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A funky songbird from the East. She puts together grooves, melodies and harmonies that reflects her experiences in life, love and music. A singer, songwriter and arranger bringing the music of “Soul” and “R&B” into her own Malaysian sound. She'll amaze you with her voice and personality on stage!
Born in Penang, Malaysia and was raised up in a small town in Bangi, Selangor, MY. An active sports woman who sings malay traditional music throughout her middle school life. As a daughter of a musician, her dad gave a lot of exposure in every kind of music from traditional, to contemporary.
In 2008, Irma enrolled in the Berklee Transfer Program in a BIN school, International College of Music (ICOM) and did the foundation in Music and first year of Degree in Music for 2 and a half years. She has achieved so much while she was in ICOM. She is known as the risk taker and would try every kind of music from pop, malay traditional, funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Disco and many more.
While she was in ICOM, she was one of the active performer in school. She was the background vocalist in a huge national show, KL Foundation. She was also the lead vocalist for the ICOM Celebration Series Tribute to The Eagles, Michael Jackson, U2, Queen and ABBA. Besides being the lead vocalist, she was also the vocal arranger and vocal leader for most of the tributes.
Outside ICOM, in Malaysia, Irma was featured in many of the TV shows such as Mentor (Talent Show) which she worked as a background vocalist for the show. She was also
featured in an interview in Hitz.TV as the artist of the month. She also performed at the Michael Buble Crazy Love Tour’s pocket stage before the show went on. She was also featured at the Indie Youth Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival Preview. Other than that she sang in private functions, wedding, pub and jazz club.
In 2011, she started to promote her original music out and performed it in a lot of Indie venues and music or Jazz festival before she further her education in Music in Berklee College of Music. In Fall 2011, she enrolled in the Berklee College of Music and was awarded with a scholarship from Berklee. Being part of the Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir has also strengthen her knowledge in the Black music. She is also the music arranger in a huge show produced by Berklee,Singer Showcase. She was recently featured in the WWS Magazine and was announced as the RAWBoston Artist of The Day. She has performed in numerous venues in Boston and New York such such as UTICA Music Festival New York, Ella Lounge New York, Rumors Boston, The Estate Boston, Copley Square, PA's Lounge Boston, Middle East Restaurant, The Red Room Boston and many more.
Just finished her recent Malaysia Mini Tour. Travelled from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi and Singapore, the Tour was a success and she closed the tour with an amazing closing show at No Black Tie on August 13th 2013, a day before she made her way back to Boston to continue her studies. She was also featured in Hello on Two Program (Malaysian TV Show) as the Artist of the week.
Back in Boston, Irma did a number of charity events and one of them was the Charity for Diabetes and Cancer in Sommerville, MA. She also performed for the Indonesian Festival at Copley Square in September. Recently did a recording session for her own original "Without You" for George Massenburg's Master Class in Berklee. She has definitely went all out in getting her music out internationally.
Her recent appearance in Marie Claire January Issue (Malaysia) was her breakthrough. Irma was also featured in Malaysian Airlines Music on Demand on Jazz section and she just finished her Euro Tour supported by Berklee and Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. She was featured in the Close Encounters festival and Cultural Festival by the US Embassy in Helsinki that took place in Helsinki, Tampere, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.
Influenced by Funk and R&B musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Rachelle Farrell, Etta James. Also by the bigtime neo-soul Erykah Badu, Jill Scott. Not to forget the Jazz queens like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.
Irma has written a bunch of songs that can be found in her Reverbnation page and also her new upcoming EP produced recently.