Shakthisree Gopalan Vocals
Agneya Chikte Drums
Sam Fitzpatrick Upright Bass
Vinay Kaushal Guitars
Composition & Production Vinay Kaushal
Mastered Vinay Kaushal
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Is It Sunny? - Vinay Kaushal ft. Shakthisree Gopalan
Fender artist and Musician’s Institute (Hollywood) alumnus Vinay Kaushal surprises his audience yet again with his new pop-inspired single ‘Is It Sunny?’. The song due to release on the 18th of December features the well-known, multi-award-winning vocalist Shakthisree Gopalan and the popular Toronto-based rhythm section duo Agneya Chikte (on drums) and Sam Fitzpatrick (on upright bass). The song was mixed by Aseem – Vinay’s go-to sound engineer.
Vinay Kaushal’s newest release is an homage to some of the great female jazz vocalists – both old and new. The vocal lines have a Norah Jones-esque flavour to them with Shakthisree’s voice adding that honey-coated vocal range that Nina Simone was so famous for. This love song conjures a nostalgia for the glory days of the past with its smooth surreal acoustic guitar accents juxtaposed with bluesy pop guitar lines adding to that feeling of ‘then and now’. The choral lines with Shakthisree’s dreamy harmonies evoke the feeling of time standing still when you’re with a loved one. The outro is a testament to Vinay and Shakthisree’s musical synergy as they interweave guitar and voice in a playful attempt to one-up each other.
Sam’s smooth double bass playing and Agneya’s restraint on the drums give the song that perfect classy jazz ballad vibe.
The lyrics talk about being far away from a loved one, a feeling many have endured during the strange year that was 2020, making it the perfect song to send to a loved one this holiday season.
In a move away from contemporary jazz (as on his album ‘Naked on a Train’), Vinay Kaushal recently surprised audiences with a rock tune ‘Reality Check’ featuring Siddharth Basrur, which won praise from the likes of the Rolling Stone Magazine, The Score Magazine, Rock Street Journal and more.
“This lockdown has been really productive musically. I have really been able to play around with different genres.”, says Vinay. “Is It Sunny? is my first foray into pop as a composer and I’ve really enjoyed it". He adds, “I’ve wanted to work with Shakthi ever since I heard her sing back in 2011. She has some incredible indie tunes out there. Somehow, it took 9 years and a pandemic to finally work together.”
Shakthi continues “My journey with this song has been nothing short of a love affair. From the get-go I found a connect with this song that made me dive deep into it. Uma’s beautiful words and Vinay’s brilliant music has so much magic that pulled me right in.
Vinay is a brilliantly talented musician whose work I have admired, and after many years of us wanting to work on something together - this song brought us together to collaborate for the first time ever and it has been an absolute joy working on this song and being a part of the beautiful journey it has taken us on.”
Shakthisree Gopalan is a renowned recording and playback artist who has worked with the likes of Oscar and Grammy winning composer A. R. Rahman. She is also the recipient of several awards like the SIIMA Award, Vijay Award, Radio Mirchi Music Awards, Femina Pen Shakthi Awards, Pride of Tamil Nadu Award, and Vikatan Award to name a few.
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