Shreya Ghoshal was born on March 12, 1984 in Rawatbhata, Rajasthan. Her father works in Bhabha Atomic Research Center as a nuclear power plant engineer for the Nuclear Power Corporation of India while her mother is a post-graduate literature student.
From the age of four Ghoshal accompanied her mother on the harmonium. Her parents enrolled her for formal training in Hindustani classical music in Kota with Maheshchandra Sharma.
As a child she won the children's special episode of the Sa Re Ga Ma contest on Zee TV. Kalyanji who also judged the competition, convinced her parents to move to Mumbai. She trained with him for 18 months and continued her classical music training with Mukta Bhide in Mumbai.She studied at Atomic Energy Central Schools (AECS) at Kota and Anushaktinagar (Mumbai). For Graduation she had enrolled herself at SIES College in their Arts Stream.
She caught the attention of film director Sanjay Leela Bhansali when she participated in Sa Re Ga Ma Pa for a second time....who gave her a n opportunity to sing for Aishwarya Rai in Devdas. Since Devdas, she went on to sing for many other actresses under the baton of various music directors.
She won 8 awards in a single year including a National Award.
Now she is also singing in various regional languages like..Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Meitei, Marathi, and Bhojpuri.
She was praised by S P Balasubramanyam for her accurate pronounciation of Tamil words...specially zh/? syllable, which is unique to Tamil and Malayalam,
Though she is planning to pursue her MA in literature, Indian music is definitely her soul.