Known for following his instincts, speaking his mind, and a voice that has become one of the most recognizable voices of India, Sonu Nigam is an artist who never disappoints. Born on 30th July 1973, Sonu Nigam is a composer, a producer, a music director, an actor, a television personality; there is nothing that he hasn’t done. But his claim to fame has been as a singer. One of the most famous vocalists of all time, Sonu is a seasoned artist who has been a force in the industry since the early 90s.
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At the age of three, Sonu Nigam started singing on stage. Sonu’s father, Agam Kumar Nigam was a singer himself, and Sonu started accompanying him on stage for performances. Agam Kumar, noting his son’s potential, chose to patronize his son and Sonu began a music journey that has been a success. Apart from that, it has also given the Bollywood industry a repertory of songs that many love. Along with co-performing with his father, Sonu Nigam also trained under the expertise of Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. His stage presence is very energetic making his concerts very entertaining.
As a teenager, Sonu struggled to make his name in the industry. Often overlooked and rejected, he started appearing on a music television show, Sa Re Ga Ma. Success of the show helped put Sonu on the map and soon he landed his first deal for a playback song for the movie, “Border.” Since then, Sonu’s fame and popularity has only risen. Sonu Nigam’s repertory is one of the most diverse collections of songs and he is perhaps one of the most preferred playback singer for all genres. He has lent his voice to award winning movies and soundtracks such as Kal Ho Na Ho, Veer-Zara, Refugee, Fiza, Paheli, Main Hoon Na, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and Agneepath.
Success as a playback singer encouraged Sonu to pursue an independent career and his solo albums have also fared quite well in the market and among the people. Albums such as Rafi Ressurected, Mausam, Classically Mild, Kal Aaaj Aur Kal and Deewana became super hits and Sonu cemented his place as a pioneer in the Indian pop-rock genre. Apart from this work, Sonu has also worked in other languages such as Malayalam and Kannada.
With a discography as vast and varied as Sonu’s, it’s no wonder that he has won countless awards and nominations. 2004 saw him emerge as the winner of the National Film Award for “Best Male Playback Singer,” for his work on the Kal Ho Na Ho soundtrack. 2012 saw him win the Sandalwood Star Award for “Best Male Payback Singer.” 2013 saw him win the TOIFA in the category of “Male Vocalist of the Year.”
Apart from these, he has won three Indian Television Academy Awards, three Lions Gold Awards, three Annual Central European Bollywood Awards, two MTV Style Awards, two Bangalore Times Film Awards and three MTV Immies. He has also amassed various other awards and nominations with a record of eleven nominations at the Zee Cine Awards which gave him four wins for “Best Male Playback Singer.” He has also been nominated for ten International Indian Film Academy Awards, out of which he has won four, again in the “Best Male Playback” category. He has also been nominated for eight Screen Awards out of which he has won four. Seven nominations at the Filmfare Awards South have given him two award wins. In addition to all of the above wins, Sonu Nigam has also been nominated seventeen times for a Filmfare Award, and has subsequently won two for his work on Saathiya and Kal Ho Na Ho.
Sonu Nigam is one of the most successful and well known artists in India today. His musical repertory is loved by many, and he has become the star playback singer of the movies. Touring around America to entertain his international fans, this is the artist who will surely entertain. Catch him live by purchasing Sonu Nigam tickets today.