David Newman is a renowned sacred mantra artist, singer-songwriter, author, and inspirational teacher.
David, also known as Durga Das, has released numerous acclaimed albums, including the #1 iTunes World Music bestseller Love is Awake, and is the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller The Timebound Traveler.
Newman’s greatest gift is his willingness to listen to his inner voice and open his heart to be of service to others. David guides and inspires fellow travelers on their paths, through his uplifting music and the valuable insights that he shares through his writings and teachings.
David’s life took a dramatic change in direction when after graduating law school in 1992, he decided to open a yoga center in his hometown of Philadelphia. The center, Yoga on Main, was one of the first of its kind, and created a new awareness of Yoga in his community. Shortly thereafter, David, a lifelong musician, discovered an ancient form of healing chant music known as kirtan and began to apply his musical gifts to this powerful practice and to share it with others.
David’s message of peace and universal love permeates his music and teachings, and extends to his charitable endeavors, including The Stay Strong Project, producing music to support environmental and humanitarian concerns around the globe.
If you yearn to deepen your relationship to kirtan, sacred music, the path of love, and the creative process, David accepts private students in his one-on-one mentorship program.
“At David Newman's concert, the event's volume knob seemed to go from low-level joy to full-on bliss, the kind you feel after climbing a gorgeous mountain or ending a tough run on a strong sprint.”
— The Washington Post
THE TIMEBOUND TRAVELER
by DAVID NEWMAN
For those searching for life’s meaning and their own greater purpose, The Timebound Traveler is a helping hand from a friend on the path. David shares the story of his spiritual journey, and awakening with clarity and heart-warming honesty, paving the way for fellow travelers and seekers of truth.
As a result of his immersion into Kirtan coupled with his long history as a songwriter, David began a new journey and in early 2003, recorded his first album entitled Soul Freedom. Two years later, a second CD followed. The album Lotus Feet received critical acclaim and was featured on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’.
David’s music spread rapidly within the worldwide conscious community and caught the attention of yoga enthusiast Terry McBride, who also happened to be the founder of Nettwerk Records, Canada’s largest record label and home to such artists as Sarah Mclachlan, Barenaked Ladies and Passenger. David signed with Nettwerk in 2008.
Since then David has gone on to release numerous recordings including the #1 iTunes world music release, Love is Awake, a collaboration between David and members of Paul Simon’s band. David continues to make music and tour throughout the world, and is acknowledged for bridging the gap between contemporary western music and meditative mantras. He has been an integral part of the spiritual or yogic music movement and is a frequent headliner in many yoga and music festivals and conferences that take place around the globe.
In addition to his heart opening music, David has touched and inspired others through his teachings on loving unconditionally, both as a way of life and as a means toward spiritual awakening. David shared his own personal story of awakening in his #1 Amazon best-selling book, The Timebound Traveler, released in 2014.
David also devotes himself to charitable and humanitarian causes. He launched The Stay Strong Project in 2011 in which he released two singles and videos featuring luminaries from the yoga and music community in partnership with Global Green USA, offering 100% of the proceeds to support such environmental causes as the Gulf oil spill cleanup of 2010, and the building of green schools. David donated a portion of the proceeds from his song "Love Belongs to Everyone", from his album Stars, to the human rights organization, Witness, founded by Peter Gabriel.
In 2015 he composed, recorded and released Song for Nepal to support the Seva Foundation’s Nepal Earthquake relief and rehabilitation fund. David organized a benefit concert for the Standing Rock Dakota Pipeline resistance movement, and has partnered with Call and Response Foundation for the "Love and Mantra Outreach Tour" bringing mantras and healing music to addiction recovery facilities, psychiatric centers, nursing homes, institutions for autistic children, and for homeless women and their children.
David’s strongest desire is to bring joy to others through his music, teachings and personal connections. He continues to express his passion and inspiration in creative and groundbreaking ways, and sees his life’s work simply as ‘spreading the love.’