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CLINTON CEREJO is a multi award winning music composer in Bollywood. He has worked as a music producer with Vishal Bharadwaj, Vishal Shekhar, Salim Sulaiman, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, and AR Rahman. Among his notable international works are vocal arrangements for If I Rise, a duet with Dido and AR Rahman;Michael Bolton’s album Gems; and the band SuperHeavy,featuring renowned artistes like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damien Marley, and AR Rahman.

Clinton Cerejo
BornBombay,
Maharashtra,
India
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, record producer, music director, arranger
Years active1999–present
Websitewww.clintoncerejo.com

Known as one of the first to weave Western elements into more traditional Indian compositions, Clinton has emerged as the flag bearer for fusion music in India. His set for Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2 was declared an unequivocal success with the song Madaari clocking over 4 million hits on YouTube. His second stint with Coke Studio @ MTV Season 3 proved to be equally successful with songs like Baina, PirJalani and Pinjara.

Apart from composing music, Clinton has lent his inimitable voice to a number of Bollywood hits.

In 2013, he became the first contemporary Indian musician to be invited to conduct a residency and Master Class at the world renowned Berklee School of Music, Boston. Past clinicians have included some of the most cutting edge musicians in the world like John Mayer, Bobby McFerrin, and Paul Gilbert to name a few. So it was really a privilege to be out there in the same capacity.

Clinton’s first film as a composer was “Jugni” and that album was a vocal delight with so many fantastic singers on one album. It featured, Raahat Fateh Ali Khan, Nakash Aziz, Rekha Bhardwaj, Javed Bashir, Neha Kakkar, Jazim Sharma, Bianca Gomes, and even Vishal Bhardwaj singing a song for him. The first time he’s ever sung for another composer other than himself. And the fact that AR Rahman also had a song in this album made it all the more special.

Clinton has been composing ads for close to eighteen years now and has roughly scored well over 2,500 commercials in that time. However the most memorable ones are the Vodafone BlackBerry Boys commercial, the Google Reunion Ad which went viral all over the world for its strong message of integration and also bagged the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke award for best music. Lifebouy Gondappa was a landmark composition too which won a Gold for music at the Abby’s (Goa Fest). The Hyundai Ad with Arijit Singh in which Clinton also featured in the film as himself and created a track entirely out of car sounds that he recorded.

Clinton Cerejo has been in the news most recently for his masterful background score exuding warmth and unity in J&K Tourism’s latest promotional video.

Earlier Clinton’s work on Google Reunion “Ek DaurTha” jingle also touched hearts, minds and souls alike and earned him the prestigious “Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival” award for Best Original Music.Simple messaging backed by great music and meaningful lyrics can often go a long way in creating a memorable campaign. Clinton Cerejo has certainly mastered the art of that!

Clinton is the face of the Sufi rock band ‘Ananthaal’ and is his most adventurous work yet!

Clinton’s latest Bollywood film is the music he has composed in the film Three Storeys which is an Excel and Open Air Films production with B4U. There’s a love song sung by Arijit Singh and Jonita Gandhi. The second track is a soothing, heartwarming number called “Aazaadiyaan” sung by Bianca Gomes and Clinton himself. And the third is a lovely pop funk composition titled “Zaroori Bewakoofi” featuring Mohit Chauhan’s vocals.

The Clinton Cerejo Band was invited to perform on the first edition of TED talks India and he composed a song especially for the occasion. The song was called ‘Lafzon Ka Kaafila’ and it was sung by Sudeep Jaipurwale & Bianca Gomes and written by Siddhanth Kaushal.

Clinton has always endeavoured to take Indian music to the rest of the world, and continues to be in the forefront of contemporary Indian music as an art form, to be experienced by a global audience.

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LifeEdit

Clinton Cerejo was born into an academically inclined family with no known musical background. His father was an engineer at L&T and mother is a French professor. His elder brother is a software professional and his younger sister is an editor for medical journals in the United States.

He completed his graduation in Commerce from Poddar College in Mumbai and was on his way to pursue a degree in M.B.A before his friends convinced him of his musical talent.

During his younger days, he was influenced by great producers such as Quincy Jones, Trevor Horn, Arif Mardin, Stevie Wonder, Babyface, Hugh Padgham, Peter Gabriel, Roland Orzabal, and Roy Thomas Baker.

Clinton married Dominique Cerejo, who was his college friend and is now an established singer in her own right. Her melodious rendition of Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein from Rock On!! has been hugely popular.

CareerEdit

During his time at college, he would often have jam sessions with his friend Siddharth Haldipur (of music director duo Sangeet-Siddharth fame). It was on one such session that Amar Haldipur (Siddharth's father), who is a famous arranger and violinist, noticed Clinton and took a liking to his voice. Amar introduced Clinton to Anand Modak, the music director of a Marathi film Mukta and soon he was performing his first song in a recording studio. It was an English song for a Marathi film, picturised on an African-American.

After a series of sporadic recordings, he started lending his voice to many advertisement jingles. During this period he worked with Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Lezz Lewis, Ranjit Barot & Louis Banks. Some of his contemporaries at that time were KK and Kunal Ganjawala, who went on to become playback singers. Clinton and Kunal sang a lot of jingles together.

