New Delhi, India
Jonita Gandhi was born in New Delhi, India. She moved to Canada with her family when she was few months old. She grew up in Toronto and Brampton. Her father, a musician by hobby and an electronics engineer by profession, recognized her potential and encouraged her to sing. Gandhi first performed in 1995 at a gig at her father's show in Toronto on a Christmas event and the years to follow became prosperous for her. She completed her degrees in health science and business. She also received an internship at CIBC World Markets during her undergrad but the first passion for Gandhi was always singing, so music continued to run in background throughout her education. Gandhi has formal training in Western classical music and during her stay in India has taken up training in Hindustani classical singing.
Jonita Gandhi started posting videos in collaboration with Aakash Gandhi when she was 17 and they went viral on internet. She has big hits on YouTube for covers of songs Someone Like You, Pani Da Rang, Tujhko Jo Paaya, Tum Hi Ho, Suhaani Raat, Yeh Honsla, and many others. She has also performed in BC, Canada for songs like Aao Huzoor Tumko, Lag Ja Gale which are very famous.
She has participated at concerts with Sonu Nigam which were located in various countries including Russia, UK, US and the Caribbean. After that, she decided to try her fortune in India. She started her career in the Bollywood music industry. Gandhi stepped into the world of playback singing with Vishal–Shekhar in Chennai Express starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. She continued her work in Bollywood with the movie Highway starring Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt, singing the tracks Kahaan Hoon Main and Implosive Silence.
Gandhi's work as a playback singer is not limited to film soundtracks as she has been featured in AR Rahman's album Raunaq as well. Her association with Rahman continued with a backing vocal performance for the Mani Ratnam's Tamil film OK Kanmani. On July 26, 2016, she performed at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai with Salim-Sulaiman as well as other well known Ismaili Muslim artists as part of a Global Concert. In 2017, she performed with Amit Trivedi on MTV Unplugged (India) Season 6. Her song "The Breakup Song" from the movie "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil" topped the charts and also brought her many award nominations and wider recognition.
List of songs recorded by Jonita Gandhi. The list includes tracks recorded for film and non-film albums.
|2018||"Chogada (Unplugged)"||Loveyatri||Lijo George -Dj Chetas|
|"OMG Ponnu"||Sarkar (Tamil)||A. R. Rahman|
|"Ninne Vidavanule"||Anaganaga O Premakatha (Telugu)||KC Anjan|
|"Sacchi Mohabbat"||Manmarziyaan||Amit Trivedi|
|"Aahista"||Laila Majnu||Niladri Kumar|
|"Allah Duhai Hai"||Race 3||JAM8|
|Anthe Kada Mari||Lover (Telugu)||Ankit Tiwari|
|"Nokho Anokho"||Oxygen (Gujarati)||Parth Bharat Thakkar|
|"Raahat"||Single||Ashish-Vijay||T-Series Pop Chartbusters|
|"Haq Hai"||Budh: Short Film||Shreyas Puranik||Times Music|
|"Bas Tu Hai"||3 Storeys||Clinton Cerejo|
|"Lamhein Beetey Hue"||Single||Anurag Godbole|
|"Castles"||Future Perfect||Anish Sood||Music Album|
|"Azhagae"||Irumbu Thirai||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|"Aayat Bane Hum"||Single||Mickey J. Meyer||T-Series Pop Chartbusters|
|"Yevevo"||Hello||Anup Rubens||Co-singer: Akhil Akkineni|
