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Shirley Setia
Birth nameShirley Setia
  • Vocals
  • ukulele
Years active2013 - present

Shirley Setia is a New Zealand singer and performer. She is from Auckland, New Zealand. Shirley is making her film debut with Nikamma.[1]

Personal life

A graduate student from the University of Auckland and marketing and publicity intern at Auckland Council, Setia took part in a contest conducted by T-Series. Her YouTube entry was recorded in her bedroom while she was wearing pyjamas.[2] This earned her the nickname "Pyjama popstar" by the New Zealand Herald.[3] She was declared as one of the winners from thousands of entries. Amidst the chaotic life of being a student and a part-time radio jockey, she started uploading regularly on to YouTube and has since then collaborated with YouTube artists from across US, UK, India, and Canada. Four years, 1.8 million subscribers and 114 M views later, she has now moved to Mumbai to pursue her dream of making it big in Bollywood. Forbes magazine's Rob Cain wrote a feature on her and her future goals recently in which he stated that "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation Just Might Be This Tiny Kiwi".[4] she was also acknowledged as India's YouTube sensation by the Hindustan Times [5] and as one of New Zealand's biggest international artists by TVNZ.[6] Now she has 3.1 million subscribers on YouTube with 167 Million+ views.

She was invited by YouTube as a 'YouTube Creator' to perform live in YouTube FanFest held in Mumbai in 2016 and 2017.[7]


Year Award Show Category Result
2016 BIG Golden Voice BIG Digital Sensation Won[8]
2016 Outlook Social Media Awards OSM Musician of the year Won[9]
2017 New Zealand Social Media Award Best in Music Won[10]
2018 Artist Aloud Music Award 2018 Best Hindi Music Category Won
2018 Social Media Summit & Awards 2018 Music Sensation On Social Media Won


Year Film Song Music director Co-singer
2014 Shirley Setia Single Album "Thode Se Hum" Shirley Setia & Abhas Joshi Abhas Joshi
2015 4 Steps Forward "Naye Love Ki Subah" Parichay Parichay & Gunsmith
2016 Shirley Setia Single Album "Koi Shor" Ravi Singhal Ravi Singhal
2016 Passengers "Aadat" Sukumar Dutta Raftaar, Jubin Nautiyal
2017 A Gentleman "Disco Disco" Sachin - Jigar Benny Dayal
2017 Best of Luck Laalu "Luv u Luv u" Sachin - Jigar Kirtidan Gadhvi
2017 T-Series Mixtape "Tu Jo Mila-Raabta" Abhijit Vaghani Jubin Nautiyal
2017 Shirley Setia Single Album "Tu Mil Gaya" Haroon-Gavin
2018 Jab Koi Baat recreated "Jab Koi Baat recreated" DJ Chetas Atif Aslam
2018 Gaana Exclusives "Koi Vi Nahi" Rajat Nagpal Gurnazar Chattha
2018 A Whole New World "A Whole New World" Kurt Hugo Schneider
2018 5 Weddings "Na Chah Ke Bhi" Vishal Mishra
2018 Shirley Setia Single Album "Naiyo Jaana" Ravi Singhal
2019 Tseries Electrofolk "Bhumro" Aditya Dev Aditya Dev, Parry G
2019 Biba - Jio Saavn Original "Biba" Marshmello & Pritam Pardeep Singh Sran, Dev Negi
2019 T-Series Mixtape Season-2 "Ik Vaari Aa/Naadan Parindey/Tum Ho Toh" Bhushan Kumar, Ahmed Khan Shirley Setia, Abhijit V & Jubin Nautiyal

Television/Web series

Year Shows Channel Role Notes
2018 Lockdown On ZEE5 Originals Recreating a Hindi Song Web Reality Show [11][12][13]


Year Film Role Production Notes
2020 Nikamma TBA Sony Pictures Entertainment First look was released on 22 July 2019.[14]


  1. ^ "All you need to know about 'Nikamma' debutant Shirley Setia".
  2. ^ Joseph, Raveena (5 January 2018). "Meet Youtube sensation Shirley Setia". The Hindu. Retrieved 16 September 2018.
  3. ^ Theunissen, Matthew (4 May 2014). "Pyjama pop song a big hit". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  4. ^ Cain, Rob (19 March 2016). "Bollywood's Next Big Singing Sensation Just Might Be This Tiny Kiwi". Forbes. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  5. ^ "This girl from NZ is the new YouTube sensation for her Bollywood covers". Hindustan Times. 16 March 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Shirley Setia: From singing alone in a grass field to performing for thousands of fans in India". TVNZ. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  7. ^ Cranenburgh, Craig (23 March 2017). "FanFestLIFE BB Ki Vines, VidyaVox, Technical Guruji among those recognised at YouTube FanFest".
  8. ^ "92.7 BIG FM honours 'Golden Voices' with prestigious awards". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  9. ^ "OSM Awards Winners". Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Winners & Finalists". NZSMA. Retrieved 4 June 2018.
  11. ^ Zee Media Bureau (17 August 2018). "ZEE5 launches Lockdown with Badshah, Kailash Kher, Raftaar, Jonita Gandhi and many more". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  12. ^ Sana Farzeen (28 August 2018). "Badshah on turning producer with web show Lockdown: It's a stressful job". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  13. ^ R.M. VIJAYAKAR (24 August 2018). "ZEE5's Maiden Offering in the Music Space, 'Lockdown,' Premieres: Watch Trailer". Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  14. ^ Hungama, Bollywood (22 July 2019). "Abhimanyu Dassani to star opposite Youtube sensation Shirley Setia in Sabbir Khan's action film Nikamma | Bollywood News - Bollywood Hungama". Retrieved 22 July 2019.

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