Clinton Cerejo

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Clinton Cerejo
Born Mumbai, India
Occupations Singer, composer, record producer, music director, arranger
Years active 1999–present
Website www.clintoncerejo.com

Clinton Cerejo is an Indian singer. His range of work includes playback singing, vocal arrangements, musical arrangements, background scores, music programming, production. His unique style and musical enthusiasm has attracted various collaborations with many leading Indian composers.

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 mother is a French professor. His elder brother is a software professional and his younger sister is an editor for medical journals in the U.S.

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. The prospect of doing a desk job for the rest of his life was not very inviting and Clinton opted to pursue a career in the music industry. His family found this choice a bit radical and were skeptical about it, but as he later put it "I guess they just didn’t want to see me starve".

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, Roy Thomas Baker.

Clinton married Dominique, who was his college friend. Dominique Cerejo is an upcoming singer. Her melodious rendition of Ye Tumhari Meri Baatein from Rock On!! has been hugely popular.

Career[edit]

Back in college days, he would often do jam sessions with his friend Siddharth Haldipur (of the 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 K.K. 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.

Since his college days, Clinton always took a keen interest in the texture of a song and all the elements that went into producing it. This pulled him towards production/arranging. Not being too picky about the production assignments, he started off with small films and remix albums. By word of mouth, one thing led to another and his work was recognized.

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, A. R. Rahman 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]

Singer[edit]

Year Album Language Composer Songs
2013 Run Raja Run Telugu M. Ghibran
  • "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"
2013 Ek Thi Daayan Hindi Vishal Bhardwaj
  • "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 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"

Composer[edit]

Year Album Notes
2013 Reunion (advertisement) Song Composer for Google India Google Search Advertisement
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Composed Background score for the film
2010 Pyaar Ka Punchnama Composed Tracks in collaboration with Hitesh Sonik
2005 Jawani Diwani  (Hindi) Clinton composed the title track for this album which was sung by Bobby Moon

Music Producer[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

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