KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s undisputed Queen of Pop Jazz Datuk Sheila Majid is still going strong even after her illustrious three-decade career.
This year marks her 30th anniversary since the release of her first album and her debut as an artiste. The petite music powerhouse is planning her 30th anniversary celebration concert for her fans in Malaysia this year.
“InsyaAllah. Pray that I get the sponsors,” Sheila, who is the Strepsils brand and campaign ambassador told Bernama Lifestyle and Youth after the launch of ‘Strepsils Hits The Right Note’, a nationwide-singing contest in support of World Voice Day last month.
She said some of her songs – including one theme song – will be featured in a Malay film that will hit the cinemas after Hari Raya Puasa.
The acclaimed singer, whose songs Lagenda, Antara Anyer dan Jakarta and Sinaran are Malay pop classics, is currently working on a full album which is being produced by composer Mac Chew and her musician husband Hasridz Murshim Hashim Abdullah (Acis).
Acis, in his own right is a well-known composer, musical director and a member of the popular rock band Gersang in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
NEW ALBUM IN THE WORKS
Sheila said the full album will have eight songs. But she has only recorded five. However, if she fails to get another three songs, Sheila said, she will produce each one that has been recorded, into singles.
“I don’t have a deadline to produce this album as I’m working on my own. I don’t have any affiliation with a label, hence I can work at my own pace.
Deadlines put pressure on me and the songs I am doing. People may call me fussy, but I set my standards of quality with people I want to work with”, said Sheila.
“There’s no mediocrity. I’m going to go on, bringing out the singles that are ready and work from there,” she stressed.
On her music genre, Sheila said she would maintain the same style as she had been known for over the past three decades in the industry.
“I don’t think I should change so drastically. My fans are comfortable with my type of music and my fans love it. So, you can expect the same style,” said Sheila, who is known for her trademark contemporary pop music tastefully with a jazz and R&B flavour.
After her first public appearance in 1985, Sheila had her debut first single, Pengemis Muda. Shortly after a year, she worked under EMI Malaysia and launched Emosi that featured Sinaran as the main single of the album.
Sinaran’s fame made Sheila expand her horizons to Indonesia, becoming one of the pioneer Malaysian artistes that has successfully penetrated the Indonesian music scene. Her album, Emosi, not only became the best-selling album in Malaysia, but the sales also rocketed in Indonesia around the year 1987.
After producing Warna in 1988, Sheila explored the Japanese market by distributing her single Sinaran there. As a result, Sheila became the first Malaysian singer who topped the music charts in Japan.
Her giant project, Lagenda; a tribute to the late Tan Sri P.Ramlee, had successfully recorded sales of 150,000 units. After six years, Sheila returned to the music scene with her album, Ratu that bagged four awards in the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) 1997.
Sheila took over the AIM stage three years later after her album, Ku Mohon, once again brought her to fame. This album was her first collaboration with a new producer. Later on, she worked with Warner Music Indonesia to come up with new album, Cinta Kita, one of the best-selling albums of the year 2004.
After 25 years, Sheila distributed all her seven solo albums in a box set that was the best production ever produced. She also enclosed her latest song, Dengarkanlah which was produced by her husband, Acis.
Early this month, Sheila performed for her Malaysian and Indonesian fans in Los Angeles, California in a one-night concert. This marked her first concert in the US and it was held to commemorate her three decades in the music scene. – Bernama