Clinton Cerejo

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Clinton Cerejo
BornMumbai, India
OccupationsSinger
Years active1999–present
 
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Clinton Cerejo
BornMumbai, India
OccupationsSinger
Years active1999–present

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.

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Life

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

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

Discography

Singer

YearAlbumLanguageComposerSongs
2012Blood MoneyHindiSangeet Haldipur, Siddharth Haldipur
  • "Arzoo"
2012Vicky DonorHindiAbhishek Akshay
  • "Kho jaane do"
2012Ekk Deewana ThaHindiA R Rahman
  • "Phoolon Jaisi"
2012RockstarHindiA R Rahman
  • "Sadda Haq"
2011Pyar Ka PunchnamaHindiClinton Cerejo, Hitesh Sonik
  • "Baanware"
20117 Khoon MaafHindiVishal Bhardwaj
  • "O' Mama" (Rap Vocals
  • "Doosri Darling"
2011VeppamTamilJoshua Sridhar
  • "Oru Devadai"
2010KanimozhiTamilSatish Chakravarthy
  • "Penne Pogathey"
  • "Thada Thada Endru"
2010Karthik Calling KarthikHindiShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Hey Ya!"
  • "Hey Ya! (Remix)"
2010IshqiyaHindiVishal Bhardwaj
  • "Dil To Bachcha Hai (Remix)"
2009All the Best: Fun BeginsHindiPritam
  • "Kyun"
2009Wake Up Sid!HindiShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Kya Karoon"
2009Siva Manasula SakthiTamilYuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Eppadio Matikittaen"
2009RideTeluguHemachandra
  • "Rangula lokam"
2009LuckHindiSalim-Sulaiman
  • "Aazma - Luck Is The Key"
2009Konchem Ishtam Konchem KashtamTeluguShankar-Ehsaan-Loy
  • "Egire Egire"
2008Vaaranam AayiramTamilHarris Jayaraj
  • "Oh Shanthi"
2008YuvvraajHindiA. R. Rahman
  • "Dil Ka Rishta"
2007SundayHindiAmar Mohile
  • "Sunday Theme"
2007PartnerHindiSajid-Wajid
  • "Do U Wanna Partner"
2006OmkaraHindiVishal Bharadwaj
  • "Beedi"
2006Kalvanin KadhaliTamilYuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Ivan Kattil"
2006HappyTeluguYuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Chal Chal Re"
2005Neal 'n' NikkiHindiSalim-Sulaiman
  • I'm In Love
  • "I Just Wanna Spend My Life With You"
2004ManmadhanTamilYuvan Shankar Raja
  • "Thathai Thathai"
2003Darna Mana HaiHindiSalim-Sulaiman
  • "Homework"
2003BoysTamilA. R. Rahman
  • "Secret Of Success"
  • "Please Sir"
2003BhootHindiSalim-Sulaiman
  • "Ghor Andhere"
2002VasuTeluguHarris Jayaraj
  • "Sportive Boys"
2001One 2 Ka 4HindiA. R. Rahman
  • "One 2 Ka 4"
2000Kandukondain KandukondainTamilA. R. Rahman
  • "Smayiyai"
2000AlaipayutheyTamilA. R. Rahman
  • "Endendrum Punnagai"
  • "Pachchai Nirame"
  • "Maangalyam"
1999Taj MahalTamilA. R. Rahman
  • "Thirupaachi"

Composer

YearAlbumNotes
2005Jawani Diwani  (Hindi)Clinton composed the title track for this album which was sung by Bobby Moon
2010Pyaar Ka PunchnamaComposed Tracks in collaboration with Hitesh Sonik

Music Producer

YearAlbumAlbum Artist
20117 Khoon MaafVishal Bhardwaj
2010IshqiyaVishal Bhardwaj
2009KamineyVishal Bhardwaj
2007Come One Come AllThe Fine (band)
2006OmkaraVishal Bhardwaj

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