Mantra Soul

Johanna Beekman’s newest release, Mantra Soul, features new inspirational mantra music she has shared at festivals, churches, and studios across the country but had not yet released in recorded form. It has the same heart-centered quality as her last two albums while fusing east and west with her soulful gospel stylings in Sanskrit and English.

In gratitude to her Interfaith gospel and Mantra teachers, Rev. Isaiah Jones, Gina Sala, Krishna Das, Ram Dass. Feat. Grammy Award-winning Producer/Composer Dave Stringer, produced by Grammy Award-winning producer, Ben Leinbach.

A sneak peak from recording with Saeeda Wright and LaRhonda Steele:

You can download the album or purchase a CD here or listen/ buy at any of the links below.

 

  • Lloyd Barde, Artist Promotion, Festival and Event Production

    Really enjoying your new CD!  Evolving and reaching high to the sky!!

  • Hans Christian, Composer, Recording Engineer, and Producer

    I have yet to hear a track from Johanna that hasn’t moved me deeply. There’s something about her singing that reaches deep into my musical soul. She has a true gift.

  • Hans Christian, Composer, Recording Engineer, and Producer

    To have worked with Johanna in the studio and on stage has been a complete blessing. Her singing and musical instinct always catches my ears, and her musical partnership with Ben Leinbach has enriched our lives with some really beautiful recordings. She is quite extraordinary!

  • Mark Kelso, music producer, former Narada/Virgin/EMI recording artist

    Mantra Soul is a masterful fusion of gospel, chant, and world music in a delectable package of pure soul.
    Johanna leaves us both satisfied and wanting more, which is why endless repeat was invented.

  • Sherrie Howard, International Kirtan Artist and Kripalu Center Yoga Faculty

    Johanna Beekman’s beautiful new album, Mantra Soul, is a stunning and soulful infusion of Mantra and Gospel. Through her immense talent and luscious voice, Johanna’s album enraptures me in its powerful energy, makes me want to dance and sing, and leaves me feeling positive and upbeat.  This album is a MUST have!

  • Julia Djeke, yoga teacher and writer for Elephant Journal

     

  • Sahadev, Producer & Engineer, CA

    Rich flowing layers of beauty and rhythm inspire throughout these fresh brilliant compositions plus creative new arrangements of well known and loved sacred songs. From soul and gospel to dance grooves. From soaring vocals to soothing intimate moments. A bold expression of Spirit and Heart. It is a true blessing.

  • Michael J Downey, recording artist, producer, musician, devotee 

    The new album, Mantra Soul, takes us to new heights. Just what we needed right now 🙏

  • Gary Goldberg, WRPI Radio, NY

    Johanna Beekman’s brand new album, Mantra Soul, is soulful and deep. Johanna's voice soars through the 7 selections. She sings mantra and English words that take us on a journey through the heart. I felt deeply when I heard "Heart Beats One" and again with "Beyond Love." Feeling the same with "Mantra Soul." She is also aided by Ben Leinbach and Hans Christian. Hear it for yourself from beginning to end and let the sound waves wash through and sooth your soul.

Sneak peaks from the studio, recording with Saeeda Wright and Angela Davise:


 

Track List:

Johanna recording

Johanna recording

1. Swing Low (Sri Krishna)

Sri Krishna Govinda Hare Murari Hey Nath Narayan Vasudeva
Hey Hath Narayan Vasudeva Hey Hath Narayan Vasudeva

Swing low sweet chariot / coming forth to carry me home

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna / Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama / Rama Rama Hare Hare

 

2. The Earth Beneath Me (Jai Shakti Ma)

Johanna with Kavita Kat Macmillan

With Kavita Kat Macmillan

The earth beneath me, the sky above me
This heart that’s beating, mother won’t you carry me home
The earth beneath me, the sky that’s parting
This heart that’s singing, mother won’t you carry me home

Jai Ma, Jai Ma, Jai Ma
Jai Shakti Ma

The river is flowing, flowing and growing
The river is flowing home to the sea
Mother carry me, child I will always be
Mother carry me home to the sea
Jai Ma…

