Raghav ropes in an A-list of writers to make sure his second album is a runaway success – By Kelly Crane, Staff Reporter & Published: 00:00 November 19, 2009
Having sold an impressive 1.3 million copies of his debut album four years ago, Raghav is back to set the charts alight.
To show he means business, the Canadian-born singer has drafted an impressive list of writers to make sure his second studio album Identity hits all the right notes.
Co-written with the likes of Cutfather and Joe (Pussycat Dolls), Niara Scarlett (Sugababes, Girls Aloud and Mutya Buena), Peter Wade (JLo) Jazzwad (Damien Marley) Mushtaq and prominent Hindi producer Flavasia, Raghav says he believes it’s only up from here.
tabloid! caught up with the “crossover music man” off the back of two, 16-date city tours across Asia and the Middle East.
“This album has stamped my faith in my fans,” said Raghav.
“It’s made me realise just how many people are making my life so wonderful all over the world.”
Born to Indian parents in Canada, London is now home to Raghav who shares his time between Mumbai, New York and the United Kingdom.
“Music is bigger than boundaries and my fans have helped me realise it. My music is breaking down barriers because people see an Indian guy making great music.”
With sell out gigs from Sydney to Sacramento, his adoring fans certainly aren’t shy when it comes to making their feelings known.
“I receive a lot of fan mail and it can often be quite strange,” he said.
“But the weirdest thing has to be when a woman broke into my dressing room at a gig in Canada and stole my underwear. I couldn’t decide whether to be flattered or terrified.”
Luckily, the singer currently has too much on his plate to be worrying about potential stalkers.
This year alone, his biggest shows have included Miami, Mumbai, New York, Manchester and London, as well as joining the Unforgettable Tour featuring Bollywood superstars Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan, Preity Zinta and Akshay Kumar.
With a 36-strong crew in tow, Raghav says life on tour has been like being in a series of M*A*S*H, the American sitcom about a mobile surgical unit.
“You can’t go anywhere without someone knowing what you’re up to. It’s so funny,” Raghav said.
“Whether it’s sitting in airports or on buses, the crew make it all worthwhile. They are a bunch of beautiful people and I’m extremely lucky to work with such great people.”
Add a MOBO for Best Collaboration, an Asian Achievers Award, an Urban Music Award, two UK Asian Music gongs and a Southern Asian Music Award for Best Artist to the fact his is the sixth biggest internationally-selling album of all time in India. There’s no doubt Raghav wields the credentials of a bona fide superstar.
“One thing I can promise my fans, even the crazy ones, [is that] I won’t make them wait so long for the next album. Let’s just say it’s… work in progress.”