Song 1: GRANDMOTHERS MOON
Prem & Jethro have spent the past decade wandering the world, performing their deeply moving music for all who will listen......
The picturesque Yarra Valley provides a haven as well as inspiration for musicians Jethro & Prem Williams. But the couple leave home often, travelling extensively through Australia, America and Europe offering their uniquely beautiful sounds.
Prem shares with us her heart felt devotion for Spirit and our precious Mother Earth through mantra and songs from the heart, Jethro play’s an array of flutes from around the world including Shakuhachi (Japanese flute), Indian Bansuri, Irish Tin & Low whistles, Acoustic Guitar and songs from the heart.
The couple’s music is used extensively worldwide as an accompaniment for yoga, massage, day spa treatments meditation, healing, and film to evoke feelings of wellbeing, peace, and ambience.
Sacred Earth began touring Australia wide in 2002 and have continued touring the world ever since. In this relatively short time they have been embraced by the Australian Community with open arms and now play to sold out concerts regularly throughout Australia.
"We travel the world and play this music with the intent to connect people to their own inner peace & knowing. We seek to empower the listener by providing a sacred space to connect to their own heart & cultivate a deeper respect for themselves and our beautiful mother earth."
1) What is the inspiration for your music?
Our music is inspired by our love of the earth; her beauty and her simple treasures. We are inspired by the silence that holds the whole of creation, the trees, the wind, the rivers and the oceans. We are inspired by our love & respect for each other and our beautiful daughter. Our dogs and their waggy tails, our friends & families, cooking for our loved ones, great organic food, our veggie patch, lots of cups of tea, surfing, cuddles, our yoga practice and meditation. Our life is so wonderful and we are truly blessed to live the lives that we do. Our music is an extension of our life.
2) How does your yoga and spiritual life shape your music?
We discovered the power of mantra, yoga, prayer and mediation during our years immersed in yoga teacher training & through attending vipassana mediation retreats. Our meditation and yoga practices keep us focused on our paths, fill us with positive energy and keep us grounded in our centre. The deeper we have gone into our hearts the more our music has flowed. The more we love one another and treat each other with love, kindness and respect the more our entire journey flows. Spiritual life is not separate from daily life.... it is life!
3) Tell us how the practice of kirtan/spiritual music can become part of the life of a women doing yoga and the benefits of this practice?
Kirtan/spiritual music can become part of any woman, man or child's journey right now. Anyone can sing or chant mantra; you do not need anything special; including the beliefs that you can sing well or that you have progressed a certain distance on your spiritual path. Letting go of the concepts and perceptions that inhibit our creative expression, our heart songs and ultimately our truth, is one of the most liberating things a person can do for their soul. Becoming like a child again with no thought of whether our expression is right or wrong. Mantra has the power to change the consciousness of our cells. I feel that mantra is a direct path to my heart, to the centre of my being.
4) What do you learn from your music that teaches you about your daily life-please give examples.
The music that we play demands that I sing from my centre. I have always asked to be a clear and focused channel for Divine love. This teaches me to step out of the way and let the Divine do its work. In my daily life I am reminded to return to my centre to ask for guidance and support from the realm of the Divine, to seek the answers in the depths of my heart and to sit deeply in the silence from where all mantra is born. I am reminded that my work is my service to humanity. Our music is simply a reminder of the peace that lays at the heart of all beings.
5) As a woman musician where do you garner your creativity, strength and endurance from?
My creativity is a gift from the Divine. I am not the worlds greatest singer, I am simply open to the songs God wants to sing through my heart. For reasons beyond my knowing I have been chosen to sing the songs of Sacred Earth. For this I am truly grateful. My strength & endurance comes from my marriage to Jethro, my relationship with my daughter, my friendships, my family, my practice of meditation, yoga and inner reflection. The wholesome organic food we eat, the sunshine, running through the forest, hiking, camping by the ocean for weeks on end and deep, clear connection to my purpose on this earth.
I do not focus solely on music in my life, foremost I am a mother and I am extremely passionate about supporting women and their families in the child birthing journey, I have returned to full time study to acquire my Bachelor of Midwifery degree so I can support women to feel supported, loved and empowered in pregnancy, birth and beyond. I hope one day to live part time in Indonesia to support Yayasan Bumi Sehat - natural birthing clinic in Ubud, Bali. A clinic set up by midwife Robin Lim in response to the high maternal and infant death rates of marginalized women on the island of Bali. I completely resonate with her vision that we can heal the earth and our people one gentle birth at a time. I love my life and strive to be the best I can be in this world.
6) How do you find balance in your life?
Meditation, yoga, running, strength training, no drugs or smoking.
I do not drink coffee, I go to bed early and rise with the sun.
I like the occasional half glass of red wine made by my brother, Mark Lane, who was awarded Australian Wine Maker of Year in 2010. I eat organic wholesome food, I laugh, I cry and surround myself with the people I love.
I work hard but I also spend lots of time in nature and when on tour we spend our days between shows immersed in the elements. We are currently on tour up the east coast of Australia, so I will sign off now as the sun is shining and my family are waiting to go the beach.