SONG

WRITERS&Performers

Songs

Amir

Masoh

is a songwriter and producer currently signed to Universal Music Publishing. As a teen debuting in the music industry in the 90s, Amir won several awards at Yamaha Music events in Singapore and Japan.

Working across three languages, English, Bahasa Malay and Mandarin, Amir has produced songs for regional artists such as Hebe of SHE, Shin and Fahrenheit, as well as local artists such Imran Ajmain, Daphne Khoo, Jack & Rai and Taufik Batisah. More recently Amir has travelled extensively engaging in songwriting camps for the international market.

For the 28th SEA Games, Amir has been an integral part of the Music Production team and his songs “Ordinary” and “Unbreakable” are featured songs in the SONGS of the GAMES Collection.

BENJAMIN

KHENG

Benjamin Kheng is a Singaporean musician, actor and former Radio DJ.

Besides being a part of the popular folk-pop quartet The Sam Willows, Benjamin is also an avid film and theatre actor. Recent works include playing Romeo in Toy Factory’s mounting of Romeo and Juliet, recruit Ken Chow in Ah Boys To Men: The Musical and National Broadway Company (Theatreworks). He can also be seen on screen in Channel 5’s new sitcom Do-It-Yourself, Code of Law 2, Mata Mata Season 2, as well as Okto’s Bot Hunters and OktoLive.

Benjamin also composes music and writes for various projects and initiatives, and performs his own spoken word pieces. He is represented by Fly Entertainment.

CHARLIE

LIM

One of Singapore’s most promising independent singer-songwriters, Charlie Lim’s music has received critical acclaim and support across the region.

Since age 15 when he topped the state of Victoria in Australia for music performance, Charlie has gone on to perform at international venues and shows including premier Asian festivals such as Music Matters, Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival, Urbanscapes, Mosaic Music Festival, and Jaraseum Jazz Festival.

His songwriting and production contributions to the 28th SEA GAMES are significant and the haunting melody from his song “Still” is featured extensively in Act 1 of the Opening Ceremony show.

Daphne

Khoo

Probably best remembered for being 3rd runner up in the 2004 season of Singapore Idol, Daphne has developed her talent in various ways: from fronting local indie-rock band West Grand Boulevard to releasing her well-received solo album “Desperate”.

Her song “Greatest”, one of the Featured songs in the SONGS of the GAMES Collection, celebrates the spirit of overcoming personified by her own battle with cancer in late 2012. Daphne is currently making waves in the EDM scene, working with popular international artists like Paul Oakenfold.

DICK

LEE

Singaporean icon Dick Lee’s 40-year musical career has been graced by multiple international awards for his extensive work. These include ten Compass Awards, two Hong Kong Film Academy Awards for Best Theme Song (1994, 1999), the Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize (2002) and the Singapore Cultural Medallion (2004). Most recently, he was conferred the prestigious title of Steinway Artist (2013).

As a Creative Director, he has helmed many important projects, including multiple National Day Parades, for which he wrote "We Will Get There" (2002) and what can be considered Singaporeans’ all-time favourite national song, "Home" (1998).

DON

RICHMOND

is a Singer/Songwriter, Producer and Mixer, responsible for numerous radio hits with artists such as Taufik Batisah, Hady Mirza, Sylvia Ratonel, Vanessa Fernandez and Alicia Pan.

His work has bagged him two Compass awards, two Life Theatre Awards, an SPH award for Production and a Creative Circle award for Best Music. His most recent project was mixing and mastering Shigga Shay's “Limpeh” which shot to number 1 on iTunes.

For the 28th SEA Games, Don plays an integral role in the Music team contributing his gifts in songwriting, production and engineering.

GAYLE

NERVA

Gayle Nerva began her career at 17 as a contestant in the second season of Singapore Idol in 2006, making it to the top 12 of the competition.

She went on to host and star in a variety of television programs for Mediacorp’s channel OKTO and Channel 5.

As a singer, Gayle has appeared in several National Day Parade performances and the 2015 Live New Year’s Eve Countdown, ushering in SG50.

HUBBABUBBAS

HubbaBubbas is a post acoustic trio, consisting of Guitarist Ryan Chan, Vocalist Stephanie Lim and Beatboxer Mervyn Ye.

Formed in 2012, they have been performing their energetic versions of songs with their tight harmonies, incredible chemistry and quirky humour, working their way up from being buskers on the street to performing at various event venues and pubs.

