This growing collection includes links to news stories, interviews, and podcasts about Johanna and her music, as well as recordings by other artists that feature Johanna. Please let us know if you have something to add.
YogiTunes Johanna’s kirtan album Heart Beats One is currently featured on YogiTunes, a music library of hand-picked music from around the world to accompany yoga classes and healing modalities.
10,000 Suns: Music fore Healing Peace & Awakening. Johanna is a featured vocalist on two of the tracks on this beautiful album by Saul David Raye & the Atma Recording Project.
New World Kirtan Podcast. Johanna’s music has been featured on several episodes of Kitzie Stern’s popular podcast, an ongoing exploration of the multifaceted world of kirtan. Most recently, the Be the Lighthouse podcast featured Om Shanti (Peace in our Hearts) from Heart Beats One. The 30th Fresh Tracks episode included Heart Beats One‘s title track and Fresh Tracks 31 featured that album’s closing track, Om Shanti (Peace in our Hearts).
Blissful Beats, Yoga Chats with the Accidental Yogist. This podcast episode includes an interview with Johanna as she embarks on her One Heart One Soul tour. Among other things, she talks about the path that led her to kirtan, starting with her first meeting with Ram Dass a few days before her zeroth birthday. The interview starts with Heart Beats One and includes the story behind that song.
Leanne of Bliss Bubble Radio featured Johanna on her show and played Heart Beats One all day. She said “Johanna’s music drew me in immediately with its sultry vocals and lush instrumentals. These gorgeous original kirtan chants, which include guest appearances from many of the “who’s who” in Bhakti music, create a direct path to the heart. A must-have album to all who love divinely devotional music!
Navigating the Journey by Debi Buzil, Yoga Chicago. Here’s a review of several new CDs, including Johanna’s. Spoiler: The review’s opening sentence is “Johanna’s debut, Heart Beats One, is stunning.”
Susan Grace Beekman Interview, Sunny in Seattle with Sunny Joy, KKNW Alternative Talk Radio. In this episode Sunny Joy interviews a Master Life Coach who happens to be Johanna’s Mom. The program includes excerpts from Johanna’s Heart Beats One CD, stories about Johanna’s journey toward the light through music and thought work, and more. The station’s archive of this interview includes many commercials and none of the music, so we’ve included a player here.
My Daughter, Myself: Heart Beats One, a blog post by Susan Grace Beekman. Johanna’s mother, a Master Life Coach, wrote this blog about the power of Johanna’s anthemic song and a certain irony of the timing of the song’s release. The blog includes a reference to (and a player for) the Sunny in Seattle interview referenced above.
Here’s what Gary Goldberg of WRPI Radio recently wrote about Heart Beats One: “I love Johanna Beekman’s ‘new’ CD, Heart Beats One. Played it in its entirety on yesterday’s “In The Spirit” radio show.”
Many came from Out of Town for Shasta Yoga Festival, Mt. Shasta News. This overview of the first-ever Mount Shasta Yoga Festival includes a photo of Johanna singing with Mike Cohen, Katie Wise, and Richard Cole. (Not shown is drummer Ben Leinbach.) Johanna also opened the festival with her own set and sang with David Newman.
Sound Recovery, Corvallis Gazette Times Entertainer. This article, published with the release of The Edge of Divine, tells the story of Johanna’s recovery from being hit by a drunk driver and the power of music for healing.