Singer-songwriter Steve Gold's new album, "Let Your Heart Be Known," is a soulful addition to the ever expanding genre of yoga music. His spiritually inspired English lyrics—blended with Vedic mantra, acoustic guitar melodies, and West African-influenced rhythms—carry healing vibrations. And his folksy, bluesy voice is sweetened with the honeyed backup vocals of his wife, Anne-Émilie Gold.
This is a genre-bending album that, on occasion, blends the sacred and the profane. Take the song "Stoned On Shiva," for example—an innovative blues tune featuring an Om Namah Shivaya chant and old blues lyrics like "It stoned me, whoa-oh, it stoned me." On a higher note, Gold includes two versions of the title track: The first is an emotional, acoustic plea to know God; the second sounds like a luscious, electronic promise. A reassuring lullaby called "There Is a Light" blends the Param jyoti mantra with a sweet, profound message of faith: "There is a light that never goes out."
Deeply influenced by the blues of the Mississippi Delta, American spirituals, and his own practice, Gold describes his style as an "Americana acoustic-guitar approach" to devotional music. All genres and labels aside, "Let Your Heart Be Known" is a heartfelt offering to love in its purest form.
Katherine Ray, Yoga Journal, October 1, 2011
LA Yoga Magazine
"Let Your Heart Be Known" is a welcome addition to the current collection of sacred music releases. Destined to be a classic, Steve Gold's soulful genre-buster will elicit tears of joy.
Felicia Tomasko, Editor in Chief, LA Yoga Journal
Steve Gold's powerful trusting voice is a welcome face at the crossroads where kirtan meets woodsy blues. His new album, "Let Your Heart Be Known" is beautiful and full of melody and light.
Daniel Overberger, LA Yoga Journal, July 1, 2011