Hello again, where has the time gone? It’s been another exciting couple of months filled with great memories and experiences. April kicked off with an exciting and busy weekend, with an engagement party and a ladies only event the day after, which was good fun.

On the 16th April I headed over to London to perform at a Vaisakhi Mela alongside the likes of Heera, a renowned Bhangra music group who formed back in the 80’s, and the extremely talented, Punjabi pop singer Sona Walia. Coincidentally when I performed on this date in London it also was my late wife Sukhninders birthday; it’s the first time I’ve ever had the chance to perform on this date, so it was a double celebration. Later on in the month I performed at a 25th wedding anniversary in Birmingham and was invited to sing at a charity event, Vaisakhi Mela in Coventry, here I performed along with Punjabi singer JK.

At the beginning of May I was invited as one of the three special guests to an open day in Leicester at the Sikh temple, which was organised by one of the community centres. I attended along with Councillor Manjula Sood and Councillor Piara Singh Clair. I got to perform a religious song in front of over 100 people, which was a real honour. The whole programme was covered by the Asian TV channel Akaal, which added to the already great atmosphere. It was at this event that I was asked to wear my 3 medals that I had acquired whilst serving in the police force, which was a real privilege.

Another wonderful evening took place in Nottingham during the middle of May, someone must have seen me perform at the ladies only event back in April and recommend me to perform at another ladies only charity event, which raised money for various charities.

The highlight of May was at the end of the month, where I was invited to a special concert held at the Y Theatre in Leicester called; Singing 4 Happiness. The event raised awareness and funds for their own charity and three other local charities which included SANDS Leicestershire, Leicester Hospital Charities and Children’s Heart Unit. I attended as a special guest alongside the Lord Mayor and Lady Gretton. This was a great experience and an honour to meet Lady Gretton again for the second time because 12 years ago she was the one who presented me with one of my medals at the Police HQ, so it was really lovely to see her again after many years. The event had a variety of opera and classical singers such as Justine Balmer and keedie. This event had an amazing turn out and the music was incredible.

I look forward to what the rest of 2016 has in store!

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It’IMG_3996s been an exciting couple of months; February was filled with interviews on talk shows, a performance at a 16 year olds birthday party, which took me back to my youth and a Valentines charity dinner. March has been no exception and just as eventful.

The month kick-started with a Sikh and English wedding in Birmingham on 6th March and the mix of cultures at the wedding was a great experience. To me music is seen as an international language, even if people don’t understand the words, just as long as they can move along to the music, language no longer matters. It was an incredible wedding with around 500 guests; even if half of them didn’t have a clue what I was singing you could see they were enjoying it by the way they were dancing. IMG_3523

On 8th March I was invited to the Akaal channel, based in London where I was interviewed by Roop Ghuman Nahil on my music and life, the interview was aired around the middle of March which was an amazing experience and we had a lot of great feedback. After the interview I had a very exciting opportunity to meet two film stars, Kamal Prabhakar and Sandeep Garcha from Born To Be King.

IMG_4265During the middle of the month I was invited to a very special community event on 18th March to perform live at Moat Community College in Leicester, where there was a great mixture of English and Asian artist. One of the main high-lights of the day was meeting up-and-coming girl band from London, Office Girls. Whilst I was performing my song the band got up and danced along with me to my song, within seconds the girls had picked up the moves and loved it which was amazing.

IMG_3998The end of the month on the 30th March marked a very special occasion for me as it was my wedding anniversary; it was an emotional day as I lost my wife 5 years ago but celebrated whilst believing she was looking down on me.

It’s been another positive month and I look forward to what’s ahead.

 

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It’s the month of Love, so let me begin by wishing you all a lovely Valentine’s Day in advance!

To start off this month in style, I was delighted to be invited as a special guest at Nusound Radio in Ilford, East London and to be interviewed live on air with the world renowned dancer/choreographer and radio presenter Honey Kalaria.

During my time on air, I discussed my life and career in the police force with the listeners and also treated them to a live performance of my first Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’. I hope that by sharing my experiences of fundraising and supporting cancer charities I have inspired the listeners to also get involved.

I enjoyed my drive to East London, but did not particularly enjoy the traffic and roadworks on the M1 along the way!

