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Bollywood singer jams with Michael Bolton

music Updated: Jun 27, 2011 15:38 IST
Collin Rodrigues
Collin Rodrigues
Hindustan Times
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Michael Bolton may have astounded many with his parody of Jack Sparrow, but now the American singer is going the desi way.

And helping the Grammy winner out is city musician Clinton Cerejo, who has been arranging music and vocals for Bollywood and South Indian films for over a decade.

Most recently, Clinton has done vocal arranging for the song Sajna… by Bolton, that also features AR Rahman. The song was originally composed by Rahman for the 2009 Hollywood comedy Couples Retreat. Says Clinton, “When Aditya Modi (Rahman’s engineer) called me and said we needed to re-arrange Sajna… in a new key, I was confused. I was like “How has the key changed? Didn’t that film release two years ago?” He told me it was for a highly confidential project and asked me to come down to the studio. So when I heard the song with Michael Bolton’s vocals, I was pretty surprised myself.”

Clinton has also sung, Sooraj ki baahon mein…, for the upcoming film Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara as well as the title track for Jyotin Goel’s Pri and Me. Previously, Clinton worked as a music arranger for the song If I Rise…, from the Oscar nominated soundtrack of 127 Hours.

For the musician, vocal arranging, string arranging and sound design are integral parts of modern pop music today. He adds, “When you take songs that have been well-produced overall, it’s usually because all the elements work together to make the song what it is. A great song holds its own. Even when their heard without all the bells and whistles, some songs still give you goose bumps… all the rest is just ear candy.”