Sheila Chandra (born 14 March 1965 in London) is an English pop singer of Indian descent. She has retired from music in 2010.
In the 1990s Chandra decided, having been a studio artist exclusively, to give concerts for the first time, and concurrently released a trilogy of albums on Peter Gabriel's Real World label. These were in the minimalist 'solo voice and drone' style which she developed especially for live performances, so that she could perform alone on stage with only the occasional taped drone for accompaniment. Martin Smith was no longer actively involved by this time. Drawing on similarities of structure between Indian ragas and English folk melodies, she started to incorporate many British and Irish traditional songs and techniques, as well as other vocal styles and techniques from around the world.
In 2010, Chandra developed Burning Mouth Syndrome which has rendered her unable to sing or even speak, laugh or cry without suffering intense pain, rendering her "effectively mute".
A jazzy re-interpretation by pianist Richard Schunk to Sheila Chandra's "Ancestral Voices" tabla vocalization - original track from the album "Weaving My Ancestors' Voices (1992)" - Title: "Speaking In Tongues". All copyright of original vocal track Sheila Chandra and Steve Coe. (License granted to Raining Heart Records and Rose Records and Publishing through Harry Fox Agency).