Shilpa Rao (born Apeksha Rao) is an Indian female playback singer in Hindi films. She was born on 11 April 1984 in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. Her father, S. V. Rao, who held a degree in music, introduced her to music. For her education, she went to Little Flower School, Jamshedpur where she performed in the school choir.
The playback singer Hariharan arranged for Rao to study under his music teacher, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan. After performing with Shankar Mahadevan in concert, she moved to Mumbai on his advice.
Although she started her career singing advertising jingles, Rao soon moved on to film music. In 2006 she recorded the song "Tosey Naina Lagey" for the movie Anwar and "Saiyaan Re" for the film Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love.
She went on to perform songs in films like One Two Three, The Train ("Gupchup"), Aamir ("Ek Lau"), Dev D ("Dhol Yaara Dhol" ,"Ranjhana"), Gulal ("Aisi Saaza").She has sung one Tamil song in Naan Mahaan Alla ("Oru Maalai Neram") for Yuvan Shankar Raja.She recently appeared on Star World's popular TV series "The Dewarists" in collaboration with "Agnee" and "Parikrama". She has also sung some Bengali songs mostly with Jeet Ganguly. She also Sung a Song Bekaboo from the Serial Navya.
An article published in the Hindustan Times in 2009 described her as one of the most prominent singers in the "wave" of "young, little-known singers" then sweeping through Bollywood.She is also a part of band, Band Called Nine, with lyricist Neelesh Misra and composer Amartya Rahut, working with traditional Indian craft of Qissa Goi (storytelling).In 2011, the band released its debut album, Rewind, consisting of songs and storytelling, put together with a narrative.
In 2012, Shilpa Rao worked with academy award winner A. R. Rahman for the song Ishq Shava in Yash Chopra's last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The song was received extremely well by the public.
Ek Ajnabee - Stranger On The Prowl
Anwar - Javeda Zindagi (Tose Naina Laage)
Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love - Saiyyaan Re
The Train - Woh Ajnabee, Teri Tamanna
Gandhi My Father - Pain (Raghupati Raghav), Faith, Gandhi's Favourite
Gulaal - Aisi Sazaa
Aagey Se Right - Mahiya
Aamir - Ek Lau
One Two Three - Gup Chup
Sikandar - Manzaraat
Dev.D - Dhol Yaara Dhol, Ranjhana
Bachna Ae Haseeno - Khuda Jaane
Puthiya Mukham (Malayalam)
Hijack - Koi Na Jaane
Paa - Mudhi Mudhi Ittefaq Se, Udhi Udhi Ittefaq Se
Toh Baat Pakki! - Dil Le Jaa
Admissions Open - Aasman Ke Paar
Lahore - Rang De, O Re Bande
Naan Mahaan Alla (Tamil)
Lafangey Parindey - Nain Parindey
Anjaana Anjaani - Anjaana Anjaani, I Feel Good
No One Killed Jessica - Yeh Pal
That Girl in Yellow Boots - Ladkhadaaya
Memories in March - Kaisi Azeeb Dawat
Yeh Saali Zindagi - Dil Dar-Ba-Dar, Yeh Saali Zindagi, Yeh Saali Zindagi
Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge - Uh-Oh Uh-Oh
Ladies vs Ricky Bahl - Jazba
Pappu Can't Dance Saala - Lamha, Jadoo
Desi Boyz - Allah Maaf Kare
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu - Aahatein, Gubbare, Kar Chalna Shuru Tu
Jodi Breakers - Jab Main Tumhare Saath Hun
Cocktail - Yaariyaan
English Vinglish (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu) - English Vinglish, Gustakh Dil
Jab Tak Hai Jaan - Ishq Shava
Lootera - Manmarziyan
3G - Khalbali (Hindi)
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - Subhanallah
Shilpa won the Best Female Playback Singer at the Star Screen Awards, 2008 for the song "Khuda Jaane" from the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno. The song was also adjudged the Song of the Year. She also has won Best Singer award at Indian Television Academy Awards for Navya..Naye Dhadkan Naye Sawaal.
Bollywood Singer from Jamshedpur Female Singer from Jamshedpur