“For Simrit, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching, reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly.” – Snatam Kaur
“Simrit, to me, is the voice of this new day and age.” – Belinda Carlisle
Some performers can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to club audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have a presence that engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls.
Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists. Drawing on the harmonic beauty of the Greek Orthodox chants she grew up with, adding the pulse and melodic sensibilities of West African traditions she studied intensely, Simrit and her ensemble tease out distinct facets of devotional poetry and the intimate ardors of the spirit on Songs of Resilience.
Working with an elegant, expressive musical palette–rich cello and electronics, exquisite kora, lilting guitar, deep and grooving bass guitar, and rolling percussion–and with veteran rock and Americana producer Paul Mahern (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Lily & Madeleine, John Mellencamp), Simrit and her band reveal new sides to ancient gems, encouraging listeners to find grounding endurance, hope, and transformation. “Our songs are about the experiences of the heart and soul, about all their experiences of love, pain, and joy,” says Simrit. “These are all things that people on this planet deal with each and every day.”