Musical Icon Tina Turner, Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti explore spiritual unity through music in a new CD set for Sept. 14 release
“Bringing together corresponding pieces from Christian and Tibetan Buddhist traditions, as has been done with BEYOND, will allow listeners to share in these prayers, stirring thoughts of deeper respect and peace in their lives.” ~ His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama
SANTE FE, NM (August 17, 2010) – New Earth Records has announced the release of BEYOND: Buddhist and Christian Prayers ($18.99), a new recording of Buddhist and Christian prayers and chants, featuring Tina Turner with Dechen Shak-Dagsay and Regula Curti, slated for release Sept. 14. The first spiritual recording made by Turner, BEYOND is a warm, inspiring invitation to go “beyond” religious differences through music.
“Tina is not just a singer, she is a shamanic force. Her message of oneness, her call to overcome our fears, listen to each other and sing, regardless of our faith or beliefs beckons us to explore spiritual unity through these universal sacred chants and prayers,” says Waduda Paradiso, co-founder of New Earth Records. “We are thrilled to work with Tina and with these amazing woman as the message of BEYOND parallels our personal philosophy at New Earth Records.”
Endorsed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and the Abbot Martin Welen Osb, head of the Benedictine Monastery in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, the collaboration features music of Buddhist prayers, composed by Dechen Shak-Dagsay, a Tibetan Buddhist; traditional music and original compositions of Christian prayers by Regula Curti, a Christian; as well as chanting and readings by Tina Turner, a practicing Buddhist.
“With the BEYOND project, I’m glad to add my personal chants as an offering to the world to share a message of Oneness through music and prayer that goes beyond religious differences and helps bring humanity together.” Turner, who contributed both spoken interludes and chanting, says “I turned to Buddhism in my bad times. When I needed help I started the practice, and I was motivated because the practice worked for me, and I’ve continued to do it because, up until now, it has supported me. And that’s the motivation, when something works. I will spread this word to everyone because that is a part of what Buddhism is, is to pass it on in order for people to help themselves.”
Turner, Curti and Shak-Dagsay hope to launch a global movement with the BEYOND project, inspiring people of all faiths to practice and sing their prayers together. The singers share, “We experience the power of deep spirituality whenever we chant together although each person is praying in his own tradition… to share our wonderful experience of connecting hearts and this great sense of oneness with as many people as possible … Singing takes you beyond right and wrong to a place where love and compassion grow.” The artists are already collaborating on a second CD.
All the artist proceeds from the recording will go towards supporting three non-profit organizations affiliated with the artists with a focus on the welfare of children. BEYOND comes with a 36-page collector’s booklet , features 15 tracks (71 minutes) and is packaged with eco-friendly materials, including 100-percent post-consumer recycled paper using only soy and vegetable inks and biodegradable shrink wrap.