Feature Interview with Shila Amzah ~ Special Report by Junior Journalist Karen S.
I was very honored to be able to not only meet Shila Amzah, but have a chance to talk to her and ask her some questions this Tuesday the 28th. After a press conference for Singpoli American BD’s Rose Float, Shila and I sat down in a small lounge for the interview. She says she is very excited to be here in L.A. for the first time and to work with Nathan Wang on the song she will be singing atop the float on New Year’s Day. She hopes the song will inspire people to keep on trying and not to be afraid of failure.
“I’m really excited because this is my very first time to be on a float… and I hope I’ll be waving at the right people,” Shila laughed.
Shila Amzah is Malaysian singer-songwriter who is among the most popular artists in Asia. Shila recorded her first song at the tender age of nine. She became the champion in a Chinese singing reality show called Asian Wave during 2012, which launched her fame in China, gaining her many fans and followers. Since then, Shila has been releasing music in Malaysian, Chinese and English, which made her internationally well-known.
She says she went to China because she would like to go to somewhere different, somewhere that has challenges for her that will help her improve herself. And there were challenges, all right. The competition in the highly populated country is super high– and maintaining her status as a famous person is difficult, but she manages to pull through it all.
“I am very fortunate, because I am the only Shila in China with this image, and once they see me in my colorful scarf, they would know “Oh, that’s Shila.’ So yeah, I’m pretty lucky,” she says.
About writing her own songs, Shila says that the inspiration could come from anywhere. Having composed and lyricized an entire album by herself, she always has a phone and a notepad ready in case she suddenly has an idea in mind. Sometimes, she says, when you’re too focused the inspiration will not come to you.
I’m really looking forward to Shila’s performance on New Year’s. She will be riding along with songwriter Nathan Wang that day, and she will sing “Rising Above,” the theme song for Singpoli American BD’s 2018 Rose Float. The lyrics relate to the tale of the carp and the dragon gate, and it tells us to overcome our fears and face our challenges, trying again and again until you finally achieve your goals.
Singpoli American BD Rose Parade Float Press Conference ~~
Report by Junior Journalist Karen
The crowd of journalists was a bit overwhelming when I arrived at Pasadena for a press conference for Singpoli American BD’s rose float that will be one among the many floats in Pasadena 2018 Rose Parade. They’re all excited– this year, Singpoli’s float will have a special theme that will sing out — literally — to many of its audience. The theme “Rising Above” is based on the traditional tale of the carp and the dragon gate that tells a moral to never give up.
The four people who sat behind the conference table at Hotel Constance were (from left to right) N.D. Lala, Shila Amzah, Kin Hui, and Nathan Wang. Kin Hui, the CEO of Singpoli Capital Corporation says Singpoli’s float will be the first of its kind, one that enables AR (Augmented Reality). He has invited Malaysian singer Shila Amzah was invited to perform atop the float on January 1, 2018 the theme song of the beautiful float, titled “Rising Above.” The song is composed by the renowned Nathan Wang and lyricized by his son. The song, as Mr. Wang describes, is a very inspirational piece of music. It describes how there are many hardships in life, but if you never give up you will eventually overcome these hardships.
Other speakers at the conference include N.D. Lala, Shila’s father as well as her manager. He believes the song is very relatable to Shila, because she has had many obstacles to overcome in her path to fame. The two guest speakers were Kevin Chen, the CEO of Frankie– a denim clothing collection, and Richard Au-Yeung, who will be directing the music video for the song on the day of the parade.
Nathan Wang, who was successfully invited to compose “Rising Above” for this event, is famous all over the world. He’s written so much amazing music, and has won three Emmy Awards. He feels very honored to work with Shila and ride with her on the float on New Years Day. Shila Amzah, who won international fame on the popular music show in China I Am a Singer flew on the Philippine Airlines to Los Angeles, and she excited not only because it is her first time to ride on a rose float, but also because it is her first time at L.A. “I heard others tell me it is very cold here… but I feel the warmth of the people.”