In this episode, I sit down with the lead singer and songwriter of Satsang, Drew McManus (@Satsang) to discuss finding presence within chaos.
McManus has spent most of his life trying to distance himself from his troubled upbringing in Des Moines and Chicago and its cycle of violence, abuse, and addiction. McManus, though, would find his peace amid family in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, an oasis that allows him a warm hearth to recharge from the rigors of the road and practice his other passions which include painting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and social activism.
He is quoted saying, “Home is my heart, and when I’m not on tour, I’m a stay-at-home dad with four kids. My music is the self-reflection of that and the touring is the mirror.”
During a month-long backpacking trip in the Himalaya Mountains in 2015, McManus realizes that as part of his recovery from addiction, he must share his life journey in poetry and song to help other lost souls. Songs of surrender, vulnerability, and perseverance pour out of him, forming the foundation of Satsang’s 2016 debut, The Story of You, highlighted by “I Am”, a fan-favorite hymn of self-love that has surpassed two million listens on Spotify.
We discuss growing up around alcoholism and addiction and the role it’s played in his life, discovering his love for music during a rock-climbing expedition to Nepal, why he says he has a love of violence, and much much more.
I’m very excited to share the story of Satsang’s very own, Drew McManus with you.
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