Trishna Amin

A music major at Drew University, Trishna Amin has sung in the Pan-African Choir and the women's a capella group, which has performed on both the East and West coasts.

Trishna has performed for parades in New York City and festivals all over the East Coast. She has also performed at various private parties, radio stations, and charity functions throughout her childhood, and continues to do so.

“Music is an important outlet in my life. It allows me to be myself and to become comfortable in my own skin. The stage feels like my home; it's where I can let loose and express emotions through my performance. It's my safe haven. I am so lucky and privileged to pursue this as my career, where I can entertain people and explore stories and feelings through music and enjoy every bit of it. The stage and I, we're like bread and butter, like peanut butter and jelly, like Batman and his Batmobile. I believe that music connects people in a way that nothing else can, and that power, to me, is beautiful and should be cherished.”

How do you describe your music to people?
My music has a lot of layers to it. I grew up being inspired by so many different genres. It has elements of rock, hip hop r&b, pop and Indian music. I try to incorporate all of these styles even when I sing in other languages such as Hindi. My upcoming album Icebreaker is a multilingual album that is in Hindi and English. I have tracks that are sung in both, and others like "Icebreaker" that are sung in one language to show all the musical sides of me and how I fuse all my musical influences.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was always singing and performing around the house when I was really little. I was an only child, so putting on shows for myself when I was home by myself, dancing and singing around the house was something I always did and was really fun for me. I would watch musicals and Disney movies and reenact them in my living room for my family too, and everytime I learned a song I ran to my mom or my dad to sing it to them. When my parents kept hearing me sing and realized that my singing was something I could share with others, they encouraged me to sing at all of our parties, private parties, and local functions. I started off singing at my birthday party. My family was known to throw really fun extravagant parties, so we always had huge crowds and their friends from all over coming to my birthday. When people heard me sing, they spread the word and then I would accompany my parents to various events to sing. I really started singing for people when I was 7 years old. I started off singing Disney songs, and then branched out to Hindi songs which I taught myself and songs by artists like Selena and Celine Dion. I just kept learning songs from whatever I would listen to on the radio and liked. I started writing lyrics and poetry when I was around 8 or 9 too, short songs and simple rhymes which got longer and deeper the older I became.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Sing of course! I also love love love to dance. If I'm not singing, you will find me dancing in a room to my ipod by myself at some point in the day.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
I'm just starting to break into the music industry, so I know I will be faced with bigger and more interesting challenges that I am ready to take head on, but I would say my biggest challenge is trying  to balance the demand of being a solo artist in the music business while never losing sight of my own instincts, voice and judgment. It is always important to know what your priorities are at the end of the day and why you decided to be a solo artist in the first place, which is to be known as a talented, passionate musician and entertainer.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
As a kid I thought I could be anything, from a doctor to a pilot, to a professional painter. But I think I always knew in my heart that singing and performing on stage was the only thing that would truly make me happy. Singing was the only ambition I really dreamed about.

In what way has your community impacted your development as a musician?
I come from a multicultural background. My family is from India and I was born and raised here. I have definitely been influenced by Hindi music and have learned Hindustani classical music. I was surrounded by Indian culture and the music since I was a baby. Similarly, I was influenced by Western music and the songs my friends listened to and the songs that were popular in my neighborhood and schools like hip hop and rock. My dad is also a big fan of old school soul, R&B music and disco, so those sounds also stuck with me when embarking on creative projects.

What other artists out there do you love?
I respect Beyonce as an artist, along with Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. Michael Jackson and Selena are my idols that I look up to.

What does your future hold?
I wish I was psychic lol. Hopefully my future holds performing for hundreds of thousands of people on stage! I'm not going to stop until I get it no matter what!