Vancouver's Ranjit Singh (a.k.a. Ranj) makes music with a distinct Indian-Western flair that draws on the singer-songwriter and self-taught guitarist's love for rock music and heartfelt lyrics. He refers to his unique blend of music as “Indo-Canadian Folk." His new single "I'm Still Me" is helping to raise awareness about Acquired Brain Injury and has given a voice to those who struggle with ABI and other related diagnoses. After the song's first debut, Ranj was inundated with feedback and gratitude from people affected by brain injury saying “That is exactly how I feel, thank you.”
Ranj began working with Semiahmoo House Society ABIS (Acquired Brain Injury Services) in November of 2015. Often told that his music is "soothing and relaxing," Ranj asked ABIS manager Sylvia Hoeree about the possibility of playing music for the people they serve. She was so enthusiastic that he was soon scheduled to perform for several groups of people, many of whom also became his friends.
Shortly after Ranj started, he came up with an idea to write a song together and people were eager to share their amazing and courageous stories about what life was like before, and the changes they have faced following their injury. Ranj notes that "sometimes people see the elderly or someone in a wheelchair or a walker and automatically assume they will be difficult to communicate with," which is often not the case. The common theme and powerful message that everyone shared was “I’m still me”.
While writing the song, two of Ranj's friends at ABIS passed away unexpectedly. Deeply affected by their passing and desperately trying to deal with the loss that everyone was feeling, Ranj scrapped the original song and started all over. The night before his first debut in June of 2016 at a Fraser Health award ceremony, Ranj finished writing the final version of the song "I’m Still Me.”
Following the event, Ranj and ABIS began to discuss how the song might be recorded and shared with others. Sylvia Hoeree approached Blue Frog Studios in White Rock and requested their assistance. Kelly Breaks, the owner at Blue Frog Studios. Kelly took the idea to a whole new level, not just by offering a recording opportunity but a LIVE recording with everyone being part of the video and song recording. Ranj is extremely grateful to Kelly, Jon, Pat and Claire of Blue Frog Studios, and emphasizes that this would not have happened without their support and amazing kindness. It was an amazing experience for everyone involved and the video speaks for itself.
"We truly believe this song has power to spread awareness and the potential to share an important message for those people that are often misunderstood as a result of injury or illness...'I’m still me.' Since the video was released the feedback we have received has been overwhelming and we have heard from families of people that have been affected by Alzheimer’s Dementia, MS and Brain Injury. We have also heard from senior citizens who are deeply touched by the song even though their memory may be intact." ~ Ranj Singh & Sylvia Hoeree
"The people at Semiahmoo House Society ABIS have forever changed my life," says Ranj." They are brave, courageous, and humble at times, but always full of love and determination. I would like to encourage everyone to get involved in some small way."
Ranj has also just completed The Man Cold, an acoustic album (his third) featuring his signature melodies and distinctive “up-stroke” riffs from his 12-string guitar. Learn more about Ranj and his music at his official sites below.
Video Link: https://youtu.be/f5jB8bRsNr8
Facebook: Ranj Singh Indo Folk Music
Blue Frog Studios: http://www.bluefrogstudios.ca
Semiahmoo House Society ABIS: http://www.semi-house-society.com/abi/