Byron Metcalf is an award-winning musician and recording artist, shamanic practitioner and ceremonial leader. Byron’s highly successful music business career spans over five decades and covers a wide variety of musical styles and genres. A professional drummer at age 15, Byron has played on several gold and platinum albums (most notably Kenny Rogers’ album “The Gambler”). He has performed at top concert venues including Carnegie Hall, The Greek Theater, The LA Forum, Universal Amphitheater, The Grand Ole Opry, and Wembley Arena (London), as well as headliner showrooms in Las Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. Byron also performed on The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, The American Music Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, Fantasy Island, Hee Haw, Good Ole Nashville Music, and many others.
Byron is also an internationally recognized transpersonal guide, counselor, educator, and shamanic practitioner. Byron holds a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, a master’s degree in counseling and is a certified graduate of Grof Transpersonal Training. Byron is the creator of "The Shaman’s Heart Program – The Path of Authentic Power, Purpose and Presence" and as a workshop, retreat and ceremonial leader with over 30 years of experience, Byron has facilitated personal growth and healing workshops featuring Holotropic and HoloShamanic Breathwork and The Shaman’s Heart Program/Training throughout the US. Byron has also been a featured presenter at seminars and conferences on the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, music, sound and sound technologies. Byron offers shamanic and transpersonal counseling, coaching, mentoring and healing services for individuals and groups. Please visit the HoloShamanic Strategies site for more information.
Starting in 1988, Byron began focusing his musical talents toward the healing arts, creating musical sequences for Holotropic Breathwork workshops, and facilitating men’s workshops and shamanic drumming circles and ceremonies. Since 1997, Byron has been producing solo CD projects and collaborating with other artists including Steve Roach, Mark Seelig, Dashmesh Khalsa, Ron Oates, and several other musical guests. Byron's 1998 solo release “Helpers, Guides & Allies” was rated #4 in Backroads Music's 1998 Best of Year Selections in the World Music category. Byron collaborated with award winning recording artist and sonic innovator Steve Roach on the critically acclaimed 2-disc epic “The Serpent’s Lair” (Projekt Records, 2000). “Not Without Risk” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2001) was Byron's second solo project followed by “Wachuma’s Wave” (Spotted Peccary, 2003), a collaboration with German artist Mark Seelig (with Steve Roach), which was chosen by Backroads Music as the #1 Release of 2003 in all categories.
Byron holds a Ph.D. in transpersonal psychology, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and is a certified graduate of Grof Transpersonal Training and Eupsychia Institute’s Psycho-Spiritual Integration programs. Byron has trained, studied, and worked with shamans, healers, and psycho-spiritual teachers from many parts of the world including Stan Grof, Jack Kornfield, Hameed Ali, John Davis, Ph.D., Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., Jose and Lena Stevens, Sandra Ingerman, and Don Americo Yabar.
In 2005, Byron teamed up with Monroe Products to produce a “meta-music” version of Byron’s critically acclaimed “The Shaman’s Heart” (with Steve Roach)."The Shaman’s Heart with Hemi-Sync" won the 2006 Visionary Award for "Best Innerspace/Meditational/Healing CD". Monroe Products also released a meta-music version of “Not Without Risk” (re-sequenced and re-titled as “Spirit Gathering”) in late 2006, and a meta-music version of "Wachuma's Wave" (re-titled as "Deep Time Dreaming") in 2007. More recent albums include “A Warning From the Elders” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2007), “Nada Terma” with Mark Seelig & Steve Roach (Projekt, 2008) “Dream Tracker” with Dashmesh Khalsa & Steve Roach (Dr Bam’s Music, 2010), and “The Shaman’s Heart II” featuring Steve Roach (Projekt, 2011). Newer albums include the collaboration with Steve Roach “Tales From The Ultra Tribe (Projekt, 2012), “Medicine Work” with Rob Thomas of “Inlakesh” (Dr Bam’s Music, 2013), “Intention” with Mark Seelig (Projekt, 2014), “Monuments of Ecstasy” with Steve Roach & Rob Thomas (Projekt, 2015), “Spirit of Healing” with Sandra Ingerman (Sounds True, 2015), “Earth Luminous” with Erik Wollo (Projekt, 2016), and Byron’s current solo release “Shamanic Trance Dance” (Sounds True, 2016).
For nearly three decades, Byron has been intensely involved in consciousness research and spiritual development, specializing in the transformative potential of alternative states of consciousness. As a drummer, percussionist and recording engineer, Byron produces music for deep inner exploration, breathwork, shamanic journeywork, body-oriented therapies, various meditation practices and the healing arts. Byron also served as a graduate advisor for Prescott College’s counseling psychology master’s degree program.
Byron recently retired from his professional counseling practice of over 20 years in order to devote his full energies to HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC, and its training program development, and also to allow more time in his recording studio.
As workshop, retreat and ceremonial leader with over 25 years of experience, Byron has facilitated personal growth and healing workshops featuring Holotropic and HoloShamanic Breathwork and The Shaman’s Heart Program/Training throughout the US. Byron has also been a featured presenter at seminars and conferences on the healing potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness, music, sound and sound technologies.
Byron lives in the high-desert mountains of Prescott Valley, Arizona and is the founding director of HoloShamanic Strategies, LLC, offering spiritual and shamanic counseling/healing services and experiential learning programs.
For more information: ByronMetcalf.com