Jassie Gift is an Indian film music composer and playback singer from Thiruvananthapuram, India. He composes songs for Malayalam, Kannada and Tamil films. He became famous after his song „Lajjavathiye“ in the film 4 the people became a hit. Jassie won the Best Music Director award at The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2011.
Jassie Gift was born into a Christian family in Trivandrum. He was interested in music from childhood and was highly influenced by western music. He had lessons in western piano from a young age and started singing and playing the keyboard for a few local bands. He is a singer and keyboard player of the band Moby Dick. He admired Ilayaraja and he is a great fan of Freddie Mercury. He entered the film music industry under the guidance of director Jayaraj. Before entering films he composed songs for a couple of music albums in Malayalam. The main hit album is Soona Soona. Before entering into movies he composed jingles. He pioneered the use of reggae fusion music in the Malayalam music industry with the backing roots of Indian ragas. His medley of western and Indian music came to be very popular among listeners which created a new genre of Malayalam film dance music. His remarkably different singing voice contributed to a unique vocal style. Jassie’s first composition was for the movie Saphalam. He became popular in Kerala with his song „Lajjavathiye“ in the movie 4 the people. His music contributed heavily to the success of 4 the People, which became 2004’s biggest blockbuster in Malayalam. All the songs Jassie composed for the movie, especially „Lajjavathiye“, became hits in Kerala and set a new trend in Malayalam music. It was later remade in Tamil, and also as Malliswarive in Telugu The song was successful in all languages.
He also composed a music album, Rain, Rain Come again, that is a mixture of Indian and western music. He gives the mixture of melody and western beats in the Hudugaata (Kannada) film and three songs, „Eno Onthara“, „Mandakiniye“ and „Ommomme Heegu“. He has worked with many South Indian musicians such as Harris Jayaraj, Devisri Prasad, Yuvan Shankar Raja, and M M Keeravani.
Jassie Gift has a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University College of Kerala, Trivandrum and is currently doing his PhD in Philosophy.
On 12 September 2012, Jassie married Athulya Jayakumar, who is an information technology researcher at Kannur University.
Won Asianet Film Award for popular Singer
Won Mirchi Music Award South-Composer of the year
Won ETV Sangeet Samman Awards for Best Music Director