Nigam began his singing career at the age of four, when he joined his father Agam Kumar Nigam on stage to sing Mohammed Rafi's song "Kya hua tera wada".From then on, Nigam accompanied his father on his singing appearances at weddings and parties. He moved to Mumbai with his father to begin his Bollywood singing career at the age of 18.He was trained by Hindustani classical singer Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan.
|Sonu with his Guru Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan|
His First Released Song Was O Aasman Wale From Movie Aaja Meri Jaan(1992). He Released His First Album Rafi Ki Yaadein in 1992.In fact Sonu Nigam got his first break as a singer was in a film Janam (1990), which was never officially released.So the songs of that film never reached public. He then began making radio commercials and also acted in some of them.
The song that gave him fame was 'Accha Sila Diya Tune' from the film 'Bewafa Sanam.Later 'Yeh Dil Deewana' from Subhash Ghai’s film 'Pardes'made him Super Star in Playback Singing.
His songs from films like 'Pardes', 'Dil Se', 'Border', 'Refugee', 'Sarfarosh', ’Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’,'Parineeta',’Dil Chahta Hai’, ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, 'Saathiya’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna’, ‘The Legend Of Bhagat Singh’,’Fanaa’ and ’Om Shanti Om’ and the '3 Idiots' are among a few milestones in his singing career.
Sonu Nigam is a multi talented person he is a very good stage performer and good in mimicry.
He began hosting the TV show, Sa Re Ga Ma in 1995 which became very popular.He did 5 seasons of that show.He returned on Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L'il Champs International as a judge with Suresh Wadkar in October 2007. Nigam was a celebrity judge on the Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Mega Challenge grand finale on 12 December 2009 .He appeared as the judge on Indian Idol in seasons 1 (October 2004 – March 2005) and 2 (November 2005 – April 2006), and was a celebrity judge in seasons 3 (17 August 2007) and 4 (16 January 2009 and 6 February 2009).
He composed the title track of the film Singh Saab The Great in 2013 and has also composed music for other films including: Sooper Se Ooper and Jal, in collaboration with percussionist Bickram Ghosh in the same year.
Sonu released his first Indipop album, Sapney Ki Baat in 1997 in collaboration with T-Series which generated a remarkable response from the listeners. Following that, In 1998, Magnasound came up with a lucrative offer for Sonu to launch the albums, 'Kismat' and 'Mausam', both of which contributed to his title as the Golden Voice of Indipop. The singles 'Tu' and 'Bijuriya' are still considered to be two of his biggest dance hits. History was made when Sonu launched his album 'Deewana' in 1999 with T-Series. It led Sonu to the heights of his singing career.
Year 2008 saw 3 historic projects - Classically Mild, Rafi Resurrected and Maha Ganesha. His recent foray into the international music scene has been path-breaking too with singles 'Lets Go For Glory' and 'This Is It' being released globally by Universal Music. The remix of 'I Wanna Go' with Britney Spears created a huge sensation too India and overseas.
Sonu Nigam also acted as Hero in Hindi films, he acted in films such as Jaani Dushman: Ek Anokhi Kahani, Kash Aap Hamare Hote andLove in Nepal.In fact Sonu Nigam started as a child actor in films including Betaab (1983).,Kamchor
|Sonu Nigam in Betaab|
|sonu in Kamchor|
He has not only sung in Hindi but in several languages, including Kannada, Oriya, Assamese, Tamil, Punjabi, Bengali, Malayalam, Marathi, Telugu and Nepali.
Nigam's first song in Kannada was in 1996 for the super hit film Jeevanadhi starring South Super Star Dr.Vishnuvardhan. The song's music was composed by Saluri Koteswara Rao with lyrics by R. N. Jayagopal. Nigam has sung over 600 Kannada songs.He is known as the The Golden Singer Of Karnataka.
He was given many awards for his song "Sandeshe aate hain" from Border in 1997,he got his first Filmfare Award in2002 for the song"Saathiya" for the film Saathiya.Next year in 2003 he was again awarded Filmfare Award for the Song"Kal Ho Na Ho"from kal Ho Na Ho,he was given National Award for the same song in 2004.In 2008 he was given Filmfare Award for KannadaBest Playback Singer for Ninnindale, Milana..In 2009 he was again given Filmfare Award for KannadaBest Playback Singer for Yenagali, Mussanje Maathu.2012-2013 Filmfare Awards South - Best Playback Singer Male for the song "Chendutiya Pakkadali" from the movie Drama
After the death of Michael Jackson, Nigam released a song as a tribute to Jackson which was included on the tribute album The Beat of Our Hearts
In November 2007, at the inauguration of Harvard University's 28th president, Drew Gilpin Faust, Nigam sang Mahatma Gandhi's favorite bhajan, "Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye", with the Harvard College Sangeet
In 2011 Nigam collaborated with Britney Spears on a remix of her "I Wanna Go" track.
He was ranked the Number 1 artist on the US Billboard Uncharted charts twice in 7 September and 5 October 2013
His song "Abhi Mujhme Kahin" from Agnipath(2013) also gave Sonu Nigam lots of Music Awards
2015 Oscar 2015 nomination list "Jal" Sonu Nigam and Bickram Ghosh for their rustic compositions for the drama film.
|Child Sonu Nigam on stage|
|with his parents and younger sister|
|when he was a baby|
|with his mother|