Tulum, Mexico



Behind the Music

My favorite part of joining Ian’s vision has been the creativity itself. In the time leading up to Ian’s proposal landing in my inbox, I’d felt lost and empty due to externalities in my life, and the very thought of being artistic was far from my mind. Yet, when Ian asked me to join, I immediately said yes. I wanted to give a voice to those who had been silenced, just as Ian has, even though I had no idea how I was going to do it. I discovered my first creative spark with help from my producer, Ram Dass Khalsa. Once it was found, delving into that creative headspace was like therapy. Despite how heavy the subject matter is, the musical process and idea behind the project was inspiring and a lifeline I sorely needed at the time. 

In the past, the music I’ve written was born out of my own personal experiences. With this, I had to assume the role of an observer. Because many of these were not personal experiences, I had to lean on Ian’s detailed reporting as a foundation from which to build on and create an emotionally rich work of music. Through working on this project, I no longer see just the horizon line of the sea. Now, I look out at the ocean and see the invisible people and events happening beyond sight, things I used to be completely unaware of. That’s the power of projects like The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

About Jai-Jagdeesh

Jai-Jagdeesh is a singer/songwriter whose roots were once planted in the cult from which the practice of Kundalini Yoga was born. Over the course of the past decade, she has interpreted the soundcurrents of her childhood through a personal lens, using a mix of contemporary and traditional themes, Western and Eastern instrumentation, and a trio of languages (Gurmukhi, English and Sanskrit) to paint with. This process has birthed half a dozen beloved and celebrated albums, three of which have taken turns sitting on the Billboard and iTunes charts.


Jai-Jagdeesh’s collaboration with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project marks a stylistic pivot, one that will hopefully lead to an even greater capacity for creating deep healing — and meaningful change — through music.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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