life by clearly marking the end of the previous chapter. The intention of performing ceremony has a profound impact on the subconscious – sending a clear message to the individual to prepare for a transition. Join voice master Kara Johnstad and respected poet Dorianne Laux as they dive deeply into exploring rites of passage for voice, in all its modalities (i.e. written, spoken, sung, thought, etc.).

Dorianne Laux is an acclaimed American poet and teacher, known for her sensual and grounded witness to the everyday. Contemporary Poet Tony Hoagland describes Dorianne’s work: “Her poems are those of a grown American woman, one who looks clearly, passionately, and affectionately at rites of passage, motherhood, the life of work, sisterhood, and especially sexual love, in a celebratory fashion.”

Laux’s most recent work Only As The Day Is Long (2019) is a collection of odes to her mother, an extraordinary and ordinary woman of the Depression era. With deep compassion, Laux explores experiences of survival and healing, sexual love and celebration, Only as the Day Is Long shows Laux at the height of her powers.

Tune in for inspiration on celebrating the voice’s evolution.

Donna De Lory - Voice as a Gravity-defying Instrument

March 7, 2019

Donna De Lory – Voice as a Gravity-defying Instrument

Aired Thursday, 7 March 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Why do we feel lighter after we sing? Join hostess Kara Johnstad and guest Donna De Lory as they explore the voice’s gravity-defying quality.

Devotional singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Donna De Lory commands a delicate and gravity-defying voice, a fine instrument that touches the heights and depths of the soul again and again with its beauty and honesty. Truth and self-confrontation have been essential in producing soul-elevating music.

Her most musically ambitious, soul-searching and autobiographical record to date Here in Heaven (2018) is a grand summation of her personal and musical life thus far—one that has encompassed everything from touring the world with Madonna as a backing vocalist and dancer, to enrapturing audiences at yoga music festivals and becoming revered among the reigning queens of world devotional music. Before dedicating her life to singing sacred mantras and lyrics of spiritual aspiration, De Lory traveled the globe for 20 years as a backup singer and dancer for Madonna, appearing in the documentary film Truth or Dare and on stage with the pop icon during numerous legendary tours. De Lory’s own music combines sparkling pop savvy with a deeply felt sense of spirituality and has won her a strong fan base in the yoga/conscious living community and beyond. Embracing styles as diverse as Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian classical and contemporary electronica, De Lory’s musical perspective is as wide as the world itself.

Tune in for an uplifting exploration of the voice.

Yuval Ron - Heart Unity

February 28, 2019

Yuval Ron – Heart Unity

Aired Thursday, 28 February 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

For one of us to be what we ought to be requires that we all be what we ought to be. Join voice master Kara Johnstad and guest Yuval Ron, an internationally renowned World Music artist and peace activist, as they get to the heart of unity. Tuning in to the wisdom of our hearts and allowing that song of wisdom to find expression on our paths is an attunement of divine order. Mr. Ron has followed the guidance of his heart wisdom into collaborating with: neuroscientists Mark Waldman and Andrew Newburg to explore the connection between sound and the brain; people of the Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths to create musical bridges; and teachers of various ethnic musical traditions and spiritual paths worldwide. Among his many honors, he composed the songs and score for the Oscar winning film West Bank Story in 2007 and was the featured artist in the Gala Concert for the Dalai Lama’s initiative Seeds of Compassion in the Seattle Opera Hall in 2008. He authored, “Author of Divine Attunement: Music as a path to Wisdom.”

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Tina Malia - Miraculously Medicinal Mantras

February 21, 2019

Tina Malia – Miraculously Medicinal Mantras

Aired Thursday, 21 February 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

What is the best medicine? Could it be laughter? Joy? Music? Perhaps all these elements in concert. “I attribute my sense of well-being to chanting mantra. It is so simple and yet so extraordinary” states world-renowned visionary musical artist, Tina Malia. Join Kara Johnstad and Tina Malia for a joyful conversation on the seemingly miraculous qualities of mantras.

A prolific singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and sound engineer, Tina expresses her radiant inner landscape through song. Tina’s love of sacred chant is reflected on her 2005 album Jaya Bhagavan, and now again on her newest release – Anahata – Mantras for a Heart Wide Open, where she sings deeply moving Sanskrit mantras to heal us and guide us back to wholeness Tina Malia is a beloved pioneer in a growing community of people around the world dedicated to residing in harmony with the Earth, and expressing it through art, health, education and music. Tina claims that “music, through its sheer beauty, has the power to free the heart, uplift the soul and connect communities all over the world. When we gather together to sing, dance, pray and remember our connection to life and one another, we are touched by the simple act of love moving through sound. I can not think of a better way to spend my time than sharing this joy.”

