© 2011 Benjy and Heather Wertheimer

A heart-opening journey into sacred chant that takes the listener from ancient to contemporary, from India and Bali to Gregorian chant, and from rocking celebration to the deepest meditation.

No. 1 Favorite Album of 2011
-Full Lotus Kirtan Show, WCOM

No. 2 Favorite Song of 2011 (“Jaya!”)
-Full Lotus Kirtan Show, WCOM

“‘Jaya!’ is filled with spirit and love. Once again, Benjy and Heather have opened their hearts and shared their beautiful music with us all, paving the road of devotion with the precious twin jewels of melody and rhythm. Enjoy!”
-Jai Uttal

“A perfect 10! This CD is exquisitely produced and mastered… the vocals, music and words leave you spiritually high!”
-Star Gate Books and Music, Eugene, Oregon

“‘Jaya!’ is a sublime collection of chants highlighted by exemplary world fusion musicianship… A brilliant multi-instrumentalist, Benjy has studied Indian classical music for more than 25 years with some of the greatest masters of that tradition including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain and Ali Akbar Khan.”
-Maui News, 2013

“Anyone who has ever attended one of Benjy and Heather Wertheimer’s live performances or workshops can attest to the fact that this pair creates some truly illuminating music. With JAYA! Shantala delivers divine love wrapped in seven kirtan confections… A must hear album for fans of quality kirtan music!”
-Music Design, In Review

“The sound is both hauntingly timeless (like Gregorian or Tibetan monks chanting) and energetically contemporary (like music George Harrison might’ve hoped would be made in the 21st century). Some might suspect that chanting mantras, even if accompanied by drums and strings, would be a somber affair, but track four, also called “Jaya!,” might be my new favorite song on my “Get Your Run On” mix. It’s certainly worthy of an impromptu dance session.”
-Jackson Hole Weekly, November, 2011

MP3 Samples:

  • 01 Praise
  • 02 Chamatkari
  • 03 Govinda
  • 04 Jaya!
  • 05 Om Namah Shivaya
  • 06 Alleluia
  • 07 Hanuman Chalisa