Young music talents WANTED to collaborate with five of Singapore’s finest artists—Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong, Kelly Poon, Sezairi and Shabir

The Great Singapore Replay (TGSR) is back for a second season. Presented by Temasek, the biennial TGSR is about discovery and collaboration between established artists and the next generation of aspiring young local talents to create original ‘Made-in-Singapore’ songs.

Season Two of TGSR offers 10 music talents the opportunity to be guided by Charlie Lim, Joanna Dong, Kelly Pon, Sezairi and Shabir in creating 10 new original songs. These songs will be inspired by mashups of distinct tunes from five iconic eras of Singapore’s history and five modern music genres.

Working with local music industry players, the selected talents will undergo a professional production experience, comprising song-writing workshops, song arrangement and recording. It will also include the marketing and creating of individual artists’ brand, and the launch of their songs on popular digital music streaming platforms. 

Open Call (Now till 20 October 2019) 

Ten Singapore music talents will be selected through an open call submission of music videos. Participation is open to all residents of Singapore and those selected will be notified by the end of October 2019. The Open Call submission deadline is 20 October 2019, 11:59 pm (Singapore time). For details, visit The Great Singapore Replay’s website.

Showcase Concert at Gardens by the Bay (18 January 2020

Season 2 will culminate in a Showcase Concert to be held at Gardens by the Bay on 18 January 2020. Catch these aspiring young talents as they take to the stage to unveil their original TGSR songs to Singapore. 

TGSR Season 2 Open Call Mechanics 

To enter, simply follow these steps: 

  1. Record a two to three-minute video of yourself performing an original or cover song from any genre, in any language. All formats are welcome. 
  2. Post the link to your video at TGSR’s Open Call page on our website (links can include uploaded streaming/drive links like YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, DropBox etc.) with your details as per our submission form, after agreeing to our Terms and Conditions. Do ensure your link settings are set to a shareable mode so we can view them. 
  3. Be sure to get your entries in between 27 September and 20 October 2019 by 11:59pm (Singapore time). 

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of music industry professionals. 

Entries are open to all residents of Singapore and selected participants will be notified by the end of October to attend an eligibility interview scheduled on 26 October 2019.

Shape the Inspiration for Our TGSR Artists (21 October to 10 November 2019

A TGSR boom box will also be making its way around various locations across Singapore and will provide an immersive DJ experience, allowing the public to mix and vote for mashups of five eras and genres. The locations will be available on TGSR website and social channels at a later date. The most popular mashups voted by the public and the established artists will be the inspiration source for the aspiring talents in their song creation process before these are unveiled at the Showcase Concert on 18 January 2020. 

Reveal of Music Talents and Results of Mashups (14 November 2019) 

The final results of the mashups, selected music talents and the pairing with established artists will be announced in a press event on 14 November 2019. The event will be graced by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament and community ambassador for Season Two of TGSR. 

TGSR Webisodes (21 November 2019 to January 2020) 

The 10 selected music talents will undergo a professional production experience. This is supported by Sony Music, the five established artists and other partners like Warrior Records and Zendyll Records. The progress of the music talents’ journey will be documented through five webisodes released on TGSR website and YouTube channel starting 21 November 2019.

Pop-Up Performances (Five weekends from 23 November 2019) 

Pop-up Performances will be held across Singapore at malls and community spaces to provide the music talents additional avenues to showcase their works to the public, and to prepare them for the Showcase Concert. The locations of the performances will be available on TGSR website and social channels at a later date. 

Showcase Concert (18 January 2020) 

The Showcase Concert will be held at Gardens by the Bay on 18 January 2020. More details to follow at

Bios of Mentors for TGSR season two 

Charlie Lim Singer, Songwriter 

Image credit: Charlie Lim

Charlie Lim is a singer-songwriter and producer based in Singapore. 

Charlie’s debut record ‘TIME/SPACE’ made it to the number one spot on the Singapore iTunes charts. It was later awarded ‘Best Pop Album of the Year’ by The Straits Times. His recent album CHECKHOOK released in 2018 also clinched Best Song of the Year by Apple Music for single Zero-Sum, garnering over 5 million streams to date. 

