DESCRIBING HERSELF AS FRIENDLY and bubbly, Lydia Shafrina Suhaili is one of Sarawak’s fresh talents on Sarawak’s local music scene, and dreams of making it big in the music industry.
Born and raised in Kuching, the 20-year-old singer has been passionate about singing since she was five years old, participating in singing competitions even as early as kindergarten here in Kuching.
“I had never been to any singing classes before, and the only one that I had attended were classes by professional vocal coaches, Chris and Carla from Spotlight 2014,” she said when interviewed by The Borneo Post SEEDS during a high tea buffet at Café Majestic recently.
Spotlight is a reality programme by Cinqasa Sdn Bhd in partnership with RTM and Celcom, focusing on looking for the best singers or vocalists around Sabah and Sarawak. Contestants of Spotlight will then be given vocal coaching, grooming, training in dance as well as communication skills.
Lydia considered herself very lucky as she had begun venturing into the music industry at a young age.
“I have always been fortunate since I do have my family, my backbone, to be with me all the time. Both my parents really love singing too, and they have been supporting me ever since I was a kid. I am happy to be able to make them proud for what I have achieved now.”
Although she placed fourth, Lydia was signed on after the Spotlight singing competition as a recording artiste under CQ Music.
Citing Beyonce and Dayang Nurfaizah as her idols, Lydia also composes her own songs and pens her own lyrics. She hopes that one day, her creations will also become one of her hit songs, following the release of her single last year entitled ‘Matahari’.
Lydia performed her debut single ‘Matahari’ during the high tea as well as other songs including Azharina’s ‘Rawan’, Shila Amzah’s ‘Dejavu’, Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’, Astrid’s ‘Tentang Rasa’, and her idol, Dayang Nurfaizah’s song, ‘Di Pintu Syurga’, where she sang duet with another artiste under CQ Music, Syamin Jasmi.
‘Matahari’ is also the original soundtrack for sitcom drama ‘Anak ke-5’ which started airing Jan 17 on TV9.
The song was recorded in Kuala Lumpur, lyrics and music composed by Lokman Aslam, a singer-songwriter from Kuala Lumpur. Recording was completed June last year.
“I look forward to recording more songs and albums in future to further develop my repertoire in singing, while also making my studies a priority,” she added.
At the moment, Lydia has just finished secondary school at SMK Seri Setia in Tabuan Jaya, and looks forward to pursuing her studies in art and design at a local university this year.
Her advice to all aspiring singers, is “To become a singer, we have to be willing to stand up all the time. We do not have to be afraid. We should be able to recognise our talent and highlight the talent that we have, and also, make full use of social networking applications such as YouTube, Vine and Instagram to show the world what we have and are capable of doing.”
For those who wish to know more about Lydia and get in contact with her, follow her Facebook page at Lydia Shafrina and Instagram at @lydiashafrina.