Sources: The Times of India | All Things Michael
PHOENIX: On a bright and sunny day in the fall of 2002, an Indian family living there was walking back to the car after attending a fair. The father asked his daughter to sing. Nisha Kataria, the daughter, started to sing. Within a minute or so, a stranger, who later introduced himself as an agent from Hollywood, approached the family and complimented Nisha on her singing and asked for her contact information.
Time went by and Nisha and her parents took that chance meeting as one of the many when people from the music Industry appreciated her singing but none thought of taking her under their wings. But almost a year since that fateful meeting at the county fair parking lot, Nisha’s dad received a call from Dieter Weisner, Michael Jackson’s manager, telling him that Michael had heard good things about Nisha’s singing and that he wanted to meet her.
Nisha’s family dropped all engagements and drove down to Neverland. Upon their arrival, Nisha was led into his private home. Nisha and Michael casually talked for a bit before he asked her to sing for him. He requested that she sing “I will always love you” and once she completed the first verse and first hook, Jackson applauded and said, “You have the voice of an angel and not a lot of people can do what you just did.” Ever since, it became Jackson’s goal to make Nisha a star.
Nisha and her mother were invited to move into Neverland, where they stayed for three months. During that time, Nisha trained with Jackson and recorded a duet, which is yet to be released. They were set to go on and on together, but destiny had a different plan. With Michael Jackson having his own problems with court cases and his deteriorating health and his eventual death, his dream of having Nisha debut alongside himself remained unfulfilled.
Till date, Nisha has had a single released in Germany and has toured with boyband Westlife in the UK. After a hiatus, Nisha returns to the music scene with an EP dedicated to the man who believed in her first: Michael Jackson.
Nisha is also working in collaboration with Bappi Lahiri and his “Slum Stars” project. Like Michael, Bappi too has taken a strong liking to Nisha’s voice and wants her to share her music with the world.
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