Susan Elizabeth Hale - The Song of Creation

February 14, 2019

Aired Thursday, 14 February 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Susan Elizabeth Hale – The Song of Creation

Join Kara Johnstad and Susan Elizabeth Hale as we explore Vocal Toning and how to find and free our true natural voice. Creator of Earth Day-Sing for the Trees and author of the juvenile fiction novel Emma Oliver and the Song of Creation (2007, Our Street Books) and Sacred Place Sacred Sound – The Acoustic Mysteries of Holy Places (1997, Quest Books), Susan Elizabeth Hale’s life work is supporting children and communities to understand the profound effect sound consciousness has on our well-being. Through her work as a music therapist and author, she helps people to explore the power of toning and its ability to raise consciousness and heal our earth. American born, Susan now lives in the Malvern hills in England with her husband Ian where they are involved with perpetual choirs, ancient yew trees and singing with children in schools.

Lisbeth Scott - The Call of the Divine Voice within Us All

February 7, 2019

Aired Thursday, 7 February 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Lisbeth Scott - The Call of the Divine Voice within Us All

The call of the divine speaks to our invincible vulnerability, galvanizing our love, hope and faith into action. Kara invites Oscar and Emmy award-winning singer and songwriter Lisbeth Scott to a conversation about the ennobling power of the divine voice within us all.

Lisbeth Scott is an award-winning singer/songwriter whose voice and songs have appeared in over 150 films and television shows many of which are Oscar and Emmy winners including Shrek, Narnia, AVATAR, Spiderman, Passion, Munich, Ironman and Trueblood. She has simultaneously developed her career as a solo artist producing and recording over 9 albums and is currently working on her tenth. Lisbeth hails from Boston with a classical piano background and crafts her sound under the Californian sun. Someone heard her singing and playing piano for a modern dance class in the hills of Idyllwild and suggested her voice for a score by composer Hans Zimmer. That was all it took. Scott’s uniquely moving and shiver-inducing voice was launched. Lisbeth sings and creates music to comfort, heal, move, transport and awaken the divine voice within us all.

“…a vocal wonder… her voice is an incredibly rich instrument.” – All Music Guide

Paul Avgerinos - A Musical Massage

January 31, 2019

Aired Thursday, 31 January 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Paul Avgerinos - A Musical Massage

Join Kara Johnstad and Paul Avgerinos in a heartfelt conversation as they dive into the spiritual and healing power of music.

World acclaimed Grammy®Award Winning Artist, Composer, Producer and Engineer Paul Avgerinos pursues his life’s work to spread peace, love, joy, healing, tolerance, contentment and bliss through gentle and kind music and presence. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University Paul has furthered his childhood passion for electronic music and built Studio Unicorn, a comprehensive digital/ analog recording studio. Twenty-Four solo CDs in the New Age genre followed, including Grace, which won the 2015 GRAMMY for Best New Age Album. His album BHAKTI earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Nomination. Paul lives and works in Redding, CT, where the deer pass by his studio windows and the hawks and eagles give inspiration from above.

“Avgerinos is one of the giants of Ambient music” -All Music Guide

Dielle Ciesco - Sound and Your True Voice

January 17, 2019

Aired Thursday, 17 January 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Dielle Ciesco - Sound and Your True Voice

Join Kara Johnstad and Dielle Ciesco as they explore sacred artistry, the power of transformational voice work and living a life in flow with our true essence. An author, artist, and Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with over 20 years experience in movement, Dielle is also an experienced meditation, breath and voicework facilitator and creator of Transformational Voicework. Her books, The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound and Your True Voice: Tools to Embrace a Fully Expressed Life are currently being designed into an online program for practical and contemplative study.

Marc Allen - Voice Your Dreams and Manifest Miracles

January 10, 2019

Aired Thursday, 10 January 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Marc Allen - Voice Your Dreams and Manifest Miracles

Your voice is a powerful tool to creating the life of your dreams. You are the alchemist. Everything creative comes from ease. Discover how to use your voice to empower your inner magician and tickle your muse. Use your voice to awaken to your true calling.

Explore with us affirmations and their ability to raise consciousness, unite humanity and manifest miracles.

Join Kara Johnstad and Marc Allen, renowned author, composer, speaker and co-founder of New World Library as they explore voicing dreams and manifesting miracles.

Sirgun Kaur - Reclaim Your Happiness

January 3, 2019

Aired Thursday, 3 January 2019, 9:00 AM EST / 6:00 AM PST

Sirgun Kaur - Reclaim Your Happiness

Kara’s guest today is Sirgun Kaur, sacred songstress, healer and Kundalini Yoga instructor.

Sirgun’s understanding of the transformative and healing potential of music was discovered through her education in Kundalini Yoga, chanting and mantra. Today’s topic is, is chanting directly connected to happiness? How can we use chanting on our path to creating a sound mind and sound body?

While there are numerous ways of “chanting” Sirgun’s effective method is through the voice, which resonates the entire body with a harmonizing and aligning sound. These sacred mantras can lift people beyond their limited reality into a blissful and ecstatic space, where healing spontaneously takes place. Sirgun has released five albums of sacred chants: -8, Reclaim Your Happiness, Dayaal, The Cosmic Gift, and The Music Within.

Join in the conversation with Kara at VOICE RISING on OM TIMES RADIO.