Shivi Singh, also known as Shivranjani Singh, is a renowned singer-songwriter, producer, and independent artist making waves in the music industry. Born into a family with a rich sporting background, Shivi is the daughter of former Ranji cricketer and current BCCI match referee, Shakti Singh. However, she has chosen to carve her own path in the world of music, captivating audiences with her enchanting vocals and mesmerizing compositions.
Having lent her voice to numerous Bollywood hits, such as “Jaanu Meri Jaan” with Raftaar and “Lalla Lalla Lori” with Vishal Dadhlani, Shivi has showcased her versatility and ability to bring life to diverse musical genres. Her talent has graced the soundtracks of popular movies, including “Hate Story 3,” “Great Grand Masti,” “Drive,” “Sacred Games,” “Ye Kaali Kaali Aankhein,” and “Forensic,” among others.
While thriving as a solo artist, Shivi has also collaborated with renowned musicians, delivering captivating performances. Some notable releases include “Trip Abhi Baaki Hai” featuring Dwayne Bravo, a thrilling fusion of trap music, and “Loca Loca” with Raftaar and Sunny Leone, a dynamic and funky track that exudes energy. Furthermore, she made her mark in the world of theater, starring in the critically acclaimed musical “Side A Side B,” produced by Luv Ranjan Films for T-Series.
Shivi’s musical journey began when she won the prestigious “Hannah Montana: The Big Pop Star Dream Contest” on Disney Channel in 2009. This remarkable achievement granted her the opportunity to meet the renowned pop sensation Miley Cyrus on the sets in Los Angeles. Inspired by this experience, she embarked on her singing career, determined to make a mark in the industry.
In celebration of her father’s birthday, Shivi has recently released a fusion rendition of the traditional folk song “Marathe Jo Bindlu.” This unique creation showcases the exceptional talent of the father-daughter duo, as they lend their voices to breathe new life into the folk music scene. The accompanying music video, presented on Northern Films’ YouTube Channel, captures the duo’s journey through the picturesque landscapes of Himachal, accompanied by veteran artist Somdev Kashyap.
In an exclusive interview with Shivi, we explore more about her inspiring journey!
Walk us through your journey as a singer, songwriter, and producer.
I won a singing reality competition on the Disney channel which got me to meet Miley Cyrus when I was 13, and that’s how my music journey started. I was heavily influenced by the Western school of singing and started writing my own music too. Arrangement and production are some my recent skills which I have developed naturally.
You don various hats, which one is your personal favourite? Why?
Well, I’m a Bombay-Pahadi hybrid as is, so I don’t think one should box themselves into one identity as is. My favourite definitely is when I get to experiment with new genres and sounds and add my own flavour to them.
Tell us more about some of your celebrated music endeavours and your recent release.
I have had a few Bollywood releases like the hit song Jaanu Meri Jaan, I Wanna Tera Ishq, having sung for various movies like Hate Story 3, Drive, Munna Michael & more. My debut single Trip Abhi Baaki Hai was with DJ Bravo followed by singles like Loca Loca with Raftaar. Currently, I’m focusing on releasing my independent music which also has been growing its niche since last year.
Who has been your source of inspiration for all this while? Why?
I wish I could take a single name here. To be honest, certain aspects of certain people come together to inspire me. Some of them would be A.R. Rahman, Ali Sethi, Tory Kelly, Cory Henry, and Shilpa Rao. Amongst indie artists The Yellow Diary, Shashwat Sachdev & Parvaz are truly inspiring in the sense that they’ve defined their own space & a new wave of sound, not trying to be like anything or anyone.
Do you have any connection with Chandigarh Tricity? If yes, tell us more about it.
I do have my most fun cousins staying in Chandigarh at the moment, and whenever I come out here, I get to experience a whole new culture of music. The food is definitely amazing too. However, my favourite one has to be how safe it feels to be here!
One last message for our readers.
Chandigarh folks are Himachal’s closest neighbours. Whether it is a weekend getaway after a hot week or a long exploratory journey to find self in nature, Himachal is a second home. Thus, a sincere request would be to be responsible tourists and try to be a part of the initiatives that help us to restore our natural environment and preserve our treasured mountains.