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Help Ananda finish his first solo studio album!
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Namaste and Sat Nam. My name is Ananda Yogiji and I am raising funds for my first solo studio album. It's been years in the works and feels like a dream coming to fruition. I would be so grateful to receive your help in making this dream come true!

Namaste and Sat Nam.  My name is Ananda Yogiji.  I am a singer/songwriter in the genre of mantra music and devotional heart songs.  I have been recording, touring, sharing music with my musical partner Jaya Lakshmi for 7+ years, primarily on the west coast of the USA and Hawaii.  After many years in the works, it felt like the time to release my first solo studio album that represented my unique lyrical, musical and devotional expression.  This new album will be a powerful blend of modern and ancient soundscapes that touches the heart and  invokes a meditative and connected state.  Infused with mantras in Sanskrit and Gurbani, this  music offers blissful energy currents woven into lyrical heart songs. I sing, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute.   

The Cause...

I am launching this fundraiser for my first solo studio album called the "Flower of Life".  I feel so inspired to make this album because I have seen the profound effects this music has on people in opening their hearts.  It brings people so much joy, inspiration, devotion and connection to that Great Source of life.  It will be a collection of perhaps my most well loved songs that mix English devotional poetry and mantras.  Ultimately, what I would love is to see this music get out to as many people as possible and see it uplift, heal, inspire and invoke a profound state of connectedness to life, Spirit and Love.  

A beautiful part in creating this album is that I recorded some of my most dear friends and inspirations in the mantra music world.  Artists such as Prem and Jethro of Sacred Earth, Govind Das and Radha, Sukh Dev and Akahdahmah of Aykanna, Masood Ali Khan, Kevin James, Michael Stillwater, Gabriel Logan Braun, and Annmarie Soul. My long time musical partner Jaya Lakshmi is singing on many of the tracks as well.  I also felt inspired to record some of my dear friends and inspirations in the Yoga teaching world.  They have been such a huge support to me and it was so fun to get them to sing on this album.  For some, it was their first time ever singing and being recorded on an album!  So I was excited to record Kia Miller, Tommy Rosen and Sianna Sherman for their first studio recordings as well as Saul David Raye and Janet Stone.  So much fun! 

In addition this album is supported by the some highly talented musicians such as Ben Leinbach on drums, Shaun Ferguson who helped arrange the drums, Meghan Engel on violin and viola, Richard Cole on bass, Terre Lee on violin for the track Shivoham, Brent Keuker on bass for the track Breathe, and Ankush Vimawala on tabla. 

Why support and what's if for?

Ultimately, this music is for the upliftment of humanity and as a community, you support what goes out into the world.  So it's important that you be touched by the music and feel the importance of it going out into the world.  Because of that, I want you to be able to stream the new album before it goes out to make sure you are inspired. So take a listen here: https://soundcloud.com/anandayogiji

You contributions will go to support the musicians supporting this album, Ben Leinbach who is playing drums as well as mastering this album, along with my countless hours recording, arranging and mixing.  It will also go to help cover marketing costs to bring about awareness of this music to a much larger audience.   

Musician Costs: $5000

Mastering Costs: $800 

Marketing: $3000

Recording, Arranging and Mixing: $2000

I need your help! 

Please contribute in whatever way you can.  Your help is so appreciated on this unique and complex journey of making a living and sharing devotional music.  Please note that for all the contributions, you will receive a digital version of the new album. Not only that, but you will receive it as soon as you contribute, so you will get the album before it's release on the Spring Equinox, March 21st. 

For the malas, there are pictures and descriptions of the stones below. Please let me know which one you would like, the mantra you would like me to chant on the mala, your email address to send the recording of the chanting and your physical address to mail the mala to. 

The harmoniums and flutes are in concert pitch, at 440. Again, please let me know upon contributing the address to send them to.  In addition, if you have a favorite song of mine or mantra that you would like me to sing prior to receiving a Harmonium, let me know. I would be happy to record a video playing on your harmonium and send it to you.  Thank you and blessings of abundance!!  Lava Rock Malas

 

Sandal Wood Malas Rudraksha Malas

Solid stone malas. From left to right...Labrodorite, Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Moon Stone and Lapiz.  

Solid Stone Malas

 

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$15 USD
Digital download of the new album "Flower of Life"
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$30 USD
Ticket to a concert plus digital album
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For this perk, you get a ticket to any of my personal shows coming up in the next year as well as a digital album. I mostly tour on the west coast of the USA and Hawaii.
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Brass Ganesha with digital album
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For this perk, I will ship you a Brass Ganesha that I personally dipped in Ganges water in Rishikesh. See video for what they look like. In addition you will receive a digital version of the new album "Flower of Life"
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Crystal Sri Yantra along with Digital Album
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For this perk, I will ship you a crystal Sri Yantra that I personally dipped in Ganges water in Rishikesh. See video for what they look like. In addition you will receive a digital version of the new album "Flower of Life"
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Mala dipped in Ganges water/Digital Album
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For this perk, I will ship you a Mala that I personally dipped in Ganges water in Rishikesh. Please see the pictures in the description section.
There are many varieties, so let me know which one you would like. There is a limited supply of each and on a first come, first serve basis. In addition you will receive a digital version of the new album "Flower of Life"
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$108 USD
90 Minute Lesson with Digital Album
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For this perk, you get 90 minutes with me. It can be lessons on vocals, guitar, bansuri flute or harmonium. It could also be guidance in recording, arranging and mixing. It could also be in regards to the business side of pursuing a musical career. It could even just be some support or guidance for some aspect of your life. I am open to ideas! In addition you will get a digital version of the new album.
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$108 USD + shipping
Bansuri Flute and Case with Digital Album
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For this perk, I will ship you a Indian made Bansuri Flute with a hand woven case that I personally picked out in Rishikesh. See video for what that looks like. They are bamboo flutes that I play in my concerts. They sound amazing and are in concert pitch (440). In addition you will receive a digital version of the new album "Flower of Life"
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$603 USD + shipping
Harmonium with Digital Album
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For this perk, I will ship you a beautiful harmonium that I personally played and shipped back from Rishikesh. It is tuned to concert pitch (440). This specific model is the collapsable version. See the video for what they look like. They sound fantastic. In addition, if there is a song of mine that you would like me to play on it or a mantra you would like me to chant on it, I will record a video of it and send that to you as well. In addition you will receive a digital version of the new album "Flower of Life"
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$720 USD
Private Concert
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Want a private concert for you? Your friends and family? As long it's not too out of my way, I can offer this perk to you. You may want to contact me first to make sure we can make this work out. If you are on the west coast of the USA or Hawaii, we should totally be able to make this happen.
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