Like the Egyptian sun god Ra which gives the band its name, music is a source of life for singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Sahaj, a way to express his primal fears and desires, the fruits of a spiritual journey that began in India 14 years ago.
And while Ra´s second Republic/Universal album, Duality, explores that dark side in songs like the pulsating first single, "Fallen Angels," with its paranoia-inflected imagery reminiscent of Wim Wenders´ "Wings of Desire", and the aching despair of "I Lost Everything," the ultimate message is one of redemption and transcendence, as in the adrenaline sexual rush of "Got Me Going" and the pure joy expressed in the faithful cover of the Police´s "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
"What Ra has always stood for is hope," says Sahaj, the son of a Puerto Rican mother and Russian father, who took his current name after a 1992 pilgrimage to India, where he studied Eastern philosophy in an ashram.
That faith has been tested in the three years since the band´s debut, One, which sold more than 20k as an indie release before getting picked up by Republic/Universal and released as From One. It went on to sales of more than 200k on the strength of the Top 10 Active Rock single, "Do You Call My Name," thanks to massive airplay by Boston station WAAF and a breakneck touring schedule of more than 200 dates in less than a year.
Ra recorded, produced and mixed 70% of Duality in Sahaj´s parents´ Upstate NY home and his own Sun God Rock studios in East Rutherford NJ, four songs of which were collaborations with producer Bob Marlette (Black Sabbath, Seether, Shinedown, Saliva).