Where are you currently based?
I am currently based out of Toronto, ON.
How did you first start playing music?
I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old. I was also a competitive figure skater and dancer so I grew up performing. I knew there wasn’t much opportunity for me living in a small-town, so at 18 I decided to move to Toronto to pursue my music career and go to college. Since then I’ve been performing all over the province, song writing, releasing music, and constantly growing & developing my passions.
What’s been happening recently?
Recently I’ve released “Momma’s Boy” and the music video for it. I’ve also been really diving into learning more about important issues that the Desi community faces. Because I am not actually Desi myself, I know how important it is for me to be educated on all aspects of their culture, including the not so pretty parts. I learn something new every day and I am so grateful to be able to be a voice and an advocate alongside them. I think music brings people together and I hope people can find comfort in my songs and realize that although we come from different parts of the world, we have a lot of similarities that make us one and we are not all that different.
Your new single “Momma’s Boy” is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?
“Momma’s Boy” is actually a mashup of Country music and Punjabi music. I’m not sure it fits perfectly into a genre right now which is kind of cool, but we’re calling it “desi pop-country”. The song is about my experience being in a relationship with someone who was a “Momma’s Boy”. The lyrics talk about cultural differences and how hard it is being in a relationship with someone who’s family has a lot of expectations… I think that can be really hard on a relationship and no matter what your background is, I think a lot of people have probably been in a similar situation.
How did you go about writing “Momma’s Boy”?
“Momma’s Boy” wasn’t the original title of this song. It started out as “Switch It Up” when I took it to Vipneet. It was a similar concept and we had finished the song, but when we took it to Mark and Erik, they thought it could be even better. So the “Momma’s Boy” idea came up and we just went with it without looking back. I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Where and when did you record/produce/master the song and who was it with?
We finished this song at the end of March 2021. It was produced by Mark Schroor and Erik Fintelman and I wrote it with Vipneet Kaur.
How did you approach the recording process?
The recording process for this song was a lot of fun and a lot more work than my other songs. Because I’m singing in Punjabi, we really had to make sure my pronunciation was as good as it could be, so we had multiple sessions before actually recording the song where I would just practice saying and singing the words.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
I am listening to a lot of Mitchell Tenpenny because he just put an album out. I’m also listening to Sidhu Moose Wala because he just keeps releasing songs and they’re all great!
What do you like to do away from music?
I really love vlogging. I also love being on the water. I really enjoy water sports and being up at the lake is very calming and relaxing for me. It’s like my sweet escape.
What’s planned for the remainder of 2021 going into 2022?
A) I am excited to focus on “Momma’s Boy” and push it to its full potential for the rest of the year. We have a lot of big plans for it and I’m so eager to watch everything play out. In 2022 I will be getting back in the studio to finish recording my second EP and hopefully will have a summer full of shows lined up.
Favourite food and place to hangout?
My favourite food is lobster. And my favourite place to hangout is probably up at the lake, on my parents back deck. The sunsets at their place are gorgeous.