I will be totally giving away my age by quoting this story from my college days! Sonu Nigam was a major sensation right about the time I was in college. He was one of the first musicians that looked good, sang really well, and also created some really cute and romantic music videos. Needless to say, every other girl that liked music would have a major crush on him. He also made several videos on sweet and romantic songs and that would make all the girls swoon for him. I generally liked his songs and would also potentially have had a crush on him. However, there was another girl in our college that was a Sonu-shipper and she peed and marked her territory on crushing him. Mostly people would think of her when there was a topic of Sonu Nigam and the love of us mere mortals was considered as a sideline and not really the main story.
Sonu Nigam is one of the most genuine artists. He is the complete package. Right from the beginning of the career to this date, he has never done dis-service to any song. He gives his 100% to every song he sings. He would sing the most pathetic of the songs and the best of the songs with equal earnesty, a quality shared by his music guru, Mohammed Rafi. His passion for music is inspiring, his talent is original, and his work prolific. His resume graphs through all types of songs, old and new, goofy and intense, romantic and hateful, energetic and mellow, I mean he has done it all. He does not need any voice corrections when he sings a song. He is gifted both in musical ability and in his ability to convey the mood of the song. He is probably the most talented musician Indian music scene had seen in the likes of Kishore Kumar, Mohammed Rafi, etc...
But, and there is a but. For someone that looks like him and sings like he does, one would expect him to take the music industry by the storm. And his talent did not really translate into consistent and resonating success. He is considered as one of the best, not THE BEST the 90s had to offer. I wonder why that is the case.
For a person that paved the way for background singing, music albums, hosting TV shows and radio shows, and what not, he has disappeared into the background. I think everyone needs to deal with their career as they please but I definitely miss his presence in the mainstream music business.
He used to host this radio show and get some really talented musicians to share their story. I used to enjoy listening to the radio show. Same way I enjoyed watching the Saregamapa show when he hosted it. So many music hosts have come and gone but no one could match his exuberance and stage-presence.
His personal travails and public presence aside, I for one really enjoy any work product that Sonu Nigam is involved in. Here's toasting to a great talent and hoping to seeing some great work from him in the future.
One of my most favorite songs of Sonu Nigam is this one below. It is such a big personal favorite of mine that I will bring this up a few times on this website. Some other good songs of his are also included below.