Name to know: Kanchan Daniel


Name to know: Kanchan Daniel

The 24-year-old artist uses rock, soul and R&B influences to make her brand of the blues

By Arshie Chevalwala  August 12th, 2015

“The deep, soulful voice of a black woman combined with Janis Joplin’s throaty cracking,” is how singer-songwriter Kanchan Daniel describes her voice. She is holding on to her day job (the clinical psychologist and cancer-survivor combines oncology and psychology to aid patients) while jamming with four musicians — with pretty impressive beards — as Kanchan Daniel & The Beards. The self-trained artist, who has an album out later this year, uses rock, soul and R&B influences to make the blues more accessible. “The first time I heard [Jimi] Hendrix, I was like woah, this guy’s got feels. That’s what I want to inspire. When people come up to me and say, ‘I didn’t even know I liked the blues’, that’s a really good day.”

Photograph: Manasi Sawant; Styling: Nidhi Jacob; Make-up and hair: Mitesh Rajani. On Kanchan: Crêpe shirt, Vero Moda. Satin pants, H&M. Glitter slip-ons, Koovs.com. Gold-plated necklace, The Line

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