Falu on new Grammy position: Got it because of what I represent
By Bryan Durham - June 19, 2019
Falu Shah was the only artist of Indian origin nominated at this year’s Grammys. She has now been appointed as the Governor for the Grammy’s Recording Academy’s New York Chapter Board!
This is a big deal, as she will represent diversity and give a voice to South Asians from all around the world. No other Indian origin musician has been given this position.
We reached out to Falu to explain in detail what her role entailed and what the new honour means to her…
How do you feel about being appointed as Grammy governor for the NY chapter?
I often pinch myself and wonder how I made it here from Mumbai to the Grammys? I’m still in awe and I wonder if this all is a dream. The journey hasn’t been easy at all. I had to work 18 hours for years and years and even when I heard negative feedback, I kept myself positive which was sometimes very hard and I never gave up. I work much harder now than ever. It’s been hard wearing so many hats — wife, mom, daughter, sister, daughter-in-law, bandleader, teacher and now a governor. Sometimes I failed badly and sometimes I succeeded and the failures are always harder to accept than successes. I made many mistakes along the way and learned every time. I always feel that sky is the limit for me and I will keep singing until I die.
Can you share the reason you were picked for this position?
I got this position because of what I represent. I think they liked the fact that I speak so many south Asian languages, I sing and collaborate with so many different musicians from many different genres. I work with different organisations where music is used to heal people. I’m a minority woman, I’m brown and I’m South Asian, which brings in a new perspective that is welcomed at the Grammys . I think because of all these reasons I was selected and the fact that I got nominated and I was the first South Asian to be nominated in my category in the history of Grammys made them really pay attention to my story and what I had offer.
What would your role be?
My role will be to collectively represent the Grammy community and be a voice of artists from all over the world and help make decisions that are fair for the artists and music and musicians of all backgrounds and genres. I also represent diversity and give a voice to South Asians from all around the world.>