About Sonam Kalra and The Sufi Gospel Project
Sonam Kalra is that rare breed of singer who has been trained in both Indian and Western music traditions. She has learnt Indian music from Shubha Mudgal and Sarathi Chatterjee, Classical Opera from Hur Chul Young and Gospel and Jazz from Ashley Clement in Singapore. She is known for her powerful, yet sensitive voice with an ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music.
Over the last 3 years Sonam has been researching the music and texts of different religions and has devised The Sufi Gospel Project. In the music of The Sufi Gospel Project, traditional western gospels meld with Indian classical sounds, and Indian spiritual texts are enriched by elements of western poetry to create a sound that touches every soul.
Sonam has performed in Canada, Singapore, South Africa, London, Cambodia and Thailand in just the last year. She has also performed for the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony and performed earlier this year at Muzaffar Ali’s World Sufi Festival, Jahan-e-Khusrau, where she shared the stage with the legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen. She has has sung for many causes including Charities for Cancer, children’s education and women’s empowerment including the world movement, ‘One Billion Rising’. She has also performed on MTV’s Coke Studio with a beautiful Persian song composed by her, called ‘Man Manam’ which has got over 100,000 views and has been very well received.