Clinton Cerejo is an Indian singer, music composer and musician.

Clinton Cerejo
Clinton Cerejo performing with his band, live at the Festival of Arunachal Pradesh (March 2018)
Clinton Cerejo performing with his band, live at the Festival of Arunachal Pradesh (March 2018)
Background information
Occupation(s)Singer, composer, record producer, music director, arranger, Vocal arranger
Years active1999–present

Life edit

Clinton Cerejo was born into an academically inclined family with no known musical background. His father was an engineer at L&T and his 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.

Clinton Cerejo
SpouseDominique Cerejo

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.

Career edit

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.

Discography edit

As composer edit

Films edit

Year Album Notes
2011 Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2 songs
2012 Kahaani Background Score
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
2015 Tevar
2016 Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh Original songs, Background Score
2019 Badla 1 song, Background Score
Section 375 Background Score
2020 Yaara Released on ZEE5
Background Score
2021 Chehre Background score
Bob Biswas Released on Zee5
2 songs along with Bionca Gomes, Background score
2022 Love Hostel Released on Zee5
2 songs along with Bionca Gomes, 2 instrumentals, Background Score
Dobaaraa 1 song along with Bionca Gomes, Background Score
2023 I Love You Released on JioCinema
3 songs along with Bionca Gomes, Background Score
Blind Released on JioCinema
All songs along with Bionca Gomes
Jaane Jaan Released on Netflix
Background Score along with Bionca Gomes
2024 Bhakshak

Non-film work edit

Year Album Notes
2005 Jawani Diwani  (Hindi) Clinton composed the title track for this album which was sung by Bobby Moon
2012 "Madari-Coke studio" Composed the song
2013 Reunion Song Composer for Google India Google Search Advertisement
2016 Jammin Inquilab Mera Khwab by Sanam and Clinton Cerejo
Ishq Abhi Bhi By Clinton Cerejo And Sanah Moidutty
Tonight We Dance by Clinton Cerejo & RaagaTrippin
2018 Jammin Season 2 Kya Karoon? And Mehram by Clinton Cerejo and Prakriti Kakar
Naina Thug lenge By Clinton Cerejo And Salman Ali
Ek Ladki Ko Dekha To Aisa Laga and Safar by Clinton Cerejo & Gajendra Verma

As music producer (For other composers) edit

Year Album Album Artist
2006 Omkara Vishal Bhardwaj
2007 Come One Come All The Fine (band)
2009 Kaminey Vishal Bhardwaj
2010 Ishqiya Vishal Bhardwaj
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Vishal Bhardwaj
2012 Mauje Naina MTV Coke Studio season 2

Singer edit

Year Album Songs Language Composer Lyricist
1999 Taj Mahal "Thirupachi" Tamil A. R. Rahman
2000 Kandukondain Kandukondain "Smayiyai"
Alaipayuthey "Endendrum Punnagai"
"Pachchai Nirame"
Thenali "Thenali"
2001 12B "Anandam" Harris Jayaraj
One 2 Ka 4 "One 2 Ka 4" Hindi A. R. Rahman
2002 Vasu "Sportive Boys" Telugu Harris Jayaraj
King "Saturday Sunday Holiday" Tamil Dhina
2003 Darna Mana Hai "Homework" Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
Boys "Secret of Success" Tamil A. R. Rahman
"Please Sir"
Bhoot "Ghor Andhere" Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
Naaga "Nayudori Pilla" Telugu Vidyasagar & Deva
2004 Manmadhan "Thathai Thathai" Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal "Pushing It Hard"
Neal 'n' Nikki "I'm in Love" Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
"I Just Wanna Spend My Life With You"
Ek Ajnabee "Tere Liye" Vishal-Shekhar Sameer
2006 Omkara "Beedi" Vishal Bhardwaj Gulzar
Kalvanin Kadhali "Ivan Kattil" Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
Happy "Chal Chal Re" Telugu
2007 Sunday "Sunday Theme" Hindi Amar Mohile
Partner "Do U Wanna Partner" Sajid–Wajid Sanjay Chhel
2008 Vaaranam Aayiram "Oh Shanthi" Tamil Harris Jayaraj
Yuvvraaj "Dil Ka Rishta" Hindi A. R. Rahman
2009 All the Best: Fun Begins "Kyun" Pritam
Wake Up Sid! "Kya Karoon" Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Javed Akhtar
Siva Manasula Sakthi "Eppadio Matikittaen" Tamil Yuvan Shankar Raja
Ride "Rangula lokam" Telugu Hemachandra
Luck "Aazma – Luck Is The Key" Hindi Salim–Sulaiman
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam "Egire Egire" Telugu Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy
2010 Kanimozhi "Penne Pogathey" Tamil Satish Chakravarthy
"Thada Thada Endru"
Prithvi "Hejjegondu Hejje" Kannada Manikanth Kadri
Karthik Calling Karthik "Hey Ya!" Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Javed Akhtar
"Hey Ya! (Remix)"
Ishqiya "Dil To Bachcha Hai (Remix)" Vishal Bhardwaj Gulzar
2011 Oosaravelli "Love Ante Caring" Telugu Devi Sri Prasad
Pyar Ka Punchnama "Baanware" Hindi Clinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik Luv Ranjan
7 Khoon Maaf "O' Mama" (Rap Vocals) Vishal Bhardwaj Gulzar
"Doosri Darling"
Veppam "Oru Devadai" Tamil Joshua Sridhar
2012 Blood Money "Arzoo" Hindi Sangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur Kumaar
Vicky Donor "Kho jaane do" Abhishek Akshay Juhi Chaturvedi
Ekk Deewana Tha "Phoolon Jaisi" A R Rahman Javed Akhtar , (Malayalam lyrics:Kalyani Menon)
2013 Run Raja Run "Shanthi Om Shanthi" Telugu M. Ghibran
One By Two "Baat Kya Hai" Hindi Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy Amitabh Bhattacharya
Raja Rani "Chillena" Tamil G.V Prakash
Ek Thi Daayan "Kaali Kaali" Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj Gulzar
2015 Jil "Emaindi Vela" Telugu M. Ghibran
2016 Te3n "Haq Hai" Hindi Clinton Cerejo Amitabh Bhattacharya
"Kyun Re"
Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh "Anandoloke"
2017 Kaadhali "Kaadhal Kaadhal" Telugu Prasan Praveen Shyam
Meri Pyaari Bindu "Iss Tarah" Hindi Sachin–Jigar Kausar Munir

Awards and nominations edit

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Mirchi Music Awards
2010 Best Programmer & Arranger of the Year "Dil To Bachcha Hai" from Ishqiya Nominated [1]
2012 Background Score of the Year Kahaani Won [2]
2017 Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging) "Julia" from Rangoon [3]
Filmfare Awards
2020 Best Background Score Badla Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ "Nominees - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2010". 30 January 2011. Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Winners - Mirchi Music Award Hindi 2012". Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  3. ^ "MMA Mirchi Music Awards". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 7 May 2018.

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