Tina Sugandh

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Tina Sugandh is an Indian born writer, singer, tabla player, dancer, guitarist, and actress. She is also a principal cast member on season 1 of the Bravo reality television show, Newlyweds: The First Year (2013).


Sugandh was born in Mumbai and moved with her family to New Jersey when she was five months old. Her mother, Geeta Sugandh, sang on the radio and at various functions while her father, Kanaiya, was a master of ceremonies, singer, and comedian.

Sugandh and her sister Seema, known for receiving standing ovations for her singing regularly, traveled with their parents to all of their performances. At the age of five Tina sang on stage for the first time. She sang a ghazal, and she and her parents recognized that she loved performing; they encouraged her to continue.

Throughout Sugandh's school years, her family performed all over the U.S. and the Caribbean and gained a following in the Indian community.[1] At one concert, Tina begged her father to let her take over for one song and play the drum that he played (called the dholak). Her parents decided to introduce her to a more intricate drum, the tabla, a two-barreled percussion that takes years to master and is predominantly played by men.

At 15, Sugandh was discovered by Sean Harris, a screenwriter and creative mentor. Harris eventually convinced Sugandh that she should pursue music as a career and, to that end, spent time working on a demo. Between her studies as a biology major at Rutgers University (where she eventually graduated on the Dean's List), and weekend performances with her family, Sugandh worked with Harris, who arranged photo shoots and studio time for her and encouraged her to write her own music.

After Sugandh completed her demo and promo package, she sent out hundreds of copies in order to secure both a management team and writing publishing house.

Her persistence paid off when a friend introduced her to Sean Sullivan, who had been working with Maxwell, John Mellencamp and Jessica Simpson and was starting a new management company. Sullivan was impressed and had her perform for Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister, Sevendust), his partner in the new venture. French was equally impressed and the duo signed her to their new company, Rebellion Entertainment. They spent the next year developing her songs and creating new demos. These demos lead to a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music and a Sony deal.

Professional career[edit]

After signing to Hollywood Records as a singer and to Warner/Chappell Music as a songwriter, Sugandh began hosting the program Asian Variety Show on Saturday mornings.

Her original album was intended to be released by Hollywood Records. She worked with producers Lester Mendez (Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Jewel), Track & Field (Nelly Furtado) The Monkey Boyz, Ming (DJ) & FS, Dr. Luke and Danny P. Sugandh wrote or co-wrote all twelve tracks on the Hollywood album. Her family made appearances throughout the album. However, the album was never released.

Sugandh has written and recorded over 60 songs. In 2008, her remix of "Break Me" reached #4 on the Billboard Dance Chart. "Break Me" was also on the premiere episode of the new "Melrose Place" series.[2]

In 2009, Sugandh collaborated with Ringo Starr on his album Y Not.[3]

In 2010, Sugandh released a single under the Timbaland umbrella entitled "So Good", which features Fat Joe.[4]


Debut album[edit]

Her first album, TablaGirl, came out on May 12, 2009 was released independently. The following tracks are available on the album:

  • Jao
  • Bollywood Girl
  • You Without Me
  • Break Me
  • HisStory
  • Indestructible
  • Patiently Wait
  • T.here I.s N.o A.lternative
  • Love Junkie
  • Prisoner
  • Stay

Additional songwriting credits [5][edit]

  • So Good feat FAT JOE
  • Bollywood Boy (With Fred Sargolini) (2007)
  • T.here I.s N.o A.lternative (featured in the Michelle Trachtenberg movie and soundtrack "Ice Princess")
  • Fantasy
  • White Christmas (featured in the Jamie Lee Curtis and Tim Allen movie and soundtrack "Christmas With the Kranks")
  • Girl Next Door
  • Hooked
  • Break It Down (featured in the movie and soundtrack "The Clique")
  • I Spit Fire
  • Inevitably
  • Is It My Time
  • Lift Off (featured in the Hilary Duff movie "Raise Your Voice")
  • Lift Off (also covered by Kristy Frank)
  • Maybe
  • Nasha
  • Our Final Round
  • Prisoner
  • River Of Dreams (featured in the Jackie Chan movie and soundtrack "Around the World in 80 Days")
  • Try a Little Me
  • Unbelievable
  • Yesterday
  • You've Got Your Eyes On Me
  • Adventure


  1. ^ [1] DesiHits - Artist
  2. ^ [2] IMDB - Mauja on Melrose Place
  3. ^ [3] Ringo Starr Gets a Drum Lesson (Exclusive)
  4. ^ [4] "So Good" released under Timbaland umbrella.
  5. ^ Ascap

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