Weaving pop melodies, world instrumentation and chants from indigenous cultures, Orenda Blu gently caresses the listener with the ethereal vocals of songwriter Emily Tessmer. Their first release, “Sacred Chants One”, entirely in Sanskrit, received the silver medal for Best Inner Space/Meditation/Healing Music of 2012 by the Coalition of Visionary Resources and has been mentioned on Public Radio International’s program ‘Echoes’ as being in the top 25 best albums during 2013.
Orenda Blu’s second release, “Chants Of Love & Light”, also distributed by Paradise Music of the UK and released spring 2014, features pop-infused chants from Japan, New Zealand, The Cherokee and Lakota nations, and other world cultures. This CD was featured in January 2015 by the Daily Om. Orenda Blu played the main stage at Prana Fest in 2014 and joined the lineup at Shakti Fest in Joshua Tree in 2015.
The band traveled to Ireland in summer 2015 to play the Bhakti Fest for Hope in County Roscommon and fell in love with Irish traditional music, which they now incorporate into their sound. They are currently working on their third release due out in Spring 2016 which is features eclectic rhythms and is rooted in Sanskrit mantra, Native American chanting and Irish folk music.