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Photo by Mark Cluney

Photo by Mark Cluney

∆   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 self-work.  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 uplifted and inspired.  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.”

Satsang released their sophomore album Pyramid(s) in March of 2017 and saw it quickly rise to #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts and #2 on the iTunes charts. The band also surprise-released a new EP, In Between Another Blink at the end of 2017 and had it crack the top 20 on the iTunes Singer/ Songwriter chart with no advance promotion. The band spent 2018 selling out two-thirds of their shows on headline tours in the Midwest, Northeast, and on the Pacific Coast. This success shows the proof of concept in creating legions of fans from coast to coast on support tours with Michael Franti, Trevor Hall, Wookiefoot and Nahko and Medicine for the People.  Now, fresh out of the studio with their third full length studio album ready for 2019 release, they enter a new year with a quiver of new tunes and poised for more magical moments. 

∆   Listening Links  ∆

Pyramid(s) - March 2017

Pyramid(s) - March 2017

Free (w/ Justin Chittams) - June 2018

Free (w/ Justin Chittams) - June 2018

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 - 12,316
Instagram - 10,531
Twitter - 677
Mailing List - 1,188

SoundCloud Plays - 512,960

Top 10 Spotify Streams:
I Am - 1,400,401
Between - 967,498
Remember Jah - 776,566
The Story of You - 406,240
Grow - 371,898k
Thrill Of It All - 285,139
Made for This - 272,137
Make It Better - 253,341
Be Love - 233,579
Getting Old - 212,225


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
Mike Love
Tubby Love
Chris Berry


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)