Sonu Nigam (30 July 1973) is an Indian playback singer whose songs have been featured mainly in Hindi and Kannada. He has also sung in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Odia, Tulu, Nepali and various Indian languages. He has also released Indian pop albums and acted in a number of movies. He has been one of the highest paid Indian singers. His singing style is considered similar to the legendary Mohd. Rafi whom he also considers his motivation. He has become to instant limelight through the Kannada film Mungaru Male (2006), which set several records in Indian cinema.