Sonu: The Singer
 

Sonu started at a very early age not only on stage but also in front of the mike. He spent his teenage days singing jingles, cover versions and devotional songs. Once he shifted base to Mumbai to start his struggle in the music Industry it did not take him too long to get his first song from the film 'Aaja Meri Jaan' at the age of 18.

The late bigwig Gulshan Kumar (owner of T-Series, Music Company) heard Sonu and invited him to work with them. The song, which led him to fame was 'Aacha Sila Diya Tune Mere Pyar Ka' from the film 'Bewafa Sanam'. Offers made their way and an ordinary Sonu became a star of showbiz and recorded his debut pop album titled 'Sapnon Ki Baat' for T-Series followed by another album 'Deewana'. Both of these albums generated an ocean of fame and a remarkable response from the listeners. Especially 'Deewana' led Sonu to the heights of his singing career and it was estimated that more than ten million copies were sold officially which was the highest selling album over the next few years. Magnasound(Music Company) came up with a lucrative offer for Sonu to launch the albums, 'Kismet' and 'Mausam'. Music and performance-wise, 'Mausam' is one of his best albums with a unique blend of classical and jazz fusion. 'Jaan' his next album, broke all previous records followed by 'Yaad' which was also a chart topper.
 
 
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Sonu tasted real success in playback singing when he was invited to sing the song, 'Yeh Dil Deewana' for Subhash Ghai?s film 'Pardes'. This song made Sonu the real superstar, a heartthrob of Bollywood. He changed his style of singing and adapted the modern nuances of the western style of singing merging with our own Indian classical influences. Since then there has been no looking back for Sonu. Today he is among the highest-paid singers of Bollywood and almost 90 percent of the films have at least one song sung by him or the whole album. Sonu is in heavy demand because his voice suits every hero be it the Khan's (Shah Rukh, Salman and Saif Ali Khan) or The Bachchan's (Amitabh and Abhishek) or Hrithik Roshan or the newer lot like Shahid Kapoor and Zayed Khan. Shah Rukh Khan once commented ?I grant a lot of my success to Sonu.? Each and every filmmaker would like to sign him for their films because they think Sonu?s velvety voice is just enough to make their films super-hit. Sonu has worked with almost every music director and as rightly said by one of them "Sonu's singing is immaculate because he immerses himself completely in it. He comes to the recording studio, writes the song, learns it, sings it and leaves in nothing more than 30 minutes. I think no one can ever match his caliber".

He has sung countless songs not only in Hindi but in almost all the regional languages of India. 'Aur Pyar Ho Gya', 'Pardes', 'Dil Se', 'Border', 'Refugee', 'Sarfarosh', 'Taal', 'One Two Ka Four', 'Pyar Tune Kya Kiya', 'Lucky', 'Paheli', 'Parineeta','Chocolate?, 'Saathiya?, ?Kal Ho Na Ho?, ?Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna?, ?The Legend Of Bhagat Singh?, ?Lage Raho Munnabhai? to name a few films which have played a key role in polishing his singing career.
 
 
 
 
 
Sonu Nigam: The Music Composer
 

Sonu's always had an interest in gadgets and primarily musical gadgets. His earliest Rhythm instruments were his powder milk tins. Without any guidance he mastered to play the harmonium which led him to play the keyboards aiding him to make soulful compositions which he used in his private albums and also for the title tracks of tele serials.

His first venture as an independent composer was with his English album 'The Spirit Unfolding' which he composed, sang and also wrote the lyrics. The world renowned percussionist Brent Lewis and Grammy Winner singer Rita Coolage collaborated with Sonu on this album which was recorded in Joshua Tree.

He composed and sang in the melodious album 'Chanda Ki Doli' which once again revived him as the super pop star.

He created history by releasing his single ?Yeh Rashtra Prem Ki Bhavna? on Indian Independence Day ?06?on a radio station without a record label. It was a song which he wrote to express his love for the country and to arouse the new generation.

Presently, Sonu is working on an Indian semi-classical music album?to this the Nightingale of India?Lata Mangeshkar commented ?Sonu is so well versed with his classical music that when he will compose it will surely be an unique piece of music as he will add his own style and charisma to it.?