My First Competition Win!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Yes, MY FIRST WIN. I started joining singing competitions when I was 13, and later songwriting competitions after I discovered that I could also write songs. This year, I'm 23 and I am a champion for the first time.

It feels so surreal! It's amazing how much I've changed over the past 10 years. If you asked the 13-year-old me if I knew I was going to grow up becoming a freelance singer, a songwriter and a part of the music industry, it would have been an eye-roll and a big "no". Now 10 years later, having just graduated from university, I am happily singing for a living, and will soon embark on a career in songwriting.

I just sold my first song (stay tuned), and that will be my first and last song sold as an independent songwriter because... I am now signed to Touch Music Publishing! I am still independent as an artiste, the only difference is that I will now write and sell songs for clients via Touch Music Publishing. And I got this opportunity because of my previous songwriting competition, 心情溶剂 XQRJ 2017 in which I was a grand finalist. I am REALLY REALLY thankful for the all the opportunities! I wonder who I saved in my previous life...


When I came across a One-CSS's Facebook post publicising their latest songwriting competition, I Write and Sing My Song 2017, I knew I had to join. I have no idea why but I always get the adrenaline rush whenever I participate in competitions. The process of competing, the friends made, the sense of uncertainty, the stress (wait what?), the possibility of winning something... The most I got out of joining competitions is 2nd place, but this time I finally got first! It might be my last, because what are the chances of winning... I am truly thankful that the judges and audience like my song!

Here's my song~ The first part of the verse wasn't recorded sorry!

I look like I'm giving a talk HAHA

Although I have been performing on stage for a few years now, I still get the jitters when I perform as a contestant. Its just different... You are under the scrutiny of the judges and the audience, and one small mistake could make you fumble and make more mistakes.

I still remember the first time I stood on stage for a singing competition. It was horrendous. I was singing with an actual song (with the originals vocals haha I didn't know how to find instrumental tracks that time) and the judges couldn't even hear what I was singing!! Of course I didn't get into the next round. But it was precisely this setback that made me determined to come back stronger. The following year, I joined again, and yet I still didn't qualify for the next round T.T

Did I give up? Nope.


And so I did, and I managed to get into the finals!!

From then on I was convinced that nothing is impossible.

As long as you keep working hard and not give up, there will be a day you will make it! I am far from successful, but I know that I have come a long way since 10 years ago, and I am happy and proud of myself for never giving up.

This is Zerlene, my trusted gig partner!! 
Thanks for agreeing to be my backup vocalist and guitar accompaniment!
Zerlene and I perform as a duo at Whisk & Paddle on certain Fridays, schedules to be confirmed on our social media channels near the days; do drop by and say hi if you are free!


All of us getting our certificates of participation!

A group photo with all finalists!

During the announcing of results, they were announcing the 2 consolation prizes, 2nd runner up, 1st runner up... All these while I swear I didn't think I'll get first. Everybody performed well; there were 18 finalists, how on earth will I stand a chance? 

And then it came to the announcing of the champion. The host announced my name. 

I was like "?!?!??!?!?!??!?!?!?!"

I really couldn't believe my ears.

In my heart I was jumping like crazy but in reality I think I successfully maintained my sanity hahaha

Here's a group photo with all the prize winners~

It has been a few months since I started doing music full time and I am loving it so far. To be honest, I am worried that my degree will soon become irrelevant if I don't quickly get a day job, but I think for now, I still have a bit of time for some trial and error~

For all who are pursuing your dreams, let us all JIAYOU!!!

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All photos are taken by One-CSS.

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