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Birth NameGurpreet Singh Gill

Mini Bio (1)

Rabbi Shergill was born as Gurpreet Singh Gill.

Trade Mark (1)

His songs are deeply philosophical and blend ancient, Punjabi phrases into far more recent Indian rock music.

Trivia (5)

His father was a Sikh preacher. His mother is a college principal and a Punjabi poet. The combination of their backgrounds (Sikhism and verse) led him to his career in music.
His most famous song "Bulla Ki Jaana" was written by the 18th-century poet Bulle Shah. It was released in his first album (eponymously titled "Rabbi") and made the top of the charts all through 2005.
His first name "Rabbi" means "God-facing" and originates from the Punjabi word "Rabb" (God), which originally came from the Arabic word "Rubb" which means "Lord/Master/Creator/Who sustains and develops.".
Favourite musicians are Bruce Springsteen, the Sahotas, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and Jimmy Page.
The influences on his music are rock music, hard rock, Punjabi folk music and Sufi music.

Personal Quotes (5)

About singing in Punjabi: Why not? We Jat Sikhs are very proud people. I could never get it out of me. To start thinking in any other language would mean acknowledging its superiority. I would become a poor version of a Western rocker, a wannabe. I can't forget who I am.
About his background: I was very, very influenced by Sikh literature. I grew up reading Gyani Gyan Singh, Kabir's dohas, Shiv Bata... We would have long discussions on poetry. I was listening to rock music and Punjabi spiritual music. It all combusts, man. It's the great reality of urban India.
Inspiration is a big word. For me, it's the need to write. Solitude is what I require. I get stoned when I go to a new city. It somehow all falls together.
About his music career: I do this because I love this. I don't do this because I really need to become busy, or prove a point. I have to prove no point. What I really want to do is figure out if there are enough songs that I want to put out there. It has to come from within. I need to take my time, I need to do things that I enjoy because that's what gives me my music. I am only as good as the experiences I've had and I want to have real experiences.
About his new album "Avengi Ja Nahin": Because the album is just so random, it talks about different things. Even my last album was all over the place. I don't like to have a unifying thread. Tomorrow I might say that I want to do a rock opera so that might be different. But right now, I don't feel the need to have a unifying theme. So the only unifying theme is this peripatetic quality, this thing that I do. Randomness. There's not a single song I could pick out to represent the entire album but if I really had to then I would say "Challa." It sets the tone.

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