Shahin Badar is an Award winning and leading British Asian vocalist who is most famous in Europe and North America.
Born in Colchester to Indian parents Shahin had shown strong vocal ability and, encouraged by her mother she took singing lessons. Having spent 12 years in Kuwait Shain’s musical horizons increased and she added Arabic influences to her already strong Indian vocals.
Having scored chart success with the Prodigy’s Smack My Bitch Up which featured her spine tingling chant on their multi-selling Fat Of The Land album, Shahin, along with the Prodigy earned number 1 chart positions on both sides of the Atlantic and a double plantinum award. Their Fat Of The Land album also reached number 1 in19 further countries.
Her collaborations include the likes of AR Rahman, Jah Wobble, Twista and Juliet Lewis. Her vocals have already featured in more than 30 Hollywood and Bollywood films including Academy, BAFTA and Golden Globe Award nominated Closer and Academy Award nominated Charlie’s Angels; US sitcoms North Shore and Kevin Hill as well as Shyam Bengal’s Zubeidaa.
One of Shahin’s greatest memories includes supporting US rapper 50 Cent when his tour took in Lebanon with award winning producer Guy Manoukian at the Biel in the presence of a 20 thousand strong audience. She was then invited to perform with chart topping Turkish artist Mercan Dede in Germany and worked with director Ang Lee on The Hulk (Eric Bana).
Shahin has already won MTV Video Music Award – Best Breakthrough Video Award (Prodigy / Smack My Bitch Up); Muzik Magazine Dance Awards – Best Video Award (Prodigy / Smack My Bitch up); Best Female Vocalist at the Asian Pop Awards; Grammy Award nomination for The Fat of the Land / Prodigy; Ethnic Multicultural Media Award – Best New Comer. Other nominations include Ivor Novello nomination for soundtrak ‘Second Generation (film); Asian Woman of Achievement Awards – Arts & Culture; Muslem News Alhamra Award for Excellence and Channel 5’s prestigious Community Award – Glory of India;
Through her work Shahin has emerged as one of the most accomplished crossover/commercial female Asian vocalists in the UK mainstream and Asian music scene.
Recently Shahin was forced to take time out when she contracted TB.