Multi award winning Punjabi singing sensation Garry Sandhu’s meteoric rise through the British Asian music scene is something that is remembered fondly even today. Despite being away from Britain for the last 8 years, his fan base has only expanded in the country widely regarded as the home of Bhangra in the west.
But this year will see the return of Garry Sandhu as the headline act for E3UK Live 2019, an incredible event celebrating Bhangra music with an even more spectacular star studded line up including Ammy Virk and Mankirt Aulakh. The event is organised by one of Britain’s leading Asian entertainment companies, E3UK. It will take place at The Arena Birmingham (formally known as The Barclaycard Arena) on Saturday 2nd November 2019.
Having first arrived in the UK in 2002, Garry spent the first few years working in various labour jobs in Birmingham, whilst continuing his struggle in making his dreams of becoming a singer into a reality. With the release of his debut song “Main Nee Peenda” in 2010, Sandhu became a household name overnight. Chartbusters such as ‘Fresh”, “Sahan Toh Piyarya”, “Tohar” and “Dil De De” in the following year cemented his position as one of the leading vocalists within the industry and winning him the BritAsia Best Newcomer and Best Male Act of that year.
It is said “no one is immune to the trials and tribulations of life”, and Garry Sandhu was no exception. In late 2011 his fans were shocked to learn that he had been arrested and detained by the UK Border Agency for violating immigration laws and overstaying in the country after having had permission to remain refused. After a short legal battle, Garry Sandhu was removed back to India in January 2012.
Garry Sandhu stated “I am moulded by my past and although I cannot change things, I have learnt a great deal over the last 10 years. I deeply regret and am remorseful for my past actions, when it comes to my Immigration history in the UK. Staying within the remit and boundaries of the law is something every upstanding citizen should do. I am grateful to all my fans and the UK Immigration services/Home Office for allowing me the opportunity to return back to the UK.”
Despite the setback in the past, Garry Sandhu didn’t give up on his dreams. Recounting the initial days after his return to India, Garry had said that he felt like his life had come to a standstill with minimal savings and having to face stigma for having been sent back home. But within a year Garry was back with a religious song – “Ik Tere Sahaara” – which he wrote himself and based on his life after returning to India, his struggle against depression and fight to stand back on to his own feet.
Fast forward to 2019, and not only has Garry Sandhu made a comeback as a leading vocalist in the Bhangra industry, he has now become a playback singer in Bollywood, with his song “Hauli Hauli” being used in the Ajay Devgn starrer “De De Pyaar De” alongside Neha Kakkar. In addition Garry Sandhu has also launched his own record label “Fresh Media Records” collaborating with some of the biggest artists across the globe.
Headlining UK’s biggest Bhangra Festival event of the year in his adopted home town of Birmingham later this year, life seems to have come a full circle for him. The event will also include a league of singing superstars joining Gary Sandhu, ensuring it is an event not to be missed.
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Clients include Oscar winning musician A R Rahman, Asha Bhosle, Adnan Sami, Atif Aslam, Badshah, Sukhwinder Singh, Javed Akhtar, Shreya Ghoshal, Diljit Dosanjh, Arijit Singh and Bollywood celebrities such as Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Akshay Kumar, Kapil Sharma, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha, Farhan Akhtar to name a few.
Director of Eventimm, Gurpreet Singh stated “It’s been a long but rewarding journey working with Mr Garry Sandhu. I believe everyone deserves a second chance in life and no matter what obstacles you face in life, with the right help and support I believe anything is possible.”