This is the mantra of a
vibrant new young breed: off the street and depth of 'the hood'
streetsmarts, carves a new wave of high-class musical fusion: jazz,
funk, hip-hop, and within its soul lies this message…At a time of
change, a time where globally people seek a different kind of hope,
ten young individuals found themselves drawn to one another and
together have become exemplary of those who seek and find hope
The vivacious 'Conscious Hip Hop' musical style of this
impressive young group says 'Yes' to inspiration,
empowerment, and being the change they wish to see in the
to know more…
iPeace: Tell us
how did you come to join up together?
Well... I came up with the name quite some time ago after a visit
to the Egyptian Pyramids in 2001. I enrolled Freewill into the
vision in 2004, and we began doing shows under the name as a duo...
by 2006 we attracted Truth I, Amore One, and Silvermoon into the
group...in December of 2007 we added the band element, and we've
been taking off ever since....Maesyn, the other female vocalist,
who I've actually known for almost 5 years, joined the band 5
months ago....we are 10 now... I look at 2006 as the catalyst year
of the band coming together, and more importantly the first show
with the Musicians in December of 2007 as the turning point in
which what everyone knows now as Luminaries.
There are 10 letters
in L.U.M.I.N.A.R.I.E.S. and 10 people in
the group. We are united for Peace, and we use our gifts to
inspire, those with music. Our light is fully expressed by "Being
The Change" and leading by example. 8 out of the group is vegan,
vegetarian, and 5 out of ten has a Living Food/Raw diet... we are
all into meditation, yoga, Truth I teaches Qi Gong, Freewill &
I have been working with the Homeless & At-Rish community for
quite some time as mentors, multiple members in the group teach
youth forms of music....We're all very active in the community.
Basically we talk the talk and walk the walk... our biggest lesson
right now is reallizing the importance of our inner work and having
that be the staple for whatever we want to manifest.
"Peace Worldwide Starts From Inside" ....it's the truth. We
all must cultivate a certain level of inner peace in order to truly
find that outside of ourselves... What is real has always been
At this point others of the band joined us
iPeace: How did you all
JBrave: Sam introduced me to the
field of Social Services, working with Homeless and At-risk youth,
and I introduced him to the idea of doing music as a Luminary, it
was a fair exchange...
JBrave: This is like 2004... I was
working at an organization called My Friends Place in Hollywood...
Sam moved on to a different organization in the same network.
Eventually within a year he came and lived with me in Venice Beach,
... in 2005...then magic started to happen
Sam: we created an unbreakable
bond and began to brainstorm on how to unite our talents
JBrave: I was also hosting
an open mic starting in 2005 called the "Fiyah House" in
Hollywood....it was like our first stage.... I would just use my
gift of bringing people together to help give others a platform. We
did our first official Luminaries show as a duo more less... at the
end of 2005, then in 2006 Truth I and I met down on the Venice
Beach boardwalk. Venice is the place that birthed Luminaries. We
have all lived there at one point or another... fun thing about the
meeting with Truth. I was walking down the boardwalk on like
a random day like Tuesday afternoon, and I see this blonde haired
guy with locks, just sitting on the group with a cloth in front of
him with an assortment of healing gems, and crystals... he was
actually making some sort of staff... Spirit just told me to sit in
front of him, so without saying a word I just went up to him and
sat down right in front of his face..."
At this point of the conversation, Soullivin left to go
meet up with his family, wishing us all, 'peace'..
did the public take to your and performances?
Sam: People went nuts!!!
happened when you sat in front of him?
Sam: I was convinced that this
would take my life in a new direction
iPeace: Life is beautiful that
JBrave: Good point Free...yeah
people really opened up to fun music, that is positive, and makes
people dance... yeah so, when I sat in front of Truth we
began to talk and we actually started to share with each other
poetry...Then we attracted a French guy into the conversation, and
we we're giving him life insight, and telling him about
meditation...I had just got back from a 10 day silent meditation
retreat a month or two before.
The vibe lulled like wine and conversation out on some LA beach
..I asked what being part of Luminaries means to each of them and
what kind of role they hope the Luminaries has musically in
JBrave:Being a Luminary means
being the perfect reflection.
Krieger: Being a part of Luminaries has
propelled me to grow, look inward, and reflect back the most
optimum highest self possible, at all times. The 10
other reflections in the band have become my family, and I
have chosen to surrender my ego in order to serve the
greater cause. Spreading the word of peace worldwide is a
privilege, and each of us in the group have a different,
unique perspective on life that we offer to the creative
Amore One: Being a Luminary
means recognizing the ultimate possibilities and
limitless energy that lies within myself, and doing my best to
reach the highest levels of my potential. In service, this is
my life's purpose: the ever-present quest for truth and love found
in myself, delivered through the media of music, film, sound and
As Luminaries, we are spreading that truth and love through our
music, cultivating an inner peace inside ourselves and as a
collective family unit, and radiating
that tranquility through sound waves and vibrations
for the whole world to share in.
Benjamin the bass player
: Being in Luminaries means that I canfulfill my desire to
serve people in a waythat best utilizes my skills and my passion,
which is to be part of a musical group that speaks as one
heart and one voice through our songs.. sharing love and ideas to
promote love, peace and a sustainable world through a rawdiet,
ahimsa, meditation, and union with the divine though shared
Maesyn: Being a part of the Luminaries has assimilated my
single identity into that of a family. A family where i am heard,
seen, and encouraged to grow gently and with support. It is the
first time I have experienced a community whose principles and
intentions resonated with the depths of who I am striving to be as
a soul in evolution. Within the Luminaries, I have learned how to
communicate and hold space for others, which has impacted my
relationship with my Family, as well as my relationships. It is a
forum for me to explore my voice, surrounded by a network of
friends who believe in me and encourage my creative expression to
I know that the energetic existence and intention of the Luminaries
is already impacting the energetic elevation of peace throughout
the world. The microcosm of our family makes daily effort to deepen
and hold space for vulnerability, communication, peaceful conflict
resolution, and energetic healing. Every member of the group is a
powerful healer, and we support each others highest potentials
through encouragement and commitment to high resonance living
foods, meditation, outings in nature, energetic clearing, group
therapy, and positive energetic exchange.
We are all committed to being the change we wish to see in the
world, and being mirrors for each other to help each others
accelerated growth potential on their paths.