Shilpa Ananth grew up in Dubai studying Indian classical music from the age of 3, singing bhajans and taking lessons. At the age of 13, her older brother introduced her to Western styles of music, such as jazz, rock, and hip hop, and she drew inspiration from Western artists such as Norah Jones, Lalah Hathaway, and Ella Fitzgerald. She successfully competed in vocal competitions as a teenager.
Ananth released her debut EP, “Indian Soul” in 2015, and will be releasing a second EP entitled “Reproduction” in the Fall of 2021. The first single from her upcoming EP, “Face Myself”, was released on December 12, 2019, and the second single, “Align”, was released on January 2, 2020.
Awards and honors
More recently, she was given the ‘Best Independent Artist’ award at the 2020 Blue Rhymez Entertainment Honorary Awards in December. She was also the recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Women’s Fund for Media, Music, and Theater, and was the 2020 Fall Grantee of the Café Royal Cultural Foundation music grant.
As a leader
Indian Soul (2015)
Reproduction (coming Fall 2021)
As a guest
With Javier Limón
OQ (IMG Artists, 2018)
With Thana Alexa
Ona (Self release, 2020)