Deesha Sarai, born in Toronto, Ontario, is a Canadian singer/songwriter/producer. The youngest child of Indian immigrant parents, Deesha grew up with traditional expectations and not so typical dreams. As a little girl she would lock herself in her bathroom and sing to the tunes of Whitney Houston hoping nobody would hear her. During commercial breaks watching the Grammys, Deesha would race to her bedroom to give her own acceptance speech to an audience of one, ripe with the emotion and tears only a true artist could understand. But no one knew how bad she really wanted it, not even Deesha.
Deesha spent most of her time doing what was expected, getting straight A’s and overachieving. She began attending university at the age of 17 on a full scholarship and by the time she was 23 had graduated from law school. Her parents beamed with pride but Deesha was unhappy and feeling empty.
And so she started making her way back to her first love – music. It was finally time to do what she wanted and so she walked away from what she was groomed to become and started from scratch.
“This was probably one the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Nobody understood. I didn’t have support from anyone really. To this day people think I’m crazy but I’m done making compromises for other people.” While her parents may not have understood, she was lucky to have a brother that equally shared her passion for music. Together they wrote and produced her first single “Dried My Eyes”. Deesha wrote it and her brother produced the track. “I was driving into downtown one day and it came on the radio. I had no one to share the moment with”. Deesha recalls the first time she heard it on the radio. “I didn’t have a cell phone so I couldn’t call anyone so I sat there by myself and took in how cool it was knowing that millions of people were hearing my song at that exact moment.” “Dried My Eyes” was featured on Canada’s MuchMusic, and played frequently on KISS 92.5 (Toronto’s largest commercial station) and CBC Radio, as well as a number of compilation spots (mp3.com’s Urban Music Compilation,GarageBand Records’ R&B Evolved, Best of R&B). At that time, Deesha also began making appearances on several of her brother’s South Asian music projects with releases spanning the Globe and featuring some of the biggest names in South Asian music.
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