I believe that music is not just a form of art and self-expression – it's a vital force that has a real effect on the world.
There is something that drives and pushes me to share my music and reach others. I love it when an audience listens, drinking in the meaning and connecting with me as the singer.
“Simon your voice is so scratchy but when I listen to it, it soothes me. Will you sing for me so that I can fall asleep?”
— Eve, age 9
MUSICIAN: Bio/Press release
Simon de Voil has been performing since 1999, he has since released four solo albums: Sacred Earth (2008), The Boat Builder (2010), Heart Medicine (2011) and Trust (2017.)
In recent years Simon has toured internationally and gained a reputation as a talented singer-songwriter and storyteller; he pairs thoughtful and inspiring lyrics with cracking good tunes, compelling piano melodies, and a rich, tender vocal style. His music explores themes of the inner landscape of the soul, the enchantment of the natural world and a personal journey to follow an unexpected calling.
Simon's musical work includes playing for rites of passage, healing, worship services, and community-building events; lately some of his favorite gigs have been played at youth centres, sickbeds, industrial workshops, homeless drop-in centers and ancient chapels.
MINISTER: Bio/Press release
Reverend Simon Ruth de Voil is an interfaith/interspiritual musical minister, trained to be a sacred presence outside the conventions of traditional religion. As a musician, spiritual mentor and worship leader he incorporates chant, ritual, poetry, storytelling, and mindful practice to create a space for profound connection and sacred witness.
Simon is an accomplished musician and songwriter with 30 years of experience as a performer. Originally a folk musician, he still very occasionally tours in Australia, Canada, and Scotland, as well as the US.
For the last 14 years, though, Simon’s focus and calling has been in sacred music. This grew out of his work at Iona Abbey, and has since led him to provide music for worship, ceremony, and prayer in a wide variety of churches and non-religious spiritual communities. He particularly loves to create music for meditation, healing services, and rites of passage.
For the past five years, Simon has served as director of the musical ministry for Unity Spiritual Enrichment Center in Port Townsend, WA. He’s also a youth mentor, a maker of sacred objects, and a YouTuber. He considers his livestream channel and online community worship services to be among his most creative and vibrant musical offerings.
You can find out more about Simon and hear his music at www.simondevoil.com