Robert Kelaghan is a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, his music is inspired by traditional Indian devotional chants and kirtan.
From Robert Kelaghan, Door of the Heart Music, Bhakti Bliss:
I fell in love with Music at an early age. Piano was my first instrument and I studied that from ages 5 to 10. Overlapping the latter part of that time, I also sang (and tap danced !?!) with a Children’s Dance Company and performed regularly in their end-of-the-year recitals. During my teens, I picked up the guitar and that has been my main instrument ever since (although I have flirted with synthesizers on occasion). Also, some of the best memories in Church growing up were of singing when the whole church was filled with many, many voices lifted together (& brought together) by the power of song or hymn.
Song writing showed up in college. Like many of my generation I was captivated by the emergence of the “singer-songwriters” such as Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Van Morrison. And of course, the Beatles too. I don’t remember the first song I ever wrote (probably for a good reason), but I do remember the joy of creating something out of nothing, almost like it was a kind of magic.
When I got “zapped” by Spirit & totally hooked by yoga and meditation in my late teens, my attention was drawn to the incredible power of music as a vehicle for raising consciousness -- since then I have used song-writing first as a way to “process” the lessons and mysteries of my own life, and then, as a way to reach out, share and touch other souls who are searching for more in their lives as well.
That journey continues today. Along the way I have added several instruments, including harmonica and the harmonium and have founded several bands: “Namaste,” (World-Beat & Spiritual Rock), “The Crazy Karma Kirtan Band (Eastern & Western Chant Music) & my current group, “BHAKTI BLISS” (Chant & Devotional Music).
Most exciting for me now is playing in a duo with my partner, Juanita Bratton, who adds her sweet violin & lovely harmony vocals to our mix. More and more, I see that music can not only inspire and educate, but even more importantly, it can take us all into the silences ..... & the still places, ..... where we can tap into the deepest parts of our Selves. Where we can remember, literally -- again -- who we really are ....."