Press Kit 2014



Press Kit 2014
Press Kit 2014
Whether singing the ancient Sanskrit mantras of India, age-old Hebrew
prayers, traditional folklore of South America, or performing his original
works of divine inspiration, Shimshai’s music invokes a sentiment of
ancestral devotion and a dedication to higher consciousness. A selfproclaimed seeker of truth, described by many as possessing the voice of an
angel, Shimshai is gifted with the innate ability to deliver his message
flawlessly in several languages; most profoundly the universal language of
Love and Oneness.
Shimshai’s fans range from young children to great grandparents, it seems
as though people representing all walks of life, races, and religions are
drawn to Shimshai’s recorded music and live performances. The growth of
his fanbase has spread so exponentially in the past 5 years underground that
people from all parts of the world request his performances there.
International performances in places like Colombia, Mexico, Holland,
Switzerland, Bermuda, Israel, Denmark, Canada, Germany and more have
been helping make Shimshai a household name in the worldwide reggae/
world music/spiritual community.
Surrounded by music from birth and formally trained on piano in his native state of Washington, today
Shimshai performs fluidly on guitar and other strings, piano, flutes and woodwinds. He plays many of the
instruments on his self-composed and self-produced albums, 'I sense your Presence' (2001), 'Toward the
One' (2003), and 'Live on Maui' (2003), all which have been highly revered by the worldwide spiritual
community. His collaboration with fellow artist Tina Malia, 'Jaya Bhagavan' (2004), has also been met
with tremendous success, being signed to the independent record label Spirit Voyage in 2005, and
'Deliverance' (2006), showcases his abilities as a solo performer. 'Alianza' (2008), is a versatile world
fusion studio CD that features multiple languages and ethnicity as well as world spirituality. ‘True
Heart’ (2012) takes us back to Shimshai’s roots in reggae music with the full power Seraphim Sound
System behind him and finally, ‘La Ventana’ (2013), recorded with Shimshai’s wife Susana, pays homage
to their passion for the music and healing traditions of the South. Shimshai continues to offer his talents to
various studio projects, including current collaborations with traditional healers and several undertakings
with indigenous communities throughout South and Latin America.
Whether playing at large festivals, yoga studios, or spiritual retreats, Shimshai's live performances worldwide have helped to create a devoted and ever-growing global fan base. Shimshai has
performed worldwide at numerous festivals, notably The Ancient Trance Festival (Germany), Rainbow
Spirit Festival (Germany), Sunrise (UK), Arise (CO), Earthdance (CA), Harmony Festival (CA), NW
Folklife Festival (WA), Trinity Tribal Stomp (CA), Mystic Garden Festivals (US & HI), and many others.
In February 2012, Shimshai was invited to open for Folk Legend JOAN BAEZ with an amazing response.
He has shared the stage with other artists as Michael Franti, David Grisman, Mickey Hart, Jai Uttal,
Snatam Kaur, Xavier Rudd, Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, Bhagavan Das, Dezarie & members of Midnite,
Hamsa Lila, Youssoupha Sidibe, and many other gifted musicians. Additionally Shimshai has performed
twice on television including the widely broadcast interview and performance on FOX Central Coast CA
& Mel Van Dusen Presents. To experience the essence of this young mystic is to be taken down a musical
journey that ultimately leads us back to the very core of our own inner existence.
Quotes & Testimonials
"Shimshai is a heart-centered musical prodigy and one of the most gifted
performers I've ever experienced.”
~Bruce Pavitt, Founder of Sub-Pop Records, Nirvana’s first record label
"Shimshai's music emanates a divine presence and a quality of peace, a truly
'natural mystic' energy that flows into the hearts of his listeners. His musicality is
superb, as is that of his bandmates, and his singing is sublime and transcendent."
~Jai Uttal, Kirtan Artist & world music pioneer
"An enchanted mixture of spirit and soul, danceable and tranceable."
~Leib Ostrow, Founder and CEO Earthbeat Records, Grammy Nominated Producer
“Shimshai has been playing beautiful music stirring the hearts of people from small
circles to massive stages for more than a decade and his blessings have reverberated
in so many of our hearts, inspiring us to stay true and follow our vision to so many
beautiful places, more than he could ever know, this music has a life of its own.”
~Robin Tala, DJ & Emcee, Production Manager “The Bloom Series”
"When I hear this music I feel my soul rise up and start dancing.”
-Sunshine Pressider - KMUD - Humboldt County CA
“I Sense Your Presence”
“Toward the One”
Remixed & Remastered
“Live on Maui”
“True Heart”
Revised & Rereleased
“Jaya Bhagavan”
“La Ventana”
with Tina Malia
Links & Contact Info
Main Website:
Bookings & General Management:
Joshua Canter
True Nature Productions
[email protected]
Available now for all events, public and private. Currently booking for Summer
2014 and beyond. Interviews, radio, print, and all other media inquiries welcome.