Grammy-nominated artist Jai Uttal is set to release an album of devotional music on August 4th called Let Me Burn. The album combines Uttal’s signature vocals with mantras and eclectic instrumentation to form a ‘balm for post-pandemic stress’.
A well-known musician from the Bay Area of San Francisco, his music has been a fixture in yoga classes for decades. According to his website, he combines influences from India with influences of American rock and jazz creating a multi-cultural fusion that is truly world spirit music.
The album features special guests on the standout ‘Campfire Sri Ram’ and title cut ‘Let Me Burn. Uttal is joined by fellow kirtan stars Deva Premal & Miten on the former and bansuri flutist Manose on the latter.
Early Start In The Music Business
Uttal got an early start being around the music business growing up in Manhattan. His father was a record company executive and would bring home lots of music from work asking for his family’s opinions on things. He began playing banjo and eventually graduated to the electric guitar. It was a chance encounter with Indian music at age 17 that would tour out to be a life-changing experience.
Released in 2020, here’s a short film that gives a little more insight into who Jai Uttal is.