“Music is my mother and my father; it is my work and my rest...my blood...my compass...my love” ― Jeff Buckley.
Veeraj Lutchman, has burst onto our TV screens on Gary Barlow’s ‘Let it Shine’ on BBC 1. A natural performer with a powerful voice and a desire to perform. ‘Let it Shine’ has given Veeraj a platform to show a wider audience his ability as a performer and the confidence to find his own voice with 2017 seeing the launch of his debut release ‘Speak the Truth’ and a UK wide tour. Appearing on ‘Let it Shine’ is by no means the start of Veeraj’s musical journey. Born into a Mauritian family and growing up in the small Surrey town of Frimley, Veeraj always longed for the entertainment world. This started in musical theatre, a drama degree, but then grew into a stronger passion of writing, singing and performing music. Veeraj has experienced some of the highs and lows of the music business. Starting out in a Virgin Records store he once snuck into his managers office and found Richard Branson’s home address and sent him a demo of some of his songs, to Veeraj’s surprise Richard Branson phoned him personally to invite him into work on producing music for V2 Records. After this experience Veeraj together with his younger sister, were signed to a band called Devoted (Telstar Records and EMI Publishing). This opportunity saw him perform alongside Lemar, Girl’s Aloud and Blue and produce music with some of the worlds best known music producers, these include Max Martin, Rishi Rich (Jay Sean), Ignorants (Craig David), Big Pockets (Michelle Escoffrey and Liberty X), Savan Kotecha (Ariana Grande), Mathias Johansson (Sophie Eliss Bextor and Danni Minogue) and Steve McNichol (Stereophonics). Veeraj found that the comfort of being in a band was very different from being a solo performer and decided to quit Devoted to focus, on writing his own music. ‘Speak the Truth’ sees Veeraj in collaboration with Itay Kashti (Fink, James and John Power) to produce his first solo work.
Now writing and performing his own songs and gigging in London (O2 Academy, Hoxton Underbelly, The Spice of Life) he is showing us why years of exploring music across all fields can create a real artist that successfully mixes the old with the new.
“Sing your greatest song. And you'll keep, going, going on” – Donny Hathaway.