Music: A Brief History
I have always enjoyed singing. My first public performance dated back to when I was eleven years-old. During my early teenage years, I picked up the acoustic guitar, played in a band and went frenzy over music competitions. In 2004, I won ‘Best Composition’ for my song It’s You in a nation-wide contest Talent Quest. Over the years, I have sung for many events in schools, shopping malls, cafes, churches and auditoriums before large crowds. I grew up mostly listening to pop music by Backstreet Boys, Michelle Branch, Goo Goo Dolls, John Mayer and lately David Choi, from which I draw many of my ideas from. I penned and sang my first song at the age of sixteen.
In 2005, some songs that I distributed on the Internet were used by Singaporean director Justin Kan for a short film titled The Letter. Subsequently, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr Kenneth Lyen, a renowned pediatrician and musician who introduced me to Five Foot Broadway, a collaborative program among several creative networks, in conjunction with the Singapore Festival of Arts fringe 2005. Thereby, I had the opportunity to co-arrange music with pianist Michelle Loh for a broadway musical titled Don’t Say I Do that was directed and produced by Justin Kan and Irishman Paul Hannon. Alongside, I played an exciting acting role as a Casanova in the musical Boom Baby Boom that was written by Andrew Leong and directed by Peggy Ferroa. A year later, I was privileged to co-arrange music with August Lum for another broadway musical called Vanity Victorious Virtue Vanquished, directed by Dwayne Lau and staged at the Singapore Esplanade Recital Studio.