As the nation celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year, more than 30 members of the music industry are gearing up to celebrate it in style, by creating an original music album for Singapore. The album, aptly named “Sing, Love‟ will comprise five original compositions and accompanying music videos that seek to pay tribute to the nation. The songs, written in a mixture of four different languages, will reach out to both Singaporeans and friends of Singapore from around the world. Presented by Main Sponsor IMC Live Group and supported by SG50, all songs from “Sing, Love” will be available for free download at www.imclive-group.com in 2015.
The project was announced by the album’s production company, Red Roof Records, at a media conference at UNPLUGGED at Dempsey Road today. Executive Producer of „Sing, Love‟ Ruth Ling and five participating artistes were present at the conference to share more on their involvement in this music album. At the media conference, audiences were also treated to a captivating debut performance of “Starlight‟, performed by Sezairi and Joanna Dong. “Starlight‟ will be available for free download from today.
Inspiration for the songs include how Singapore can be personified as a long-time “family member” or “friend” that people feel familiar with; how it is a point of origin and a secure base that people return to feeling a sense of peace and belonging; as well as celebrating the life of everyday Singaporeans and all things uniquely Singaporean. The five distinct stories depicted in the songs seek to strike a chord with different groups of people – be it the local kid, the overseas Singaporean, or the pioneer generation.
Sharing the inspiration behind “Sing, Love‟, Ms Ruth Ling, the album’s Executive Producer and Creative Director (Music) said, “When we were thinking of ways to celebrate this milestone year as a music community, we thought, what better way to do so than through music? As Singapore traversed through time to become the globally-known little red dot, music also played a significant role in introducing Singapore to the world. Over the years, local artistes who gained fame overseas have helped to build a bridge between the overseas communities and us. Through their music, the artistes were able to engage their audiences to understand and appreciate our country and culture. We hope that “Sing, Love‟ will touch the hearts of many more both in and out of Singapore, and rally everyone to celebrate Singapore’s birthday together.”
“Sing, Love‟ will bring together a strong line-up of artistes, musicians, producers and talents from different genres and generations. Lending strength to the project are music powerhouses such as Jimmy Ye, Liang Wern Fook, Stefanie Sun, Sezairi, Jeremy Monteiro, Chen Jiaming, Rani Singam and Corrinne May. The album will also feature rising young talents including The Sam Willows, ShiGGA Shay, Joanna Dong, Nathan Hartono, THELIONCITYBOY and Charlie Lim.
In a unique twist to the project, every track will see a refreshing collaboration between at least one veteran artiste and a younger musician, some of whom come from different musical backgrounds. Singaporeans can look forward to a medley of songs that promises to captivate and enthral, as the artistes leverage on one another‟s experiences and ideas to create their heartfelt song for Singapore.
The remaining songs will be released in phases in June, leading up to the official launch of the album at the “Sing, Love‟ Concert in July. More details of the album and of the “Sing, Love‟ Concert will be announced at a later date.
Picture credit: Red Roof Records