Arjun Chandy is a singer, arranger, studio vocalist, and conductor from Dallas, TX. His musical experiences are rooted in Carnatic and Hindustani music, which after giving his first concert at the age of 4, he studied and performed the music for over 20 years. Chandy studied western classical and jazz music at the renowned University of North Texas, which has produced standout artists such as Grammy winners Norah Jones, Don Henley (founding member of The Eagles), and the band Snarky Puppy. Apart from Indian Classical music, Arjun spent many years soloing as a jazz vocalist performing both with jazz combos and big bands.
While in high school, Chandy competed in state and national music competitions, receiving 1st place. After being recruited by some of the leading music schools and conservatories in the US, he joined 12-time gold medal international champion men’s choir, The Vocal Majority. He won an international gold medal with The Vocal Majority in 2006 and was also a medalist at the 2007 International Collegiate Quartet Contest. Within the Vocal Majority, Chandy has served on the music staff, tenor section-leader, director of small ensembles, member of the feature professional quartet, arranger, and did some conducting of the chorus as well.
Arjun also participates in world music concerts around America and has performed on stage and collaborated with notable musicians including Srinivas Krishnan, Glen Velez, Jeff Queen, Robin Eubanks, Jamie Haddad, Victor Mendoza, Egui Castrillo, Brian Piper, Ed Soph, Embar Kannan, Ghatam Karthik, Umayalpuram Sivaraman, AR Rahman, Carlos Santana, and the late jazz legend and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner Dave Brubeck, who was the composer of what many consider to be the most iconic jazz song of all-time: Take Five. Chandy also has sung the American national anthem at professional sporting events in Dallas as well as at both public and private events for former US President George W. Bush. In addition, he worked in music advertising as a studio vocalist at the famed jingle industry in Dallas.
He has arranged and conducted for professional and collegiate vocal groups of all styles including choral, barbershop, jazz, and world music, and often is a guest professor at music schools and universities around the US. Some of his writings have been published in educational manuals at music conservatories.
In January 2014, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman specially commissioned Arjun to writing arrangements for and conducting a vocal group, NAFS, and the group was launched in early 2015. Chandy currently works at Rahman’s studio Panchatan, where he works as an arranger, vocal supervisor, and singer. In addition, he has sung songs for Rahman, including “Whispers of the Mind” from the movie Mohenjo Daro, “24 Karat” from 24, “Jee Lein” from OK Jaanu, and the hit song “Azhagiye” from Mani Ratnam’s Kaatru Veliyedai which stayed no.1 on the charts for several weeks.