Singer Roshni Kaur talks about victory at IFEFA 2020, father, collaboration with Mika Singh and more
Whenever a song is released and becomes hit, you will see the internet flooded with its singing and dance covers! Kalank title track has been one such popular number, but when budding singer Roshni Kaur sang it’s cover, little did she expect an award on an international podium! Yes, you heard it right! A trained singer who is open to experimenting, Roshni made global headlines for her noteworthy victory at IFEFA Awards 2020 in the promising upcoming singer category for her cover of Kalank title track. In an exclusive interview with Music Beat, Roshni Kaur who began singing at the age of seven under the shadow of her late father talks about her win at IFEFA 2020, her father who was also her guru, working with Mika Singh, and why Sufi is her ‘soul’!
Did you expect to win IFEFA Awards Australia 2020 for your cover of ‘Kalank ‘ song?
Honestly, I never dreamed of my cover even reaching out to the audiences properly but god was really kind. When I got the news of me getting nominated, I was so happy, but when I received the news that I have won the award, I was on the highest note of music in life. My happiness had no boundaries but honestly, I feel it was God's kindness and my father Saab’s blessings that I won an award, and that feeling is really fabulous.
How proud do you feel of this achievement at the very beginning of your career?
I have no words to describe my feelings it's just out of this world because this was really unexpected and that made me feel that miracles do happen.
We came across that your father has been your guru. Was he the one who motivated you to choose singing as a career?
Yes, my father Saab Late. Shree Harinder Singhji was my teacher. I started singing at a very early age seeing him singing songs. I also wanted to learn singing so he was the one who taught me to intricate places in singing, which were the most difficult things to follow. He was my guide, my guru who made me learn Indian classical singing. When it comes to the western singing style, I have been even learning music from my brother Steven who helped me brush it. My father Saab has always been my idol responsible for making me the singer I am today.
When did you commence singing and how has your father contributed to your journey as a guru?
I started singing when I was seven-years-old, eventually, I started singing professionally until I was 14. Later, my father Saab started preparing me as a professional singer. It's all his blessing and his dream that I'm trying to live now.
Has your noteworthy win at IFEFA opened the door of opportunities for you? Tell us more?
Absolutely yes I'm getting new offers for singles and films to sing for noteworthy composers and artists. I'm just being a bit careful of the offers that I will be taking up for starters.
Your next single is with Mika Singh. Can you tell us more about it?
I have sung a duet with Mikaji for a Canadian film. Its music is by Guru M Sharma. The track is a dance number and one of the crazy songs we have done. it was an awesome experience to working with Mika Sir. I'm really looking forward to the film’s completion and hoping that the track releases soon.
Is Bollywood music your favourite genre? Do you prefer sticking to one genre or experimenting with all?
I love Indian film music but I'm more into the Sufi Punjabi folk genre. I look up to legendary music composers like Shree Laxmikant Pyarelalji, Maheshji, Naresh Sharmaji as well as other renowned composers like Monty Sharma, Mithoon, Jeet Ganguly, Amaal Mallik, Himesh Reshammiya, Shankar Ehsaan Loy. They all have their distinctive style of work so I'm not stuck to any one’s style but love singing in every genre, yet Sufi is in my soul!
Who has been your role model in singing?
Well, it has to be my father Saab, Reshmaji, Lata Mageshkarji, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal, etc. They all are exceptionally out of this world.
Bollywood playback singing or independent singles, which would you prefer doing more?
I love singing and it doesn’t matter to me if it’s for a film or for a single. For me, it’s only about and giving my best shot.
Among the so many singers, which is that one skill of yours, which will make you stand out in your music career according to you?
There are some great artists today doing some fantastic work, I am yet making it slowly and gradually into the industry. What will make me stand out is the fact that I don’t copy anyone. I listen to everybody and learn from them, but I stick to my father Saab’s teachings that ‘learn from everyone around you, but create yourself each and every day'. So I am trying to do what he has taught me. It's his blessing and my faith in God who will help me fulfill my father’s dream of being known as a good person and as a respected artist. I will only do good and clean work and will hope to reach a place where everyone will know me for my talent.
What are your upcoming projects?
I have a few projects lined up right now. I have got a single done in collaboration with music composer Nareshji and Anand Sheshadri. The male version of this song has been sung by Benny Dayal. The female version has been sung by me and will be out soon. Besides, I also have other four original singles in my kitty, which are also in the shooting stage.