Jazzy B Biography
The colossus of sound, style, fashion and entertainment that is Jazzy B.
Jazzy B brings to life his own blend of modern Bhangra style complimenting his electric dance moves and live stage act. Born in India, raised in Canada and now a world citizen through his extensive touring schedules, he has taken his unique style to every corner of the globe in the near two decades he’s been singing.
Jazzy B was born in Nawanshahar, Punjab and immigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada at the age of five and currently he resides in Birmingham, England. As one of the the most well-known fashion and style trendsetters around, individual and cultured sense of fashion makes him a leader amongst the masses with his unique hairstyles keeping his loyal fans forever guessing. His attire is distinctively western in fit while his music is definitely Indian – a twist that Jazzy B makes Work. Throughout his career, he has maintained a close relationship with urban music sense as well as the traditional sounds generated from the villages and cities of Punjab. Having performed for audiences of all ages and backgrounds across the world. The latest music of Jazzy B is filled with a mix of dance oriented blends of the seven sur’s of Punjabi music and pop with sprinklings of hip-hop styled break-beats and smooth RnB rhythms.
Background of Jazzy B
Jazzy B was born on April 1, 1975 in Nawanshahar, Punjab, India and immigrated with his family to Vancouver city of British Columbia state in Canada at the age of five. During his teen years he worked at a construction site and became a star player for his high school ice hockey team. Jazzy B was persuaded into becoming a professional Bhangra artist by friends who sang with him as a group at parties and Sikh wedding receptions. He credits a co-worker for believing in him and launching his career by lending $5,000 for recording studio costs. After turning professional at the age of 18 he moved to Birmingham, England where he currently resides.
Music and Jazzy B Hits
Jazzy B has released number of albums all of which have been produced by Sukhshinder Shinda, a talented Bhangra record producer and artist known as ‘The Music Man’. Together they have created some of the most popular Bhangra hits, including “Ghugian Da Jorra”, “Londono Patola”, “Naag”, “Tera Roop”, “Sardara”, “Dil Luteya”, and “Soorma”. The 2005 Balle – Romeo Tour, which promoted his album Romeo and Sukhshinder Shinda’s album Balle, played at various venues around the world including Paramount Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto, Canada which attracted a record crowd of over 65,000.
His popularity and success in Bhangra can be attributed to his style which is quite different from other artists in the genre. From his unique appearance to his mix of traditional and westernized songs and music videos, Jazzy B has revolutionized the image of Bhangra. The music videos for his singles “Soorma” and “Romeo” were based on Hip hop music videos and featured Hummer H2s and the Rap group Takeova Ent. he has also said that the reason for his longevity as a successful Bhangra artist is that he works exclusively with Sukhshinder Shinda.
Jazzy b has been compared to legendary Bhangra artist Kuldip Manak, whom he considers an idol and inspiration. He made his acting debut in 2000 with a cameo appearance in the Bollywood film Shaheed Udham Singh which starred fellow Punjabi singer and actor Gurdas Maan as the Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Their music was also featured on the film’s album. In 2006, Jazzy B made another cameo when he was featured in the movie Teesri Aankh performing the Indi-pop song “Chukk De Punjabi”. Jazzy B has expressed an interest in acting and has stated that he would consider bigger roles in the future.
Religious Nature of Jazzy B
Jazzy B is very much religious person as well, he never sing and shoot videos without the Sikhism emblem “The Khanda” in his neck. He proudly wear Khanda always and feel proud being a Sikh (Sardar Rap Boy). Health issues In 1997, he had major problems with his throat which required surgery. Having lost his voice and not being able to sing for over a year, he says he turned to God for help and miraculously got his voice back. After going through this experience, Jazzy B did something very uncommon at the time for a Bhangra superstar by releasing the Sikhi spiritual album ‘Singha Di Kaum Bahdhur Hai’ in 1999. Since then, other popular Punjabi artists have followed in his steps and released religious material.
Controversy with Jazzy B
There was controversy regarding the music video of Jazzy B’s single “Soorma” in which the actors appearing in the video were known drug dealers who were later convicted of various drug related charges. The Hummer H2s featured in the video were also supplied by these actors and were later re-possessed by the federal government.
Peace… Jazzy B