Star Spot with Sangeeta Kaur, InterContinental Music Awards and Grammy winner singer, multimedia artist, and producer
InterContinental Music Awards and Grammy winner Sangeeta Kaur shares her journey in the music industry, inspirations, and her gratitude towards her fans and community
Welcome to this episode of Star Spot! I’m Merry, and in this series, I interview InterContinental Music Awards winners and insiders, bringing you exclusive insights into the music industry. Today, I’m thrilled to have with me Sangeeta Kaur, Grammy® winning singer, multimedia artist and producer.
Sangeeta Kaur is a Vietnamese American singer, multimedia artist, and producer. She has been creating and sharing music that brings joy and positive transformation to the listener. Her body of work is both cinematic in scope and spans a wide range of genres such as Classical, New Age, Contemporary and Spiritual.
With a Bachelor of Music degree in Opera Performance and a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance, Sangeeta has released five award-winning albums. Including MYTHOLOGIES, which earned her a Grammy for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album.
In addition to her successful music career, Sangeeta is also the owner of the recording studio, Studio Hill in Austin, Texas. In this interview, Sangeeta will talk about her challenges, inspirations, and share insights on how to get on the Grammys.
Let’s dive right into the interview summary and Get insights into the life and career incredible Sangeeta. The full interview is available on Instagram – click here to check it out.
Can you give us a brief biography of yourself for those who are just joining us and want to get to know you better?
Sure, my name is Sangeeta Kaur and I have been a singer-songwriter for many years now. My background is in classical music, and I am passionate about consciousness, mindfulness, yoga, and mantra music. At some point in my life, all of these worlds merged, and the music that I create now is a fusion of these different experiences and influences.
When did your music journey begin, and how did you realize that this is what you wanted to do?
The first time I felt a deep connection to music was when I was about five years old. I heard the sound of music for the first time, with Julie Andrews’ voice and all the children’s voices, and was just a little t-bit myself. Actually I really related to that sound, and I just wanted to recreate it and sing just like them. I was so immersed in the film and the story.
I think that was really the beginning of music opening my mind and my heart. Life gifted me with this passion, and it’s something that my soul knew at a young age so that I could grow up to be an adult, a responsible artist, and do something great with it.
Sangeeta, how do you get your inspiration and how do you stay inspired?
My inspiration comes from a combination of my music and spiritual teachers, as well as my own study of yoga, meditation, and Tibetan Buddhism. My background in opera and classical music has also heavily influenced my unique hybrid style. I always ask myself whether the music I create will be beneficial and transformative for the listener.
This means considering whether it will bring joy, open the mind, or open the heart. If I can’t answer “yes” to any of those questions, then it’s not in alignment with my purpose. This purpose is what drives and motivates me to create music that has meaning and impact.
Congratulations on your Grammy nomination! How does it feel to be nominated?
Thank you so much! It feels incredible to be nominated for the Grammy Awards. It was supposed to happen earlier, but due to COVID, it got postponed to April in Las Vegas. Right now, we are all enjoying being nominees for a little bit longer.
My album “Mythologies” got nominated, and it’s such a blessing to share this with my friends Danae Vlasse and Gila Plittman, who are the album’s composer and other singer soprano, respectively. During the lockdown, we were spending time together and creating music out of pure love, which led to this miracle of a Grammy nomination. I am grateful for this experience.
Can you tell us about your experience with the InterContinental Music Awards and your takeaway from the whole experience?
The songs that I submitted to the InterContinental Music Awards were “Words Collide,” which I won with, and “All My Life.” They came from my latest album, “Illuminance,” which was actually recorded throughout the lockdown. It was one of the first albums where I never got to see any of the musicians, and we had to work remotely with only the producer, Peter Cater. We were finally able to get together to do some writing, editing, and mixing, but it was an odd experience.
Being able to share that album, which I love so much, and then to win awards and recognition for it was every artist’s dream. We work so hard on writing music and putting in the effort of putting out an album. From marketing to PR, and it’s especially sincere as an independent artist.
When we get that recognition, it’s a real honor because it reminds us that our music is good. It’s going somewhere, it’s touching people, and it’s making movements out there. We love what we do, and we appreciate the encouragement that we receive because it really encourages musicians and artists to keep going. It was an exciting time to be honored and awarded for these songs that mean so much to us.
What is the best advice you have ever received throughout your music career?
I’ve received a lot of good advice throughout my music career. But I always go back to what my spiritual teachers have taught me about being of service to humanity. They reminded me that no matter how far I go, how famous I get, or how much money I make, it’s not about me. It’s about being of service to others. As an artist, it’s a huge responsibility because what we create and put out in the world can be very influential.
Whether it’s a song, a film, or any form of art, it has the power to transform people positively or negatively. So, I always keep in mind that if what I’m doing is not serving humanity positively, then I am going down the wrong track. This advice has kept me in line and purposeful in creating music that is beautiful and positive.
What are some challenges you have experienced with your music career?
There are different challenges, some related to creating and others related to inner world struggles. Sometimes when I’m trying to write something and it’s not flowing, it’s because I’m in my head and trying too hard. But these challenges are good reminders to get out of my head and into my heart, to remember who I’m writing for. It’s important to clear out the chaos and daily problems so I can do the work. I think everyone goes through this as a human.
Have you ever been frustrated when nothing was going according to plan? How did you overcome it?
Yes, sometimes it happens, and it’s usually related to dealing with different personalities and characters in the music business. As a spiritual person, it can be draining and wear me out dealing with the everyday challenges. But I remind myself that challenges happen for a reason, and I try to be a good observer, open-minded, and understanding. It’s important to navigate through different personalities and acknowledge that we’re all different and have compassion for each other. We’re here to learn from each other as spiritual beings.
Do you have any last words you would like to share with your fans and our viewers?
Absolutely! I just want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all my followers, fans, friends, and family for their unwavering support. Being able to do what I love every single day and work alongside such talented individuals is truly a gift. I am also incredibly grateful to the music community and the InterContinental Music Awards for their continuous love and support. It has been an honor to sit here and share my story with all of you. Thank you for everything.
Sangeeta Kaur Contact Info:
- Website: https://sangeetakaurmusic.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sangeetakaurmusic/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/@SangeetaKaurMusic/videos
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InterContinental Music Awards Team