Artist Aloud: 3 new album releases featuring Faiz Khan, Raghu Dixit and Mumbai’s Finest

This week, we have three more very interesting releases from Artist Aloud featuring artists Faiz Khan, Raghu Dixit and Mumbai’s Finest. Read on for artist info and my review of each of these new releases.

Artist Information about Faiz Khan

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New Music Monday: one song, two renditions ~ Dil Diyan Gallan

This week’s New Music Monday features one song, with two different renditions! Dil Diyan Gallan from the Bollywood film Tiger Zinda Hai has become the most popular new track that has attracted many singers and bands to showcase their own renditions of the song.

After fab four SANAM released their version of the song at the very beginning of 2018, two other versions which have caught my attention are by singers Jonita Gandhi and Sonu Kakkar.

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Musical Thoughts: The artists that I look forward to hearing in 2018 plus my New Year Musical resolutions!

As we have entered a brand new year, I thought it would be a good idea to share the artists that I look forward to listening to in 2018, as well as sharing some of my musical new year resolutions.

The artists that I look forward to listening to this year are:

*Himesh Reshammiya
*‎Arya Entertainment
*‎SANAM
*‎Emeli Sandé

Last year, unfortunately we did not get any new releases from my favourite Bollywood composer Himesh Reshammiya, however this is all set to change this year as we will get to listen to his amazing music for the film Genius. The film has been directed by Anil Sharma (Gadar, Apne fame) and Genius looks set to have a romantic soundtrack which will most definitely be a treat to listen to.

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Musical Thoughts: How India’s Fabulous Four SANAM kept the Independent music scene alive

The Hindi independent music scene (also called indie music) has changed dramatically over the years. While many people think that Hindi music is dominated entirely by Bollywood, this is most certainly not the case. During the 1990’s a lot of Hindi artists, had created and worked on their own music albums and songs, which were not tied in any way to a Bollywood film soundtrack. Popular artists such as Alisha Chinoi (Made in India), Baba Sehgal, Silk Route helped to form the indie music scene, which essentially allowed artists to showcase their creativeness at their full potential.

There were many peaks in the indie music scene, and it even attracted well known Bollywood music composers such as Adnan Sami (Tera Chehra) and Himesh Reshammiya (Aap Kaa Surroor), who both saw immense success with their private albums, yet after this time, the scene began to sadly decline, as Bollywood music became stronger. However, thanks to platforms such as YouTube, India welcomed their most prominent band who are often known as ‘fabulous four’ SANAM, who essentially revived and strengthened the dying indie music scene.

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Life Update: Join the Girl at the Piano Facebook page!

On Christmas Eve, I decided to take the plunge and create a Facebook page for Girl at the Piano. The main reason for this page, is to build a community of Bollywood and Western music lovers, share blog posts and also share music related news items.

If you would like to be a part of the Girl at the Piano music community, simply visit the page by clicking here.

I look forward to interacting with everyone at the page!

New Music Monday: Dil Diyan Gallan ~ SANAM

Wishing all my readers a very Happy New Year! It feels awesome to start the New Year with a New Music Monday post and this time, the release is a SANAMrendition of the recent Bollywood hit Dil Diyan Gallan from the film Tiger Zinda Hai.

Dil Diyan Gallan is a light romantic track and I can clearly see how well it fits the SANAM vibe. After having a good few renditions in Punjabi (Ishq Bulaava, Garmi Di Tu, Itni Door), it is always wonderful to hear lead singer Sanam Puri sing so effortlessly in Punjabi once again.

The video has a very chilled vibe to it and we get to see the fab four sitting together with their musical instruments, which is the way we know and love them, the best! Enjoy the first New Music Monday post of the new year!

Dil Diyan Gallan ~ SANAM

My Latest Piano Solo: From This Moment On by Shania Twain

After learning You’re Still The One by Shania Twain, back in October (I think), I decided to learn one of the greatest love songs of all time (in my opinion), which is also from Shania Twain. The song is the beautifully orchestrated ballad From This Moment On.

It was a challenge in many ways to learn this song, the first being that it is 7 pages long which itself posed a challenge as to how I balance all 7 pages of sheet music on the piano stand! Secondly, the song’s intro is a mix of spoken and sung words (which essentially are vows), and as they are not the most recognisable part of the song, I took the liberty of not learning this part, so making it easier for 6 pages of the song to balance on the piano stand.

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My Favourite Golden Oldie song: Crazy by Seal

This month’s favourite Golden Oldie is a song from the 90’s, and quite literally nostalgia from my childhood: Crazy by Seal.

Being born and bought up in London UK, I have been exposed to a lot Western Music much more than Bollywood music during my early years, and Crazy by Seal is one such track which has never left my mind. The entire melody and lyrics are an extremely powerful combination with Seal’s epic vocals, and this definitely makes you sing a long with it “Well we’re Never gonna survive, unless, we get a lil Crazy…!” The song talks about the state of the human race, the problems it faces and also the prediction of the future “In a World full of people, only some want to fly, now isn’t that crazy…”

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Musical Thoughts: The Musical Highlights of my year 2017

This is the first year since starting Girl at the Piano, that I have decided to write a musical highlights of the year post. I feel blessed to say that there have been many such moments for me this year, and as it is now December and 2018 draws closer, I felt that it would be a good time to reflect on the highs of the year.

The start of the year was rather quiet for me on the Music front, especially in the Bollywood Music scene. It began to pick up when my favourite multi-talented artist Himesh Reshammiya came as a judge on quite possibly one of the most popular seasons of SaReGaMaPa Lil Champs. This reality show continued well into October, as it received an extension, after gaining the continuous amount of high trp (viewership). Two more videos from Himeshji’s second private album Aap Se Mausiiquii, also released at the beginning of the year. The tracks were Trippy and Every Night and Day. They are both my favourites from the album as we get to see a different side to Himeshji’s Music in both of them!

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Artist Aloud: 3 new releases from Shirley Setia, Vikas Relhan and Tauseef Akhtar!

This week’s new releases from Artist Aloud are from three artists, covering three different genres of music. We have a patriotic song, an indie pop track and a ghazal album on the list! The artists in the spotlight this week are Vikas Relhan, Shirley Setia and Tauseef Akhtar.

Vande Matram by Vikas Relhan

Artist Information
Vikas Relhan (VK), is a renowned singer, music composer and yricist. He has been awarded by sanskar bharti with kala vibhuti samman, and guru shikshak vandan by bharat vikas parished.

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