It would be amazing to work with AR Rahman, says Nadia Ali

By December 11, 2010 No Comments

She grew up listening to a mix of Indian and eastern music, alternative rock and grunge fascinated her the most; and hence she chose to mix it all in her own chic style. “I have always loved music that made me dance. I used to dance the night away to electronic music,” says Nadia Ali.

Born in Libya to Pakistani parents, singer/song-writer Nadia started singing as a hobby which later transformed into both her passion and profession. The former front woman of the band Iio, Nadia has many credits to her name.

Her 2001 hit single Rapture tore the UK singles chart to become a party anthem; while in 2006 her track Is it Love boomeranged to the number one position on the US dance charts. And her latest feat — the singer has been nominated for the Grammys under the best remixed recording (non-classical) category for her track Fantasy (Morgan Page remix).

“It would be amazing to work with AR Rahman,” says Nadia, who says she has heard “amazing things” about the emerging music scene in India “from several influential artists”.

“I am looking forward to seeing the land that my ancestors are from,” says Nadia who shall be performing at the Sunburn 2010 — the electronic music festival which also has Nadia’s popular track Love Story as its anthem.

Personal relationships are the biggest inspiration for her to write any songs. “I visualise a story in my head, start humming a melody and before you know it, a song is born,” she explains. Stevie Nicks, Sade, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Carole King, Carly Simon and The Beatles have been her biggest influences. She also finds the band Faithless“timeless”.

Nadia has grown up on global music and certainly has a thing for organic music. “I want to do an album that really explores the more exotic side of me,” adds Nadia who also plans to do an acoustic album and is also a huge fan of world

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