Genre: R&B, Pop, Dance
• Gold Single: “Fire”
• The only artist to score three Top 10 singles on the UK Chart in 2004
• Has won seven music awards and been nominated for a Juno
• 5 of the tracks off his debut album peaked in the UK singles chart at #15 or better
Studio Albums and Hit Singles
• Worldwide sales: 1.6 million
• Singles: “So Confused” (#6 UK), “It Can’t Be Right” (#8 UK), “Can’t Get Enough” (#10 UK), “Angel Eyes” (#7 UK), “Let’s Work It Our” (#15 UK)
• Peaked on the India albums chart at #3
• Singles: “My Kinda Girl” (#3 India), “Humrahee” (#3 India)
2012: The Phoenix
• Singles: “So Much” (Nominated for a Juno Award), “Fire” (94th of 2011 CA; GOLD single)
Raghav is a vital component in the Canadian music scene simply because his talent is astounding.
He was born in Toronto, his parents having immigrated from India. The family soon after settled in Alberta—Calgary and Fort McMurray. As a teenager, while falling in love with Indian music, he also took a liking to American R&B. He wrote a song when he was 16 that won an award by the National Songwriters Association of America and the following year moved to Los Angeles to receive vocal training from Seth Riggs, mentor of Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Stevie Wonder. After a year, he relocated to Liverpool, UK to study at the city’s Institute for Performing Arts. There, he joined a local R&B band called 11/7.
In 2003, Raghav signed a deal with A&R/V2 Records collaborating with DJ / producer 2Play and recorded the single “So Confused”. It was a big hit in Britain peaking at #6 on the official singles chart. In fact, every single that Raghav released rocketed its way up the singles chart into the Top 15. A total of five singles did so, four of which made the Top 10. A full-length studio album with 11 additional tracks was released in September 2004 called Storyteller. “Angel Eyes” was inspired by the reggae classic “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus and Pliers, while “Sooner or Later” featured fellow Canadian artist Kardinal Offishall.
In 2005, Raghav toured the world in the truest sense, performing in India, Africa, New York, Australia, and, of course, Canada.
Canada’s fellow Commonwealth country India was no doubt eager to get their hands on Raghav. In 2009, Universal Music India signed him to release his second album, Identity. The album was a huge hit in the second most populated country on earth, peaking at #3, aided by a pair of Top 3 singles. It features songs in both Hindi and English. “My Kinda Girl” featured rapper Redman.
After record deals in Britain and India, Raghav was ready to come home and, in 2010, signed with Canadian label Cordova Bay (State of Shock, Acres of Lions). He released the single “Fire” which became a GOLD-certified digital download despite no music video being made. It was released in conjunction with the Hindi “Kya Se Kya Ho Gaya”. “Fire” made the year-end Top 100 chart of 2011. Again teaming up with Kardinal Offishall, Raghav recorded “So Much” which was nominated for a Juno in 2011. Cordova Bay released Raghav’s third studio album The Phoenix in 2012. “Top of the World” made the Canadian Hot 100. At the end of 2013, Raghav released “WooHoo” which received nation-wide radio airplay. In 2015, he launched single “Until the Sun Comes Up” which features U.S. singer Nelly. Its lyric video surpassed one million views.
Raghav’s style is a unique blend of pop, reggae, R&B, rap, dance, and Indian music. Not only should Canadians of Indian descent (who make up a large portion of Canada’s population) be proud of him, all Canadians should be. He’s one of our best.
Raghav’s Official Website