From 20 to 22 September, one lucky artiste in Singapore gets the gig of a lifetime – the Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg, Germany. In conjunction with Music Services Asia, 26 musicians are vying for a spot on the German stage, raring to go and show the world (or Germany, at least) what Singapore music is all about.
1. Tell us more about yourself
I used to be an extremely shy child. Music was one of the things that helped me overcome my shyness.
Something most people don’t know is that this is my second foray into fulltime music. Somewhere between the first and second foray, I lived overseas, majored Psychology & Education, minored in Voice and Piano, got married, lost my brother to a fatal accident in Cambodia, ran a Counseling Department in an International school in Bangkok, got divorced, started playing music in Bangkok and writing songs about all that life had dealt me over those tumultuous years, and finally moved back to Singapore to be with my parents and make music. 🙂
2. What made you enter the contest?
Fresh out of performing for Music Matters 2012 here in Singapore, I am curious to take part in music festivals in other parts of the world. I’d also love any opportunity to travel, learn new things and make new connections!
3. Why should people vote for you?
I hope my music speaks for itself, and if you’ve never heard my music before, I hope that you’ll give it a listen and decide for yourself.
To vote for Shimona Kee, visit the contest page here.
Photo courtesy of Shimona Kee
In a world of overly complicated beats and bass lines and excessively edited and remixed audio tracks, it’s increasingly difficult to find an album that is – in its original form – completely stripped out. But as its title suggests, “Simply Shimona” is really just that simple.
It had been almost a year since we last saw her play, and since then singer-songwriter Shimona Kee had been up to some big things. Her debut album “Simply Shimona” had launched and was getting some great reviews (we have one lined up in this issue!) and we once again had the opportunity to see her on stage.
They say that behind every successful man is a strong woman, though in this case they’d be wrong, because the men were nowhere to be found while the women stepped up to rock the stage.
This stage was Esplanade’s Outdoor Theatre, and the females in question local artists Shimona Kee (above) and Ferry (aka Jean Low from Giants Must Fall) who put together their largely differing styles of music into a single show.