New music, new attitude: Sherrie Al-Junied's 'comeback' as motivational singer

  • Music
  • Sunday, 01 Apr 2018

Sherrie Al-Junied has just released her single, 'Sorang Wanita' (A Woman) with the sole aim to inspire and motivate people. Photo: Filepic

Recording a new song after 30 years was not Sherrie Al-Junied’s

plan for a comeback. The 58-year-old singer's new single, Sorang Wanita (A Woman), was meant only to inspire her fans. Nothing more, nothing less.

“I’ve never really retired from singing,” says Sherrie, who signed with Polygram Records in 1987 and released two albums. “I left the music scene after I was duped in 1988. So I decided to pack and leave for Taiwan.”

Her career in Taiwan was brilliant, she said – “That was good exposure as I learned more about the music industry in a new place.” – and then she headed to Indonesia and later to Europe for greener pastures.

A nasty accident in 2003, however, was a turning point for Sherrie. “That was a wake-up call,” said Sherrie, who stopped performing for three years to regain her health.

“I decided to keep fit after I found myself overweight and had breathing difficulty. I hit the gym, and that really changed my life. I tried all kinds of exercises to strengthen my muscles, and I felt like a new person.”

Now after more than three decades in showbiz, the Singaporean-born entertainer said her goal is to motivate her fans. Fame, she said, is secondary.

“My mission is to let people know that we can achieve and do things and have abundance of energy at any age. There’s no age limit to this. I’ve created and recreated myself countless times,” said Sherrie, who can sing in Malay, Chinese, French, Japanese and Arabic.

In fact, her latest album, also titled Sorang Wanitawas originally recorded in 2011 but was then shelved. “I faced many problems with the arrangements and people who claimed they were helping me. I was so disappointed, I decided to shelve the album,” she said.

Setback aside, she continued working the dinner show circuit and eventually returned to the unreleased album. It took over RM60,000 to complete the re-recording but she's given the music a fresh twist, accompanied by videos filmed in Singapore and Bandung, Indonesia.

She's also planning her next project already – as a motivational speaker. “All my workshops incorporate entertainment elements,” she said.

“I suffered from depression in 2004, and from then on I worked on my mental, emotional and physical healing,” Sherrie added. “I want to share this positive energy in me with more people.”

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