Amar shows off her new songs

TWO YEARS in the making and with Grammy Award- winning record producer Timbaland overseeing its creation, Amar s long-awaited second album is ready to wow audiences around the world. The 27-year-old from Gants Hill sings entirely in Hindi on Indo-urban po

TWO YEARS in the making and with Grammy Award- winning record producer Timbaland overseeing its creation, Amar's long-awaited second album is ready to wow audiences around the world.

The 27-year-old from Gants Hill sings entirely in Hindi on Indo-urban pop album, Show it Off, which features a series of high-profile collaborations.

Indian music star Sonu Niigaam sings Bombay Billionaire, which he also co-wrote, while Indian singer and composer Shankar Mahadevan shares the vocals on Sajana.

Amar, who grew up in Walsall and came to London in her teens, flew to India on Sunday to promote the album.


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Producer/writer Jim Beanz has worked with her on it, with American singer and record producer Timbaland sharing his wealth of experience.

Amar sang on his track, Bombay, in 2007.

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She said: "It's amazing, I couldn't have asked for a better mentor and person to work with on this project. It really adds to your self-belief to know he's backing you."

She added: "What we're trying to achieve with the album is quite different. It's not a fusion album. I don't like describing it like that because it's not something that's forced.

"It's two things - east and west - that have been brought together naturally. It comes from being second generation - being born here and coming from Indian parentage."

Her biggest musical influence is her father Mangal Singh, one of the pioneers of the UK bhangra scene.

As well as penning lyrics for the album, which was released on Monday, he recorded a duet with his daughter on the track Deewana.

Amar said: "I always wanted to stand on my own so it's very special that we've now come together for the album."

To find out more about Amar, log on to www.amarmusiconline.com.

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