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Katie Wise + Bhakti Explosion fuses the sweetness of devotional mantra with folk rock and roots Americana. Singing along with this Indian kirtan-inspired music will get your energy moving, your heart open, and your spirit soaring.
Katie Wise + Bhakti Explosion have appeared at the biggest sacred music festivals in the US and internationally, such as Lovelight (MD), Unify (NM), Arise (CO), Folks Fest (CO), Hanuman Festival (CO), Bhakti Fest (CA), Shakti Fest (CA), Festival of Colors (UT), Stonehenge Music Festival (UK), and Holistic Manchester (UK). Bhakti Explosion currently includes band members: Yoshi Aono on guitar, John Hoelle on electric bass, JJ Jones on percussion, and lead vocalist Katie on guitar and keyboards.
Their debut album, Lovolution, produced by Grammy-nominee Ben Leinbach and featuring guest vocals by Jai Uttal, has received acclaim in the US (Yoga Journal, Yoga International), UK (Kindred Spirit, Yoga Magazine) and Australia (Soul Traveller Radio, and Australian Yoga Life), and was named “best chant album of the year” by American promoter Lloyde Barde. To capture the magic of their live events, they released two live albums: Live at the StarHouse (2019), and Live at eTown (2021) from their electrified sold out show at the legendary eTown Hall. Their second studio album, Akashic Rock, was released in 2023 on White Swan Records.
The band looks for ways to serve the greater community through music, through livestreams during the pandemic, and benefit concerts like #BoulderStrong, Yoga Gives Back for India, and StopBatten.org concert, where thousands of dollars were raised for the families of Boulder shooting victims families, better gun policy, Covid relief, and efforts to eradicate the rare children's disease Batten.
David Newman calls Katie a "a solid force and presence for those who look to their music for peace, heart, groove, and spiritual inspiration.” Australian Yoga life writes “Wise’s soulful, earthy voice embodies vulnerability in a way that turns emotion into art.” Katie Wise + Bhakti Explosion are America's pioneers of mantra-rock music. Their music has the power to heal and inspire the world. More at BhaktiExplosion.com.
Genre: World / Kirtan / Folk Rock
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Influences: Trevor Hall, Jai Uttal, Deva Premal
Sounds Like: Sheryl Crow, Rising Appalachia, Cowboy Junkies