As for the lyric video release of SUNFLOWER OF MY DREAMS...
I'd like to give special thanks to...
Video Production: Shikar

My Nashvegas Music Meisters:

Cello: David Henry
Steel Guitar: Johnny Heinrich
Keys: Barry Walsh
Drums: Rick Lono
Bass: Victor Krauss
* Acoustic Guitar: Chakra Bleu
* Music and Lyrics by Chakra Bleu

Engineer: David Henry

I recall vividly, bringing this song to the 'song committee' to be considered for the upcoming album 'You're The One'...
With pens and paper in their hands, I remember seeing tears running down smiling faces, yet the room quietly intense. I didn't know exactly what this meant until, I read the comments and ratings upon this particular song, in the running, to be or not to be on this 5th album of mine...
Anyway, the ratings the committee gave this song, gave 'it' a unanimous 'green light' to be on the CD. 

As for the production, I thoughtfully decided which instruments would best compliment the sensitivity of the lyrics and symbolism in this song. In my head, I could strongly hear the cello and steel guitar delicately decorating the spaces in between the phrases and highlighting the solo, beginning and end of this song, which took on a personality of its own, in the writing and production. I simply took a back seat, so to speak, to what IT desired to BE.

I give credit to ALL the musicians and Video Producer on this song, which most importantly can hopefully bring Joy into Your Dear Hearts!

Chakra Bleu

Dear Friends,  

With Fall and Thanksgiving in the air, I'm offering you a special gift for this season: my new lyric video 'SUNFLOWER OF MY DREAMS'.

The 'totem/symbolism' of the sunflower is Happiness, Vitality, Devoted love, Freedom, Beauty, Hope, unbending Faith, Prosperity, Strength, Success and Endurance. 

The Native Americans use it as a symbol of Bounty, Harvest and the life    giving force of the Great Spirit.

In Chinese symbolsm, it  represents long life, good luck and is considered very  auspicious, as it is always seeking out the light, following the  path of the sun all day. 

Keep this song close to your Heart and  may it bring a warmth of Beauty and Love from the inside-out,  so you can pass this Light/Good Vibes out & about!

I also would like to thank the video producer DJ Bets for catching the perfect Vibe on this video. I asked him to include images that had S'mores, campfire, romance, passion, and stars. Bravo, dude!

Dear Friends,  

Here's a Very special Solar Eclipse LYRIC VIDEO surprise! You're in for a rich R&B/Soul, passionate vibe, that flirts with roasting S'Mores on a cozy campfire, under the moon and stars. Baby!


Here's your next 'Summer Extravagaza LYRIC VIDEO gift'. It's fun & laid back with an Island-Reggae vibe. 

I invite y'all to take a moment & make a special wish on this Full Moon Eclipse and let my song 'WHATEVER YOU WANT', guide you in applying the art of visualizing all that you truly deserve! Listen closely, envision, and Be....

I'm happy to share with y'all yet another Lyric Video from my 8th album, Our Own Paradise.      This video is the song DUNE ALLEN, and it will surely take you on a   mighty fine romantic trip to a Santa Rosa beach off Florida's Hwy 98 (also known as 30A). 

I'm SO excited to shared with y'all a series of SUMMER EXTRAVAGANZA 'Lyric Videos'. These will primarily start from my 8th CD, an album with rich island reggae, R&B, pop flavours packed with a FUN summer vibe.
OUR OWN PARADISE is the album and this special lyric video is the title track 'Our Own Paradise'.

OUR OWN PARADISE is about…When you’re in love, it doesn’t matter where both of you are, or what you’re doing, for the experience will feel grand and larger than life.
For example: Your pay checks may afford you both to eat at cheesy fast food restaurants, yet when you’re in love it will feel like you’re dining at Five Star restaurants. Or, perhaps you both may be living in an apartment in a rundown neighbourhood, yet when you’re in love, it will feel like you’re living in a mansion in the high class part of town!
In other words, you both may be living like paupers, yet when you’re in love it feels like you’re  a King and Queen, living in a Mediterranean Paradise!


Be sure to follow and 'thumbs up' me on twitter and Instagram.

Enjoy mes amies!
Chakra Bleu

In the song WILLING TO FALL, I compared the parallels of rock climbing to willingness in opening one’s heart in ‘dating’. 

