Raised in Mumbai, India, Usha Uthup is one of the most popular pop music and playback singers. Although never formally trained, Usha’s talent and passion for music were noticed at an early age. Now Usha is an international artist with fans from around the globe and a long list of prestigious credentials to her name. Not only has Usha performed for heads-of state, presidents and prime ministers, such as Indira Gandhi, Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Arap Moi and Nelson Mandela, but Usha is the only artist to have recorded six albums in English with HMV/EMI. Today she sings in more than thirteen Indian and eight foreign languages—an incredible feat! Besides singing in Indian languages Hindi, Punjabi, Bangla, Assamese, Oriya, Khasi, Gujurati, Marathi, Konkani, Malayalam, Kannada, Tamil and Telugu, she also sings in French, German, Italian, Sinhalese, Swahili, Russian, Nepalese, Arabic, Creole and English.
Shure is proud to partner with a charismatic and powerful vocal artist like Usha. When asked how long she has used Shure, Usha responded laughing, “That’s like opening a history book! I’ve been singing for 44 years and I’ve been using Shure for 40. Now that is something of a record, isn’t it?” But is Shure really a part of Usha’s performance? She answered, “Completely. I can’t do without Shure. And that’s not just a line.”
Shure asked Usha about her favourite Shure gear, and she explained, “Without a doubt, the Shure SM58®. I find that the SM58 is such an amazing product. The best application for me is onstage, but some of my big albums and most of my singing in the studio is on a SM58. [The SM58] has presence, response and warmth and carries your voice through. It doesn’t alter your voice, it’s got everything that a singer wants, that’s what I feel. I’ve tried many microphones…and that is when you realize how much you miss the warmth of an SM58.”
In addition to her commanding stage presence and her reputation as an incredible live performer, Usha also owns her own recording studio and has recorded numerous albums. Shure asked more about the equipment she trusts in the studio and the first products to come to mind were Shure Professional Headphones and Shure recording microphones, especially for micing instruments in the studio.
Usha’s trademark passion and velvet voice have earned her an impressive international following and many notable career moments. And Shure is proud to have been a part of her musical journey.
Check out Usha’s thoughts on Shure in her video interview. For more information on Usha and her upcoming album, visit www.ushauthup.com.
What Usha Uthup uses
What Usha Uthup uses
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