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Clinton Cerejo is an arranger, producer, singer, and composer based in Mumbai. Starting out singing ad jingles, Clinton has gone on to score over two thousand of them for international brands such as Audi, Pepsi, Levi’s, Airtel, Vodafone, and Hyundai. Most recently, his composition for the ‘Google Reunion’ commercial earned him the prestigious “Dadasaheb Phalke Film Festival” award for Best Original Music.
A rising star in the Indian music industry, he first began doing arrangements for Oscar-winning composer A R Rahman in 1998 and has since worked with a bevy of industry figures, including Vishal Bhardwaj, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, and Salim-Sulaiman as a producer/arranger/singer. In recent years, Clinton has carved a niche for himself as a solo composer, doing background scores for such hits as Kahaani and Dedh Ishqiya. Among his notable international works are vocal arrangements for If I Rise, a duet with Dido and AR Rahman; Michael Bolton’s album Gems; and the band SuperHeavy, featuring renowned artistes like Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damien Marley, and AR Rahman.
Known as one of the first to weave Western elements into more traditional Indian compositions, Clinton has emerged as the flag bearer for fusion music in India. His set for Coke Studio @ MTV Season 2 was declared an unequivocal success with the song Madaari clocking over 7 million hits on YouTube.
Apart from composing/producing, Clinton has lent his inimitable voice to a number of Bollywood hits, the most notable among them being Yaaram (Ek Thi Daayan), Hey Ya (Karthik calling Karthik), Kya Karoon (Wake Up Sid), and Sooraj Ki Baahon Mein (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara).
His three GIMA awards (Best Arranger – Dhan Te Nan, Kaminey, Best Indie Song – Madaari, Coke Studio, Best Indie Album, Coke Studio), two Mirchi awards (Best Background Score – Kahaani, Listeners Choice Award 2010) AV Max Award (Best arranger – Omkara) and Filmfare nomination, are a testament to his versatility. In 2013, he became the first contemporary Indian musician to be invited to conduct a residency and Master Class at the world-renowned Berklee School of Music, Boston.
Clinton has always endeavored to take Indian music to the rest of the world, and continues to be on the forefront of contemporary Indian music as an art form, to be experienced by a global audience.