The wise Rumi once said, “let the beauty you love be what you do”. I have many loves in this life, but touching others with my voice has been a consistent passion throughout my Soul’s journey.
Having been gifted the lead in several school plays as a child and encouraged by the community to share my voice, at age 9, I began singing to my elders in nursing homes throughout east Texas. What a sacred gift to bring tears and smiles to those so often cast aside by society.
Singing for my elders gave me deep roots to sprout from, and at age thirteen after singing the opry, festival and private event circuit (while continuing my volunteer work), I moved to Nashville for my new Producer to co-write, record and perform in the commercial country music arena. By age 16, I had landed the dream, a record deal offering from a major Music Row label.
As a natural-born empath and visionary, the energies of the commercial music business and the visions of my future did not feel right. Looking forward, I saw a loving, stable family, and this did not feel like the path. I refused the record deal and changed my major to Psychology, becoming an in-home case manager in the private, non-profit mental health field. After a year of dedication to 30 low income families, not yet understanding my personal tools of releasing and non-attachment, I took on the pain and sorrows of others and landed a first class ticket to the emergency room with severe heart palpitations.
I continued my work in the company, this time as a marketing specialist and bridge, serving as a voice for the grassroots workers, risking their lives every day for so little in return, and working up close and personal with the top tier of the organization. My heart became my greatest teacher, and I began a focused inner journey of spirit, health and well-being.
Almost 5 years ago, with the support of my amazing husband and twin flame, I took a giant leap of faith into the unknown, leaving the “work” world when my beautiful son was born. No amount of money would I trade for the freedom of seeing his first steps, hearing his first words and learning his deep truths over the last half decade. Just recently I realized one of the huge gifts he gave me upon his birth—the return of my voice. There is no greater joy than singing “his” song and seeing his spirit light up!
Today, having uncovered age old wisdoms of many lives past, I step out in the world to share what I have come to remember about the healing, creative power of each and every soul’s voice. It really lights my fire to see the joy that rises from shared sounding with other sacred BEings. Once we understand that all things are connected through the infinite vibrational web of life, intricately woven and divinely manifested from Source itself, we realize that when we sing, we become vehicles for creation.
When you attend one of my “Symphony of Creation ~ Awaken Your Sacred Voice” play-shops, you give yourself the gift of reconnecting with the divine wisdom and creative powers within you, while joyously and consciously co-creating with other Souls. At the moment, my play-shops are our only income, so you can rest assured that your love offering supports a local family, dedicating their lives to creating a better world for the generations to come. The beauty we love, really is what we do. 🙂
April will be the beginning of “HeartSong Collective ~ Sing the Change” public gatherings. Once or twice a month, I will announce a Nashville area location and intention for us to gather in conscious, organic singing and sounding co-creation. Together we will raise the vibrations of Music City and beyond with our sacred, collective voices and instruments.
This is an exciting time on the planet, and I am infinitely grateful to the dear Soul family I am blessed enough to walk, dance, sing and grow with. Here’s to limitless love, boundless bliss, sweet synchronicity, leaps of faith and ever evolving Earth-Soul journeys!
~ Jess Bray ♥