“Chidananda” is a gorgeous painting of the deep transformation and expansion in Brenda McMorrow’s own musical and spiritual journeys. Her prayer for this album is that it invites us to relax into our own unique and beautiful hearts and to profoundly connect with the peace that resides there. Brenda’s soulful voice and masterful songwriting takes listeners into a place of both stillness and expansion; healing, inspiration and a recognition of one’s inner strength. Her deep honoring and unique interpretation of sacred, ancient Indian mantras allows people all around the world to rest back into a rich tapestry of soothing and joy-inducing vibrations.
“Chidananda” features Benjy Wertheimer’s (Shantala/The Hanumen) hauntingly beautiful Esjraj on “Adi Shakti” and “Beloved of My Heart”, along with contributions from a host of other talented musicians. This is Brenda’s second album produced by acclaimed producer/mixing engineer Warren Huart (Trevor Hall).
Including a rendition of Miguel Molina’s “Agua de Estrellas”, the album is dedicated to the healing of the Mother Earth and to all beings upon, above and within it.
Brenda McMorrow is known for her unique and warmly embracing style of mantra music, in which she blends elements of acoustic folk, world rhythms and ancient Indian chants with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility. Yoga Journal describes Brenda as having “a knack for expressing the deepest realizations in the sparsest lyrics”. As spiritual teacher Ram Dass has said: “Brenda has a gift”, and her music has been touching people’s hearts worldwide.
released November 1, 2019
Brenda McMorrow, All Tracks (Vocals) Tracks 1-7 (Acoustic Guitar)
Warren Huart, Tracks 7, 8 (Acoustic & Electric Guitars)
Chris Gartner, All Tracks (Bass) Tracks 1, 8 (Bowed Bass)
Dave Allen, Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 (Percussion)
Philippo Franchini, Track 3 (Acoustic Guitar) Track 6 (12-String Acoustic Guitar)
Timothy Frantzich, Track 3 (Background Vocals)
Paul Frantzich, Track 3 (Background Vocals)
Produced & Mixed by Warren Huart
Engineered by Eric Gonzalez
Mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
Recorded & Mixed in August, 2019 at Spitfire Studio, Los Angeles, CA Primordial Spiral Art by Dan Schmidt
Photo by Jeremiah Hill
Photo Concept by Michael Moon
Graphic Design by Richard Harrison