Published on July 6th, 2021 | by Catherine Tingey0
Artist Profile Jane Winther
Artist Profile Jane Winther
If you’ve ever taken a class or workshop with me, you’ve probably heard the exquisite music of Danish sound artist, Jane Winther.
Her music has generated over 48 million streams on Spotify — Om Mani Padme Hum 1 (6M), Voice of Eternity (5M), Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu (4M), and Singing Bowls & Bells (2.5 M).
Since 1998 Jane has toured the world, including several journeys to the Far East, creating a catalogue of 25 albums.
The essence of her work uses sound and voice as a tool for harmonizing body, mind and soul.
Her latest single, released June 11, 2021, OM Soul Frequency 136 Hz can be heard here.
Jane was kind enough to allow me to ask her a few questions.
Sit down, pour a cup of tea, put on your favorite Jane Winther track and enjoy!
INTERVIEW: JANE WINTHER
How would you describe yourself in a couple of sentences?
Very, very sensitive. Mostly in balance. I love a good laughter and always need to go deeper – under the surface …
How did you end up making your professional life in music?
I had been traveling for decades in Far Asia (especially doing meditations in Buddhist monasteries). Also, I have been singing all my life in different genres like Jazz, Latin, Funk and as a singer-songwriter.
After trekking in the mountains of the Himalayas, new songs came to me – from deep within.
After playing my first singing bowl in 1992, I realized that the sound from the bowl was like a short cut to a really deep meditative state. After playing and singing with the singing bowls, I had this vision of sharing my music with others.
Beginning with a few people, the circles got bigger and bigger, expanding to Denmark, Europe, Asia, USA and Canada.
What drives you professionally? Personally?
I really wish to compose all the music that comes to/from me, and share it with the world. I hope it can inspire and help others to relax and reconnect on a deeper level–beginning with breathing deeper so we are be able to connect with our self. It is so needed in the world.
How do you get an idea for an album?
I always get new ideas in nature — every song arises from silence.
Favorite album you’ve made and why?
Oh, all 25 albums are my dear children and they each have a special story.
Here are a few of them:
Album: MANTRA (2011)
In 2004 I had just learned about recording different layers of voices all by myself. The mantras and harmonies were just making themselves in weeks.
Album: A NEW BEGINNING (2014)
I love the dreamscape of sound and voice and made most of the arrangements on Greek Island Santorini – in the most beautiful nature surrounded by the sea.
Album: ECHOES OF SILENCE (2013)
This was recorded and arranged mostly on the small Danish Island of Samsoe. I spent two weeks in a house by the sea, and got the inspiration for the famous song Voice of Eternity.
Single: OM SO HUM 111 HZ (2021)
A brand new song recorded January 2021 in my new home in the middle of the forest – so quiet and beautiful in nature.
What would you say has been your greatest contribution?
In musical terms, there have been many. One of the first was in Bali in 1994 with concerts in Ubud. Also, doing a concert for Tibetan refugees in Denmark in 1998, with thousands of people supporting the project.
I have been writing a book about Singing Bowls, and the education of sound healing teachers.
Most important to me are the 25+ albums and the people who write me about how the music helps them in everyday life as well as the turbulent times of their lives.
**On July 22nd I have a new release: SOUNDMEDITATION**
10 minutes of Sound Meditation for both Calming the Body and Clearing the Mind– with ancient Singing Bowls and Bells. Let go – let flow – and enjoy the present moment from the gentle sounds from this very special selection of antique Singing Bowls.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not making music?
Being with my family, seeing friends from around the world, being in nature (especially swimming in the ocean in winter time) yoga, meditation and juicing.
Favorite artists in any musical genre?
I enjoy different music for different moods. Adele has an amazing voice. The Sacred Treasures series from Russia is so beautiful. Kate Bush, Phil Collins and many more.
Passion Projects – anything in the future that we should look out for from Jane Winther?
At the moment, I am releasing several mantra songs. Most of them are 10 minutes of vocal harmonies composed for use in meditation and Savasana.
I’m also working on a project combining mantras with “Holy Frequencies” for “double up” of the effect.
Where can people find more of your music?
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Jane speaks the language of the soul: an ability that gives her music a quality which touches, heals and creates space for simply being. Her music is minimalistic, acoustic and free from synthetic instruments. Her songs are used daily for meditation practice, yoga, mindfulness, sleep, relaxation and pain relief.
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