If Jonita Gandhi
were to win an award at a hypothetical show, the Internet would probably be the first in her acceptance speech.
The Indo-Canadian singer, who’s blessed with a distinct and melodious voice, first came into the limelight when YouTube videos of her performing covers of Hindi songs became popular in 2011. And it was only a matter of time before Gandhi was picked by composers to sing Bollywood numbers.
Last year, she sang the Chennai Express (2013) title song, along with veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam. More recently, she got a chance to team up with AR Rahman again (after Kahan hoon main; Highway) on his new album, Raunaq.
"I am really happy and proud to be part of Raunaq. Working on the album was especially meaningful because I got to be involved with the songs as they evolved from lyric-less tunes to final products. Also, I was part of one of the videos, which was a unique experience for me since Rahman sir was there to direct me," says Gandhi, who lent her voice to the song, titled Aa bhi jaa.
Last year, she also featured in the song, Pinjra, on composer Clinton Cerejo’s episode on a TV music show.
Having made her mark, Gandhi is looking forward to her upcoming Bollywood projects. "The latest is a duet, Dil chaspiya, in the Hindi soundtrack for the upcoming Rajinikanth-Deepika Padukone film. It is a beautiful ballad that I have sung with Arijit Singh," she says.
Her fledgling Bollywood career might be looking promising, but Gandhi says she will continue releasing videos of covers on YouTube. "A portion of my fan base knows me for that. I love putting my own spin on popular songs and I appreciate the love that my covers with (singer) Aakash Gandhi have given me," she says.