The EP title “Set Forth”, refers to both Sia Yeun’s journey as well as the perspectives she would like you to hear.
Sia Yeun’s voice is like the sprites in the forest, occasionally sunning on a treetop, occasionally lying beneath the shade and mimicking the flowing streams. It is natural, intelligent, rustic, unbending, and persistent. In this fast-moving age, such a sincere voice that is true to itself is especially hard to come by and worth cherishing.
~ Renowned singer Hu Haiquan, one half of Yu Quan (duo)
Let the closed ears of the city / Return to their senses, one by one / To hear Sia Yeun sing a song.
~ Renowned Singapore Songwriter and Cultural Medallion 2010, Dr. Liang Wern Fook
I have set forth to my new adventure, would you join me?
Sia Yeun is a highly versatile singer across a wide variety of genres such as Pop Ballads, R&B, Blues, Jazz, Soul, Musicals, and Classical Opera. Music keeps Sia Yeun going. Sia Yeun’s mastery of her voice and the different genres is a result of a long and arduous journey, through unlearning and relearning when she met with obstacles in her life.
The New Age: When 40 is the new 20 (and so on by extension)
This is a new era in which success stories of entrepreneurs, entertainers and politicians regardless of age flood the media. In her 40s, Sia Yeun left her full time job in 2014 to pursue her singing career.
As society moves to accept that age is irrelevant to talent, many competitions removed the upper age limit. Sia Yeun made strong appearances in “Project Superstar”, emerging top 60, and “Voice of China Season 3 - Singapore Audition”, emerging top 6. These strong finishes gave her a great boost of confidence.
With the newfound confidence, Sia Yeun made the best of the opportunities. She recorded advertisement jingles, most notably “Teochew Nang, Kaki Nang hey-o hey-o”, the theme song for Singapore Teochew Festival 2014. Sia Yeun made her acting debut in Royston Tan’s movie “3688”, which was screened in Sep 2015 in Singapore and took part in movie festivals in Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan. In 2016, Sia Yeun starred in “Getai – The Musical”, which was staged 42 times in Singapore and Malaysia. She met Local composer, pianist and producer, Mr. Peng Chi Sheng during this musical.
In her next major breakthrough, Peng Chi Sheng and Terence Teo encouraged Sia Yeun to submit her demo songs to Zhejiang Television’s Music Reality Show “Sound of My Dream”. After two weeks of intense auditions, she became the first foreigner to take part in the show. She appeared in episode 6 of the show, in which she received the judges’ and audiences’ affirmation of both her singing prowess and her unwavering spirit in music. The sponsors Huawei referenced the lyrics of a popular song to encourage Sia Yeun with the line “When facing the headwinds, the musical notes will provide the lift.”
Good Old Days, Good Old Dreams
Since childhood, Sia Yeun has dreams to be a singer. On the X’mas day 2016, Sia Yeun received her most precious X'mas gift ever from her talented best friend, the Runaway Pianist, a songwriter & music producer, Mr. Peng Chi Sheng, the song "Set Forth".
Having come this far, Sia Yeun realises her dreams by working with Peng Chi Sheng on her first EP “Set Forth” to share their music with everyone. The EP contains 4 songs of varying genres as a display of Sia Yeun’s wide-ranging repertoires and styles. In this album, the acclaimed song arranger, Mr. Terence Teo has arranged two of the songs.
Sia Yeun’s EP title song “Set Forth” is also the theme song for a Chinese Play “Sole Mate”, jointly produced by The ETCeteras and Ocean Butterflies Music Singapore, which will be premiered on 8th & 9th Dec 2017 at the Victoria Theatre, Singapore.