Every once in a while, something unexpected will come out of nowhere and take your breath away. With a resonating and powerful yet silky voice, striking looks and charisma in abundance, JANKEE is without a question that unexpected "something" – a mainstream performing artist with the heart and soul of an Indie.
Singer, Stage Performer, Voiceover Artist and recently lead actor on a Broadway musical, JANKEE has adorned many hats with great aplomb. Having done more than 300 concerts in India and worldwide, collaborating with artists like Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal, Shankar Ehsaan Loy and performing alongside International acts such as T-Paine, Sean Paul and Kelly Rowlands, she has created her own niche and become the de facto concert artist in a short span of just four years.
Jankee's musical journey started on television as a voice over artist. She subsequently lent her voice to TV commercials for products like Parachute, Lifebuoy, Rexona, Fair n lovely and many more advertisements, sang jingles and parodies for numerous TV shows apart from being the Channel Voice of NDTV Imagine Showbiz.
Performing on stage was always going to be the natural choice of progression, albeit of course with its own share of initial apprehensions. In fact, she vividly recalls the first time she picked up a microphone and performed a Sunidhi Chauhan number at a private concert, "I completely froze and stood like a robot, I did manage to sing the song in perfect key, but had no idea where to look, how to stand on stage and my body language was terribly awkward. It was a nightmare".
But as they say, a true artist will eventually find his way through his own vulnerability and channelize it to form a deeper connect with his audience. JANKEE too got over the stage fright very quickly owing to her love for music and immense faith in her own talent. More than 300 concerts that followed in India and worldwide with some of the biggest names in national and International music are a testimony to that. "Today, I feel I have really grown as a person and an artist. Music has the power to transform you', she says.
CONCERTS & COLLABORATIONS
After two consecutive winter tours of performing with Atif Aslam and Shreya Ghoshal in United States & Canada, she collaborated on stage with some of the most prominent artists like Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Mohit Chauhan, Kunal Ganjawala, Pritam, Raghav Sachar, Raga boys (Pakistan) and also performed alongside international Artists like Sean Paul, T-Paine and Kelly Rowland. Jankee's prime connect with her audience is her unique style which is an eclectic mix of contemporary urban and soulful.
As an independent artist, Jankee has entertained on behalf of some of the biggest corporate companies like Mahindra, Vodafone, BPL, Toyota, Nitco, Jaypee group etc and has also performed at various high profile wedding Sangeet events all across the globe.
The year 2009 saw Jankee showing off her true talent for the stage by including acting into her repertoire. She was cast in the lead female role to sing, dance and act, in the Broadway musical 'Om Shanti Omm', which premiered in South Africa and did thirteen successful shows.
Jankee's versatility as a vocalist lies in her ability to sing in a plethora of languages. She has sung & recorded in Telugu, Tamil, Assamese, Hindi, Gujarati, English, Arabic and Spanish.
Citing the work of the Soul greats, both past and present as her inspiration; Asha Bhosle, Kishore Kumar, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghosal, Indie Arie, Adele, Rihaana, Dido to name a few, Jankee's own style juxtaposes a complete modern soulful edge.
Jankee is currently focussing on creating her own original music, a collection of powerful contagious tunes conveying attitude, honesty and passion. She also enjoys doing cover versions of her favourite tunes & artistes and it is her endeavour to present it to the world with her own twist to it. Her lilting rendition of 'TumSe Hi' (Jab We Met), born out of personal longing for her first love, found an outlet in the form of Jankee's debut music video after repeated requests from friends & admirers.
Some people are just born stars and there is no doubt to anybody who has heard or met her, that Jankee is one of those rare few people.