Born into a Sikh family in Tottenham, Amrit Kaur Lohia is a singer-songwriter, Sarangi player and vocalist in genres of Punjabi folk, R&B and soul. She also plays the Mbira and Dilruba. Based in London, she tours internationally as a performer, educator, youth worker and social entrepreneur. She was recently named a BBC Music Introducing artist. Praised for her live ability by the legendary record producer Rick Rubin, her notable performances include Glastonbury Festival 2017, MTV, Somerset House Summer Series, TEDxSOAS, Jaipur Literature Festival (India), UN General Assembly for Unicef, Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe (NYC), Royal Festival Hall, Polish Jazz Festival, UC Berkeley, Princeton University and Columbia University. Her music has been played on BBC6 Music by Cerys Matthews and BBC Radio Asian Network and she has composed music for BBC television series and theatre productions across the UK.
“Amrit’s voice takes you to another place, where it’s just you and the music. The audience disappears for that moment and it’s just her pulling at your heartstrings. It’s an absolute breathtaking experience. She is full of soul and has a power in her voice that shakes any room she sings in. It’s always a gift to witness her on her stage and be transformed.”rupi kaur – author of milk & honey
She is currently amidst releasing a three-track series called #EternallyDisplaced. Written and recorded at the historic RAK Studios in London, produced by Grammy, BRIT and Mercury Prize winning producer Jonathan Quarmby. ‘Bloodline’ is out now, the next release ‘Paradise Lost’ will be available on streaming services from 25th February 2019.
As a beneficiary of grassroots youth organisations herself, Amrit has become an experienced youth worker, mentoring youth offenders, children in foster care and refugee children. In the last seven years, she has worked on personal development and leadership programmes as a coach, mentor and operations director in state schools, private schools and universities in the UK, USA, India and China.
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE & ACTIVISM
Amrit is the founder/director of ‘humanised.org’, a social enterprise dedicated to humanising history and social issues through the Arts. With workshops taking place across the UK, USA, Canada and India, Humanised was awarded the UnLtd ‘Do it Award’ in 2016 and featured in the seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Amrit has represented UK Punjab Heritage before the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee at Lambeth Palace, taken roles as youth trustee and youth ambassador for Envision and The Holocaust Educational trust and has spoken alongside prominent politicians, Holocaust and Rwandan genocide survivors at City Hall, Imperial War Museum and she has even performed for the Unicef UN General Assembly even at the Town Hall Theatre in New York. She is currently a Global Youth Ambassador for ‘A World at School’. Hear her interview with TheirWorld president Sarah Brown for the ‘Better Angels’, with Nikesh Shukla:
Amrit trained as a theatre director at the Young Vic Theatre. She has taken on the role as writer, producer, director and music director for various productions in recent years and has collaborated with theatre companies across the UK.
Amrit graduated with distinction in MA History, specialising in South Asia, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (SOAS). Here, she also received her Certificate in Teaching World Music. Amrit is a Sarangi student of Shri Surjeet Singh, senior student of legendary Sarangi maestro Pandit Ram Narayan.