Star daughter of Channi Singh (lead singer of the Bhangra Band Alaap – Pioneers of the British Asian Music Scene) has made her own mark in an industry so comfortably dominated by her father since before she was ever born. Entering the world with a silver microphone in her mouth, it was inevitable that Mona would follow in her father’s rhythmic footsteps and take to the stage and recording studios in a big way.
In December 2000, Mona released her debut album ‘The Beginning – Akhiyaan Vich Yaar Vasda’ which created a craze the world over and hit the number one position in the UK charts. She accomplished something that not many UK based artists have ever done before. The album was released internationally; a first for a UK based Asian newcomer. She was not only the first to have an international release but also the first newcomer to have a video shot in Mumbai and also be in it.
With her debut album, she has shown the guys that a lady can also rock the Bhangra industry.
In June 2001, Mona received the award for Best Female Debutante Singer at the Lashkara Music Awards held at the Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. She was the only UK female artist nominated. The panel of judges included renowned artists Anup Jalota, Jagjit Singh, Anand Raaj Anand, Uttam Singh, Bhupinder Singh, Maitali Singh and Dev Kohli.
Mona released her much awaited follow up album 'The Second Chapter – Kankaan de Ohle’ in August 2003. The album received great acclaim and was a huge success. Again it was an international release and Mona had the opportunity to shoot another video in Mumbai.
In November 2003, Mona had the opportunity to work on a mainstream project with producers ‘Basement Jaxx’ on a track titled ‘Lucky Star’. The song featured Dizzie Rascal (Mercury Prize Award Winner) alongside Mona, and made it in to the top 20 in the mainstream charts. Mona featured in the video which was aired on all the mainstream channels and also had the opportunity to perform live on Top of the Pops – a great achievement for a British Asian female.
After a few years away from the scene, the ‘Princess of Punjabi Pop’ is now back with her new album ‘STRONGER’, which she has co-composed and produced with her father the legendary Channi Singh. The hugely talented Rishi Rich and the famous Punjabi Producer from India Tejwant Kittu have also produced tracks on the album which is a definite must have for 2008. ‘Ki Dasaan’, the first single of the album which has been produced by Rishi Rish, has already enjoyed 2 weeks at the number 1 position on the BBC Asian Network Chart.
‘Ki Dasaan’, the first single of the album which has been produced by Rishi Rish, has already enjoyed 2 weeks at the number 1 position on the BBC Asian Network Chart.
Laying claim to the title ‘Princess of Bhangra’ and being one of very few female Punjabi singers in the UK, she has become one of Britain’s most sought after young artists in the business and enjoys one of the highest profiles of any Bhangra personality.