Currently working on their debut EP, their song “Dancing on the World” contributes an interesting flavour to the SONGS of the GAMES.

JEAN

TAN

Jean is a singer-songwriter whose work centers around social good. She promotes awareness for causes like the Global Social Innovators’ Forum and the Relief.sg through her music.

Jean has independently produced two albums, ‘Dance’ (2010) and ‘Passage’ (2012), both released for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.

Noticed by Music Director Sydney Tan when she opened for “Michael W. Smith’s Concert” in Singapore in 2013, Jean was invited to contribute to the SONGS of the GAMES and is responsible for the track ‘Colours’ with its positive refrain to live out “everything we are and everything we’re meant to be”.

JOEL TAN

GENTLE BONES

Joel Tan, popularly known as ‘Gentle Bones’, began writing and performing music at the age of 16. He burst into the local music scene, soon after appearing in shows like the Noise Festival and Mosaic Music Festival, and releasing a self titled EP.

Since late 2011, Gentle Bones has become a prevalent Youtube name, attracting attention from an ever-growing youthful and creative fan base.

 

JOSHUA

WAN

Joshua Wan is a familiar and significant name in Singapore’s music scene, playing in the local jazz and pop circuit.

Graduating from the Berklee College of Music, he has acted as arranger/ producer for regional artists like Tracy Huang, Dick Lee, Sky Wu, Kit Chan, Jackie Cheung and more.

Joshua has directed music for two National Day Parades (2003 and 2006) and composed the national songs ‘One United People’ and ‘My Island Home’. He is currently on staff at Lasalle College of the Arts and heads his band The Steve McQueens.

TAY

KEWEI

A Singaporean singer-songwriter, Kewei has supported superstars like David Tao, Ah-Mei, Wang Lee-hom and JJ Lin with her sweet vocals. She has since released her debut album, which broke into the Asian market in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

METHODIST

GIRLS'

SCHOOL

CHOIR

The MGS Choir comprises young girls from the school who share a passion for choral singing. Through guidance from her conductors, the choir has risen to greater heights winning awards locally and abroad (Distinction at the biennial Singapore Youth Festival in 2013, Gold for the Folklore category and a first prize in the Children’s Choir category in choir festivals in Prague and Vienna in 2012).

One of 30 school choirs in the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Choral Excellence Programme, the choir aims to make ensemble music, while teaching self-discipline, shared responsibility and a sense of community. In line with the school’s vision of being Godly Women of Excellence, with a Heart of Love, the choir endeavours to serve the school, community, nation and God with the voices He has blessed us with.

RUTH

LING

Ruth graduated Summa Cum Laude in Music Production, Engineering and Orchestration at the Berklee College of Music and also obtained distinction for her Masters in Contemporary Music Performance from Academy of Contemporary Music, UK.

Conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2013, Ruth is recognized for her versatility in compositions and arrangements.

As a performer she has toured with international icons Ah-Mei and Stefanie Sun, and has released 5 of her own albums (working with Grammy Award winning producer Simon Osborne).

THE

SAM

WILLOWS

The Sam Willows is a thriving Singaporean indie-folk band comprising siblings Benjamin and Narelle Kheng (former national swimmers), Sandra Riley Tang and Jon Chua. They burst into the music scene in 2012 and are presently the youngest Singaporean act ever invited to play at two prominent North America music festivals.

Popular with the growing indie scene in Singapore, the band has become a Youtube sensation, known both for their lush, soulful original songs and unique covers.

THE

STEVE

MCQUEENS

The Steve McQueens' music is jazz infused neo-soulfunk, a groove-based hybrid of tight arrangements and freely improvised sounds.

The Steve McQueens’ sound draws influence from artistes like Theolonius Monk, James Brown, Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse, Brad Mehldau and Robert Glasper, and ranges from soulful and sultry to eclectic and eccentric.

The band is made up of Eugenia Yip (vocals), Fabian Lim (saxophones), Joshua Wan (keyboards), Jase Sng (bass) and Aaron James Lee (drums).

TABITHA

NAUSER

Tabitha made her public debut as a contestant on Singapore Idol at the age of 17.

She took her first step into the international spotlight when she represented Asia in singing the Official Theme Song of the inaugural Youth Olympic Games.

She has since become a regular performer in nationally broadcasted shows like National Day Parade and the Chingay Grand Finale Parade.

Tabitha has appeared on stage, screen and radio, and can now be seen on SingTel’s Mio Sports Channel as a regular host.