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Photo by Ian Urquhart \ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

Photo by Ian Urquhart \ Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

∆   Biography  ∆

Satsang is a power trio led by songwriter Drew McManus, creating a unique blend of Soul, Folk-Rock and Hip-Hop.  Satsang delivers lyrics that come from and are rooted in change, growth, awareness, and imperfection.  The live show is everything that the band name suggests: a gathering of people to assimilate and share their truths. The rhythms put forth by the band keep the audience on their feet, and the lyrics leave them craving active and positive change.  Satsang has toured across country and shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Trevor Hall, and many more. 

Photo by Tim McGuire

Photo by Tim McGuire

Lead singer and songwriter Drew McManus creates music for his soul, fueled by the ever present task of personal growth and the beautiful life that he found in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana. Commenting on his difficult upbringing in Des Moines and residency in Chicago, McManus says, “I grew up in an environment where aggression, violence, abuse, and addiction were always present. It made me a lot of things; angry, sad, and ashamed. I hated my story and I was a slave to addiction. I tried for so long to hide from the reality of my story and the reality of how beautiful life could be.” It wasn’t until an intense spiritual experience lead Drew to break his cycle of addiction. “I had changed my entire outlook on everything” say McManus, “I began to realize that had everything not happened to me exactly like it did, I would not be exactly who/where/what I am right now.” In an effort to share his revelation with others who may be in the same predicament, Drew began to write every day. “I was flooded with the urge to write down the lessons that kept revealing themselves in this surrender. And the connections I began making with other people by making this music vulnerable and open, began to change everything.” These songs are a statement of lessons learned and a further understanding of self, “A person's whole story is what makes it beautiful, not just the good bits.”

On March 20th, 2017 the band released their sophomore full length album Pyramid(s) on the Rootfire Cooperative Label.  The album features guest appearances by Nahko Bear and Tim Snider of Medicine For The People, Wookiefoot, Tubby Love, and Grammy Award winner Chris Berry.  Within the first week of release, Pyramid(s) quickly rose to #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts and #2 on the iTunes charts.  This critically acclaimed album was then followed up by a 5-song EP release in December 2017 titled In Between Another Blink.  This surprise released was dropped with no advance promotion and immediately cracked the top 20 on the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter chart.  Now entering a new year with these new tunes, Satsang is poised for more magical moments. 


∆   Listening Links  ∆

Pyramid(s)  -  March 2017

Pyramid(s)  -  March 2017

Live At Shang  -  Sept. 2017

Live At Shang  -  Sept. 2017

In Between Another Blink  - Dec. 2017

In Between Another Blink  - Dec. 2017


∆   Videos  ∆


∆   Website & Socials  ∆

Website:   www.satsangmovement.com      

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/satsangMT

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/satsangmovement

 Instagram:  www.instagram.com/satsangmusic/


∆   Quotes  ∆

"For a generation lost in a sea of mindless beats and meaningless words, Satsang is a breath of fresh air.  In a time where poetry feeds and stems from rebellion and roots music resurfaces as the anchor for social justice and people powered movements, these kinds of troubadours are imperative for greater change.  I am honored to be witnessing these young men hold a torch for positivity and love in the struggle and remind us all that change takes hard work, but together we can preserve a world that we all want to live in.” - Nahko

" I welcome Satsang warmly to my senses. I'm instantly drawn to the familiar style of singing that devours island radio; caught off guard by harmonic elements.  I like this!" - HIRIE / Rootfire

"It still amazes me how far these guys have come in such a short period of time. With a very dedicated fan base and a lot of respect in the music community among other artists, Satsang is a band to watch closely. " -GratefulWeb


∆   Outreach  ∆

Social Media:

Facebook - 9,860
Instagram - 4,563
Twitter - 414
Mailing List - 885

SoundCloud Plays - 99,105

Top 10 Spotify Streams:
I Am - 503.2k
Between - 294.9k
Remember Jah - 271.4k
The Story of You - 166.5k
Grow- 150.3k
Thrill of it All- 129k
Make it Better- 109.2k
Here If You Need- 92.2k
All for One- 87.8k
Made for This- 87.7k

 

Marketing Targets:

∆  Weekly Publications
∆  Community Radio
∆  Facebook Community Pages
∆  Record Stores
∆  Recreational Gear Shops
∆  Yoga Community
∆  Natural Food Stores

 

Direct Support: 

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Nahko & Medicine For The People
Trevor Hall
Steel Pulse
Wookiefoot
Mike Love
Tubby Love
Chris Berry
Jon Wayne and the Pain

Festivals: 

Electric Forest Festival (MI)
ARISE Music Festival (CO)
Northwest String Summit (OR)
Taste Of Randolph (IL)
Levitate Music & Arts Festival (MA)
Northwest String Summit (OR)
Shangri-La (MN)
Project Earth (MN)
The Huckleberry Jam (ID)
Mystic Rising Festival (OR)
What The Fest?! (OR)
Summer Music Festival (ID)
Southeast Alaska State Fair (AK)
The Big Wonderful (CO)
Newberry Music & Arts Festival (OR)
Sunrise Gathering (MN)
Beartooth Basecamp (MT)