Goodbye 2015...Hello 2016!
2015 has gone in a flash and 2016 is well underway...What can I say?!
2015 for me was a very interesting journey of change, self discovery, self acceptance, creativity, self motivation and re-alligning my focus all through the power of music!
As you may or may not remember, as mentioned at the beginning of the year, 2015 marked 30 years of SONIA PANESAR's music journey, marked from the moment it was introduced to me by my parents.
I knew that 2015 would be significant in my musical journey but I just didnt know what it would be...
So, I decided to stick with all that I love to do...
Firstly, teaming up with FLUTE THAT GROOVE and having the honour to perform devotional and spiritual Kirtan (hymns) was also another significant decision. We have performed a few times in 2015 and each time has we have been showered with love and blessings from the Sangat and listeners. Knowing that people were emotionally and spiritually MOVED by our spiritual performance has been a very rewarding experience.
Secondly, teaming up with my brother BOBBY PANESAR and creating TEAM SUR SANGEET was probably the most significant decision in my music career as it has lead to many great things. As the lead vocalist of TEAM SUR SANGEET, I thrive on spreading joy and love through Punjabi Folk music at people's most important times in the lives - ie their wedding. Connecting with people, watching them laugh, cry, smile or dance through what we do - is the biggest reward any performer can ask for.
Thirdly, our #PunjabiChristmas Video, was THE MOST significant in 2015! Who would have thought that a simple set of punjabi folk songs with a Christmas twist would have reached milliions internationally?! The whole team are simply amazed and overwhelmed with the way it all went Viral! A great way to end 2015!
This year will see all of this continue, many more live performances as well as getting back into the hot seat in the studio and finally picking up from where i left off!
As always I have a thank you list, so here goes..
MY MUM - For all the punjabi lyrical and creative advice you give to me and the team and for the simple fact that you introduced me to the world of MUSIC, SPIRITUALITY and PUNJABI LANGUAGE. Without these I would not be able to achieve what I have done til today.
MY MUM, DAD & SIS IN LAW - For always looking after the children when I need help with childcare and sometimes even at the last minute...Without your help, I would not have been able to achieve all of this.
MY BROTHER - For believing in my singing ability and trusting me with your clientele! Haha! Jokes aside, The world needed a fresh perspective on Punjabi Folk music and we were the chosen ones...Thank you for being my percussionist since you were 3 years old and for simply being you...couldnt have asked for a better brother!
MY BHABI - For all your support, comforting words and feedback...You are simply the best! x
PEDRO CARVALHO - For believing in me and providing the ongoing support that you always give...and for being a great friend.
KULJIT BHAMRA - aka Mamaji - For always providing great opportunities for me as a vocalist since my first ever recording at the age of 7 at your studio..Thank you also for trusting and believing in my vocal ability.
VINNI VIRDEE - For being simply you...You are a great vocalist hun and I love performing with you by my side. Thank you for all the love and laughter and crazy conversations we have leading up to every gig and beyond! haha
DHANI - For being an awesome guitarist, a great musical brother and being a bundle of laughs on and off stage!
ARJUN & ANJALI - Thank you for putting up with mummy's emotional highs and lows...Thank you for being good children when other people are looking after you. Thank you for making me laugh and cry, Thank you for all the kisses and cuddles. Thank you for all the little things you do every single day...Mummy loves you both to the Moon and Back! x
MY HUBBY - 2015 was a challenging year but after all that we experienced, it made us stronger...Thank you for keeping up with my exciting diary, for all your guidance and for supporting what I love to do...Thank you for being an amazing husband love you lots x
My nearest and dearest friends and family members whom I speak to regularly and those of you who have also helped with babysitting... Thank you for all your support and for simply being there for me - You all know who you are!
TO ALL OLD AND NEW FRIENDS & ASSOCIATES IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY, PRESS & RADIO MEDIA, DJS, RADIO PRESENTERS, ALL WEDDING INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE SUPPORTED MY MUSIC JOURNEY - THANK YOU!
HERE'S TO A HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS 2016!
MY MOTTO FOR 2016 - DO WHAT YOU LOVE, LOVE WHAT YOU DO!