New age duo Maya & Sage is a husband-and-wife team consisting of singer Maya and multi-instrumentalist Sage Knowles, who released their debut album, Spirit of Love, subtitled "Devotional Chanting & Spiritual Love Songs," in 2004. Maya Knowles was raised in Rochester, MI, and began singing in her youth. She started piano lessons at age seven and switched to the guitar at 14. She graduated with honors from Michigan State University with a degree in music composition and later got her doctorate in communication. She is the co-author of the book Rethinking Classroom Management and has worked extensively as a schoolteacher. She took up chanting after moving to California and released a solo album, Comin' Home.
Sage Knowles grew up on a ranch in Barstow, CA, studying piano, trumpet, and guitar as a child. He played in local bands and, becoming interested in meditation, joined the "spiritual dance band" Namasté. He also released an earlier album, Entering Devachan, with Amrita Cottrell. Maya and Sage began harmonizing together shortly after meeting and soon were performing together. After a year, they married. By then, they had already started working on Spirit of Love.