SINGER – SONGWRITER – PRODUCER

About Chamán

Though I was born Tania Glenn-Rodriguez, my parents nicknamed me Chamán as a child, and still affectionately call me this or some Mexicanized variation, i.e. Chamanita, Chamanin, etc.

Born and raised on the U.S./Mexico border, I’ve grown up with paradoxes. My Grandmother Maria Teresa Rodriguez, whom I credit with instilling me with the gift of music, once told me “Mija, la música es muy celosa” / “My child, music is very jealous.”  Coming from a lineage of musicians, I took her words to heart and watched as she talked about trying to balance her dream of becoming a concert pianist with motherhood and work. Unfortunately, she was unable to manage it and all but gave up on her dream.

At some point in my musical career, I felt like my grandmother lived vicariously through me and my own dreams because she still held some resentment about not having fulfilled hers. After all, I was the lead singer of the infamously political latin ska/cumbia band FUGA! for over 8 years, playing nationally and packing venues like The Independent in San Francisco, CA.

I loved the music we were creating and the community of fans that supported us, but I wasn’t happy and couldn’t figure out why. Most nights, I would fall asleep in the tour van exhausted while everyone hung out at after-parties. After one of our grueling tours, I headed to the mountains of northern Thailand for a meditation retreat.  I was supposed to go back to my life as a nightclub musician, but I couldn’t and it was breaking my heart. I was waking up to certain contradictions, and my life began to take a very different turn, from one of living by the skin of my teeth towards one of being a more whole, loving, and fully present human being.

I realized that the deaths of my greatest heroes in music by drug overdoses, depression and suicide were symptomatic of the “suffering artist” identity, and that I would have to consciously choose a different path. Here is where my story to find healing and awakening through music begins.

Today I work towards a harmonious and healthy relationship with music, family, and career. I write about social justice issues but also about mindfulness and love. I sing in Spanish or English depending on what my heart dictates.  I honor my ancestral heritage from Mexico while still writing and exploring in musical styles that I grew up with in America. Most of all, I try to be fully present while writing my music so that it comes from the heart and soul.

CONTACT

For booking and other business inquiries, please complete the form or directly contact management:

info@chamanmusic.com

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