TSS Podcast #18 — Drew McManus

Kevin Wathey
3 min readMar 5, 2021

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Ep. #18: Finding Presence Within Chaos with Drew McManus

In this episode, I sit down with the lead singer and songwriter of Satsang, Drew McManus (@Satsang) to discuss finding presence within chaos.

McManus has spent most of his life trying to distance himself from his troubled upbringing in Des Moines and Chicago and its cycle of violence, abuse, and addiction. McManus, though, would find his peace amid family in the Beartooth Mountains of Montana, an oasis that allows him a warm hearth to recharge from the rigors of the road and practice his other passions which include painting, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and social activism.

He is quoted saying, “Home is my heart, and when I’m not on tour, I’m a stay-at-home dad with four kids. My music is the self-reflection of that and the touring is the mirror.”

During a month-long backpacking trip in the Himalaya Mountains in 2015, McManus realizes that as part of his recovery from addiction, he must share his life journey in poetry and song to help other lost souls. Songs of surrender, vulnerability, and perseverance pour out of him, forming the foundation of Satsang’s 2016 debut, The Story of You, highlighted by “I Am”, a fan-favorite hymn of self-love that has surpassed…



Kevin Wathey

Kevin Wathey is the founder of Synchronicity Yoga LLC. A company created with intention, and a mission to empower others to achieve their highest potential.