Both have risk factors of getting hurt; both require courage; both carry the risk of falling from ‘heights’; both do well with safety precautions; both require trust; both require the act of taking little steps forward to grow/improve - in order to grow both

require the willingness to fall; both do not do well with over-gripping; both require confidence, yet a humble heart; both open doors to self improvement with practice, self awareness, knowledge and learning (in a relationship, that would be learning more about the other person - asking what his/her feelings are about this, that; asking about likes, dislikes, etc); both require patience and a sense of responsibility; both do well with a lightness of heart and humor; both require to place oneself in a state of vulnerability; both flourish with a playful demeanor- having fun, being curious/wonderment/adventurous.


Interestingly enough, fighting against, anger and bleme do not work well for either one of these. Cussing out a rock wall, or blaming it for not performing to your expectations, is ridiculous.  It’s a rock - it’s just there being a solid nature. It doesn’t listen or have a personality to fight back. It hurts if you use force to try to ‘be the winner’. LOL. Thus the same goes in a relationship: No one ‘wins’ when there is angry fighting and blaming. It doesn’t feel good. In fact it feels like it would if you slammed into a rock face (wall). 


The rock face brings you face to face with your own thoughts, feelings, strengths and weaknesses, some of which these unpolished qualities are humbling to realize!

Such is the case with being in a relationship, that often reflects personality traits in yourself that you aren’t fond of, which bubbles up as feeling irritated toward the other person, which then of course you deflect and blame him/her for these (mirrored) unlikable qualities. It’s amusing stuff!


Both fourish as you come to a point of Acceptance of especially yourself as well as others. The quality of acceptance meaning being at peace - arriving at a place of non-judgment, right there in that moment, one foot step, one hand-hold at a time. This ‘Space’ naturally brings one to be encouraging and Loving to your Self as well as others, which brings you effortlessly into a state of selflessness, which coincidentally brings you to become more light hearted, which leads to more Fun and Joy/Happiness. Cool!


When I started rock climbing a little while ago, I was faced with my fear of heights. This is pretty normal for most folks, as heights and very loud noises kicks in our sense of self preservation. It turns on our ‘danger red-light button’. Anyway, my friends kindly and patiently helped me understand how the climbing equipment works, which included safety precautions. I wasn’t really having a lot of fun at first, because I was so focused on my fear of heights and falling. 


Staying on point with the comparison of climbing and relationships, the lyrics in WILLING TO FALL portray, I will continue with my beginning days of climbing as thus: I had a Desire and Curiosity to find out why my friends felt so much enjoyment in this sport. I knew that I liked that we were outdoors, amidst trees, birds, fresh air and sunshine. Though this natural fear was prominent on several of my first climbing experiences, I began to question what ‘fear’ was in the big picture. ‘Fear’ in this case, could be translated to an experience that was ‘unfamiliar’ to my mind, emotions and physical body. I asked myself if I was ‘Willing’ to climb and experience what was ‘unfamiliar’, so that I could open up my mind to understand the skills even better. When one’s mind is focused only on Fear, there’s not space enough to focus on Understanding, which then allows a person to relax more, just for one. Anxiety really fries your nerves, and zaps your energy, and Fun factor!


So the same qualites exist when getting involved in a new relationship. Most of us have experienced the pain felt in heart-breaks, when we have invested so much of ourselves; our trust, hope, love, dreams, etc. only to have it feel like there’s a gaping hole in our heart. This feeling creates Fear and Anxiety to put ourselves at a risk to ‘Fall’ - get crushed again. Yet, if we don’t take the risk, we certainly will not have the opportunity to share the richness of being in love. That gem requires the

Willingness to fall. 


Thankfully in rock climbing and mountaineering, there’s safety features, such as harnesses, ropes, gear, to allow the belayer to catch our falls. Yes, there are some safety precautions in the get-go of ‘dating’/hanging out’, such as taking it slow, good communication, etc. that are helpful. Falling either way can still be scary, yet the

thrill of living Big, living life Full, start with a Willingness to Open our Hearts!


Notes about my song: WILLING TO FALL by Chakra Bleu


Chuck Whiting: ;Whiting Publicity & Promotions; (615) 423-9857



Artist Explores Reggae, Rock and R&B with Breezy Feel of a Caribbean Island

 NASHVILLE, Tenn.  Hit Americana artist Chakra Bleu takes listeners to a tropical island paradise with a breezy, uplifting album that includes an eclectic mix of Reggae, Rock and R&B.

