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Blog: 10 Punjabi Lyricists Who Turned Singers!

By: Jasmine Singh | February 16, 2022

Punjabi music is loved worldwide and as times move ahead we have more and more upcoming talents who are not just great in one thing they do. So today we’ll be talking about some famous Punjabi singers who actually started out by writing music for their future competition! 

1. Karan Aujla
The ‘Mexico’ singer is one of the top-grossing singers of Punjab today. But when Aujla began his journey he was actually a lyricist. Most of his fans know the story that Aujla met Jassie Gill when he was in Grade 9 and shared the lyrics of his song ‘Range’. Soon after, he immigrated to Canada and wrote lyrics for various other artists including Deep Jandu and Elly Mangat. Also Read: Did You Know That Ragini Khanna Has Done A Punjabi Film Too?

2. Sidhu Moosewala
Another big name, Sidhu Moosewala actually started his career by writing the lyrics of ‘License’, which was sung by Ninja. Later, he made his debut with the duet song ‘G Wagon’. Following his debut, he collaborated with Brown Boyz for various tracks which were released by Humble Music.

3. Laddi Chahal
Laddi Chahal is a name synonymous with Parmish Verma in the music industry, so it is no surprise that his breakthrough song— ‘Chirri Udd Kaa Udd’ was also sung by Parmish Verma. Not just this, Chahal also wrote songs for Punjabi movies like ‘Singham’, ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’, ‘Jinde Meriye’, and ‘Chal Mera Putt 2’. He even penned down two songs for Diljit Dosanjh’s album G.O.A.T. Also Read: Roles To Remember: Mohni From Teeja Punjab

4. Arjan Dhillon
Arjan Dhillon recently released his album ‘Awara’ which received immense love from the audience. Just looking at the lyrics of his songs like ‘Danabad’ or ‘Mandeer’ one can see how blessed Dhillon is in respect to writing!
Dhillon started his career as a lyricist, and has written songs for various artists including Nimrat Khaira, Diljit Dosanjh, Ranjit Bawa, Nishawn Bhullar, and Gurnam Bhullar. He also penned 4 songs for ‘Afsar’ movie in 2018 which were sung by Ranjit Bawa, Nimrat Khaira, and Gurnam Bhullar.

5. Amrit Maan
The ‘Rubicon’ singer Amrit Maan began his career in 2014 as a songwriter. His first song was ‘Jatt Fire Karda’, which was sung by Diljit Dosanjh. After the success of this one, Maan's career grew very quickly. He wrote many hit songs like Ammy Virk’s ‘Haan Kargi’, Diljit Dosanjh’s ‘Born To Shine’ and ‘Akh Laal Jaat Di’, Jazzy B’s ‘Etwar' and many more.  After getting success as a lyricist, he released his debut song ‘Desi Da Drum’ in 2015. Also Read: Jal Wayu Enclave: Sequel Announced For Release In 2023!

6. Veet Baljit
In 2014, Veet Baljit started his singing career with the Album ‘Reel Purani Reejh’ from which the ‘Chitta’ song was a super hit. Along with singing, Veet wrote songs for famous singers like Gippy Grewal, Diljit Dosanjh, Mankirt Aulakh, Ikka, Garry Sandhu, etc. Not just this, Baljit has also written songs for movies like ‘Sargi’, ‘Dakuan Da Munda’, ‘Punjab 1984’, ‘Jatts in Golmaal’, ‘Lucky Di Unlucky Story’, ‘Singh Vs Kaur’, ‘Carry on Jatta’, and more.

7. Jerry
Harshdeep Singh professionally known as Jerry is a Punjabi singer, writer, composer and performer. He is most known for ‘Casanova’, a song he wrote, sung and composed. His best songs to date include ‘Dedh Futte Sand’ by A Kay, ‘Middle Finger’ by Dilpreet Dhillon, ‘Hommies’ by Ninja, ‘Gundagardi’ by Sippy Gill, among others. Also Read: The Welsh Actress Who Was Part Of A Punjabi Song! Do You Know Her? 

8. Happy Raikoti
One of the leading lyricists in Punjabi Music Industry, Happy Raikoti has written a boatload of Punjabi songs for famous names like Amrinder Gill, Jassie Gill, Diljit Dosanjh, Ninja, Nimrat Khaira and so many more. If we start writing the names of all his songs— written or sung, it won’t fit! However, to name a few songs Raikoti have written, they are, ‘Bapu Zimidar’, ‘Laden’, ‘Sohnea’, ‘Main Teri Ho Gayi Aa’, ‘Khabbi Seat’, ‘Kitte Kalli’ and ‘Kali Hummer’.

9. Khan Bhaini
The ‘Churi’ singer, Khan Bhaini is known for his emotional songs. Bhaini started his career as a lyricist and wrote songs ‘Enough’, ‘Sidhua Da Munda’, and ‘Dodge’ which were sung by Gulab Sidhu. He made his singing debut in 2019 with ’12 PM to 12 Am’ featuring Karan Aujla. His other hit songs are ‘Naagmani’, ‘Bille Bille Naina Waliye’, ‘Gaddi Pichhe Naa’, ‘2 cheene’ and ‘Nakhre vs Guns’. Which is your favourite Khan Bhaini song? Also Read: International Sikh Influencers You Might Have Missed!

10. Shivjot
The Punjabi singer, Shivjot had an affinity towards music since his childhood and he even started performing young. Even though he entered the music scene as a lyricist with Sandeep Brar’s ‘Munda Namkeen’, Shivjot knew that he wanted to sing first and foremost. He has given multiple hits like ‘Palazzo’, ‘Sharara’, ‘Eye Candy’ and ‘Single Single’ to name a few. Furthermore, he shares good relations with his colleagues Kulwinder Billa, Aman Hayer and Rajvir Jawanda. 

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