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Subhi is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago. She released her debut album titled "Shaitaan Dil"
(Naughty Heart) on September 15th, 2017. The album release show was hosted by Old Town
School of Folk Music, Chicago and co-presented by The Jazz Institute of Chicago. The show was
part of the Jazz Club Tour 2017 as well as the celebrated World Music Wednesdays series.
Her music promotes cross-cultural exchange of creative dialogues. Subhi's songs showcase a
blend of her Indian roots and the prominent Jazz culture of Chicago. It was during her travels
back and forth between Mumbai and Chicago that she composed the songs which eventually
became a part of her debut album.

Subhi began her career working as a music assistant to Oscar winning Director Mira Nair. She
worked on Monsoon Wedding: Musical, a Broadway show in New York. She went on to work as a
songwriter, lyricist, and vocalist for acclaimed short and independent feature films in U.S. While
in India, she worked with the National Award winning director Nila Madhab Panda on his feature
film. Subhi has also worked on projects with leading Indian digital platforms, including The Viral
Fever (TVF) and Y-Films (YRF).

She performed at SXSW 2018 at the legendary Jazz venue Elephant Room. She was also the
opening act for the popular band Red Baraat as part of their Mid-West tour in C.S.P.S. Hall (Cedar
Rapids) & Dakota Jazz Club (Minneapolis).

In November 2017, Subhi was a speaker & performer at the TEDx Naperville 2017 annual
conference. She has also performed at several venues including Lotus World Music & Arts
Festival (Indiana), Red Poppy Art House (San Francisco), Brooklyn Raga Massive (New York
City), Navy Pier Miller Lite Beer Garden Stage (Chicago).

Earlier in 2017, Subhi performed at various venues in Chicago including Martyr's, Sabor A Cafe,
The Whistler (Star Align Series), Elastic Arts (Anagram Series) & SoFar Sounds Chicago to name a
few. In 2016, she performed at the 'Eye On India' festival in Chicago and her songs have been
featured on NPR (WBEZ), WLUW 88.7 FM (Radio One Chicago), WGN TV & International show
'Music from around the World' on WHPK 88.5 FM.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/19/2018: Subhi

Subhi’s songs showcase a blend of her Indian roots and the prominent jazz culture of Chicago. These songs were written during her travels back and forth between Mumbai and Chicago. With lyrics in Hindi and Urdu, the music is a blend of pop, jazz, and everything in between.