Aaradhna Jayantilal Patel (born 20 December 1983), better known by her stage name Aaradhna, is an New Zealand-Indian playback singer, songwriter, musical recording artist signed under the music label Dawn Raid Entertainment. She made her musical debut in 2004 featuring on the single "Getting Stronger" with the group Adeaze which peaked at number one on the official New Zealand Singles Chart.
|Birth name||Aaradhna Jayantilal Patel|
|Born||20 December 1983|
|Origin||Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Genres||R&B, soul, pop|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, record producer|
|Labels||Dawn Raid Entertainment, Republic Records|
Adeaze, Che Fu, Pieter T, David Dallas, P-Money, Young Sid
Aaradhna is a New Zealander of Samoan and Indian descent. Her father Jayanti Patel is an Indian from Navsari, Gujarat, India and her mother Sia'a Patel is a Samoan. Aaradhna is the eldest of five. She first showed singing aspirations at the young age of 11, singing along with her mother to traditional Samoan and country songs. She would try to imitate the songs she heard in Bollywood movies that she and her father watched and also went to festivals that her father performed at. Aaradhna began writing her own music at the age of 11; she entered her first talent quest at the age of 13 making it into the finals. She joined the school choir at Porirua College had got kicked out for rebelling, but went on to form a five piece girl group called "Lovera".
Her debut album I Love You, entered the top 20 RIANZ and has various songs featured on feature films including the top 5 single "They Don't Know" featuring New Zealand hip-hop star Savage on Sione's Wedding and had also had another feature on the movie It's a Free World with her original song "Faith". Aaradhna released a club-inspired song alongside Australian producer, DJ & artist Paul Mac in late 2006 titled Love Declaration. The song features on Mac's album Panic Room. In Australia the single reached #31 on the local charts.
Her album Sweet Soul Music, a throw-back to the soul classics including The Jackson 5 cover "I Want You Back" was released on iTunes and various music stores in New Zealand on 14 February 2008 coinciding with Valentine's Day.
In 2011 she began working on her third studio album under Dawn Raid Entertainment. She released the single "Wake Up" in August 2012, and the album Treble & Reverb was later released in November.
Patel's fourth studio album titled Brown Girl was released in July 2016. The album explored her own experience of casual racism in New Zealand. The album debuted at number one in New Zealand and also cracked the albums chart of Switzerland. In November 2016, the performer gave away her hip-hop award at the 2016 New Zealand Music Awards, believing that she had "been placed in this category, because I'm brown". She opined that "you can't give a singer an award for Best Hip Hop artist".
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|2006||I Love You||13||—||
|2008||Sweet Soul Music
|2012||Treble & Reverb
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2006||"Down Time"||3||I Love You|
|"I Love You Too"||5|
|2012||"Wake Up"||12||Treble & Reverb|
|2016||"Brown Girl"||—||Brown Girl|
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications
|2004||"Getting Stronger" (Adeaze featuring Aaradhna)||1||Platinum||Always and for Real|
|2005||"They Don't Know" (Savage featuring Aaradhna)||2||Gold||Moonshine|
|"Love Declaration" (Paul Mac featuring Aaradhna)||—||—||Panic Room|
|2006||"Spin1" (Che Fu featuring Aaradhna)||20||—||Hi-Score - The Best Of Che Fu|
|2009||"Turn It Around" (David Dallas featuring Aaradhna)||—||—||Something Awesome|
|"With You in My Bed" (Isaac Aesili featuring Aaradhna and Buff1)||—||—||Eye See|
|"Music (Makes the World Go Around)" (Frisko featuring Aaradhna)||15||—||Non-album single|
|2010||"Say Yeah" (P-Money featuring David Dallas and Aaradhna)||—||—||Everything|
|2011||"Like You" (Monsta featuring Aaradhna)||—||—||Pacific Coast Highway|
- "Brown Girl" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 3 on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.
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