About Singh Kaur

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Singh Kaur (also known as Lorellei and Laura Drew) possessed the exceptionally rare gifts of an amazingly keen compositional mind and a pure, radiant, crystalline voice. Her musical journey began at age five when she was originally exposed to music listening to arias sung by her operatic grandmother. At age 14 she bought her first guitar and began composing and arranging original music. Many of her lyrical concepts can be traced to the many years that she spent studying ancient spiritual teachings and writing music to complement sacred texts.

Photo by L. Elizabeth Sadhu

Literally translated, Singh Kaur means Lion Princess, which aptly applied to her long flowing red hair as well as her exuberant personality, both joyful and ferocious. As she sang, the beauty and purity of her soul deeply touched the hearts of her audience and she became beloved to those who knew or heard her.

Her magical blend of sacred chant music reached a wide audience through the popular Crimson Series albums, which she recorded with Kim Robertson in the 1980s as well as her first Billboard-charting album, Instruments of Peace released in 1988.

In 1997 Singh Kaur was introduced to Gary Stadler in Hawaii, who was instantly enchanted by her pure voice and amazing talent. Gary invited her to join him in recording his second album, Fairy Nightsongs, released in May of 1998 by Sequoia Records. Steve Ryals for New Age Retailer wrote: "Kaur
and Stadler bring the healing mystery of the fairy folk to life in their fairy music. Kaur's voice soars like fairies dancing on gentle night breezes, with lyrics and pure vocalizations. Fairy Night Songs absolutely exquisite from beginning to end."

Sadly, these were to be some of Singh Kaur's last recordings, and proved to be an extremely emotional time, for those around her knew, all too well, that this was to be the final six months of her life. During the time she worked with Gary on, Fairy Nightsongs, she was visited by many of her oldest and dearest friends who came to honor her and say goodbye. It was during this time that she proposed recording This Universe, which was one of her favorite compositions that she'd never recorded, and have some of those special friends play on it. After she'd passed away Gary was to complete the project and have it released. This was to be her final gift to both her children and to the world. This was the last thing that Singh Kaur recorded in her all-too short life. Her wish and hope was that her music gives everyone a bit of the peace and beauty she experienced during her meditations, and that she could leave us all with one final thought- that the universe is love.