11x-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Artist Kabir Sehgal Releases New EP, Unfolding, in Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022
11x-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Artist Kabir Sehgal Releases New EP, Unfolding, in Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022

11x-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Artist Kabir Sehgal Releases New EP, Unfolding, in Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022

Special Guest Vocalists Include Lauded BIPOC & Women Pop Artists: Nicole Zuraitis, Ariana Savalas, Sonna Rele, Leah Harris

Atlanta, GA — Thursday, March 17, 2022 — 11x-GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Award-winning producer/artist Kabir Sehgal celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022with a new collection of pop songs on his latest EP, Unfolding (Tiger Turn, eOne/Release Date: May 6, 2022). Unfolding features the Indian-American producer Sehgal in collaboration with BIPOC women vocalists including GRAMMY-nominated Nicole Zuraitis, founding member Ariana Savalas of Postmodern JukeboxSonna Rele (featured on Disney’s Cinderella movie soundtrack), and soul-singer Leah Harris. Sehgal releases four singles leading up to Unfolding with each showcasing the complexities of finding love and discovering one’s identity in modern times. 

Kabir Sehgal is leading the movement for more Indian-American producers to break through in the pop music world with an inclusive mix of diverse voices represented on Unfolding. Few Indian-American producers are working in the pop genre, and Sehgal wants to change that. He comments, “Indian-Americans can often be pigeonholed and not considered part of the mainstream. But the Indian-American experience is part of the American experience. Unfolding is one step towards bringing Indian-Americans and BIPOC artists into the spotlight.”

Sehgal has three GRAMMY-nominated projects in 2022, including for the book he wrote with Congressman John Lewis: Carry On: Reflections for a New Generation (“Best Spoken Word Album”) — Sehgal co-produced the audiobook. He is also hard at work as an activist/writer advocating for the Indian-American community. He has written for MarketWatch on the importance of registering Asian-Americans to vote; written several books on immigration including Home: Where Everyone Is Welcome (with Deepak Chopra), a book of 34-poems inspired by immigrants and first-generation Americans; released four albums with Deepak Chopra as an artist; and has collaborated with Anoushka Shankar and produced works featuring Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa.

On Unfolding, Sehgal teams up with songwriting partner Greer Baxter (LINK) on three of the four pop songs. Unfolding includes four singles: “When We Fight” with Ariana Savalas (Release Date: April 7), “Out of the Blue” with Sonna Rele (Release Date: April 14), “Big City Pipe Dreams” with Nicole Zuraitis (Release Date: April 21), and “Collateral” with Leah Harris (Release Date: May 5).

11x-GRAMMY & Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning Producer/Artist Kabir Sehgal Releases New EP, Unfolding, in Celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022


Special Guest Artists -- Bios:

Nicole Zuraitis

As a bandleader, recording artist, and the premier vocalist of the Birdland Big Band and Dan Pugach Nonet, GRAMMY-Award nominated Nicole Zuraitis took home the Gold Medal and "Ben Tucker Jazz Award" in the 2021 American Traditions Vocal Competition. Nicole has collaborated with luminaries such as Christian McBride, David Cook, Cyrille Aimee, Antonio Sanchez, Bernard Purdie, among others while establishing herself as a staple on the New York City jazz scene.

Ariana Savalas

Ariana Savalas is the Postmodern Jukebox princess who has solidified herself as a musical burlesque queen and the mistress of the modern Moulin Rouge. With the release of her debut studio album, The Dead Dance, Ariana delves into the avant-garde avenues of her artistry. The collection of mischievous and erotic songs build its own little world, reminiscent of art-pop stars Annie Lennox and David Bowie while harkening to the mystical world of the Weimar German Cabarets and Parisian Burlesques, which formed Savalas' life and career.

Ariana is a founding member of vintage phenomenon, Postmodern Jukebox. Her collaborations with Postmodern Jukebox have garnered hundreds of millions of views and repeatedly reached #1 on the iTunes charts. She's traveled the world on tour, from Vienna to Singapore, performing for thousands in renowned venues such as Radio City Music Hall, The Greek Theater, and the O2 in London.

Sonna Rele

London born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sonna Rele was chosen by Oscar-nominated director Kenneth Branagh to perform the end-credit original theme song "Strong" in Disney's highly-anticipated motion picture, Cinderella. Sonna has toured with acts ranging from John Legend to Maxi Priest and collaborated with artists such as Matisyahu, Wyclef Jean, and Michael Franti. She was signed by Ne-Yo to his record label Motown Records after he discovered her online. Sonna has released an EP entitled, Wild Hearts.instagram.com/sonnarele

Leah Harris

New York-based singer-songwriter Leah Harris released her jazzy Motown and soul ballads EP, Treat Me Good, in 2018; the EP was recorded at Brooklyn's Systems Two Studios and produced by Adam Rhodes. Upon its release, it didn't take long for Leah to become a part of NYC's soul music scene, performing at notable venues such as Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar, The Delancey, Rockwood Music Hall, Cafe Wha?, and Club Groove. Leah now performs regularly throughout NYC and is busy songwriting and in recording sessions in preparation for her upcoming new music releases.

Kabir Sehgal

One of today's leading Indian-American producers, Sehgal's award-winning recording catalog of more than 70 albums reflects a career highlighting political and social issues voiced through the mediums of big band jazz and working with soul/R&B stars such as Jon Batiste (featured on Sehgal's 2020 production, Swing States: Harmony in the Battleground). He has also made four albums as an artist with meditation pioneer Deepak Chopra, including Spiritual Warrior.

Following his 2021 pop debut EP (Threshold), Unfolding takes Sehgal deep into the pop music realm with the same premise as all of his recordings: to project personal stories that must be heard by the masses. Sehgal is renowned for traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border with Arturo O'Farrill to film the feature documentary and 2-CD recording, Fandango at the Wall (HBO). His production, American Dreamers, with the John Daversa Big Band and DACA artists won three GRAMMY's (the 2nd most at the 61st GRAMMY's). Sehgal also produced Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom by Ted Nash along with members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Starting On: May 6, 2022
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