Music Mania: Shilpa Narayan Drops Video to Support “Renegade” Single
While the name might not be familiar to mainstream music-lovers, Shilpa Narayan will be a name that you need to be aware of, following and listening to. This New York City-based pop singer-songwriter released a new music video for “Renegade,” first single off her sophomore album.
Recently featured on Myspace, Shilpa shot the video in order to portray the meaning of the song: the empowerment of women and finding one’s true passion.
Shot in the Mojave Desert with Shilpa wearing a gorgeous Allen B. Schwartz gown in front of breathtaking scenery, the upbeat and progressive song channels an innate rebellion that lives in all of us. In the video, Shilpa and her cohorts literally break free of their colorless world and into a world of color after overthrowing a repressive sheriff. Shilpa sings, “So call me a deserter, discard me as a traitor, I don’t follow convention but isn’t that the point, I am my own dictator.”
Who is Shilpa Narayan?
Daughter of a Journalist and engineer, Atlanta native Shilpa Narayan has never shied away from a challenge. Daily balancing of her full-time finance job and her music has not deterred this 24-year-old songstress from pursuing her passion and bearing her soul in her music. Shilpa’s debut album Stand Alone depicts her personal struggle with romantic relationships as well as the inner turmoil of identifying her true self.
In just a short two-year period, Shilpa has progressed quickly on her road to self-discovery through pursuing her true passion: music. While studying business and marketing at Georgia Tech, Shilpa picked up the guitar in her spare time and taught herself to strum chords to accompany herself singing cover songs by Rihanna, Beyonce, and various other R&B artists she revered. She began posting videos of herself singing on YouTube, and gradually, her views increased to well over 500,000.
After moving to New York City to work as a business analyst, Shilpa continued to quietly practice her music and post more videos on YouTube. She competed and won an open mic contest at Don Hills, which landed her a small management deal who then introduced her to various producers and musicians in NYC. Soon thereafter, she was performing in front of 200+ crowds during Fashion Week 2010 as well as opening for hip hop artists Waka Flocka and Wale. These events compelled Shilpa to write her own music and a year later she released her debut album Stand Alone in May 2012.
Her music has already generated buzz on AOL Music as well as praise from The Voice producer and host Carson Daly, who handpicked Shilpa’s submission to be sent directly to the show’s producers for consideration. Even with her initial success, Shilpa realizes she still has a long road ahead. “I don’t think I knew going in, how difficult it would be and how eye-opening of an experience it would be,” recalls Shilpa about her first experiences with the music industry. “It really forces you to grow up and also become comfortable with who you are and the life decisions you make. This album reflects a lot about that inner struggle I’ve had, and I’m hoping others will relate to it.”
I have to tell you that I had done an earlier podcast with Shilpa a couple of months ago and unfortunately it got decimated when my computer started turning itself off and rebooting right in the midst of editing the podcast. So we redid it. SO MUCH FUN! Shilpa and I had been on the phone for an hour the first time. The second time, we picked up right where we left off and the cool part was #1 podcast was immediately after she finished the video shoot. #2 podcast was done within a day or so of the video going live! Such providential timing and I was able to pick up the energy she had from the first conversation and see it in the video. A real winner here- she has a huge talent to be able to go the distance.
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Thank you to Shilpa Narayan for her time and patience!!
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