I have been a long time fan of Anju Brahmasmi's mesmerizing soulful voice as well her bohemian vibe, she is one of those rare women who lives life on her own terms and carves her own path in this world. I encourage you to listen to the video sampling below and become enchanted by her voice and unique style. Anju's images tell a story of their own do take the time to click the image above to open the collection.
- Anju is represented by Aum- I Artistes and has won the hearts of fans with her appearances on Music Mojo and Live performances in India.
- Anju was nominated for the international Portuguese Music Awards in 2013 she is the 1st Indian to ever be nominated, view Cancao Do Mar below.
Please check out her latest release the OST One Life Stand from Humans of Someone.
Excerpt from recent Interview with Anju:
From gospel music to rocking it on stage, how has the journey been, Anju?
The journey has been on a road less travelled I guess – full of surprises, danger, thrill, excitement, fun, risks, sacrifices, and most importantly love and freedom. It was never an easy task to break free from the very orthodox beliefs, environment, religion and family. Being a worship leader had its advantages. Gospel music being one of the most evolved, helped me with a strong foundation.
You had mentioned you received exposure to world music in Chennai. Tell us about your experiences there.
I got my musical training in one of the best music schools in India – Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, Chennai where I got to learn from and play with faculties and musicians from various parts of the world.It was quite an astounding learning experience. First hand knowledge of different cultures and music from the best sources changed my entire perspective about music.
‘Gone’ must have been a breakthrough for you in all terms. Do you have any special memories connected with it?
I lost myself in the song while recording it.. in all those little details. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. The shoot was done at one of my favourite locations of all, Kodaikanal – a place close to my heart where I would love to spend the rest of my life. I’m a nature person. I live, breathe and belong to nature and music. The most memorable one was the waterfall shot inside a forest on top of a huge mountain. I had to climb the mountain and be at the edge of the cliff while it was constantly raining. I enjoyed the danger and risk that came along with the shoot.
Congratulations on being part of the label aum-i. Looking back, is there any single song that you believe made you stand out and become known?
I’ve sung in more than ten languages including Russian, Spanish, Greek, Portugese, and I was nominated for International Portugese Music Awards – in fact, the first and only Indian to be nominated so far. But ‘Endaro Mahanu Bhavalu’ was the one song that made me stand out and got me appreciation, especially from the western world. I brought together elements of Jazz and Carnatic and sang in a way even a layman could enjoy.
You have talked about your love for composing. Does the future involve you composing and singing your own songs?
Nothing makes me happy and content like composing, arranging and singing my own songs. I love experimenting and bringing together all my musical influences and creating a unique and new sound. Currently I’m working on my first album, which will be a new genre, new sound and traces of who I am. My first composition will be released this week for an English movie named ‘Humans of Someone’. This one’s a Latin Jazz song titled ‘One Life Stand’.
Full Interview with Music Perk Link