BEIJING: Jocelyn Cheah Theng Yean’s life is filled with music because she has a mother who loves singing.
“From young, I have always listened to her singing or humming a melody, be it in the car or while taking care of my two younger sisters.
“She would start her karaoke session at home whenever she is free,” said the 20-year-old.
Her mother’s hobby has greatly influenced Cheah, a Year Two Contemporary Vocal student from the University of Shenzhen.
Together with her university mates – Aiya Jaxybayeva from Kazakhstan, He Jiawei from China and Shin Moon-sub from South Korea – the group impressed the judges with the popular number I Love You China.
They emerged second in the Silk Road Good Voice contest, held in conjunction with the Second Silk Road and Young Dreams programme here over the weekend.
The youngsters of different grades met at the international choir club.
At the university, Cheah learned about singing, body movement, song writing, composing, recording and other related skills.
The programme was aimed at grooming all-rounded talents for the industry.
Cheah said most importantly, she got to meet like-minded people from around the world and grew up to become more independent.
“Here, I have to make decisions and solve every problem on my own.
“I cannot call up my parents and let them worry about me.
“Unlike back at home, I could ask for help and they would come up with a solution,” she said.
She thanked her parents for their support and for allowing her to pursue her dream.
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