Two weeks ago I was at Midvalley with DD and happily bought myself a copy of Mei Chern’s self-titled album. A talented indie singer-songwriter, Mei Chern first started playing at a student folk club in England, where later she wrote her songs and have them performed at various notable venues; Actor’s Studio Bangsar and KLPac, Acoustic Routes in Cambridge, UK, and The Esplanade in Singapore.
One of her songs ‘Feels like Falling’ was pre-recorded back in 2003 and won top download award on musiccanteen.com (a now defunct site where you can downloads songs by local indie artiste/band for a minimal fee). She then wrote ‘Do you see me like you’ for Ong Julin’s self-directed indie film Alice Lives Here (a.k.a Clean Shit) in which the short documentary subsequently won an award at Freedom Film Fest KL 2005. ‘My Time’ was also written for another documentary that reflected on the collapse of Highland Tower 13 years ago.
She’s the latest discovery on my list and I really like her effortlessly crisp voice in the songs. She’s the reason why less is really more. We should have more talents like her to represent our country in the music industry, despite the fact that there have been a lot of successful artistes whom we might not have heard of or know about but who’ve made great achievements out there. Mei Chern may seem, to me, a shy-publicity musician, but take a listen to her songs and you’ll know why she didn’t need the spotlight, if ever.
Recently, Mei Chern has been selected to perform at Womyn’s Music Festival held in Michigan, an event where acoustic musicians alike i.e. Sarah McLachlan had performed there. It is a fest that celebrates women musicians and their significant involvement in music and this is definitely one of the highlighting moments for Mei Chern to shine as an independent musician. I love the album and I look forward to attend her future gigs soon when she gets back to Malaysia.
You won’t be able to get her CD at any Rock Corner or Tower Records. Hop over to her site here.
There you go Zewt 🙂
Mei Chern performing Good Intentions in KL Sing Song 2006.