Sheila Chandra

Real Name:
Sheila Savithri Elizabeth Chandra
Profile:
Sheila Chandra is a writer and retired English vocalist and actress of South Indian descent. She now coaches creative professionals and has written two guidebooks for improving organizational skills. She 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. Around the time she left the series, her future husband and musical partner Steve Coe, head of Indipop, was looking for a vocalist for his Asian fusion band Monsoon, and became enamored with Chandra after allegedly finding one of her demo tapes in a box at Hansa.
Monsoon's debut single, "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. She returned to singing in 1991 for a 5th solo album, Roots and Wings, in which she began to experiment with drone-based music. This set the tone for her work in the '90s, including 3 albums for Real World Records, 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.
Since 2009, a neurological condition, called Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS), has caused Chandra extreme pain when using her voice, so she again retired from singing.
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Albums

SCH 1 Out On My Own — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Out On My Own (Album) Indipop SCH 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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06131 Quiet! — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Quiet! (Album) Indipop 06131 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
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SCH4 Nada Brahma — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Nada Brahma (Album) Indipop SCH4 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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SCHMC 3 The Struggle — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra The Struggle (Album) Indipop SCHMC 3 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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SCH 5 Roots And Wings — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Roots And Wings (Album) Indipop SCH 5 Sweden 1989 Sell This Version
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CDRW24, CD RW 24 Weaving My Ancestors' Voices — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (Album) Real World Records, Real World Records CDRW24, CD RW 24 UK & Europe 1992 Sell This Version
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CDRW45, CD RW 45, 7243 8 39457 2 6 The Zen Kiss — Sheila Chandra 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
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314 526 527-4 Monsoon — Sheila Chandra Monsoon Featuring Sheila Chandra Monsoon Featuring Sheila Chandra - Monsoon (Album, Comp) Chronicles, Mercury 314 526 527-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
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CAROL 2356-A ABoneCroneDrone — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra ABoneCroneDrone (Album) Real World Records, Real World Records, Real World Records CAROL 2356-A US 1996 Sell This Version
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70876-15315-2-7 Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra* Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra* - "This Sentence Is True" (The Previous Sentence Is False) (Album) Shakti Records, Indipop, Virgin 70876-15315-2-7 US 2001 Sell This Version
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none Pure Drones Vol II — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - Pure Drones Vol II(7xFile, MP3, 320) Indipop none Europe 2013
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none Pure Drones Vol I — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - Pure Drones Vol I(7xFile, MP3, 320) Indipop none Europe 2013
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none Pure Drones Vol III — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - Pure Drones Vol III(7xFile, MP3, 320) Indipop none Europe 2013
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Singles & EPs

SCH12 The Struggle — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra The Struggle(12", Single) Indipop SCH12 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
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NB 103 All You Want Is More — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra All You Want Is More(12", Single) Phonoprint Press London NB 103 UK 1988 Sell This Version
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FRY 014T Raining (My Eyes Are Filled With Clouds) Remix — Sheila Chandra Ancient Beatbox With Sheila Chandra Ancient Beatbox With Sheila Chandra - Raining (My Eyes Are Filled With Clouds) Remix(12") Cooking Vinyl FRY 014T UK 1990 Sell This Version
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7243 8 94794 2 3, 724389479461 Speaking In Tongues '98 — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Speaking In Tongues '98 (Single) VCI Recordings, Real World Records 7243 8 94794 2 3, 724389479461 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
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EEP CD1 EEP1 — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - EEP1(CD, EP, Num) Indipop EEP CD1 UK 1999 Sell This Version
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EEP CD2 EEP2 — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra Sheila Chandra With The Ganges Orchestra - EEP2(CD, EP) Indipop EEP CD2 UK 2000 Sell This Version
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GUR002 Come Over 2 My Place / Roots + Wings — Sheila Chandra Davina / Sheila Chandra Davina / Sheila Chandra - Come Over 2 My Place / Roots + Wings(12") Not On Label GUR002 US 2000 Sell This Version
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SPCHS02 Waiting EP — Sheila Chandra Afro Deep & Sheila Chandra Afro Deep & Sheila Chandra - Waiting EP (EP) Spacecraft, Spacecraft SPCHS02 France 2003 Sell This Version
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Compilations

SILK 001 Silk 1983-1990 — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Silk 1983-1990 (Comp) Indipop SILK 001 Scandinavia 1990 Sell This Version
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ALCB-607 Best Of Sheila Chandra — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Best Of Sheila Chandra(CD, Comp) Alfa International ALCB-607 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
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SA4578 Moonsung (A Real World Retrospective) — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra Moonsung (A Real World Retrospective) (Comp) Real World Records, Real World Records SA4578 France 1999 Sell This Version
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72435-81604-0-6 The Indipop Retrospective — Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra The Indipop Retrospective (Comp) Narada World 72435-81604-0-6 US 2003 Sell This Version

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cthulhu303

cthulhu303

August 26, 2002
edited over 12 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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