On the 6th of February, I was invited to Ambur Radio in Walsall and was interviewed live on air by the one and only Priya Singh. It was great to speak with the listeners that called in and to share my experiences with them. I then took to the MIC and performed my classic hit ‘Mr Singh’, ‘Nelee Nain’ and my Hindi track ‘Kabhi Nazar’. We also spoke about my upcoming performance at Ambur Radio’s Valentine Dinner and Dance.

On Valentine’s Day, I wore my best black suit for my live performance at Amur Radio’s Valentines Dinner and Dance in Wolverhampton. It was great to sing on such a special day and sing romantic songs, which got the audience on the dancefloor. I was honoured to receive such great feedback from the audience, who truly appreciated the words and meaning behind my Hindi song ‘Kabhi Nazar’.

It was also wonderful to meet Punjabi comedian Brij Mohan (Bibi Bishni) at the Valentines Dinner and Dance.

My final event for February was to meet with the team from Cancer Research UK to discuss and arrange the dates for the presentation of the proceeds that I have received during my fundraising.

I hope you all had a special month and took the time out to spend time with not only that special love of your life, but with friends and family too.

 

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Happy New Year to you all!

It’s been a slow start to the year, but I am still recovering from my fantastic trip to Canada.

It may have been slow, but it sure has been productive! I so far have had a meeting with Leicester based hospice LOROS to discuss some fundraising events for this year. I have always been passionate about raising donations and awareness of charities that help to make a difference.

I also had an interesting and eye opening meeting with the staff at Coping with Cancer and raised the point of how essential volunteering is and how it can help to raise awareness in the city.

The fundraising that I have been doing through my music means that I can donate all the proceeds that I make from performances for charity events to these charities. I spoke with the team at Cancer Research UK and discussed the idea of holding a presentation ceremony, whereby I can present a cheque of £1,000 that I have personally raised. The idea behind holding a presentation ceremony was to create awareness of the importance of fundraising in the community.

Later on in the month, I was delighted to be invited to perform at the prestigious Festival of Lohri in Leicester. On the 13th of January, I performed at an event which celebrated Lohri in style and on the 18th of January, I was invited to perform at a birthday party, which also celebrated the festival of Lohri.

So this month has been very positive and I look forward to the upcoming months of 2015!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from Canada!

I hope you are all enjoying this festive time of the year?!

I’m feeling blessed to be able to spend Christmas with my son and his family in Toronto, before jetting off to Vancouver to spend New Year’s with my older sister and family.

Christmas is always a special time of the year and it has been great to spend it this year with my close family and friends over a traditional Christmas dinner.

Whilst out and about in Toronto, I caught up with old friends from the UK, who have settled in the city and it was great to reminiscence over a game or two of snooker.

The highlight of my trip was being invited as special guest to the 2nd Gala Night hosted by the Punjabi Business Professional Association at Shingar Banquet Hall in Toronto and I was surprised and honoured to hear them call out my name to receive an award, which recognised my music as a singer and charity work.

Following, a very warm and enjoyable Christmas in Toronto, I travelled to Vancouver to spend some special time with my older sister.

As the fireworks sparkled in the sky bringing in the New Year, I enjoyed the evening with my family, welcoming 2015!

I had a great start to the New Year, as my nephew treated me with tickets to watch a live game of Ice Hockey at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The arena had a brilliant atmosphere and as we sat in the private suite to watch the game, we were treated to drinks and the best view of the game as the Vancouver Canucks played against the Detroit Red Wings.

Before I knew it, it was time to head back to the UK! I had a really good time, but was happy to head back home, until the next trip!

I’d like to wish you all a very Happy and Positive 2015!

Kulbinder Rai

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Hello all!

I’m back to give you my update and hope you have all been enjoying the month of November!

At the start of the month, I was interviewed by EAVA FM presenter Javed Inayat and spoke on air about my debut Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’. It was great to speak with Javed and share with listeners about my trip to India last month and entertain them with my music.

I was feeling quite emotional as I paid my respects with the family and friends of Antoin Akpom in Leicester at his memorial, where a slab was laid to mark the one year of his passing away.

Following this, I was invited to perform at the AAA 4 Success event, as a special guest performer and was proud to support the fundraising event, which was held to help young people achieve their goals. It was also great to meet my former Boss, Chief Constable Simon Cole of Leicestershire & Rutland Police, who also attended to show his support.

