Universal Music deal for home-grown singer Linying

Linying has performed at major events in Singapore, including last year's Baybeats and this year's Night Festival.
Linying has performed at major events in Singapore, including last year's Baybeats and this year's Night Festival. PHOTO: ST FILE

Home-grown singer-songwriter Linying, a rising name in the indie and electronic music scene, has signed with major recording company Universal Music Singapore, joining the likes of other Singapore talents Gentle Bones and Charlie Lim.

The 22-year-old is set to release a new single, Paris 12 - her third - tomorrow. A five-track release of the same name, her debut EP, will be released on Sept 30.

Linying's songs - a mix of folk, pop and electronica - have been building up buzz in the past year. Her first single, Sticky Leaves, released last year, has racked up more than one million plays on music streaming service Spotify.

She has been performing at major events here, such as the Esplanade's music festival Baybeats last year and this year's Night Festival. She will also perform at the Neon Lights festival in November.

On Aug 21, she performed in one of Japan's premier music festivals, Summer Sonic Festival, in Tokyo and she will be touring countries such as South Korea, Germany, Britain and France in the next few months.

A graduate of National University of Singapore, where she majored in history, Linying has built up a following in the global electronic music scene through her collaborations with German DJ and music producer Felix Jaehn, Belgian DJ and producer Lost Frequencies and French producer duo Krono.

She lent her voice to songs by other home-grown artists, including singer-songwriter Gentle Bones and electronic music act Myrne.

Universal Music will co-manage Linying together with home-grown artist management company Foundation Music, while her music will be co-released by Universal and Foundation's music arm, Umami Records.

Linying says she is honoured to be part of the Universal Music roster and that the label's reach across Asia will help her expand her music career.

"Just having the resources to bring tangible, commercial form to the projects surrounding the music can be of great help," she adds.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 01, 2016, with the headline 'Universal Music deal for home-grown singer'. Subscribe