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Immerse yourself in the divine love of the sacred names. Jaya Lakshmi's singing is filled with true heart and passionate devotion. Her blissful blend of Sanskrit chant, harmonium, flamenco guitar, sarod and ambient grooves will comfort your heart and free your soul. Jaya Lakshmi is co-founder and lead singer of the acclaimed world techno-dance band, Lost At Lost. In recent years, she has been performing with Deva Priyo (on flamenco guitar and sarod) to packed audiences. Lakshmi has established herself as a major presence in today_s new devotional chant scene. This inspiring mantra chanting is unsurpassed for yoga, healing and meditation. Jaya Lakshmi's singing is absolutely phenomenal. The passion and grace in her voice really stirs the soul. Her music combines the best of both traditional yoga-chant and modern down-tempo grooves into an entirely fresh new sound. The beauty in her music is completely absorbing, and inspiring!
Jaya Lakshmi: vocals, vocal and musical arrangements, harmonium, kartals, shaker, 12-string guitar
Deva Priyo: musical arrangements, keyboards, guitars, sarod, birumbao, dobro and percussion
Daniel Paul: tabla
Produced and engineered by Jaya Lakshmi, Deva Priyo and Hale,
in Maui HI, 1999
All Music Guide
Love Sheila Chandra's albums fusing Indian and European musical forms on Peter Gabriel's RealWorld label but miss the slightly poppier sound of her early-'80s albums with the synth pop trio Monsoon? Then Jaya Lakshmi's Ocean of Mercy is the perfect midpoint. This is not fluffy crossover pop; the eight-lengthy songs are all sung in Sanskrit and feature devotional lyrics. Yet Lakshmi (who also sings with the more pan-global band Lost at Last) subtly updates the arrangements with synthesizers and worldbeat touches that are well integrated into the rich, billowing sound. Unlike many albums that sound tacky and somehow off when exploring similar cross-cultural areas, Ocean of Mercy has a unified and powerful sound. Songs like the hypnotic, largely acoustic ten-minute chant "Gypsy Krsna" are perfect for those newcomers to South Asian music who find the Nonesuch Explorer series too forbidding. Purists may well find it far too pop, and an argument could be made for that belief, but Ocean of Mercy is a quite enjoyable listen.
— Stewart Mason
On Ocean of Mercy Jaya Lakshmi's singing is filled with true heart and passionate devotion. Her blissful blend of Sanskrit chant, positive lyrics, harmonium, flamenco guitar, sarod and ambient grooves will comfort your heart and free your soul. It reminds [me] of the music Sheila Chandra made earlier in her career, and will be perfect for Yoga, the Healing Arts and ecstatic dance.
— Lloyd Barde
Music Design In Review
Jaya Lakshmi is, without a doubt, one of the most innovative, up-and-coming artists in the realm of contemporary chant music. Spiritual as well as sensual, her music is an intoxicating mix of ethereal Vedic chants, percolating tabla beats, harmonium drones and even a little Gypsy spice thanks to the flamenco guitar of Deva Priyo. It's music for dance and deep trance all wrapped up in one, providing the perfect accompaniment for yoga, ecstatic dance or just chilling out.
Common Ground Magazine
Jaya Lakshmi is co-founder and lead singer of the acclaimed world techno-dance band, Lost At Last. In recent years, she has been performing with Deva Priyo (on flamenco guitar and sarod) to packed audiences, and has established herself as a major presence in today's new devotional chant scene. Lakshmi is one of the few touring female Kirtan performers today. On Ocean of Mercy, Jaya Lakshmi's singing is filled with true heart and passionate devotion. Her blissful blend of Sanskrit chant, positive lyrics, harmonium, flamenco guitar, sarod and ambient grooves will comfort your heart and free your soul. It reminds one of the music Sheila Chandra made earlier in her career, and will be perfect for Yoga, the Healing Arts and ecstatic dance.
This CD is alive with passion, a powerful celebration of life, love and the Universe. It is hard to sit still while listening to this music. "Ocean of Mercy" takes Sanskrit chanting and blends it with gypsy guitar, tabla and sarod to create an upbeat devotion to life. I find it difficult to stop listening to this CD. This is one to just leave in the CD player for a while... the most wonderful production of chanting I ever heard. I give this album the highest rating I have!
— Karen Newton
The passionate voice of Jaya Lakshmi makes these traditional mantra chants come alive.... This is the perfect album for yoga or meditation with fantastic Flamenco guitar and instruments from India.
— Cristina Lord
Highlands Whole Life
Ocean of Mercy is a passionate, superb blend of Sanskrit chants and blissful grooves that will free your soul. I love it!!!
— Jenny King
Jaya Lakshmi and Ananda are Oregon based musical artists in the genre of mantra music. They offer kirtan, healing mantra
music and Kirtronica (kirtan and electronica fusion). In just over 6 years together, they have released 11 albums independently and on Sounds True and Spirit Voyage. They tour nationally and internationally holding their own events and retreats....more