The Top 5 contestants of The Voice USA were announced earlier, but do you remember the Singapore-born singer Cilla Chan that was on the show just months ago?
“The first one who broke through” as a representative for Singapore, the 22-year-old songbird was picked by Blake Shelton, a coach and judge on the show to be part of his team.
We spoke to Cilla on her journey and what she has been up to these days.
Being on The Voice was a ‘life-changing’ experience and Cilla said that she honestly never thought that she would get as far as she did.
“I was one of the few to go through the ‘open call’ audition process where you line up and wait for hours and go in as a group to audition,” she explained.
“There were 50,000 people who auditioned for Season 5!”Cilla added that the producers, contestants and coaches were pretty fascinated that she was from Singapore, perhaps even the first person from Asia on the show as well.
“I was born and raised in Singapore even though I’m not a citizen, Singapore is home.” (She’s PR and became a US citizen because of her dad). “I know that Singapore is not known for its music scene so being one of the first ones to make it onto a show like this in the US was unbelievable!”
Cilla added that she hopes that it inspires others from Singapore and in the region to get out there and try for it as well.
What She Has Been Up To?
1. YouTube Channel
Apart from covering new songs like this cover of “Say Something” by Christina Aguilera, her cover of “Almost is Never Enough” by Ariana Grande has more than 100,000 views! Quite an achievement for Cilla, who has over 12 thousand subscribers on YouTube!
2. Her Original Songs on iTunes
Moving on from Cilla’s audition song ‘Come and Get It’, she has released her own original song on iTunes.
The pop, R&B track ‘Tell Me How to Make Believe’ is Cilla’s first song after The Voice.
She co-wrote the song with Beau Dozier, a producer from LA who has worked with JoJo, Cassie, Beyonce etc.!
3. Christmas EP
“Thank you so much all the love. I do my best to read through every single comment or tweet or message I receive and I feel very humbled and touched by all the support I get. Although I'm planning to join a tech firm back in San Francisco very soon, I'm still going to be putting out music, working on collaborations and putting youtube videos up!”
Photo Credits: Used with permission from Cilla Chan.
by Melissa Fu