By Akshay Bhansali
Unlike many in the crowd, I had come there to see her. I first met Anjulie outside New York’s S.O.B’s club about two years ago. At the time, I was the news producer for MTV Desi, an MTV South Asian American experiment. She was a young acoustic singer/songwriter who had just moved from Toronto to New York to pursue a career in music, and was just handing out flyers for her MySpace page.
Although her getup had her looking a lot like M.I.A., her opener, “Love Songs,” set the tone for what to expect: Think Nelly Furtado meets Duffy. And for an unknown act, she sure had a responsive audience. Working Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” into her album jam “Addicted2Me” (which appeared on MTV’s “The City”) and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” into her “Crazy That Way” helped guarantee that a solid majority of the folks there were going to remember the name Anjulie. Her self-titled LP will be out May 26 on Hear Music.