As we just celebrated Teachers’ Day last week, it seemed apt that this week’s Zahara Warrior would feature a teacher. And who better to interview that Ms Jasmine Tye, music teacher at Canossa Convent Primary School and the 2nd runner-up for Singapore Idol 2006? Nominated for 2009’s National Youth Achievement award for her contribution to Singapore’s music scene, Jasmine has gained more than 10 years of professional experience; from performing for National Day, to charity events and more private affairs. Currently taking her Masters in Music Education at the National Institute of Education, her love for music burns strong and bright. Her experience in the local music industry, coupled with her talent and passion make her a truly remarkable educator. Read on for our exclusive interview with this beautiful and talented Zahara Warrior!
Give us three words to describe yourself.
I’m still on the road to self-discovery and I’m very complex so three words is going to be difficult! I’ll try anyway. I think I’m weird, introverted and hardworking.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That I’m very random. For example, I love to pretend to be a tourist in Singapore and chat with the ‘locals’ in a weird accent.
You’ve come a long way from your Singapore Idol days and now you’re moulding the future of the nation as a music teacher! How has the experience been thus far?
It has been 10 years and I’m loving my journey very much. I find educating the next generation of leaders extremely meaningful and humbling. The children might think that they are learning a lot from me but it’s really the other way around. However, I think it is time for me to go back to my roots of songwriting and performing. I’m really excited about that.
What has been the most memorable teaching moment for you?
Keeping in touch with my ex-students has been the most memorable and rewarding for me as a teacher. I’m so happy to witness their journey and am very honoured to dish out some advice when they need it.
Do you still perform?
Unfortunately, I only perform at private events such as singing for a good friend’s wedding and staging a mini-concert for a good friend’s farewell party. I have stopped performing for public events due to contractual obligations.
A little bird told us you’re also a songwriter! Mind sharing with us one song you’ve written?
Sure! I wrote this song ‘ A Song for You’ for a good friend’s farewell party. Below are the lyrics:
You are my guiding light
You pull me up when I am down
You said to me
That you’ll always be
Here for me till’ the end
So here’s a song for you
For everything you’ve done
I’m glad we’re on this journey, hand in hand
There’s no place I’ll rather be
Than here by your side
It’s always better when we are together
I know we will be safe and sound
Even in the darkest hour
Like a ray of sun
Burning up all my fears
Pushing me to soar up high
Repeat Chorus & Verse 2
Who are your musical inspirations?
Growing up in the late 90s meant having pop princesses such as Leann Rimes, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson and Backstreet Boys as my musical inspirations. I love how comfortable and fabulous they looked on stage. Some of their songs brought me out of my darkest moments too. Currently, I’m crazy over Charlie Puth, G-Dragon and Shigga Shay. I’m quite fickle and my preference changes over time! Haha!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
I see myself writing more music and doing more performances. It is an exciting era for the music scene in Singapore and I want to be part of it. The local music scene is filled with so many awesome talents right now.
What’s your favourite Zahara product?
I absolutely love the lipcreams especially ‘Boss’. It is so pigmented and lasting. I just cannot have enough of it. (Click here to get yours!)
As a Zahara Warrior, what advice would you give someone hoping to break into the Singapore music scene?
Be confident and super hardworking. Things might not look too good in the beginning but persevere (Wished someone told me that when I was younger!)
To all teachers, THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND LOVE. Happy belated Teachers’ Day and have a wonderful term break!
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