Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam, the legend of the modern Indian music industry was born on 30th July 1973. He is one of the top Indian playback singer, composer, live performer, host, and actor. He was born to Agam Kumar Nigam and Shobha Nigam in the city of Faridabad, Haryana.
His father Agam was from Agra and he was also a professional singer. His mother came from the hills of Garhwal. He also has a sister, Teesha Nigam who is also a professional singer.
Sonu has sung in various languages including Hindi, Kannada, English, Bengali, Manipuri, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Tulu, Assamese, Odia, Nepali, Maithili, Malayalam and other various Indian languages.
Sonu started in music at a very young age when he sang the song – “Kya Hua Tera waada” with his father on stage. He went on to accompany his father on various events and gained experience and knowledge about music. Nigam finally moved to Mumbai with his father to venture into Bollywood at the age of 18.
He got formal training in singing from Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
Sonu Nigam’s first released song was “O Aasman Wale” from the movie Aaja Meri Jaan which was released in 1993. His first album was released in 1992 named “Rafi Ki Yaadein”. Nigam gave voice to many songs for other movies afterward. Sonu started out as an anchor from the reality TV show Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995. His song “Accha Sila Diya” for the film Bewafa Sanam was the big break that made him popular. He then sang, Sandese Aate Hai from the film Border.
His album Deewana, released in 1999 is one of the most popular and bestselling album till date.
Sonu Nigam has been an eye candy even in the industry itself. Everyone loves him and many singers idolize him. Lata Mangeshkar loves Sonu the most out of all the new-age singers.
Sonu released a song after the death of Michael Jackson which was included in the tribute album – Beats of the heart. He also has sung Mahatma Gandhi’s favorite bhajan “Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye” at Harvard with the Harvard college sangeet. In 2008, he did a three-city of United Kingdom with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO). Later, the CBSO and Indian Music Company –Sa Re Ga Ma released these songs as the album Rafi Resurrected.