At Surrey’s Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey, musician Luv Randhawa (second from right) with students Kenny Segura (middle) and Gracy Gandhi (second from left), school counsellor Jeremy Lendvoy (left) and TV news reporter Jay Durant (right). (Submitted photo)

At Surrey’s Queen Elizabeth Secondary in Surrey, musician Luv Randhawa (second from right) with students Kenny Segura (middle) and Gracy Gandhi (second from left), school counsellor Jeremy Lendvoy (left) and TV news reporter Jay Durant (right). (Submitted photo)


For love of music, bhangra artist Randhawa helps Surrey students get to next level

Five $500 scholarships include mentorship from White Rock-based artist

Musician Luv Randhawa is sharing his love of performing with Surrey high school students.

The White Rock-based artist made a name for himself on the international bhangra-music scene years after graduating from Queen Elizabeth Secondary, in North Surrey.

Now he’s giving back by providing five $500 scholarships to students there and other Surrey-area schools, along with mentorship to help them navigate the entertainment business.

The two QE winners are graphic artist Gracy Gandhi and hip-hop singer Kenny Segura, who performs as Young KGM.

“When you hear their stories, I get tears in my eyes,” Randhawa said. “It’s amazing what these young students can do, it just blows me away.

“But they have a lot of questions about the next steps – ‘Where do I go, what do I do?,’ you know,” he added. “Those are the questions I had when I was growing up, so now I can show them a path to travel, with the grants available, the opportunities that are out there, to make a viable career.”

Randhawa recently met with the students to learn more about them, and also have them learn a bit more about him.

Born in the U.K., Randhawa eventually made his way to Canada with his family, and settled in Surrey. His R&B-influenced music career began taking off in the early 2000s, and he’s been creating popular songs ever since.

In 2020 he became the first Canadian South Asian artist to earn Best International Artist honours at the UK Bhangra Awards, and was congratulated in the House of Commons by Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai.

“We as artists should remember the people who helped us grow, the people who made you who you are today, and QE (Secondary) played a very, very big role in who Luv Randhawa is today – the people, the mentors, the coaches, everyone,” Randhawa said.

“I played badminton and was quite a good player and played collegiate afterward, and the big thing for me is I remember the coaches and principals, the teachers, who were rooting me on forward, and that included arts and entertainment. For me that was drama class, and the amazing teacher Mr. Robert Jacques, who now lives in France. He was so instrumental in our student body success today, just a great man.”

With Surrey “getting a bad rep in the mainstream media,” Randhawa sought to give back with the scholarships.

“It’s not just about the money and the GPA, it’s about putting them on a mentorship program with me – that was crucial for me to do with these students,” he noted.

“Back in my day, there was nobody to say there’s a scholarship in arts, to go forward with that, so what I did, my team and I, is decide this was a good way to give back to the community.”

Randhawa aims to have Gracy contribute artwork for an album cover of his, and Kenny will work on some music with him.

QE careers counsellor Jeremy Lendvoy set up Randhawa’s meeting with Gracy and Kenny, and arranged for a TV news crew to document the occasion.

“It’s a really heartwarming story of a former SD36 alumni giving back to our talented students,” Lendvoy said.

Three other scholarship winners will be announced this month.

Randhawa said he’s currently making music with plans to perform live when COVID restrictions are lifted. Listen to his new “Believe in Me” album songs on

“We’re starting the new album, the English album, and we just completed the last Indian album now, which will be ready for release in the next few months,” he said.

“Hopefully we can get back to performing soon,” Randhawa added, “and I can’t wait to hit that stage again. I’m ready – everybody’s ready for that release. We’re getting a lot of inquiries about performing, for festivals and a tour. The album’s done well and is still doing well, so that is making things start to move.”

As for the two QE Secondary scholarship winners, Gracy will attend SFU School of Contemporary Fine Arts this fall and Kenny is continuing with his music career.

“My artistic style is ever-changing, it’s never the same consistently,” Gracy said in a news release posted to “I’m still developing my style but I want to reflect more world issues in my artwork, like feminism and equality.”

Added Kenny: “I’m going to graduate soon, I’m taking my music career seriously, working with the community. I’m on go, I’m not stopping, it’s green light.”

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter


Just Posted

Hundreds gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Friday (June 11) in memory of the Muslim family killed in London, Ont. on Sunday (June 6). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Educating public ‘exhausting,’ says White Rock Muslim Association past president

Asad Syed says public needs to be more vocal in their condemnation

The City of White Rock turns 63 today. (file photo)
City of White Rock 2020 annual report available for review

Report to be discussed at June 28 council meeting

People were lined up around the fields at a drop-in vaccine clinic at Newton Athletic Park on Tuesday (April 27, 2021), which is one of the high-transmission neighbourhoods that are being given vaccine priority. This clinic was one of at least three to open in the city on Tuesday. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s weekly cases continue to drop, push for 80% vaccination rate citywide

BCCDC reports 263 cases for Surrey the week of May 30 to June 5

Fleetwood Park Secondary School’s 2021 commencement ceremonies were held over the course of two days, June 10 and 11. Grads went through a small, distanced ceremony in groups of four, with up to four members of the grad’s household. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s 2021 grads find creative ways to celebrate in another year of COVID-19

This year’s Grade 12 students were unable to have any large-scale events

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Most Read