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Warm and inviting, crystalline and pure, Brenda McMorrow's voice expresses the soul of a lifetime seeker and musical pilgrim. The Canadian devotional chant artist has had a rich and diverse musical career, embracing styles ranging from folk to jazz to bluegrass. She brings all of that experience to her devotional music and singing, making it a heartfelt unveiling and celebration of our true beings through the power of sound. She is invited to travel worldwide to share her unique blend of original folk-inspired melodies, world beats and sacred Indian devotional chants. Starting from a deeply meditative place, her musical chants unfold gradually and gracefully, drawing the listener into a sparkling labyrinth of swirling rhythms and the joyous interplay play of melody and harmony.
When Brenda participated in her first Sanskrit chant while attending a Yoga workshop in 2004, she had a profound realization that her musical journey was leading her to places more expansive and heart-opening than she had ever imagined. Brenda remembers: "It was a very simple chant (Om Namah Shivaya), and at the time I had no idea what it signified: all I knew was that every cell in my body started vibrating, and I felt absolute joy." While in India soon thereafter, Brenda began combining her own songwriting with ancient Sanskrit chants—and she has been flowing with this divine wave of Bhakti energy ever since.
Brenda is a featured artist on the White Swan Records roster, a Colorado label well known for high-profile yoga-inspired artists like Deva Premal. Ameya, Brenda's breathtaking debut album for White Swan, was released in 2010. Also a valued musical collaborator, Brenda has accompanied Grammy award winning cellist David Darling and esteemed kirtan musicians Jai Uttal, Wah!, David Newman, Girish and Dave Stringer. She has been invited to Bhakti Yoga festivals and events across the U.S., Canada, Italy, Austria and Germany as part of her most recent tour schedule. When not on the Bhakti road, Brenda calls beautiful Guelph, Ontario home.
"Brenda is a powerhouse: a strong and supple voice, sublime songwriting, a compassionate presence, steady wisdom, and a great sense of humour. Traveling and singing with her is incredibly fun. Id follow her anywhere." - Dave Stringer
“…a sparkling addition to the spiritual community…”
– Michael Mollura, LA Yoga Magazine