Georgia-born Shilpa Narayan has lived in New York for three years. “In the back of my head,” she explained, “I had always wanted to do music, so I took a job here.”
She grew up with her mom singing Hindi songs. “I would get tunes in my head — I was memorizing them — but it wasn’t until about five years ago,” when she was in college, that she bought a guitar. “I thought I would sing along to accompany the guitar when I created YouTube videos of cover songs.” And then, at her “second performance ever,” she won an open-mic showcase which led her to “people who wanted to manage” her. And the rest is ongoing history.
Her first album – about 10 songs — was more R&B and pop. “We were in the studio for a little over a year. I took the time I needed to learn about the industry and myself,” and now, she writes her own songs. “I was terrified of the stage and used to covers, but I’ve since found that the process is scary but also therapeutic. All the stuff in my head comes out.” Her newer songs are “a little more planned. I learned a lot.”
She still gets nervous, “but as long as I sing songs that represent me,” it works out. Her songs are about “love, life, opportunities, being by yourself and being fine with it. ‘Stand Alone’ is about being independent and going for your dream.” Good advice for life and also her advice for someone interested in making their own way in the industry.
“Go for what you’re passionate about, whatever it is, because you’ll be better at it than trying to do something that doesn’t make you happy.” You can hear her latest below and keep up with Narayan on her Facebook page.
“Change Your Mind”