It’s been a busy month and to mix things up, it was great to perform at special events including a pre-wedding party performance in Birmingham and a 21st Birthday party in Leicester. The crowds enjoyed the evening as I sang on stage with a mix of Hindi & Bhangra songs.

Getting into the Bollywood mood, I was excited to perform for Coping with Cancer, a local charity at their Bollywood Dinner and Dance show. The event attracted a mix of local people, who attended to show their support and to dance the night away.

From singing to dancing, I visited local dance group Jalwa Dance Crew, who showed me their Bollywood and Bhangra dance moves and in return I sang a few lines from my songs, as well as sharing my life journey and experiences and about my singing career.

Towards the end of the month, I decided to take a break from it all and hit the shops before the Christmas madness! To my surprise, I have now revamped my wardrobe with the latest fashion trends.

The annual Leicester’s Got Talent show happened at the end of this month and I was amazed by the standard of performances from the local talent. As the judges disappeared to decide who would be crowned Leicester’s Got Talent 2014, I took to the stage and sang, attracting the audience members to join me on stage to dance. Once the judges returned they also took to the stage and showed the audience and show participants their dance moves, as I sang my song ‘Nele Nain’.

Looking ahead to December, I am looking forward to spending Christmas and New Years in Toronto and Vancouver with my family and friends.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kulbinder Rai

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Hello All!

 

I’m looking forward to updating you on my busy month so far, I can’t believe it’s nearly the end on the year!

 

At the start of the month I was invited as a guest to the BBC Asian Network studios and was feeling very excited to be interviewed live on air by the wonderful presenter Gagan Grewal. Before the interview, I was greeted by well-known radio personalities Raj & Pablo, who shared with me that they are fans of my music and asked for a photograph with me! I really enjoyed my interview with Gagan and giving the listeners an insight into my musical journey.

 

From then on it was Go, Go, Go…from one radio interview to another, I was delighted to be invited to my local radio station Sabras Radio. It was great to be interviewed by the friendly and welcoming station manager and presenter Raj Baddhan.

 

The next step was to prepare for my flight…

From Leicester to London Heathrow Terminal 5, I was about to begin my journey for the official launch of my debut Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’ in India. Before my flight to Delhi, I had a number of things running through my mind, as the time had come for me to live my dream.

 

Before leaving for India, I was feeling excited and did not know what to expect. When I arrived in Noida, I was greeted with such passion and appreciation it was all very overwhelming. I was honoured to meet Sandeep Marwah, Director of Marwah Studios and was excited to have my music launch and press conference at Film City in Noida.

 

The highlight of the trip was presenting my debut Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’ at launch and press conference. This experience will stay with me for the rest of my life; I was left speechless as I entered the room to a gathering of over 250 people, all clapping before and as I entered the room. I felt like a celebrity and it was a very emotional experience, I sang for half an hour and it was great to see everyone join in and have fun.

 

Overall I had a brilliant trip and enjoyed trying all the mouth-watering tasty South Indian food and the atmosphere was amazing, from the honking sounds of the Auto Rickshaws to exploring Film City, its Film studios, TV channels and meeting students from around the world including Nigeria, who travelled there to learn more about Film & TV Production.

 

At times I felt quite emotional, as I was living my dream of launching my music career. I would like to say a big thank you to all the Indian press that had supported my music launch and it was a surreal feeling to be interviewed by one of the biggest news channels in India; News 24 in Delhi and Marwah studios.TV, as well as Radio Noida, who gave me the opportunity to share my story of my musical journey with the Indian audience.

 

I would also like to say a special thank you to the Pukaar PR team for all their hard work, guidance and support.

 

Watch this space…as I am now preparing for the UK launch of my Hindi debut single ‘Kabhi Nazar’, which will be released this Diwali weekend. Stay tuned on Saturday 25th October for more information about the launch.

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading my update and until next time I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Diwali.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Kulbinder Rai

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Hello lovely people!

It’s time for me to update you on the month so far, September sure has been great and I am feeling blessed.

To kick start the month, I’ve had interviews with my local community radio stations; EAVA FM and Kohinoor Radio, where I have had the opportunity to share an insight into my life and my passion for music with the listeners.

From interviews to weddings, it seems that the marriage season is still in full swing and I have enjoyed being invited to share some special moments with friends and family members on their special days.

