A successful musician/songwriter from Shenley and his granddaughter have inconceivably entered two of the biggest dance charts in America with their first single together.
Jayadev Richardson, 72, a drummer for popular 70’s rock and roll band, The Rubettes, currently resides in Shenley, where he’s embarked on a ‘more spiritual path,’ occasionally uploading his religious music to Facebook.
By pure luck, or as Jayadev put it, “maybe something even higher”, American dance music promotor Barbara Sobel got in touch with Jayadev and asked if he could write a dance track and have the song remixed by various dance DJs so she could promote it in the US.
Jayadev, who had never written a dance track before, got his granddaughter Syama Auman, 13, and her friend, Rasa Lila Grant, to record a song he’d written called Ganesh.
The result was astounding; the song is currently rising in two huge US dance charts: Starfleet (9th) and Music Worx (16th).
Jayadev, a devout Hare Krishna worshipper, said: “I can’t believe it really, I wasn’t expecting this at all when I wrote it.
“But I am a big believer in ‘upstairs management’, and I always try to do the right thing and live the correct way. I’m not a saint, but I’m a good person, so why shouldn’t that be rewarded?
“It’s amazing because Barbara said she hasn’t had any songs she’s produced enter the charts like this, and I’d never written a dance song before. But some big companies picked up on the track and it just climbed the charts.”
Jayadev admitted his granddaughter was not quite so excited.
“She’s a little embarrassed by it – being in a song with her granddad,” he laughed.
“I asked her recently if she’d told her friends a school about it, and she replied ‘no, I like to keep my private life separate from school.’”
“The song is about Ganesh, who is a demi-God known as ‘the remover of all obstacles’. Music and beats have always had a strong relationship with religion and I wanted to embrace that.”
You can listen to the song on Spotify now by searching ‘Jayadev’s Mantra Crew’ on Spotify or iTunes, with an album of Ganesh remixes available.