Jinder is a travelling singer / songwriter and storyteller.
Although just 25 years old, Jinder is familiar with stages all over the world,
notably having played throughout Europe and the USA as well as having toured
the UK relentlessly over the last six years.
Formerly the frontman and founder of alt.rock troupe Candlefire,
best known for their 2002 chart single "Sorrow Spreads Its Wings",
released on acclaimed indie One Little Indian, Jinder parted company amicably
with the band in 2003 to pursue a more roots-based direction.
Following his departure from Candlefire, Jinder teamed up creatively
with his good friend and fellow singer/songwriter Olas to write and record the
critically acclaimed 2004 duo album "The Best Of Days Ahead", released
on FrontSide Records in April of that year, and trailered by the single "Something",
which was a success at radio and scored the duo a minor hit.
After 9 great collaborative months of touring, writing, and
earnestly endeavouring to rid the world of all supplies of Jamesons' Whiskey,
Olas & Jinder went their separate ways in July of 2004 to pursue solo work,
Olas forming chillout fusion group Astro0
(pronounced Astronaut), who have gone on since to sell upwards of 20,000 records,
and Jinder re-entered the studio to begin sessions for what would, 9 months
later, emerge as lauded debut album "Willow Park".
In the ensuing months, Jinder toured extensively, supporting
lauded acts including Martin Grech, Jackie Leven, Hazel O'Connor and more, and
began to re-establish himself as a credible, heart-on-sleeve, rootsy solo artist
with an ever-expanding catalogue of melancholy, expressive and honest songs.
Acclaim poured in from press and online publications, but Jinder was, at this
point, still without a solo recording deal.
However, a chance meeting at a Jinder show at London's Troubadour
Club with Folkwit Records founder Nick Butcher yielded a meeting of minds, and
was the beginning of a friendship and collboration which has gone from strength
to strength in the last two years. In July 2005, Folkwit Records released Jinder's
debut solo album "Willow Park", a record which built expertly on the
interest and acclaim that the previous year's touring had piqued, and was lavished
with praise from critics throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
More touring followed in 2005, including several memorable
festival appearances, and a total of 174 live shows throughout the year. Come
the winter, Jinder took a break from the road, and began to write the followup
to "Willow Park". The songs came quickly, from the rootsy storytelling
of "Hill Country" and "Hazel County", the good-time rave-ups
of "Life" and "Shake Me", to the heartstained, autobiographical
balladry of "Train In Your Voice" and "Cicadas Cafe", and
it was soon evident that the groundwork had been laid for a second album that
not only neatly trumped "Willow Park" in an artistic sense, but also
provided the previously unthinkable-a clutch, amongst the melancholia, of Jinder
songs that could, concievably, be danced to! What a shocker.
Jinder put together a stunning band of players, including Sam
Blincoe of Black Bart, Simon Crabb of Breakneck Creek, Melvin Duffy of Robbie
Williams' band and more, and entered Room With A View studios in Dorset to commence
sessions for the album. Re-uniting with long-time accomplice and former Candlefire
producer Stephen Darrell Smith, over the ensuing month or two of sessions, second
album "I'm Alive" was born.
An instant hit with all of those who have heard it, "I'm
Alive" is available now from all good online retailers and record stores
in Europe, and at selected stores in the USA.
Jinder is currently still battering the highways of the UK
and Europe with a vengeance, and is to set out on an extensive UK tour in February
and March of 2007. More updates will come as and when the related events occur.