Wheel Pagan Chorus
Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus performing in 2012:
Eric Bohner, Rhythm, Lori Newlove, Brian Seachrist,
Raine Paar, Colby Parrish, Michael Johnson and Nahani
||Pagan, New Age
Raine (Christina) Paar
Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus is a band that performs praise
music honoring the Goddess and the God of Pagans, Witches,
and Wiccans. Their lyrics are drawn from mythology, nature,
meditation, and divine inspiration. Their music draws from
rock, blues, pop, jazz, folk, alternative and even New Age
styles. They are best know for their songs, "Sun Moon
and Stars", "Moonlight Shines (In the Midnight Wood)",
"Loki" and "Lady of the Moon". They are
based out of Clearwater, Florida and have toured at Pagan
venues including bookstores, New Age shops, Unitarian Churches
and music festivals nationwide. They just completed their
second album, Elemental Children Of Earth.
In 1989, Lori Newlove had the good fortune of being a member
of the chorus during the 2000-person ritual celebrating the
10th Anniversary of Starhawk's iconic book The Spiral Dance.
Singing with Starhawk's coven, Reclaiming influnced her greatly
and led her to create a musical group within her own coven,
Lori Newlove formed Shining Wheel coven in 1994. Lori found
many other talented voices within the coven and so they incorporated
chants and songs that Lori had learned in California into
their rituals. Shining Wheel Coven also started creating their
own songs to perform during public and private rituals.
In 2001 Lori sugested that the coven produce a CD of their
original chants and songs. Most of the coven loved to sing,
so in 2001 Crystal Belden, Lisa Fetter, Chance Gray, Nahani
Gorsira, Jillian, Jamie Kiefner, Brian Morse, Amy Otero, Brian
Seachrist, Charles Simmons, Susan Simmons, Vicki Scotti, Kathi
Wahls, Leah Wall, Scott Wall, Andrew Newlove, and Lori Newlove
formed the Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus.
Brian Seachrist, the band's drummer,was doing music production
at Panda Studios in Clearwater, Florida so he got them into
the studio to start recording. The 17 member band worked very
hard recording while still, performing throughout the South
In 2002, Brian Morse the band's guitarist formed a solo project
In 2003, Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus released their first
album, Chants Of Balance. By the time it was released,
the Pagan community was so hungry for the music that they
had been listening to live, that this album has sold over
1600 copies, cementing the success of the fledgling band.
Many members of the band put in so much time and effort,
forgoing other priorities, that once the album was released
they chose to focus on other parts of their life. Within the
first year after the release of Chants Of Balance Crystal
Belden, Kathi Wahls, Leah Wall, Scott Wall, Susan Simmons,
and Chance Gray left the band.
During the same year Brian Morse became the director of the
band and they auditioned a number of new members including
Balinnor, Maria Brueck, Holli Tempe, Michael Johnson, Connie
Beal, Kestrel, LuAnn Morris, Lisa Fetter and Jen Fonslet.
Their continued performances in places like the Memphis Bandshell
and the success of Chants of Balance prompted their
fans to plead for a second album.
In 2004 Chance and Amy Otero left the band, in 2006 Jillian
and Jamie Kiefer as well as Lisa Fetter left the band, in
2007. The band and their fans were very surprised when Andrew
Newlove also left in 2007. In 2008 Jen Fonslet left the band
and Cody Yunick joined the band after moving here from Colorado.
2008 also marked the return of Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus
to the studio to work on their second album titled tenatively
Meet the Witches.
In 2009 Vicki Scotti, LuAnn Morris, and Amy Otero started
a side project, a sister band called Hecate's Wheel and in
in the same year released their first album also entitled
Hecate's Wheel. Later that year Eric Bohner was added
to the Shining Wheel lineup.
2010 was a busy year. Shining Wheel released "Gaia"
the first single from their second album with the working
title Naked On The earth. The members of Hecate's Wheel
left Shining Wheel to persue their band full time and to work
on their second album. They continued to lend their support
and voices by recording with us as well.
Kestrel left the band and moved to Colorado.
Maria Brueck and Cody Yunick also left the band to pursue
other avenues of music. Maria joined Treblehawk and Brian
Morse turned his solo project into a full band, even though
he continues to write for and promote Shining Wheel.
In reaction to the unprecedented devastation close to home
caused by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Michael
Johnson and the rest of Shining Wheel Pagan Chorus wrote a
song entitled "The Gulf Song: She Gives Us Life",
praising Mother Ocean and mourning the loss of Her innocence.
The proceeds from early live performances went to the Suncoast
Seabird Sanctuary (The largest wild bird hospital and bird
sanctuary in the United States) to help clean and save the
wildlife hurt by the oil spill. The band also had a professional
Videographer, Theodore Harris, produce a music video for the
song. Shining Wheel also decided to add it as a last
minute track on their second album.
Just in time for Samhain, Shining Wheel released the single
"Hecate Is Rising"; a haunting look at a powerful
Goddess and Her transformative power.
In 2011 "Elemental Children Of Earth" was release as an single
and the band decided to rename the upcoming album Elemental
Children Of Earth after the final single realeased. They
also added two new members, Raine (Christina) Paar and Colby
In November of 2011 they completed thier second album which
was relased to the public in January of 2012.
Shining Wheel is touring in 2012.
Chants of Balance (2003)
1. Silver Rose Quarter Call
2. Moonlight Shines
3. Lady of the Moon
4. Sun Moon and Stars
5. Magic of the Goddess
8. Hang With Us
9. Sekhmet Speaks
12. The Maenad Song
14. Roots and Wings
15. Children of the Earth
16. Thank-you Lady
Elemental Children Of Earth (2011)
1. The Circle Song
2. The Importance of Being Brigit
4. She Gives Us Life (The Gulf Song)
6. Hecate Is Rising
7. Finding The Goddess
8. Bring The Rain
9. Spirit Lets You Fly
10. No More Burning Times
11. Way Home
12. Running Wild
13. Elemental Children of Earth
Elemental Children Of Earth
Gulf Song: She Gives Us Life
Hecate Is Rising
Brian Morse created a music video for the popular song from
their first album. It is an animation in the style of Terry
Gilliam from Monty Python's Flying Circus. The video features
the band and the Chaos of Loki!
Eric Bohner created a music video for the first single of
their second album. It is a pastoral slide show that celebrates
Gulf Song - She Gives Us Life (2010)
Theodore Harris, professional videographer, filmed and edited
this video It shows Shining Wheel singing in the studio as
well as images and facts about the BP Oil Spill.