SULTRY jazz and soul vocal powerhouse Alemay fernandez, dubbed “Singapore’s jazz queen” on the island republic, is performing with the Tay Cher Siang trio in Malaysia before her back-to-back performances at Java Jazz and the Singapore International Jazz festivals.
With her deep vocals and charismatic onstage presence, fernandez and festival favourite Tay Cher Siang (WVC TRiO +1) are set to give music enthusiasts in Kuala Lumpur two nights of smooth jazz tunes at No Black Tie tomorrow and Saturday.
“I have been dying to perform with Tay Cher Siang and his band for some time, because their reputation precedes them, but the opportunity didn’t present itself till now, so I’m really looking forward to burning up No Black Tie with these stellar Malaysian musicians,” says the 35-year-old fernandez, who has performed with David foster, The Count Basie Orchestra and Bobby Soul, in an e-mail interview.
“As for SingJazz, I could not be more excited! I get to share the stage with Richard Jackson, who is not only the love of my life but such an amazing singer; and having the UK Jazz Masters perform our original music. Plus I’m performing on the same stage as some of biggest names in music, what more could I ask for?”
The part-time lecturer at Lasalle College of The Arts Singapore, whose voice has graced the soundtracks of Chicken Rice War and The Apprentice Asia, was exposed to music at a young age.
“I have always loved singing and did it all the time growing up. My house was constantly filled with the sounds of Ella fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Nat King Cole and frank Sinatra because my father was a jazz fan,” says fernandez, who first knew she wanted to take singing more seriously when she saw Whitney Houston perform on TV many years ago.
“As a child, I always thought of jazz as my dad’s music, but as I got older it subconsciously became the type of music I would always choose to perform. Jazz is my heart and always will be,” she adds.
Expect this songstress to perform old favourites from the likes of Etta James, Nancy Wilson, Ella fitzgerald and frank Sinatra, at No Black Tie.
“Jazz standards really are, to me, some of the best songs ever written because they possess the power to touch you so subtly that
Alemay Fernandez will perform with the Tay Cher Siang trio on Feb 21 and 22 at 10pm at No Black Tie, Jalan Mesui, Kuala Lumpur. Cover charge is RM50.