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Lucky Ali reunites with songwriter-producer Mikey McCleary for latest single “Intezaar”

More than a decade has passed since Lucky Ali’s last album, Raasta Man, released in 2011. The singer is back with the first of many singles, “Intezaar”, featuring songwriter-producer Mikey McCleary.

The latest video single, which began streaming worldwide on April 6, is the first of a long series slated for release this year by the two collaborators.

Lucky Ali, who is the son of the late actor-filmmaker Mehmood, made his singing debut with Sunoh in 1996. He also starred in the feature films Sur: The Melody Of Life (2002), Kaante (2002) and Kasak ( 2005), and recorded for the films Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai (2000), Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008), Anjaana Anjaani (2010) and Tamasha (2015).

About the new single, Lucky Ali said, “These songs are my way of accepting the limitations and shortcomings of life. In a way, making these songs is a healing process for me. That said, I want listeners to make their own interpretations of the songs, I want them to make those lyrics and those songs their own as well.

While most of the new music was created in the studio, some parts were recorded remotely as Lucky Ali was in India and McCleary was in New York. “Mikey feels the vibes, the feelings and the emotions,” the singer revealed. “Whether it’s in the studio while recording with me, doing the vocals, where he knows how to process my voice, he understands how I should do a certain part…or in music production where he adds his magic to make the song much more… especially when I have no more contributions. We composed most of these songs together while playing along chord progressions and trying out different melodies. The first one, “Intezaar”, is about relationships.”

McCleary, who is also Lucky Ali’s brother-in-law, had worked with him on his debut album Sunoh in London, England. McCleary said: “Lucky has magic in his voice, and he’s also a terrific songwriter to work with. Making these songs was a collaborative process. Now there are more modern production elements in the music that make it accessible to younger contemporary audiences, but the songs are still mostly acoustic guitar based and the instrumentation sounds pretty organic overall.

Released by Farm House Music and Bay Music House, the Intezaar album is distributed by Believe Digital. Watch the music video for ‘Intezaar’ below.