Realizing that his voice was not versatile enough to be a successful jingle singer, he started looking at other areas of interest.

A. R. Rahman, while working in an adjoining studio, happened to overhear one of Clinton's vocal arrangements for a song and when they met a month later, offered Clinton the opportunity to work with him. Soon his work was noticed by many and other projects followed.

Eventually Clinton went on to work with many leading Indian music composers performing various roles in the music department. Later on he composed various songs which were featured in Coke studio. One of the famous songs is "Madari", sung by Vishal Dadlani and Sonu Kakkar.

DiscographyEdit

As composerEdit

FilmsEdit

Year Album Notes
2016 Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh Original songs & Background score.
2016 Te3n Original songs & Background score.
2016 Jugni Original songs & Background score.
2015 Tevar Background score only.
2012 Kahaani Background score only.
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Background score only.
2010 Pyaar Ka Punchnama Composed Tracks in collaboration with Hitesh Sonik

Non-film workEdit

Year Album Notes
2013 Reunion Song Composer for Google India Google Search Advertisement
2012 "Madari-Coke studio" Composed the song
2005 Jawani Diwani  (Hindi) Clinton composed the title track for this album which was sung by Bobby Moon

As music producer (For other composers)Edit

Year Album Album Artist
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Vishal Bhardwaj
2010 Ishqiya Vishal Bhardwaj
2009 Kaminey Vishal Bhardwaj
2007 Come One Come All The Fine (band)
2006 Omkara Vishal Bhardwaj


SingerEdit

Year Album Language Composer Songs
2016 Te3n Hindi Clinton Cerejo
  • "Haq Hai"
  • "Kyun Re"
2015 Jil Telugu M. Ghibran
  • "Emaindi Vela"
2013 Run Raja Run Telugu
  • "Shanthi Om Shanthi"
2013 One By Two Hindi Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Baat Kya Hai"
2013 Raja Rani Tamil G.V Prakash
  • "Chillena"
2013 Ek Thi Daayan Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj
  • "Kaali Kaali"
  • "Yaaram"
2012 Blood Money Hindi Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
  • "Arzoo"
2012 Vicky Donor Hindi Abhishek Akshay
  • "Kho jaane do"
2012 Ekk Deewana Tha Hindi A R Rahman
  • "Phoolon Jaisi"
2011 Oosaravelli Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
  • "Love Ante Caring"
2011 Pyar Ka Punchnama Hindi Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik
  • "Baanware"
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj
  • "O' Mama" (Rap Vocals)
  • "Doosri Darling"
2011 Veppam Tamil Joshua Sridhar
  • "Oru Devadai"
2010 Kanimozhi Tamil Satish Chakravarthy
  • "Penne Pogathey"
  • "Thada Thada Endru"
2010 Prithvi Kannada Manikanth Kadri
  • "Hejjegondu Hejje"
2010 Karthik Calling Karthik Hindi Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Hey Ya!"
  • "Hey Ya! (Remix)"
2010 Ishqiya Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj
  • "Dil To Bachcha Hai (Remix)"
2009 All the Best: Fun Begins Hindi Pritam
  • "Kyun"
2009 Wake Up Sid! Hindi Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Kya Karoon"
2009 Siva Manasula Sakthi Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Eppadio Matikittaen"
2009 Ride Telugu Hemachandra
  • "Rangula lokam"
2009 Luck Hindi Salim-Sulaiman
  • "Aazma – Luck Is The Key"
2009 Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam Telugu Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Egire Egire"
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram Tamil Harris Jayaraj
  • "Oh Shanthi"
2008 Yuvvraaj Hindi A. R. Rahman
  • "Dil Ka Rishta"
2007 Sunday Hindi Amar Mohile
  • "Sunday Theme"
2007 Partner Hindi Sajid-Wajid
  • "Do U Wanna Partner"
2006 Omkara Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj
  • "Beedi"
2006 Kalvanin Kadhali Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Ivan Kattil"
2006 Happy Telugu Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Chal Chal Re"
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Pushing It Hard"
2005 Neal 'n' Nikki Hindi Salim-Sulaiman
  • I'm in Love
  • "I Just Wanna Spend My Life With You"
2004 Manmadhan Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Thathai Thathai"
2003 Darna Mana Hai Hindi Salim-Sulaiman
  • "Homework"
2003 Boys Tamil A. R. Rahman
  • "Secret of Success"
  • "Please Sir"
2003 Bhoot Hindi Salim-Sulaiman
  • "Ghor Andhere"
2003 Naaga Telugu Vidyasagar & Deva
  • "Nayudori Pilla"
2002 Vasu Telugu Harris Jayaraj
  • "Sportive Boys"
2001 Kushi Telugu Mani Sharma
  • "Premante"
2001 One 2 Ka 4 Hindi A. R. Rahman
  • "One 2 Ka 4"
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain Tamil A. R. Rahman
  • "Smayiyai"
2000 Alaipayuthey Tamil A. R. Rahman
  • "Endendrum Punnagai"
  • "Pachchai Nirame"
  • "Maangalyam"
1999 Taj Mahal Tamil A. R. Rahman
  • "Thirupachi"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Mirchi Music Awards
2012 Background Score of the Year Kahaani Won [1]
2017 Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) "Julia" from Rangoon [2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  2. ^ "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 2018-05-07.

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