Sheila Chandra

Sheila Chandra

Real Name:
Sheila Savithri Elizabeth Chandra
Profile:
Sheila Chandra first came to prominence as a teenage actress on the British teen school soap "Grange Hill" playing the character Sudhamani Patel between 1979 and 1981.

At the same time as she left the series Steve Coe head of Indipop was looking for a vocalist for his Asian fusion band Monsoon. Allegedly he found an old demo tape of Chandra's in a box at Hansa and was attracted by her rich, fluid voice and South Indian heritage.

Monsoon's debut single, the much sampled "Ever So Lonely", recorded when Chandra was 16, reached #9 in the UK charts in April 1982, but subsequent singles made less impact and she left the group at the end of the year

She subsequently made 4 solo albums with Indipop, before retiring at the age of 20, coming back in 1991 for a 5th solo album "Roots and Wings" for Indipop where she began to expirement with voice tracks laid over drones, a style which set the tone for her work in the 90s

From there, Chandra's association with Real World Records began as she made 3 remarkable albums, "Weaving My Ancestors Voices" and "Speaking In Tongues" Parts 1 and II, fusing Arab, Andalucian, Celtic and Indian vocal styles with even older traditions such as Gregorian plainsong. She also performed live for 2 years in the 90s, for the first and so far only time in her career

In 1999 Real World released a retrospective of her work "Moonsung" and a retrospective of her Indipop work appeared in 2003
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Sheila Chandra Discography

Albums

SCH 2 Sheila Chandra Quiet! (Album) Indipop SCH 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SCH 1 Sheila Chandra Out On My Own (Album) Indipop SCH 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SCH4 Sheila Chandra Nada Brahma (Album) Indipop SCH4 UK 1985 Sell This Version
SCH 3 Sheila Chandra The Struggle (Album) Indipop SCH 3 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
SCH 5 Sheila Chandra Roots And Wings (Album) Indipop SCH 5 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
CDRW24, CD RW 24 Sheila Chandra Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (Album) Real World Records, Real World Records CDRW24, CD RW 24 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
CDRW45, CD RW 45, 7243 8 39457 2 6 Sheila Chandra The Zen Kiss (Album) Real World Records, Real World Records, Real World Records CDRW45, CD RW 45, 7243 8 39457 2 6 UK & Europe 1994 Sell This Version
314 526 527-2 Monsoon Featuring Sheila Chandra Monsoon Featuring Sheila Chandra - Monsoon (Album) Mercury 314 526 527-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
CAROL 2356-A Sheila Chandra ABoneCroneDrone (Album) Real World Records, Real World Records, Real World Records CAROL 2356-A US 1996 Sell This Version
72438-50954-2-9, VNDCD107 Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False) Shakti Records, Shakti Records 72438-50954-2-9, VNDCD107 Europe 2001 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SCH12 Sheila Chandra The Struggle(12", Single) Indipop SCH12 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
NB 103 Sheila Chandra All You Want Is More(12", Single) Phonoprint Press London NB 103 UK 1988 Sell This Version
7243 8 94794 2 3, Sheila Chandra Speaking In Tongues '98 (Single) VCI Recordings, Real World Records 7243 8 94794 2 3, Italy 1997 Sell This Version
EEP CD1 Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - EEP1(CD, EP, Num) Indipop EEP CD1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
EEP CD2 Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - EEP2(CD, EP) Indipop EEP CD2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
SPCHS02 Afro Deep & Sheila Chandra Afro Deep & Sheila Chandra - Waiting EP (EP) Spacecraft, Spacecraft SPCHS02 France 2003 Sell This Version

Compilations

SILK 001 Sheila Chandra Silk 1983-1990 (Comp) Indipop SILK 001 UK 1990 Sell This Version
64035 Sheila Chandra Silk (Comp) Shanachie 64035 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ALCB-607 Sheila Chandra Best Of Sheila Chandra(CD, Comp) Alfa International ALCB-607 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
884108007624 Sheila Chandra Moonsung (A Real World Retrospective) (Comp) Real World Records, Real World Records 884108007624 US 1999 Sell This Version
72435-81604-0-6 Sheila Chandra The Indipop Retrospective(CD, Comp, RE) Narada World 72435-81604-0-6 Europe 2003 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

70876-15257-2-4, 70876-15253-2-8, (none) Sheila Chandra & Steve Coe Sheila Chandra & Steve Coe - Exclusive Sheila Chandra Interview CD With Producer Steve Coe(CD, Promo, Car) Narada World, Narada World, Indipop 70876-15257-2-4, 70876-15253-2-8, (none) US 2000 Sell This Version

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cthulhu303

cthulhu303

August 26, 2002
edited over 5 years ago
Sheila sure has one of the most sampled female vocals. Think about RMB's "Love is an ocean"? Sheila Chandra. Visions of Shiva's "How much can you take"? Sheila Chandra. Andrew Brix's "Piano Euphoria"? Sheila Chandra.
She was even asked to perform the vocal on The Prodigy's "Smack my bitch up", but refused when realised the vulgarity of the track itself.
She's the One!

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