Sacred Love - Nominated as CD of the Year, Best New Artist, Best World Music CD, and
February 18, 2011, Marin County, California – Shambhu’s debut CD, Sacred Love, has been receiving stellar reviews since its release in October 2010. The 12-track disc, on which Shambhu collaborated with Grammy award-winning producer Will Ackerman, founder of Windham Hill Records and Grammy award-winning engineer Corin Nelsen, has also just been nominated for CD of the Year, Best New Artist, Best World Music CD and Best Acoustic Instrumental CD by Zone Music Reporter. These prestigious nominations, voted by radio broadcasters worldwide, are high honors for the Marin resident, which came soon after Sacred Lovehit #1 on the ZMR World/New Age/Ambient radio charts, and Marin’s very own Common Ground Magazine called Sacred Love "One of the best of the year (or any year!)"
Shambhu’s mastery of the guitar and compositional elegance enable delicate expressions of nuance and subtlety while engaging audiences in deep spirit music that listeners find healing, soulful and reflective. His music has been called ‘magical,’ a "soul-elevating and magical journey, like riding a perfect wave," and ‘opening a space within.’ One reviewer praised Sacred Love as "possibly the best project Will Ackerman has ever been involved in."
Musicians featured on the Sacred Love include bassists Tony Levin and Michael Manring, percussionist Jeff Haynes, drummer Celso Alberti, violinist Charlie Bisharat, saxophone George Brooks, flutist Ravichandra Kulur, cellist Eugene Friesen, flugelhornist Jeff Oster, flute and windsynth Premik Russell Tubbs, guitarist Todd Boston, and others.
With the economy faltering in 2010, Shambhu decided to embark on a journey that many would have considered unthinkable. Putting his public relations business on the side for a year, he assembled the creative team and all-star artists behind Sacred Love, thereby finally realizing his life's passion of creating a CD of his own music, and dedicated this effort to his 87-year-old mother who did not expect to live through the making of the CD due to health issues. Thankfully she is still alive enjoying this music, the realization of her dream, too.
"Each song on Sacred Love is a journey and the music flows with space for listener self-discovery and reflection," Shambhu said. "That is thanks to decades of meditative practice with Indian guru Sri Chinmoy, and my personal intention to infuse each note on the CD with love." Concluding, Shambhu states, "The world needs oneness now more than ever. It is realistic and practical to believe that if we lead with love through the actions of our lives - and in my case, through the music of my life - we can help bridge the misunderstandings that separate people across religious, cultural and national boundaries, and create a world of oneness."
A revered and respected session guitarist, Shambhu has performed or recorded with Carlos Santana, Michael Manring, George Brooks, Narada Michael Walden, Ravichandra Kulur, Premik Tubbs, and he also appears on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum album, Whitney.
For more info or to purchase Sacred Love, please visit: http://www.shambhumusic.com
SACRED LOVE #1 NEW AGE/WORLD/AMBIENT CD – Nominated for CD of the Year, Best New Artist, Best World Music CD and Best Acoustic Instrumental
"One of the best of the year (or any year!)"
"Shambhu is a superb guitarist and a true composer. Creating this dynamic and beautiful recording together was a joy."
"What you have put down is spectacular!"
"...as close to perfection as it can get."
"...one of the most beautiful and most impressive guitar albums I have ever had the pleasure of listening to."
"...a work of art for those seeking enlightenment of any kind through music."
"Superbly crafted... Shambhu’s compositions are beautiful and intriguing, engaging over repeated listens. An impressive debut, highly recommended."
"This work has one goal: to convey a celestial abode in music and superb musicianship that invites listeners to explore, enjoy and reflect within."
“A sonic masterpiece... this is an awesome sounding record on virtually any speakers or headsets. "
"Solid gold entertainment... takes off and ascends to new heights."