R&B artist Nao to host BBC’s new meditation podcast
English singer-songwriter Nao will host a new BBC meditation podcast, using music to help listeners cope with the stresses of everyday life.
The East London-born R&B artist – whose real name is Neo Jessica Joshua – will present The Music & Meditation Podcast, which will combine music and meditation to create an accessible gateway to meditation for young people.
The show will be available on BBC Sounds and will air weekly on BBC Radio 3.
Grammy-nominated Nao will use her own personal wellness journey to inform the podcast, while inviting a variety of meditation experts to join her on the show.
Guests will include body positivity influencer Megan Jayne Crabbe, clinical psychologist Dr Julie Smith and Mindfulness Project founder Michael James Wong.
Each episode of The Music & Meditation podcast will explore a different theme, from burnout and body positivity, to dealing with loneliness and trusting your instincts, and will take listeners through a 10-minute guided meditation. specially created.
The eight-part series, which will be available as a box set on BBC Sounds, will feature a curated classical soundtrack with new music from a variety of up-and-coming composers recorded especially for the podcast by the BBC Concert Orchestra and BBC Singers.
Composers and performers include composer and pianist Kristina Arakelyan and saxophonist and clarinetist Sam Rapley.
The guided meditations will also be available to access separately on BBC Sounds as part of an easy-to-access mental health resource, which listeners can consult whenever they need.
Ahead of the show’s launch, Nao said, “I discovered meditation a few years ago after battling stress and chronic fatigue syndrome after years of touring.
“It lit a light in my brain while calming my nervous system and now I meditate every day. With more and more noise in our lives, it is so important that we take time for ourselves and find the minus a few minutes each day to focus on our mental well-being.
“Finding the right guide and the right music is the key to accessing the benefits of meditation, so I hope this podcast helps people who don’t know where to start.”
BBC Radio 3 editor Philip Raperport added: “We wanted to focus on the immersive power and benefits of combining music and meditation and we are delighted to have Nao leading this important new commission.
“With such a vibrant array of experts focusing on the challenges facing so many young people, we hope the podcast creates a space for listeners to reflect, find strength and feel inspired.”
The Music and Meditation podcast will launch on BBC Sounds on May 9 and will air weekly on BBC Radio 3.