Shirley Setia, a New Zealander whose family hails from Daman, India, has attracted a large and growing Indian and international following by singing cover versions of Bollywood hits. When she was very young, her family moved to Dannemora, East Auckland, New Zealand. Her father Raj is a businessman. She has a younger brother named Shane.She is doing her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Auckland. She is also a marketing and publicity intern at Auckland Council.
The diminutive mezzo soprano, who calls herself “a tiny one with not so tiny dreams,” has nearly 900,000 followers on Facebook, and more than 200,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel.
Still far short of the 25 million followers of a major Bollywood diva like Shreya Ghosal, Setia is just getting started as a touring performer and hasn’t yet had the exposure of a movie tune to build her fan base. But she is well on her way. Not long ago she was singing in local Auckland competitions and on a weekly New Zealand radio show; she recently stepped up a level by performing her first concerts in India for enthusiastic crowds in Mumbai and Hyderabad.
In 2013, major Indian music label T-Series ran a competition for which Shirley recorded a cover of the very popular Hindi songTum Hi Ho from her parent’s house in Dannemora. She not only won the competition amongst tens of thousands from around the world but have also gathered a lot of views for her YouTube uploads.