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Singh Kaur - the "Lion Princess"

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The late Singh Kaur (Lorellei, Laura Drew) was a singer-composer-arranger of rare magnitude. Well-respected and loved by all who knew her, she was in possession of both a keen compositional mind and a soothing, crystal clear voice. Her live concerts uplifted and inspired many, and her wonderful recordings continue to do so.

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Singh Kaur was first exposed to the life of music at the age of five, listening to arias sung by her operatic grandmother. At age 14, she bought her first guitar and immediately began to compose and arrange. Her lyrical concepts were honed during the 14 years that she spent in a yoga ashram studying ancient spiritual teachings and Kundalini Yoga, mixing with an eclectic bunch of musicians and writing and singing inspiring devotional songs.

In 1978 she released her first album – Songs of the Lords Love – a live recording of one of her concerts. Her musical development continued with the release of Peace Lagoon and then Peace Lagoon II, both inspired by her study of the sacred teachings of the Sikh scriptures.

Yogi Bhajan commissioned Singh Kaur to record a series of mantras. These became the highly popular Crimson Series, produced by Liv Singh Khalsa of Invincible Music, and also featuring the beautiful harp playing of Kim Robertson. These recordings remain her most popular, and are frequently played in hospitals, birthing centers, holistic spas and other centers which make good use of healing spiritual music. Crimson 6 is the incredibly beautiful and much acclaimed Ardas.

These recordings were re-released by Invincible as CDs – Crimson Collection 1&2, Crimson Collection 3, Crimson Collection 4&5 and Crimson Collection 6&7.

As a member of the Khalsa String Band, along with other well-known Sikh musicians such as Livtar Singh and Vikram Singh (Antion), she toured throughout North America.

Singh Kaur’s spiritual name means Lion Princess, a most appropriate name for this talented performer. With her long flowing red hair and exuberant personality, she was both playful and ferocious. Yogi Bhajan, who gave her this name, would say that it held the key to her destiny: "Sing Singh Kaur!" As she sang, her soul reached out to touch the hearts of others.

Amar Singh Khalsa, with whom Singh Kaur collaborated, recounted her effortless creativity. He recalls the day they were sitting in St. Louis airport with Yogi Bhajan, who was en route for New York. He asked her to put Rakhe Rakhan Har (an ancient Sikh mantra) to music He tapped out the heartbeat rhythm on an empty Styrofoam cup.

When they got home from the airport, they put the rhythm into Singh Kaur's drum machine. By the following evening Singh Kaur had made a rough recording which was basically the finished piece. She had sat this ability to put the perfect music to any words that came her way – English or Gurmukhi.

Singh Kaur died in Maui, Hawaii in 1998 aged 43, following a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer. Active right up to the end, her epic recordings present an amazing experience to those yet to hear her wonderful voice. The "Lion Princess" will forever be remembered through her unique legacy of inspirational spiritual musical.

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