So Glad I’m Here




So Glad I’m Here began as a collaboration with the amazing Sufi musician, Davod Azad.  This recording celebrates connection across cultures, spiritual and musical traditions.  George Koller played superb string bass on the original tracks, Amoy & Ciceal Levy, Sharon Riley and David Wall added their incredible voices and Nagmeh Farahmand, Bucky Berger, Ben Whiteley, Chris Whiteley and Kimberley Manning all made wonderful instrumental additions.  The material ranges from traditional spirituals to Ken Whiteley originals including a Rumi poem set to music. This album is offered in the spirit of musicians being in the moment and in that moment feeling the light, love and joy.

So Glad I’m Here

Ken Whiteley with special guest Davod Azad

1. So Glad I’m Here Traditional, Adapt/Arranged, Ken Whiteley  3:47
2. There’s A Candle Ken Whiteley (based on poem by Rumi)  5:18
3. Wayfaring Stranger Traditional, Adapt/Arranged, Ken Whiteley  6:55                                                            4. Bigger Than That Ken Whiteley  6:22
5. Gospel Ship Traditional, Adapt/Arranged, Ken Whiteley  4:20
6. This Is The Lord’s House Reverend Dan Smith adapt. Ken Whiteley  3:45
7. Bird, Mole, Flower Ken Whiteley  4:32
8. It’s Gonna Rain Traditional, Adapt/Arranged, Ken Whiteley  6:24
9. Soon My Work Traditional, Adapt/Arranged, Ken Whiteley  5:50

Ken Whiteley – lead, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar, resophonic guitar, accordion, Hammond organ, harmonica, tambourine, mandolin, piano

Davod Azad – tar, oud
George Koller – string bass
Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Sharon Riley – vocals David Wall – vocals
Bucky Berger – drums
Nagmeh Farahmand – percussion (daf, rek, etc.) Chris Whiteley – harmonica (track 6)
Ben Whiteley – bass (tracks 4, 6)
Kimberley Manning – Hammond organ (track 5)

Recorded and mixed at Casa Wroxton Studio, Toronto by Ken Whiteleyand Nik Tjelios
Additional recording at the Sivananda Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas by Ken Whiteley

Mastered by Grey Market Mastering Produced by Ken Whiteley Package design by David Wallace Cover Photos by Colin Medley

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