|"I Love You, Re Mari Savaar"||Love Ni Bhavai (Gujarati)||Sachin–Jigar|
|"Andekha, Ansuna, Anchua"||Single||Vishal Bhardwaj||Zee Brand Anthem|
|"Bagiya Mein"||Rangreza (Pakistani)||Qurram Hussain||Nominated, Best Singer (Female) at Lux Style Awards|
|"Will you marry me"||Bhoomi||Sachin–Jigar|
|"Lagdi Hai Thaai"||Simran||Sachin–Jigar|
|"Yaadon Mein"||Jab Harry Met Sejal||Pritam|
|"Ashi Kashi"||Dry Day (Marathi)||Ashwin Srinivasan|
|"Ae Dil"||Punjab Nahi Jaungi (Pakistani)||Shiraz Uppal|
|"Lafz Unkahe"||Lafz Unkahe||Ajay Singha||Music Album|
|"Raakh Baakhi"||Mom||A. R. Rahman|
|"Affoo Khudaya"||FU: Friendship Unlimited (Marathi)||Samir Saptiskar|
|"Ela Thelchaali"||Kaadhali (Telugu)||Prasan Praveen Shyam|
|"Yaara Meherbaan"||Boss 2: Back to Rule (Bengali)||Jeet Gannguli|
|"Kehne Ko"||Dear Maya||Anupam Roy|
|"Raat Abhi Baaki Hai"||Single||Shayadshah Shahebdin||Times Music|
|"Bhalobeshe Felechi"||Ami Je Ke Tomar (Bengali)||Indradeep Dasgupta|
|"Udd Chal"||Single||Srihari Jagannathan||Chennai Street Band|
|"Ye Jawaani Teri"||Meri Pyaari Bindu||Sachin–Jigar|
|"Takdi Ravan"||Jindua (Punjabi)||Arjuna Harjai|
|"One More Thumka"||Mahi NRI (Punjabi)|
|"Azhagiye"||Kaatru Veliyidai||A. R. Rahman|
|"Saajan Aayo Re"||Ok Jaanu|
|2016||"Tere Bina"||Shorgul||Niladri Kumar|
|"Gilehriyaan"||Dangal||Pritam Chakraborty||Winner, Critics' Choice Female Vocalist of The Year at Mirchi Music Awards|
|"Kannadi Poovukku"||Enakku Vaaitha Adimaigal||Santhosh Dayanidhi|
|"Neenene Hosa Kanasu"||Niruttara (Kannada)||Niladri Kumar|
|"Aalangisu Baa Nannanu"|
|"The Breakup Song"||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||Pritam||Nominated, Most Entertaining Singer (Female) at Big ZEE Entertainment Awards
Nominated, Best Playback – Female at Stardust Awards
|"Pink Anthem"||Pink||Anupam Roy|
|"Meetha Zeher"||Playing Priya: Short Film||Joi Barua|
|"Sau Tarah Ke"||Dishoom||Pritam|
|"Idhu Naal"||Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada||A. R. Rahman|
|"Mei Nigara"||24 (Tamil)|
|"Deivam Raasina Kavitha"|
|"Blessings from the Sky"||Pelé: Birth of a Legend|
|"Deewaren: Unity Song for Holi"||First Date: Musical Short Film||Vinay Jaiswal|
|2015||"Woh Tho Yahin Hai Lekin"||Main Aur Charles||Vipin Patwa|
|"Mental Manadhil"||O Kadhal Kanmani||A. R. Rahman|
|"Mental Madhilo"||OK Bangaram|
|"Ye Kadhaa"||Kerintha||Micky J. Meyer|
|"Can't Forget You"||Tujhe Bula Diya with Arjun||Arjun|
|"Nuvve Nuvve"||Kick 2||S. Thaman|
|2014||"Rimco"||Gang of Ghosts||Dharam Sandeep|
|"Tasalli"||Lekar Hum Deewana Dil||A. R. Rahman||Bonus Track|
|"Aa Bhi Jaa"|
|"Kahaan Hoon Main"||Highway|
|"Eai Ki Prem"||Bangali Babu English Mem||Rishi Chanda|
|2013||"E Mon Aajkal"||Majnu (Bengali)|
|"Pinjra"||MTV Coke Studio India (Season 3)||Clinton Cerejo|
|"Chennai Express"||Chennai Express||Vishal-Shekhar|
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- "Jonita Gandhi: Lucky my first Bollywood song for Shah Rukh Khan-starrer". NDTV.com. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "A voice that touched Big B's heart". The Hindu.com. October 21, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "My efforts have paid off with 'Highway', says singer Jonita Gandhi". IBN Live.in.com. February 5, 2014. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
- "Seven Singers Come Together this Holi to Celebrate Unity with Deewaren - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2016-05-23.