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Chart Topping Artist Ram Dass Explores The Depths Of The Human Experience In ‘And Now He Has Wings’ EP

And Now He Has Wings is sonic poetry embodying life’s most profound triumphs and tragedies through intricate, vivid folk soundscapes.

Soulful folk singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ram Dass delivers a collection of 5 strikingly emotional tracks on his upcoming EP, And Now He Has Wings, out December 3rd. The artist is in the midst of his return to the commercial music community following the success of his 2014 collaboration, “From Within,” with Nirinjan Kaur and Matthew Schoening which premiered at #1 on the Apple New Age Music charts. And Now He Has Wings is a deeply personal project that captures the raw emotions inherent to life’s most impactful moments of beauty and pain; ultimately, it vulnerably details Ram Dass’ experience processing the grief and recovery following the loss of his newborn son. Several of the songs on this EP were recorded in collaboration with the band AWARÉ. Hypnotic, stripped production speaks to the soul of listeners on every track. The artist – with a background primarily as a producer and studio musician – masterfully weaves harmony capturing the emotional intricacies of his experience with a stunning integrity communicating feelings beyond words. He delivers brilliant musical reflections of formative moments from this emotional time in his life, each track embodying different elements of the story.



Composed by Ram Dass Khalsa, Bogdan Djukic, Matias Da Viá

Ram Dass Khalsa: Nylon Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Drum Programming, Clarinet, Producer, Engineer

Bogdan Djukic: Drum programming, Violin, Vocals, Percussion, Electric Guitar

Matías De Via: Vocals

Jared May: Bass

KJ Song: Backing Vocals

Piper Payne: Mastering Engineer

Bogdan Djukic: Drum programming, Violin, Vocals, Percussion

Larena Nellies-Ortiz: Photographer

The self-produced and recorded introduction to the EP, “Elegy For A Yellow Bird,” is a delicate instrumental track bearing a heavy-hearted recount of discovering and nursing an injured baby bird back to health shortly after the passing of their child. For Ram Dass, this story represents the deep compassion for those around him that was exemplified by his devastating loss. Ethereal strings mingle with melancholic fingerpicking on “To Be Born,” the second track on the EP that embodies an optimistic message of finding light through suffering, in spite of pain. This track beautifully captures the essence of the EP, which for the songwriter, represented “his experience of finding beauty and joy within grief.” He learned that “happiness does not preclude having hard feelings, but rather includes them.”  Ram Dass concludes the EP with the title track, “And Now He Has Wings,” a stunning composition exploring the experience of death. “I wanted to show this process as a musical painting,” he says, “and tell the story of someone releasing their human form and growing ‘wings’ into another realm.”

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Listeners can stream And Now He Has Wings on all major streaming platforms on December 3rd.

Ram_Dass_EPCover_ToBeBorn-11.jpgMore about Ram Dass:

Ram Dass experiences music as spiritually and emotionally restorative. His music opens the heart and stirs the soul. As a producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter, he inspires a unique potency through collaboration and improvisation that creates art greater than the sum of its parts. His constant dedication to render the beauty of human experience, triumph, tragedy, and beyond, has led him to the world stage. He performed at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards, has played at Carnegie Hall, and continues to perform at venues around the world every year.

Ram Dass is at the forefront of a movement of musicians aiming to bring healing and solace to the world. He produced his last collaboration, From Within, with Nirinjan Kaur and Matthew Schoening, in 2014. It premiered at #1 on the Apple New Age Music charts. In 2021, he is once again drawn to create a series of collaborative musical projects born from his own deeply personal human experience of joy and sorrow.

Born into a family of professional classical musicians, Ram Dass was raised to appreciate all musical genres and find the unique nuances of every song and composition he heard. He developed a near-encyclopedic knowledge of wide swaths of the musical landscape, which he calls upon to create novel and moving approaches to music production and songwriting.


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A woozy, dazed quality emerges on Ashley Puckett’s yearning “Tequila”. From the slide guitar to the gritty storytelling it all works. She manages to make this rather captivating world one that feels doubly refreshing. Everything about her delivery adds to the inherent beauty of the piece. Rhythms go for a looseness ensuring that every single detail gets accentuated with percussion that works on an emotional level. Best of all the riffs have a dreamy disposition for there is this sense of pure longing that defines the work.

She holds nothing back and right from the beginning it has its own sense of purpose. A groove has an unsteadiness to it, perfectly embodying what a lot of tequila might do to a person. This, on top of the lustful glances that she brings into the fray, further adds to the romantic quality of the work. Volume adds to this for the piece virtually works itself into an outright crescendo. Many different parts of the group makes sure to intermingle creating this vast expanse of territory, the kind of thing that feels quite potent. For the final stretch of the mix the song seemingly tapers off, allowing for a gradual letdown of that kinetic energy, with her voice continuing to lead the way all until the very final moments.

“Tequila” has a tenderness to it, for Ashley Puckett makes sure to touch upon the very essence of what it means to truly want.

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Valid and Stretch Money share bouncy single, “Sentimental”

Detroit heavyweights Valid and Stretch Money have shared a bouncy new single called “Sentimental”. With nearly a million streams worldwide, historic collaborations, and songs that have impacted the city of Detroit, solo artists Valid & Stretch Money have joined forces to release “Sentimental”. Executive produced by platinum-credited Grammy Award-winning DJ Head of Shady Records and Grammy-Award- winning engineer Anthony Rizzo. “Sentimental” is sure to turn heads and surprise the core audience of both MCs. Their latest track is an all-out affair of vivid sonics, infectious vocals, and versatile songwriting that blends influences from 80’s electropop, hip-hop and more, making for a joint that provides heavy replay value while keeping things authentic throughout.

“Sentimental” demonstrates much poise and focus in its songwriting, demonstrated throughout catchy rap verses that pair smoothly with a sharply-crafted chorus. Valid, Stretch Money, and Kerr sound natural and effortless atop Cross’ vivid production, as they ride the synth-laden, bouncy beat with ease. “Sentimental” is a track that can suit a wide range of moods and settings, as well as appeal to a broad audience of listeners, and it makes for a diverse and refreshing offering. Take a listen to “Sentimental” below and tap in with these Detroit emcees.

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