Rishpal Singh Rekhi (Punjabi: ਰਿਸ਼ਪਾਲ ਸਿੰਘ ਰੈਖੀ, born 30 June 1976[citation needed] in Croydon), better known by his stage name Rishi Rich, is a British-Indian music producer based in London. He began his career in the Asian Underground scene and later became internationally known for his bhangra tracks, his Hindi remixes, and as a pioneer of Asian-R&B fusion music.

Rishpal Rekhi
ਰਿਸ਼ਪਾਲ ਰੈਖੀ
Rich attends The Asian Awards in 2015
Rich attends The Asian Awards in 2015
Background information
Birth nameRishpal Singh Rekhi
Also known asRishi Rekhi, The Rishi Rich Project
BornCroydon, London, England
GenresBhangra, Punjabi, filmi, Hindi pop, alternative hip hop, trip hop, UK garage, R&B
Years active1992–present
LabelsMoviebox Records, Rishi Rich Productions Ltd. (RRP), 2Point9 Records

Through the Rishi Rich Project, he was responsible for launching British Asian talents who would later gain mainstream success, such as Jay Sean, Juggy D, Veronica Mehta, and Mumzy Stranger. In addition, Rishi Rich has launched the singing career of Canadian artist, Jasmine K Kara, as the two collaborated in 2022 to release "The Ishq (Rishi Rich Remix)."[1] Jasmine K Kara has mentioned being a "huge fan" of the Rishi Rich Project's debut single, "Dance with You" (Nachna Tere Naal),[2] and refers to the experience of working with Rishi Rich as a "dream come true."[3]

He has also released his own solo albums, Simply Rich in 2002 with Ishq Records and The Project in 2006 with 2point9 Records and his produced songs have appeared in a number of Bollywood films. He now runs Rishi Rich Productions with contracts with a number of British Asian artists including H-Dhami, Mumzy Stranger, Veronica Mehta, Tasha Tah and Abbas Hasan.

The Rishi Rich Project edit

Rishi Rich worked in the UK with a number of Asian artists and co-produced a number of Asian music albums. In January 2003, he signed a management contract with 2Point9 Records. Soon after, he formed the Rishi Rich Project; the objective of which was to showcase up-and-coming talent. The Rishi Rich releases quickly became famous in the Asian Underground scene, being pioneers of contemporary R&B-bhangra fusion. They subsequently found success in India and helped popularise Asian-R&B fusion sounds in both the Asian underground scene and in Indian pop music.[4]

"Dance with You (Nachna Tere Naal)", released on 8 September 2003, was the debut single by the Rishi Rich Project produced by Richi Rich and featuring Jay Sean (singing in English) and Juggy D (in Punjabi). It was an Asian Underground song with the music video set at a block party in a London neighbourhood. The song peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart and No. 2 on the Dutch Top 40. It also won "Best Single R&B" at the 2003 UK Asian Music Awards.[2] It is considered Jay Sean's first successful single and was later included on his debut album Me Against Myself (2004), produced by Rishi Rich himself, as well as on Rich's album, Rishi Rich Project. The song was also included on the soundtrack for the 2003 Bollywood film Boom.[5]

On 27 April 2007, Rich announced that he was parting with his record company 2Point9 Records,[6] marking the end of the Rishi Rich Project. After their departures from the project, Jay Sean subsequently went on to become one of the most successful groundbreaking international Asian artists (prestigiously topping the US Hot 100 in 2009),[7] while Juggy D became one of the most successful British artists in the mainstream Indian market.[8]

In 2015, Rishi Rich, Jay Sean and Juggy D reunited as the Rishi Rich Project and released the single "Freak".

Solo career edit

Rishi Rich released his first solo album Simply Rich fuses urban music and bhangra. The album was a big success in the Asian pop charts that resulted in a number of singles, including "Nahin Jeena" with vocals by Don D and Juggy D, and "Nahin Tere Jeha Hor Disda" with vocals by Pakistani Qawwali singer Javed Bashir (based on Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's "Kiven Mukhre Ton Nazran Hatawan") with the music video featuring cameo appearances by Bally Sagoo, Juggy D, Jay Sean and Veronica Mehta.

His second solo release, The Project, in 2006 included the single "Push It Up (Aaja Kuriye)" featuring Juggy D and Jay Sean,[9] peaking at No 1 on the BBC Asian Network Chart.

Rishi released his third album, The Lost Beats, in 2014.

