Thomson Andrews

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Thomson performing at a concert.
Background information
Birth nameThomson Roger Andrews
BornSeptember 25th 1987
Genres Indipop, Contemporary R&B, funk, soul, jazz, gospel, hip hop, pop, rhythm and blues, neo soul
Occupation(s) Singer, Performer, Songwriter, Dancer, Actor
Instruments Vocals
Labels T-Series
Associated actsTHE REMIX - Amazon Video, Sunidhi Chauhan LIVE.

Thomson Andrews (born 25 September 1987) is a multi-lingual Indian playback singer, performer, songwriter, dancer, and actor. He is currently featured on the Amazon Prime original music show The Remix as one of the newer contemporary Indian playback singers and a live performer. Thomson has been certified by Trinity College of Music, London as a performing vocalist. He trained briefly in Hindustani classical singing at the Gwalior Gharana.

Multilingualism the ability to speak multiple language

Multilingualism is the use of more than one language, either by an individual speaker or by a group of speakers. It is believed that multilingual speakers outnumber monolingual speakers in the world's population. More than half of all Europeans claim to speak at least one language other than their mother tongue; but many read and write in one language. Always useful to traders, multilingualism is advantageous for people wanting to participate in globalization and cultural openness. Owing to the ease of access to information facilitated by the Internet, individuals' exposure to multiple languages is becoming increasingly possible. People who speak several languages are also called polyglots.

Performing arts art forms in which artists use their body or voice to convey artistic expression

Performing arts are a form of art in which artists use their voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression. It is different from visual arts, which is when artists use paint, canvas or various materials to create physical or static art objects. Performing arts include a range of disciplines which are performed in front of a live audience.

A songwriter is a professional that writes lyrics or composes musical compositions for songs. A songwriter can also be called a composer, although the latter term tends to be used mainly for individuals from the classical music genre and film scoring, but is also associated with writing and composing the original musical composition or musical bed. A songwriter that writes the lyrics/words are referred to as lyricist. The pressure from the music industry to produce popular hits means that songwriting is often an activity for which the tasks are distributed between a number of people. For example, a songwriter who excels at writing lyrics might be paired with a songwriter with the task of creating original melodies. Pop songs may be written by group members from the band or by staff writers – songwriters directly employed by music publishers. Some songwriters serve as their own music publishers, while others have outside publishers.


Thomson has produced numerous hits [1] [2] [3] and ad jingles [4] over the years. He was particularly notable among the Hindi speaking audience with "Bach Ke Bakshi" from Detective Byomkesh Bakshi, "Rumani" from Aakashvani and "Sheher Mera" from One By Two. He is also known for his diverse singing range demonstrated in several hits.

Hindi Indo-Aryan language spoken in India

Hindi, or Modern Standard Hindi is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the official languages of India, along with the English language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. However, it is not the national language of India because no language was given such a status in the Indian constitution.

Aside from his Bollywood career, he is also involved in other media projects such as MTV Coke Studio (India) Season 2 and MTV Unplugged (India) Seasons 1, 2, and 6. He has worked and collaborated with industry veterans such as Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy, Pritam, and Amit Trivedi.

Bollywood Hindi language film industry

Hindi cinema, often known as Bollywood and formerly as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai. The term is a portmanteau of "Bombay" and "Hollywood". The industry is related to Tamil film industry (Kollywood), Telugu film industry (Tollywood) and other industries, making up Indian Cinema – the world's largest.

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel that serves as the flagship property of owner Viacom Media Networks and is headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.


Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy is an Indian musical trio consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa. They have composed music for over 50 soundtracks across five languages - Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi and English. Amongst the most critically acclaimed Indian musicians, the trio have won numerous awards, including National Film Award (India), Filmfare Awards, IIFA Awards. They are often referred to as the "Amar Akbar Anthony" of the Hindi film music industry.

Early life

Thomson's involvement in music began when he sang at school competitions. As a Roman Catholic, he also participated in his church choir. His family had very strong roots in Gospel music and its related genres such as blues, soul, and R&B. Thomson was born in Mumbai to a liberal South Indian family, with his father hailing from Kerala and his mother from Chennai. He was catapulted into the world of music when he won a gospel talent show at the age of seventeen in 2005. He continued working while pursuing his college education as a science major. Thomson did not pursue music full-time. Instead, he began a corporate career and worked for four years, gaining experience in auditing, human resources, inventory, and contact centers among others. To pursue his musical ambitions, Thomson switched to teaching Western music. He then started doing shows and concert performances.

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of gospel music varies according to culture and social context. Gospel music is composed and performed for many purposes, including aesthetic pleasure, religious or ceremonial purposes, and as an entertainment product for the marketplace. Gospel music usually has dominant vocals with Christian lyrics. Gospel music can be traced to the early 17th century, with roots in the black oral tradition. Hymns and sacred songs were often repeated in a call and response fashion. Most of the churches relied on hand clapping and foot stomping as rhythmic accompaniment. Most of the singing was done a cappella. The first published use of the term "gospel song" probably appeared in 1874. The original gospel songs were written and composed by authors such as George F. Root, Philip Bliss, Charles H. Gabriel, William Howard Doane, and Fanny Crosby. Gospel music publishing houses emerged. The advent of radio in the 1920s greatly increased the audience for gospel music. Following World War II, gospel music moved into major auditoriums, and gospel music concerts became quite elaborate.

Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes, usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.


He began his music career when he performed at the Indian Premier League (IPL) awards show with A. R. Rahman with his choir conductor Celeste Cordo and his mentor Clinton Cerejo. Subsequently, he worked with ad composer Rupert Fernandes who used his voice on many ad jingles for products like Nestlé, HCL, [5] and Volkswagen [6] . After the IPL show, he continued working with A. R. Rahman on numerous film projects, songs, and on background scores with Clinton Cerejo and Suzanne D'Mello.

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A. R. Rahman Indian singer and composer

Allahrakka Rahmanpronunciation ; born A. S. Dileep Kumar) known professionally as A. R. Rahman, is an Indian music director, composer, musician, singer and music producer. His works are noted for integrating Indian classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements. Among his awards are six National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe Award, fifteen Filmfare Awards and seventeen Filmfare Awards South. He has been awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 2010 by the Government of India. In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. The UK-based world-music magazine Songlines named him one of "Tomorrow's World Music Icons" in August 2011.

Clinton Cerejo is an Indian music producer, film composer and singer.

Thomson has lent his voice to numerous movie songs as an additional vocalist for many music directors and has sung on many projects and jingles for various ad jingle composers in the advertising industry. His credits for singing and vocal arrangements are mentioned in recently released Bollywood film productions from 2014 to 2015 including: Dhoom 3, D-Day, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Bang Bang, Happy New Year, Hasee Toh Phasee, Byomkesh Bakshi, and Bombay Velvet. He sang playback songs "Bach ke Bakshi" for the 2015 movie Byomkesh Bakshi for music director Sneha Khanwalkar; "Shehar Mera" for the movie One By Two for music directors Shankar–Ehsaan–Loy; and "Rumani," a duet with Shalmali Kholgade in the movie Akaash Vani for music director Hitesh Sonik. Apart from Bollywood films, he has also sung playback songs in South Indian films for music director M. Ghibran: "Saridhaana Saridhaana" for the Tamil movie Amara Kaaviyam , "Rajadhi Rajanappa" for the Telugu film Run Raja Run , "O Pagol Mon" for the Bengali movie Dashami [7] and "Kanna Muche" for the Tulu Film Aamait Asal Eemait Kusal.

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<i>Bhaag Milkha Bhaag</i> (soundtrack) 2013 soundtrack album to Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by Shankar Ehsaan Loy

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Throughout his journey as a full-time vocalist, Thomson has been associated with many international music projects and has sung on the background score of the Oscar-nominated Hollywood film '127 Hours' for A. R. Rahman, has lent additional vocals on the song "Satyameva Jayathe" (song) from the international album SuperHeavy also for A. R. Rahman involving Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, and Damian Marley. He has also worked with Indian Hollywood filmmaker Mira Nair along with music director Vishal Bhardwaj on songs for the musical adaptation of her film Monsoon Wedding . He has performed in an international opera Madama Butterfly' including cast members from Austria, Korea, and America staged at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (India) and has musically directed adaptations of the musicals Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Oliver staged in Mumbai and played the role of Mr. Bumble in Oliver. He performed with the Cadenza Kantori choir at The Rottenburg am Neckar Festival of Choirs in Germany and at Taizé Community in Burgundy, France in his early 20s.

He currently performs across the globe singing in 12 languages and is associated with Sunidhi Chauhan’s Live Bollywood music concerts. He is also currently featured in the worldwide Amazon Prime Original music show The Remix as one of the newer contemporary Indian playback singers and quirky live performers.

Thomson launched his debut single, "People Ain’t Things," in April 2014, [8] a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning sound mixer Reuben Cohen (Hollywood) and Deepak Palikonda. The track won prominent airtime on MTV Indies, VH1 India, 9XO, and Radio One (India).

In 2015, Thomson, as RaagaTrippin, hosted the red carpet event at the Radio Mirchi Music Awards 2015 and also performed at the Global Indian Music Academy Awards 2015 with music director Pritam Chakraborty. As RaagaTrippin, he also performed at the Indian Premier League opening ceremony 2015 with music director Pritam Chakraborty.

Since then he has released other singles: "I Got Your Money" in 2017, "We’re No Strangers" in 2018, and "Ke Holi Hain" in 2018. The latter two songs were favorably received and were played frequently on BBC Asian Network Radio - London. They were tracks of the week at IGYM. The song's music videos have garnered more than one million YouTube views.

Thomson, who is also known as a trendsetter in fashion [9] for his quirky style, funky hair-dos, and outlandish glasses, performed for Vogue India 's Women Empowerment initiative #VogueEmpower in 2014. He was the first Funk-R&B artist in Mumbai to curate Motown, R&B, funk, and soul music tribute concerts. [10] He is reportedly collaborating with Indie funk band SPUNQX.

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