Johanna Beekman is a multi-genre recording artist, sacred songstress and kirtan artist who is loved for her rich, soulful voice, her radiant spirit, and her evocative, inspiring songs and devotional chants that tap deep into the collective soul. She is equally comfortable performing sacred kirtan music for yoga festivals and classes, rhythmic world-beat grooves for dancers, and soulful ballads for concert audiences. Johanna’s music is central to movement-meditation-based RhythmAsana workshops and her own unique Lullaby Yoga classes.
Heart Beats One, Johanna’s long-awaited album of original kirtan music from the traditions of yoga, was recently nominated to be one of the top conscious music albums of 2015. The album, which features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Benjy Wertheimer, Girish, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, Hans Christian, Bibi McGill, Ankush Vimawala, Vince McClellan, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community, is being greeted with some remarkable reviews:
Brenda PatoineThe Bhakti Beat
Heart Beats One is a gem of a first offering from this Northwest bhakti yogini. Thank you for the sweet offering and lovely album.
David Newman (Durga Das)kirtan artist
Heart Beats One is a mystical brew full of love, beauty, and devotion. Dive into delight in a rich and magical mantra music adventure!
Johanna has delivered a stellar, timeless, amazing new album expanding the genre of kirtan music with hypnotic rhythms, gorgeous vocal melodies, dreamy soundscapes, and an all-star cast of guest performers.
Hans Christianmusician and producer
Johanna’s voice bursts with love and passion on her new CD Heart Beats One. She is a stellar singer with a deep commitment to healing and spiritual transformation.
Judith Dahnmaster yoga instructor
This is an extraordinary CD. I can’t stop listening to it. Each time I listen I hear more. When I am not listening to it, the songs fill my mind and comfort me. Johanna sings from a depth of heart that invokes a deeper and deeper journey on a sacred vibration. I love, love, love this work of art. It is a gem. A must hear. Bravo! Bravo!
Johanna’s debut, Heart Beats One, is stunning.... Johanna is blessed with a clear voice and vision along with abundant creativity.
I love hearing and playing "Heart Beats One" on my radio shows. Every song is goes deep into my heart.... Honestly, I can't praise it enough.
In the non-kirtan world, Johanna’s work has taken on a life of its own. Her ability to create unforgettable songs in almost any genre is well-documented in her previous recordings, including The Edge of Divine. And her a cappella anthem Free to Decide (Breathe) has been performed by ensembles and choirs across North America.
You can read more about Johanna on the Johanna Who? page, the Lullaby Yoga page, and the Back Story page. the Press page includes links to interviews, podcasts, and reviews. Johanna’s blog posts and newsletters are archived at the Blog page. And of course, you can always check Events to learn when and where you can see and hear Johanna live. She is currently booking her 2016 National tour. Reach out if you would like to bring Johanna to your town!
Get a taste of Johanna’s Gospel Kirtan Sunday morning set at Bhakti Fest 2016: