Sooraj is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, and arranger from India, living in the city of Mumbai.
Playing the keyboards since the age of one and a half, and the guitar and piano since age 9, Sooraj's musical journeys range from traditional Indian classical raags, to Mozart, to the likes of the Beatles and John Mayer.
As a vocalist, Sooraj has performed with many bands as well as singing in acoustic/solo settings, choirs, a cappella groups, and theater productions. As an instrumentalist, he plays the keyboard, acoustic piano (classical and jazz), drums, guitars, violin and various hand-percussion instruments, passing the Grade 8 keyboard practical examination of the Trinity College of London at the age of six, possible the youngest to do so. He has also performed with several bands, as a soloist and in several ensembles and theater music groups.
Sooraj is a resident artist with the Natural Streets for Performing Arts (NSPA) and has performed as a street musician at various public venues across Mumbai, such as malls, metro stations, promenades and parks, gaining immense performance experience. He performs as part of the NSPA on an average of 5 times per month.
Sooraj is also an arranger and composer of music and has composed/arranged for college a cappella choirs, college theater productions and recorded his own songs. His songs are available online, the most remarkable feature being that he has played, recorded and mixed every single instrument and track on every song.
Drawing on major influences like The Beatles, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Simple Plan and many more, Sooraj won a scholarship to the Five-Week Summer Program at Berklee College of Music, Boston, after which he worked on his debut EP, "It's Your Life," released in the winter of 2012. The home recorded EP can be streamed for free on SoundCloud. He performs his original songs and several popular covers both as a solo singer-songwriter as well as with his five-piece band setup, “Sooraj and The Shades.”