They say, ‘Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words. It speaks in emotions, and if it’s in the bones, it’s in the bones.’ This saying is undoubtedly right because, within our Indian music industry, there exist exceptionally talented artists who aren’t completely Indians (owing to their NRI backgrounds) but still manage to create magic with their voice and mesmerise the audience.
Let’s take a look at all the NRI artists who have made it big in India’s music industry.
1. Shirley Setia
Shirley is from Auckland, New Zealand but was born in Daman. She began her career as a YouTuber by making covers of popular covers until she got recognition and set foot in the Indian music industry. She also made her acting debut with Netflix’s film ‘Maska’.
2. Raja Kumari
Raja Kumari is a Grammy-nominated American-Indian rapper, singer and songwriter. She was born and raised in California and has worked with many international sensations like Iggy Azalea, Fifth Harmony, Fall Out Boy, Gwen Stefani, Knife Party, Sean Garrett and so on. She has also collaborated with the famous Indian rapper Divine.
3. Vidya Vox
Originally known has Vidya Iyer, Vidya Vox is her stage name. She was born in Chennai but her family immigrated to the United States soon. She also began her career as a Youtuber and was known for adding an Indian touch to popular chart-busting international hits. She slowly ventured towards producing original music on Youtube.
Born and brought up in London, Arjun is a British-singer songwriter. He garnered attention with the release of his cover of the famous song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di?’. He has worked with many prominent artists from Indian and international music industry both, like Guru Randhawa, Anirudh Ravichander, Charles Bosco, Raxstar, Sway, Andrea Jeremiah, Jonita Gandhi, Vidya Vox.
5. Lisha Mishra
Lisa is originally from Berhampur, Odisha and was raised in Chicago, USA. Even after venturing into a solo career and debuting with original singles, she is active on her Youtube and frequently releases covers of popular Bollywood songs.