On first hearing him perform, for the first time, you could be forgiven for thinking that singer/guitarist, Sunjay, is older than his 21 years. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument, he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar, when he was just 4 years old, and hasn’t put it down since.
Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There have been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award. He also made the final selection for the BBC’s Young Folk Award in 2012, had three nominations at the Exposure Music Awards 2014 and was also recognised by the 2014 British Blues Awards.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars. His performances have been described as “mature & confident”, while his guitar playing has been hailed as “superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate and faultless”.
Nov 2015, welcomed Sunjay’s latest release ‘Black & Blues’. Returning to New Mountain Music Studios with producer Eddy Morton (The Bushbury Mountain Daredevils), ‘Black & Blues’ was recorded in a single day on August 25, 2015. The album, comprised of 10 traditional blues songs, interpreted and arranged by Sunjay, showcasing his powerful vocals and his intricate, masterful guitar playing.
“Black & Blues, is a testimony to the skill and talent of Sunjay, who is without doubt one of the slickest dudes to sit behind a guitar. He sounds cool, plays cool, looks cool so much so you almost expect a little light to come when he opens his guitar case.” Folkall.Blogspot.
“For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease on stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life.” – Folk All Magazine
On July 16, Sunjay will perform at the Horsham Music Festival, Horsham Folk Club Stage, Amphitheatre (by Paninos) – Entrance Free, Stage opens 9.30am – and on July 17, tickets are available (at the door) for his performance at Horsham Folk Club, The Normandy Centre, Denne Road, Horsham, W. Sussex RH12 1JF – Doors: 7.45pm. Tickets: £8.00 (£5.00 members).
For more information and the latest tour news, please visit: www.sunjay.tv or visit the official Sunjay Facebook page.