A young singer who has already been signed to a record label while still in school has been given an award by Nottinghamshire Police.
At only 17-years-old, Khushi Kaur has already racked up over 250,000 views on her debut single and has also been signed up by a London-based record company after her videos were noticed on YouTube and Instagram.
Despite her success, Khushi’s feet have remained firmly on the ground, having continued to get top grades studying her A levels and also taking time to mentor younger students and help them in their studies.
Now her talents and passion for Indian music have been recognised by Nottinghamshire Police and she has been selected as the winner of the Young Performer of the Year award, as part of the force’s Live Our Best Life Awards.
Khushi said: “I started singing when I was 11-years-old, and I started doing religious things in the temple and then a lot of people would say to my mum has she considered music lessons.
“I never used to think anything of it, I’d just think people were only saying those sorts of things.
“But I started singing lessons anyway and after that, I very slowly started putting videos up on YouTube and then lockdown happened and that was a really good period of time so I could start posting on Instagram and I got noticed a lot more from that.
“After that I got approached by a record company and they asked me what I thought about working with them.
“At first I was quite hesitant and wondering if it was the right opportunity considering that year I was going to start my A levels and was it the right thing to do?
“I spoke to my mum about it and she said why don’t I just go for it because opportunities like that don’t always come someone’s way and I may end up regretting it if I didn’t go for it.
“So I went for it and it was the best decision that I made.
“I’ve learnt so many things and last year in December my first single came out so it’s been amazing.
“Singing is such a big part of my life and obviously I have school and everything but as soon as I get time I have to balance 50 per cent of my time to school and also to music as well.
“It’s a bit like sport really, you have to train your vocal cords but it does take up quite a lot of time but I don’t mind as it’s something I really enjoy.
“I don’t think I would be where I am today if it wasn’t for my teachers at school and the ones in sixth form and for my family as they all constantly believe in me and give me that motivation in the morning and always show an interest in my music.
“That support is so important and it’s lovely to know I have got them there to see me succeed as well.”
Katie Beldham, a progress leader at Nottingham Academy sixth form, explained how Khushi’s singing and music career never impacts on her studies and she even takes time to help mentor younger children.
She said: “Khushi was nominated because she is such a fantastic performer, very creative and also incredibly talented.
“Not only that but she is also a brilliant all-round student and her future is going to be so bright and we really want to celebrate that.
“The team and I are so proud of her and she is just talent beyond talent that we have in our sixth form.
“It is so brilliant to have such an all-round brilliant academic student and to see how hard she works in the classroom is just incredible.
“She puts so much time into her music and is still so successful in our sixth form is amazing.
“It is so important in an area like this that students get celebrated for their successes because often students from the inner city of Nottingham won’t be recognised for the positive things that they have done – so it’s great that these awards exist for people like Khushi.
“She is definitely going places and it’s so exciting to see, her future is going to be bright whatever she ends up doing, she’s going to be fantastic.”
The awards, launched by the force as part of its Stephen Lawrence Day celebrations, recognise the talents, achievements, and inspirational young people across Nottinghamshire.
Youth outreach worker, Romel Davis, who launched the awards last year, said: “It’s wonderful to see Khushi win this award for her musical talents but not only for singing but to also be recognised for her academic achievements and her contribution to her school and other students.
“Having already been signed up to a record label and to have her debut single already having over 250,000 views is just incredible.
“But to have a talent like Khushi’s and still get top grades at school and volunteer to help other students shows the type of person she is and just how deserving she is of this award.
“It’s wonderful to see someone so young achieving all of these amazing accomplishments already and I have no doubt she’s going to have such a bright future and we wish her all the best in the future.”