As a young boy growing up in Mumbai, Ameet sang church hymns and anthems at his Jesuit grade and high school, St. Xaviers. On his own time, however, he listened ardently to The Beatles, Culture Club, ABBA and Queen, and treasured his music collection which included bootleg recordings of American Top 40 and Britain’s Top of the Pops.
He came to the New York City as a techie in 1995. With the money from his first paycheck he hired a voice coach and subsequently gained his performance moxie by busking in city parks and singing in nightclubs, most notably Marion’s Continental in the NoHo neighborhood. The rest is a modern American story.
“I am not your traditional Indian import. I sought out a life in America in order to express myself; that’s the promise America always had for me,” said Ameet, 41, whose debut album “Greasy Rails,” was self-produced in 2010 after moving from New York City to San Francisco. His debut effort earned him laudable reviews along with the critical acclaim of his peers and the musical maestros he had worked and sang with over the years.
“In my music, I’m telling stories so that the listeners can understand life as I do – constantly negotiating spaces, first as an immigrant in the 21st century and now as an artist,” said Ameet. “I am not a starving artist, but I am starving to express myself,” he said, laughing.
“Into The Night” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and other digital channels. More info at www.ameetkamath.com