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Meet New Delhi Singer-Songwriter Kiara Chettri

The 17-year-old musician recently released her full-length debut album ‘4AM’

David Britto Dec 10, 2020

New Delhi singer-songwriter Kiara Chettri. Photo: Manav Parhawk

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New Delhi singer-songwriter Kiara Chettri’s encounter with music kicked off when she was a toddler. It was at a music school called Chantochords in Gurugram, which her mother founded, where Chettri learned her craft. “I actually hated singing at first. I thought it was so boring and that there was so much practice required for nothing,” says the young artist. She adds, “But when I started getting good at it, I didn’t want to miss a single class.” After graduating from Trinity College of London at the age of 13, there was no looking back for Chettri and she knew from then that music is what she wanted to pursue.

With a bunch of singles already under her belt, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter recently released her 10-track full-length debut album 4AM. Ask her how she feels about her career moving at a quick pace and Chettri says, “It’s kind of surreal that everything is moving so fast and I also really don’t want it to end because according to me, this is just the beginning of my journey.”

The acoustic new age pop record contains catchy tunes, melancholy as well as singalongs while Chettri’s sparkling voice holds everything in place perfectly. The album covers various themes such as questioning one’s self and dreaming big (“Hopefully Not Too Far”), cheating (“Never”) and more. The artist says, “The interesting thing is that I have never been cheated on so I don’t relate to the song at all. I actually saw one of my friends go through this experience and was inspired by it because I feel like this topic needs to be spoken about more.” 4AM was recorded at Gurugram’s Blue Bus Studios as well as Chettri’s home studio and produced, mixed and mastered by experimental band Amogh Symphony’s Vishal J. Singh.

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Due to COVID-19, Chettri had to cancel several live shows. The pandemic also affected the young musician mentally. The singer-songwriter explains that she would be on the receiving end of palpitations during the night. She says, “I knew I was just overthinking a lot about my future and my album. But I spoke to myself and told myself that ‘by stressing out you’re not going to get anywhere but if you do what you’re supposed to do, you’re taking another step towards reaching your goals.’” Chettri is optimistic about the future as she prepares to work on more music and also has a music video coming out. “There’s a lot of other fun stuff in-store as well,” she says.

Stream ‘4AM’ on Spotify below and on other platforms

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