As a singer, Anna Chong digs deep, takes her time and alternates between delicate and visceral in her delivery.
Bright lights of the NBT Independent Music Showcase.
NOTHING like the NBT Independent Music Showcase series to wind down the weekend. The latest edition, on Feb 9 at No Black Tie, features a good mix – an established name like Reza Salleh, newcomer talent Hameer Zawawi and the woman of contrasts Anna Chong, who is a blur of shy murmurs and intense emotion on stage.
As an outsider from the homegrown Chinese music scene, Chong is pushing her music to a broader audience. Her Jeff Buckley-meets-Fiona Apple creative approach has won over new fans.
Last April, she also boosted her mainstream exposure with a set at the Kakiseni Creative Arts Festival while also playing the Moonshine 10th Anniversary gig last November.
A few weeks ago, Chong sold out the weekend at the Damansara Performing Arts Centre, doing a showcase of her own material. She will be backed by her own band on Feb 9.