Following their GRAMMY-winning second album, new age music creators White Sun are basking in the glow of their third release, White Sun III, and deservedly so. The pioneering band, which consists of Gurujas Khalsa, Adam Berry and Harijiwan Khalsa, recently let their new music spin for 100 eager listeners at BMI’s LA office before the release of their double album on September 28. Not surprisingly, the crowd was spellbound. It’s no wonder White Sun’s mesmerizing music, which took the GRAMMY for Best New Age Album, has topped the charts for Billboard, Amazon and iTunes, while amassing 20 million streams across six continents.
The Los Angeles-based New Age band White Sun released their third studio album, the double-LP White Sun III, on September 28th. The 90-minute project follows two previous albums, their 2015 self-titled debut, which reached Number One on the iTunes World Music chart, and 2016’s White Sun II, which topped Billboard’s New Age chart and secured Best New Age Album at the 2017 Grammy Awards.
Music so powerful that it wins a Grammy and the attention of UCLA researchers doesn’t just happen by chance. This is music created with intention and purpose. Yoga supergroup White Sun’s second album broke through the Grammy mantra barrier. After hitting #1 on Billboard’s New Age Chart and#2 on Billboard’s World Chart, White Sun II won the 2017 Grammy for Best New Age Album.
Most people connect easily to music, as the blood flow in our brains changes when we listen to it. White Sun's music positively affects the glandular system as well, because it contains mantras, which influence the waves of the mind. Harijiwan's Gong playing has the same effect vibrationally, but the sound is more primal.
Results suggest that yoga can be a cognitive enhancement or brain fitness exercise that can confer similar or even more extensive cognitive resilience than memory training—the gold standard—in older adults.
Meditation in this study was practiced with music recorded on the White Sun album, which received a Grammy award this year.
Music so powerful that it wins a Grammy and the attention of UCLA researchers doesn’t just happen by chance. This is music created with intention and purpose. Yoga supergroup White Sun’s second album broke through the Grammy mantra barrier. After hitting #1 on Billboard’s New Age Chart and#2 on Billboard’s World Chart, White Sun II won the 2017 Grammy for Best New Age Album. Dynamic and timeless, White Sun II is the first mantra/chant album to win a Grammy. LA YOGA magazine sat down with lead vocalist and harmonium player Gurujas at Plant Food and Wine in Venice to learn more about White Sun II and its mantras, which are believed to nourish the spirit with love.
Powerful music is timeless: it envelops us, welcomes us into its essence, and stays with us long past the last song on the album. The mantra music created by yoga supergroup White Sun is good music that uses mantra to nourish our spirit with love.
The Santa Monica-based trio White Sun has a curious, only-in-L.A. backstory, having been co-founded by Adam Berry, best known in the biz for his four seasons as the music director for the animated show “South Park.”
They can add "Grammy-award winning" to that biography. The group bested a competitive field including Enya and Vangelis to earn the New Age album Grammy…
White Sun II is the second release from the Los Angeles-based group White Sun. The core group consists of vocalist and composer Gurujas (pronounced goo-roo-jass); composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Adam Berry, a two-time Emmy winner; and Harijiwan (hudd-ee-jee-vin) who plays gong and serves as spiritual leader. Guest artists include Mamadou Dibate on kora (a 21-string harp made from a calabash gourd), Abhiman Kaushal on tabla and Gabe Witcher on fiddle, plus additional singers. Most of the songs on the album are based on 5000-year-old yogic mantras, but what makes this music really different is that the songs are set in a more modern song style that will appeal to a much broader world-wide audience. This is obviously working remarkably well since the album made its debut at #2 on the Billboard New Age chart and is currently #1. Even more remarkable is that White Sun II is now part of the required curriculum for two courses at the University of Southern California as part of their health and wellness campaign to find new ways to deal with the stress level of students.