Johanna Beekman is one of a kind. Whether she’s leading a kirtan, performing original music at a concert or festival, or guiding students through a Lullaby Yoga session, she warms hearts with her soulful music and her soaring spirit. Her velvety voice, her creative interpretations of music from various world traditions, her gorgeous original songs, and her open-hearted presence come together to create unforgettable musical experiences.
Johanna’s songwriting knows no stylistic boundaries. Her catalog includes heart-opening folk-pop songs, gospel hymns, a cappella anthems, classic soul songs, and jazz-infused love ballads. But for the last few years she’s been focused mostly on creating original kirtan—sacred music from the traditions of yoga. Many of her kirtan compositions interweave mantras and chants from other cultures with their English translations. Some are unison meditations, some are ecstatic call-and-response jams, and all are paths to a deeper awareness of Source.
Johanna has been a featured kirtan artist and/or singing yoga instructor at Bhaktifest, Shaktifest, Beloved Sacred Art and Music Festival, Breitenbush Summer Solstice Healing Retreat, Shasta Yoga Festival, Pranafest, and other prominent festivals. She has sung at festivals and on tours with Gina Sala, Dave Stringer, David Newman, Girish, Mike Cohen, Joss Jaffe, and other kirtan artists. She has collaborated with world-renown yoga teachers, including Saul David Raye, Kia Miller, and Sara Ivanhoe. When she’s not touring she spends time in Oregon doing yoga, singing, and giving back to her community.
Johanna loves singing for yoga classes, including Lullaby Yoga—her one-of-a-kind blend of music and restorative/yin yoga. In Lullaby Yoga, Johanna gently guides participants through a series of relaxing poses while singing and playing soothing songs and chants to them. The music facilitates the process of letting go by providing a luxurious, peaceful space for the mind to rest while the body relaxes, rebalances, and restores itself.
Johanna also provides music for RhythmAsana, a unique, joyous blend of yoga, movement meditation, dance, and global rhythms. For RhythmAsana events, including retreats at Breitenbush Hot Springs, the band’s engaging blend of Johanna originals and traditional music from around the world inspires inner and outer movement.
In 2016 Johanna released Heart Beats One, her fourth CD and her first-ever album of original kirtan music. The album, two years in the making, is a critically-acclaimed collection of Johanna’s soulful and strikingly original interpretations of sacred chants. It features guest appearances by Ben Leinbach, Hans Christian, Benjy Wertheimer, Jaya Lakshmi, Ananda, Girish, Gina Sala, Daniel Paul, Ankush Vimawala, Vince Mcclellan, and other esteemed members of the global kirtan community.
While she was completing her year-long Heart Beats One tour Johanna embarked on a new recording project: a collection of soothing songs for the soul in the spirit of Lullaby Yoga. She’s working with award-winning producer Ben Leinbach and a handful of gifted sacred music players to create an intimate and serene musical experience. The project is being funded in part by her GoFundMe campaign. The album should be completed by the Spring of 2017.