Charlie continues to produce music and contribute to the local scene and is growing to become one of Southeast Asia’s best voices in pop music. 

Joanna Dong, Jazz vocalist, Actress, TV host 

Image credit: Coconuts Singapore

Joanna Dong is a jazz vocalist, musical theatre actress and TV host. Over the years, she has established herself as one of the most talented and sought-after jazz vocalists in Singapore, with a repertoire that spans a wide range of audiences. Joanna is bilingual and very passionate about sharing her love for jazz with Mandarin speaking audiences. 

Joanna became the pride of Singapore after a stellar performance at ‘Sing! China’, coming in as a second runner-up under Jay Chou’s team in the popular Chinese singing competition. After her hugely successful two-day ‘我是真的’ (So Here I Am) concert at the Esplanade Concert Hall, she followed up with ‘我是真的’ (So Here I Am) EP digital release and Asia tour across seven different cities.

Kelly Poon, Singer, Songwriter 

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Image credit: Esplanade

Kelly Poon became a household name after being crowned a winner in the female category at the inaugural ‘Project Superstar Competition’, beating over 10,000 applicants. 

Kelly’s career has skyrocketed since then, releasing five albums throughout Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. At the 19th Singapore Hit Awards, she won the ‘Regional Outstanding Artiste Award’. She was honoured with the ‘Outstanding Regional Artiste and Vocalist Award’ at the 14th Global Chinese Music Awards, before being selected to be the official ambassador for the Global Chinese Music Awards 2015.

In 2017 she collaborated with Warner Denmark’s Christopher on the song ‘Heartbeat 心跳’, which raked in half a million views in less than one week of its release. 

Sezairi, Pop and R&B Artist 

Image credit: LASALLE College of the Arts

Sezairi is a pop singer whose meteoric rise has left the nation in awe. Sezairi started singing at the tender age of five and hasn’t stopped since. He formed a band at the age of 14 and learned the guitar to complement his vocals.

It was 2009 when Sezairi got his big break, after winning the Singapore Idol series. Since then, he has released hits and chart toppers that remind people of his adeptness in his craft. His recent EP ‘Sezairi EP’ was completely written by him and co-produced by elite Indonesian producer Ari Renaldi. 

His achievements included: 

  • Number one spot on Spotify’s Viral 50 Chart within a week of the release of his song ‘Fire to the Floor’. The song retained the spot for two weeks after. 
  • Number two spot on Spotify Singapore’s Viral 50 Chart within a week of his single release ‘70s’. This song even made its way to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. 
  • Number one on Spotify Singapore and Malaysia Viral 50 Chart within a week of the release of his ballad ‘It’s You’. Two million online listeners tuned in to listen to the song, which has since received a gold certification. The song’s music video appeared on the third spot in Apple Music’s ‘Best of 2018: Editors’ Picks’ Global Playlist, where it was recognised as one of the year’s most identifiable and noteworthy songs. 

Shabir, Music Artist, Film Composer 

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Shabir started song writing and song composition when he was 12 years old. Starting out as a self-taught keyboardist, he went on to learn Hindustani classical music under the tutelage of violinist Sri Veereshwar Madhri and guitar from Steve Vatz. 

He is a multiple award-winning singer-songwriter, record producer, music composer and performer. He is the winner of the inaugural singing competition Vasantham Star 2005. He was awarded the Singapore Youth Award, the highest national honour given to young achievers by the Singapore government in 2017.

Shabir remains one of the leading recording artists in Singapore with a strong fan following in the region, having released three albums to date ‘Alaipayuthey’, ‘TraffiQ’ and ‘Swasam-Scents of Prose’. 

Shabir’s music is known to be an eclectic concoction of various genres and influences that includes pop, alternative rock, hip-hop and world music. Shabir’s lyrical style consists of wordplay, metaphor and he often experiments with cadence. His voice culture is characterised by his distinct style that owes itself to his early influences such as Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Wyclef Jean and Bob Dylan. 

Shabir achieved mainstream success in India as a composer, songwriter and singer in the highly competitive Indian film music industry in 2019 with back-to-back releases, with his songs crossing 70-million collective views on YouTube. To date, he has been signed to eight films as a composer. 

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