One of the main highlights of the month was when I sat down with the team to take a look at the artwork of my debut Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’, I was blown away and felt proud that my dream was finally coming true and soon I will be able to share my music with you all.

The ultimate highlight was when I performed in front of hundreds of people; including members of my local community, as I felt excited and full of energy, performing on stage for the very first time at the Leicester Mela 2014.

I also feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to meet Indian Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar at ‘An evening with Aggers & Sunny’ show at the Demontfort Hall. I also had the chance to have dinner with him and was delighted, as he shared some top tips about cricket and gave me an insight into his colourful sporting career.

It has not always been an easy journey, but I remain positive and thank you all for your support and wishes.

On a final note, I need to go and start packing! I’m feeling very excited as I’m off to India for the official launch of my debut Hindi single ‘Kabhi Nazar’ in Noida, Delhi at the Marwah Film Studios.

I look forward to updating you all soon!

Until next time, stay safe and be blessed.

Kulbinder Rai

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So I’m back with my second update to share with you all and give you an insight into all the things that have been keeping me busy.

So firstly let me share the excitement I felt when I was invited to attend the film premiere for the Disney movie ‘Million Dollar Arm’ in Birmingham. I really enjoyed watching the biographical sports film and watching some of the scenes which were shot in India; this really took me back to my memories when I was out there travelling.

I also attended the VIP opening launch of the Red Hot Buffet Restaurant and the food sure did tantalise my taste buds. I enjoyed eating the various tasty cuisines from around the world and found that the venue is just perfect, set in the heart of the city. Food lovers, I recommend you go and try it out!

Whilst attending these events, I feel fortunate to meet lots of different people and connect with them. It has been a challenging journey, but I am being patient, some days I am very strong and other days I take some time out to reflect on life, but it is my passion for my music that keeps me going and I feel I just want to sing, sing from my heart and make people happy!

I enjoy reading and learning about history and culture and was fascinated when I attended the Richard III official opening day in July. The Richard III visitor centre is an asset to the city and people have been visiting from all over to see it.

On a final note, I want to say a big thank you to BBC Radio Leicester and to Kamlesh Purohit, for my live interview, sharing an insight into my colourful life, music career and for supporting my music.

I have saved the best till last! I am excited to announce that I will be performing live on the main stage at this year’s Leicester Mela 2014 on 25 August in the city centre of Leicester, in front of my local community and people from all over the nation, who will be attending.

A Big, Big thank you to all of you for supporting me and until next time be safe and be happy.

Best Regards,

Kulbinder

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Thanks for visiting my website! I’m so excited to give you my first update from what has been a jam-packed few weeks.

I must say that my summer has kicked off with a bang – from performing at local festivals to meeting a Bollywood icon, it has really been one of the best months of my life.

First things first it was my honour to perform at the Highfields Summer festival in June where I shared the stage with world famous R&B singer Shola Ama. This was an excellent community event and I loved seeing the people of Leicester enjoying my music and having so much fun.

Another fantastic experience was An Indian Summer, the cultural event that took place at the end of June in Leicester. It was a colourful celebration of all things Indian, and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of such a unique festival.

On 4th July I had the opportunity to perform at Bollywood playback and sufi singer Harshdeep Kaur’s concert at De Montfort Hall which was a dream come true. She is such a talented woman and I felt privileged to sing in front of my local crowd – it was amazing and I couldn’t believe how lively and energised the audience were.

I was also interviewed by Ben Jackson on BBC Radio Leicester. We had a great chat about my music career and spoke about some exciting upcoming ventures, and I hope to return to the station soon with some of my new tracks!

I have to admit, one of the highlights from the past month was that I was fortunate enough to meet esteemed artist, songwriter and musician Salim Merchant, one half of Salim Sulaiman. This was a huge honour because he is one of my biggest idols and as artists they have both influenced the work that I do. Salim is a fantastic guy, and he offered some helpful advice to me as an aspiring musician, that I should always carry on doing what I love – I really took on those words and it has driven me forward.

I have loved being so busy, and it has brought me a lot of enjoyment to perform in front of huge crowds and get a great reaction to my songs. I am currently working on some new releases which I can’t wait for you to hear. I really appreciate all the support so far and hope you stay tuned for more news, music and performances.

 

Best regards,

Kulbinder

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