Bleu's eighth CD, "Our Own Paradise", features a dozen original songs that were penned during her songwriting retreats in the mountainous regions of the American East and West. The project was recorded in Nashville with contributions from veteran musicians bassist/engineer John Billings, drummer Brice Foster, keyboardist Ronnie Godfrey, guitarist Paul Allen, saxophonist Dana Robbins, trumpeter Scott Ducaj, and trombonist Chris Dunn

"The theme of this album is summer fun and groove," said Bleu, who plays rhythm guitar and sings lead and backup vocals. "Some of the songs are love and relationship related, while others empower listeners to overcome life's challenges."

To download selections from "Our Own Paradise," visit .

Individuals may get the urge to party or dance with the rockers "Be My Love", "Our Own Paradise", and "Tumbleweed Roll On". Other songs are more reflective or inspirational, including "We Shall Overcome" and "I Paint My Life". Selections such as "Dune Allen" and "Whatever Your Want" encourage music lovers to relax, let go and dream.

"I wanted to record all of the songs live with the drummer, bass player, keyboardist and lead guitarist playing with me at the same time," said Bleu, who landed a number two single on NMW's Top 40 record chart last year. "Together, we made it happen. The energy on this album is amazing."

Bleu wrote melodies for the songs last August while mountain climbing and retreating in Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. The lyrics were penned later during an October songwriting retreat near Asheville, North Carolina.

Her album kicks into high gear with the romantic rocker "Be My Love", where the lover divulges the vulnerable truth that he needs a woman in his life, admitting that she completes him, his life utterly lonely without her.

The fun and lively Reggae cut, "Whatever You Want", introduces Bleu's latest musical exploration. The artist was inspired to write her first Reggae song after hearing Bob Marley's "Red Red Wine". 

"Last summer at my song table by the lakeside, I asked myself what style of music I wanted to create," Bleu added. "I've learned that most people love to hear music in all styles. That’s when I heard passersby in boats pumping out upbeat pop/Reggae music by Bob Marley, Blondie and Cyndi Lauper. I'd never written a Reggae song before, but I decided to give it a try. I ended up writing four of them with a summery hint of Tom Petty."

Petty's rock, McCartney's pop, and The Band Perry's country quickly come to mind with the radio-friendly, hook-driven tune, "Just Where You Are". 

The album soars yet again near the end with "I Paint My Life", a song that shows off Dana Robbins' soulful sax playing. The tune encourages listeners to speak their minds, keep their heads high, and choose their own paths no matter what the odds. "The choice is mine... I'm the artist... I paint my life...."

The last song, the Reggae-accented "We Shall Overcome", encourages Americans to unify peacefully to help solve important issues related to equality and justice. It was released as a single on July 5.

"Our Own Paradise" was recorded and engineered by John Billingsand Michael York at Funky Tymz Studio, with Bleu's rhythm guitar tracks recorded at Wire World Studio with engineer Michael Wagener. Bleu produced all of the tracks for the project.

Bleu grew up in Spokane, Washington, with a passion for music and the outdoors. Her music accomplishments have been substantial. The rock/pop tune "All of Me" hit number one on New Music Weekly's Top 40 Indie Chart, while climbing into the top 10 on the NMW mainstream Top 40 and Hot 100 singles charts. Another recent single, "The Shadow", quickly climbed various NMW charts, reaching number four on Top 40, number four on Hot 100 A/C, number five on Top 40 Internet, and number one on Indie Top 40 (where it remained for six consecutive weeks). Her sixth album, "Souvenir", generated five top-40 hit singles on various charts, with the song "Addicted to You" receiving "Spotlight" recognition in Cashbox Magazine. Other hit singles from previous albums include "When I Hold Your Hand" and "Hopelessly in Love". 

According to Dave Carew, a writer for the blog Underground Nashville, Bleu is "hands down one of the most original and distinctive pop/rock/Americana artists ever to grace the underground Nashville music scene. Inspired by everything from the styling of bands like Heart and the Cowboy Junkies, to transcendent New Age thought, she has forged, over the past decade, some of the most uplifting, eclectic, thought-provoking, and empowering music ever created in Music City USA."

For more information about Chakra Bleu or to hear her music, visit . To book the artist for an upcoming event, send an e-mail message to 

1746 Records; P.O Box 160054 Nashville, TN 37216


The process of recording 'Our Own Paradise'

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