|Bio's / Profile's - Biography|
|Written by Fnik Media|
|Tuesday, 18 August 2009|
Amar is a pioneering singer/songwriter who after a short hiatus is returning with a glamorous new look and refreshing Indo-Urban pop album, Show It Off.
The long-awaited album has been in the works for 18-months and features Amar at her creative best, singing exclusively in Hindi to a backdrop of urban R&B beats.
Having worked with the likes of Talvin Singh and Nitin Sawhney, Amar is the now the sizzling muse of acclaimed American producer, Timbaland (who has also worked with Justin Timberlake, Missy Elliott, Rihanna, Madonna and 50 Cent) and features in his multi-platinum album Shock Value.
She has also worked with the legendary Jim Beanz (who has also worked with Britney Spears, Nelly Furtado, Craig David, Ashlee Simpson, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson) featured on Jamie Foxx and Chris Cornell’s albums, as well as in two more songs for the new Timbaland album, while he makes a special feature in Show It Off.
Amar’s provocative Hindi lyrics, sultry voice and classic style of singing, most notably on Timbaland’s sensational single Bombay and Nelly Furtado’s chart-busting hit, Maneater prompted a dazzling performance at BBC Electric Proms and has helped bring Indian music back into the mainstream spotlight. Despite her hiatus, Amar’s love of creating music never escaped her. After taking the time to find the right production team to work with, she signed with US-based management company, Sunset Entertainment Group and is currently touring India with Jim Beanz and American boy band Rebel. She is also recording two songs with award-winning Bollywood playback singer and pop star, Sonu Nigam.
Amar grew up in Walsall, West Midlands as Amar Dhanjal and has music running in her blood, thanks to her father, the legendary singer Mangal Singh, whose phenomenal hit single Rail Gaddi is a global Punjabi anthem.
Amar herself catapulted to fame as a young girl with her hit single Tu Hai Mera Sanam, a Hindi cover of Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, which has also been covered by Whitney Houston. In her teens she moved to London and discovered the Asian underground scene. Amar collaborated with Talvin Singh and features in the remarkable song Jaan on his album, Talvin Singh Presents Anokha Soundz of the Asian Underground.
Soon after, she was snapped up by Geoff Travis, who at the time was with Warner Brothers UK, making her the first British Asian girl to be signed by a major record label. The groundbreaking signing made headlines and she was tipped to be the hottest new artist on the Asian music scene.
Her debut album, Outside, produced by Nitin Sawhney and Robin Millar, was a huge success and the single Sometimes It Snows in April fast became a must-play track in the club circuit. However, soon after the album was released Amar decided to take a break from music. Her recent return to the music scene and her highly anticipated album has already sparked much interest from the industry, with critics and fans both eager to hear Amar’s new sound.
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