Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part interview with Krishna Kaur. You can also read Part 2, where Krishna shares her passion for bringing Kundalini Yoga to urban youth.

W166We are thrilled to introduce Krishna Kaur’s second solo album Longing. Produced by Thomas Barquee, this album is a soul-stirring mixture of mantra, devotional poetry, R&B, and jazz. Krishna’s power, passion, and devotion deepens with each track, where she is accompanied by C.C. White and Lina Wade on vocals, as well as saxophone, guitars, keyboards, percussion, and flute.

This album embraces listeners with Krishna’s huge heart and moving, uplifting energy. Dedicated, by Krishna, to the many teenage women and men in under-resourced communities throughout the world, Longing is a powerful message of love, peace, gratitude, and courage – inviting everyone to experience the joyful and soothing space of stillness within. And it gets even better! 100% of album proceeds will go to Krishna Kaur’s Y.O.G.A for Youth program – Empowering Teen Mothers.

We caught up with Krishna Kaur to learn more about the inspiration behind Longing and how she poured her soul into this powerful album.

What was your inspiration for this album?

I don’t know, I just felt I had more of the Guru’s teachings to share and I wanted to share them through song and mantra. It wasn’t a conscious thought, it was just a feeling that I still had more to say…more to share. I don’t know. It was just a feeling.

KrishnaKaur-068What makes this album different from the rest of the albums in your catalog?

This is my second album, and much like the first, I wanted to explore some of the feelings behind significant moments in my life. I think this second album touches more on the inner conversations I am always having with God, and with my inner self. I talk to Him a lot in prayer and quiet moments, expressing my gratitude for the challenges and the blessings I receive from some of the most unlikely situations. It’s like the Divine is everywhere, all the time, and I’m just watching it unfold. Wahe Guru!

Can you share a story from the making of this album?

The day before we started making this album I lost my voice. I was a bit frustrated, of course, because I was hoping to have it finished by a particular date. We decided to get together anyway and try to play with some arrangement ideas. Even though my voice wasn’t there, the feeling behind a couple of the stories I wanted to convey felt so right, we decided to keep them. (Mmmmmm, we’ll see how that goes.)

KrishnaKaur-029Is there something that your fans would love to know from the making of this album?

I thought about my teacher throughout the making of this album. In some way, it is all about my relationship with him. The many ways he encouraged me over the years, and the loving way he often said, “Ah, Krishna, just carry the name of God in your heart, and don’t worry about anything,” were powerful messages that stayed with me throughout. The words…the sound of his voice, were a quiet, steading companion. My heart smiles when I think about it.

Are there any special contributors to this album? If so, tell us about them!

I love that CC White has joined me again on this album. She is a special soul and a dear friend. I love her and what she brings to everything she does.

You can learn more about Krishna Kaur’s new album in Part 2 of our interview.

You can donate to the Y.O.G.A. for Youth program and download the album here.

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