Wade in the Water, Wade in the water children,
Wade in the water, Ma’s gonna bless this water
Mother ocean, mother ocean, mother ocean,
The ocean refuses no river
Jai Ma…

Angela Davise recording

Angela Davise recording

3. Kali Ma (Chamundaye)

Om Mata, Om Kali,

Durga Devi Namaho Namaha

Shakti Kundalini, Jagatambe Mata

Kali Ma . . . aah . . . ah, Kali Ma

 

4. Om Guru Deva (Surrender to Love)

Johanna with Alex Milstead Chad Saeeda and LaRhonda

With Alex Milstead, Chad Ross, Saeeda Wright, and LaRhonda Steele

 Om Guru Deva, Om Guru Deva, Om Guru Deva Om

Take me in your wings, Show me sacred things
Teach me how to walk so I can fly

Om Guru Deva Om Guru Deva Om Guru Deva Om
Guru Deva, Guru Deva

We find it’s all inside, that deep shining light and when we find it we thrive, we thrive  (X2)
Surrender… Remember… surrender to love, to love

 

 

5. Radhe (Rhythm of My Heart)

Recording with Alex Milstead and Saeeda Wright

With Alex Milstead and Saeeda Wright

Radhe     Radhe      Radhe     Radhe

Jai Jai Radhe Namo Namah
Namo Namah

Radhe Govinda Bolo Radhe Shyam
(Radhe Shyam Bolo, Radhe Shyam)
(Radhe Govinda Radhe Gopal)
(Jai Jai Radhe Namo Namah)

 

6. Gayatri (Offering of Love)

With Dave Stringer

 

Om Bhoor Bhuwah Swaha
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasaya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo Naha Prachodayat

Let your Light Shine Down
Let it bless this skin
In an Offering, an offering
Let your light shine down
Let it bless this skin
In an offering, an offering of love, love love
Woohoo, woohoo, woohoo,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah

 

Johanna in the studio

7. Lokah Soul

Lokah Samantha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti Om

May all beings be happy and free
may that freedom start with me

Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti Om

 

 

Instrumentalists:

  • Ben Leinbach – drums and percussion, programming, electric guitar (Gayatri)
    Jared recording

    Jared May recording

    keyboards, bass (Chamundaye, Guru Dev, Gayatri), backing vocals (Gayatri, Happy and Free, Guru Dev, Radhe)

  • Gawain Mathews – electric guitar (Chamundaye, Radhe, Happy and Free, Guru Dev)
  • Jared May – bass (Happy and Free, Radhe)
  • Joss Jaffe – tabla (Earth)
  • Hans Christian  – sarangi (Earth), bass (Earth), cello (Gayatri and Happy and Free)
  • Angela Davise- acoustic guitar (Chamundaye)
  • Geo – percussion
  • Alex Milstead – additional harmonium

 

Angela Davise

Supporting Vocalists:

  • Dave Stringer
  • Kavita Kat Macmillan
  • LaRhonda Steele
  • Saeeda Wright
  • Angela Davise
  • Kelly Love

Behind the scenes with Alex Milstead, Angela Davise, George Beekman

Ben Leinbach recording

Ben Leinbach recording

Produced, recorded, and mixed by

Johanna and Hans

Johanna with Hans Christian

Ben Leinbach,

Old Bull Productions
Mastered by Hans Christian, Studio 31
Additional recording/ Engineering by Alex Milstead

“Radhe,” “Lokah Soul,” and “Om Guru Deva” written by Johanna Beekman and Ben LeinbachAll other songs written by Johanna Beekman (with a few old spirituals).

Gratitude to Rev. Isaiah Jones for showing me faith in song, Gina Sala for global vocals, and so many other teachers…

Johanna Beekman and Jim Beckwith

With Jim Beckwith

 

Photo by Brian McDonnell


Graphic Design by Jim Beckwith

Mantra Soul Back Cover