18 December 2017
Rahul Lakhanpal, a Mohali lad currently residing in the US, has made it big in Hollywood after his track ‘Chicago Land’ was selected in the Hollywood movie, The Tiger Hunter, released in the US cinemas in September this year. The singer who is visiting Chandigarh met Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab Chief Minister, who highly appreciated his work.
Influenced by legendary Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees and Chicago Blues artists such as Buddy Guy and Muddy Waters, the song genre is 1970’s Chicago Blues. In September, he also released his super hit single, ‘Mahi Aaja’ in collaboration with Bohemia – the world famous Punjabi rapper. Rahul has numerous upcoming projects, including single music videos and collaborations in the Indian pop music industry as well as Hollywood.
During their meeting, Chief Minister Singh was thrilled to know about how popular Punjabi music is in USA. Rahul also shared his musical journey with the Chief Minister, who said it was a moment of pride for Punjab for a local Mohali boy to make it big in Hollywood!
Rahul started singing at a tender age of 10 years and elevated this talent to another level after pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture degree from GNDU, Amritsar and Master of Science degree from Texas A&M University, USA. In Texas, during his University performances, he met Vineet Bailur who bled a similar passion for Sufi Rock and Indian Fusion Music. Together, they performed across USA receiving a healthy following along the way.
Continuing, Rahul participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa – USA, and ended up in the ‘Top 5’ category winning the hearts of judges and television audiences across USA. In the next decade, alongside working as an engineer, Rahul never receded for a single moment from his true passion. He collaborated and performed live with the likes of Suresh Wadkar, Aadesh Srivastava, Sukhwinder Singh, Sushant Singh, India’s sensation Kapil Sharma, Sunny Leone, and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
After a series of radio performances and interviews in India and Dubai, Rahul is now performing avidly in Los Angeles, Chandigarh, and Mumbai! Keep a lookout for Rahul’s sufi rock, pop, and club songs in 2018!