Rishi Rich Productions edit

In 2007, Rishi Rich started Rishi Rich Productions (RRP), a joint partnership between himself and entertainment entrepreneur, Waleed Jahangir.[10] The artists signed to the company are Rishi Rich himself,[11] H-Dhami,[11] Mumzy,[11] Veronica Mehta (aka Veronica),[11] Tasha Tah,[11][12] Juggy D,[citation needed] and Abbas Hasan.[citation needed]

Rishi Rich won "Best Producer" at the UK Asian Music Awards in 2003[2] and also in 2009 for producing H-Dhami's debut album Sadke Java.[13] At the 2009 event he also won a special "Commitment to the Scene" award.[13]

Filmography edit

Rishi Rich expanded also into Indian film and many of his produced songs appeared in various Bollywood films:

Personal life edit

Rich (right), and wife, dentist Manrina Rhode Rekhi, attend The Asian Awards in 2015

In September 2011, he married Manrina Rhode, a dentist. They are now divorced as of 2019.[15]

In February 2014, Rishi signed to TRMG Teddy Riley Music group and moved to Atlanta in April 2014 to work alongside Teddy Riley after acquiring OnlyChild Records from Manchester-based producer, SP.

Discography edit

Rishi Rich solo albums edit

  • Simply Rich (2002) (Ishq Records)
  • The Project (2006) (2point9 Records)
  • The Lost Beats (2014) (Musicbyrr)
  • The Lost Beats Vol 2 (2020) (Musicbyrr)

Singles edit

  • "Nahin Tere Jeha Hor Disda" (2002), featuring Javeed Bashir
  • "Nahin Jeena" (2002), featuring Juggy D and Don D
  • "Dance with You (Nachna Tere Naal)" (2003), featuring Jay Sean and Juggy D [UK#12]
  • "U 'n' I (Mere Dil Vich Hum Tum)" (2004), Rishi Rich featuring Juggy D and Veronica
  • "Push It Up (Aaja Kuriye)" (2006), featuring Jay Sean and Juggy D
  • "Fade Away (Yaad Naal Jeena)" (2009), Navin Kundra featuring Rishi Rich and Jay Sean
  • "Drain" (2014), featuring Ray J and Sahyba
  • "Freak" (2015), featuring Jay Sean and Juggy D
  • "Ik Tera Pyar" (2016), Master Saleem featuring Rishi Rich
  • "Dil Kya Kare (Did I Love You?)" (2016), featuring Amrit Dasu
  • "Zindagi" (2016), with H-Dhami
  • "Diamond Jewel" (Rishi Rich Remix) (2016), featuring Mumzy Stranger, Lyan Roze and Yash Narvekar
  • "Maula" (2018), Farhan Saeed featuring Rishi Rich
  • "Get Down" (2018), Juggy D featuring Rishi Rich and Ikka
  • "Kanipatu" (2020), Rishi Rich and Yashraj
  • "Nakhre" (2020), Jay Sean and Rishi Rich
  • "The Ishq (Rishi Rich Remix)" (2022), Jasmine K Kara and Rishi Rich [16]

Compilations and remix albums edit

  • King of Hearts Queen of Hearts Vol. 1
  • King of Hearts Queen of Hearts Vol. 2
  • Love 2 Love 2000 – Chapter 6
  • Playback
  • Pure Garage – Chapter 1
  • Pure Garage – Chapter 2
  • Pure Garage – Chapter 3
  • Playback 2
  • Gift 2 U
  • Let the Music Play – "2005"
  • Bombay Mix – CD 1

Awards and nominations edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Patel, Akshay. "Urban Star Interviews". Sabras Radio. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  2. ^ a b c "BRITISH ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS 2004 LAUNCHED". 7 October 2004. Archived from the original on 10 February 2010. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  3. ^ "The Ishq – Jasmine Kara & Sabrina Sapal – Remix by Rishi Rich". DESIVIBE. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  4. ^ Jay Sean- Interview part 1/3 on YouTube
  5. ^ Jay Sean at IMDb
  6. ^ BBC. "BBC - Asian Network Music - Blog". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  7. ^ Stephen Clark - Design. "Jay Sean: On top of the world". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  8. ^ Nikhil Taneja (9 December 2009). "Juggy D, Rishi Rich back together". Hindustan Times. Archived from the original on 15 December 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  9. ^ Rishi Rich Feat. Jay Sean & Juggy D - Push It Up (Aaja Kurie. YouTube. 25 September 2007. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  10. ^ "About RRP – Rishi Rich Productions". rishirichproductions.com. Archived from the original on 11 March 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Artists". rishirichproductions.com. Archived from the original on 12 April 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  12. ^ "Tash Tah Interview with Besharam.co.uk". Archived from the original on 7 May 2010.
  13. ^ a b "2009 UK AMA Award Winners - on desihits.com". desihits.com. 6 March 2009. Retrieved 24 August 2010.
  14. ^ Stephen Clark - Design. "JAY SEAN: PRINCE CHARMING". Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Rishi Rich's A-List Wedding Of The Year! - Desi-Box.com - News, Music Videos, Interviews, Bollywood, Bhangra, Urban". Desi-Box.com - News, Music Videos, Interviews, Bollywood, Bhangra, Urban. Archived from the original on 13 May 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2015.
  16. ^ Patel, Akshay (29 October 2022). "Urban Star Interviews". No. Jasmine K Kara. Sabras Radio. Retrieved 9 November 2022.
  17. ^ "Rishi Rich bags the award for Best Soundtrack at the UK Asian Film Festival 2018 for the film Boogie Man". 2 April 2018.

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