“Let’s see where life takes me in the next 10 years. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work hard to achieve my dreams.” – Elizabeth Tan
Her passion in singing came about as she was completing her last year of her studies in Texas, USA, in 2013. As her friends who were older had all graduated, she used her free time to come up with Malay songs and started sharing them on YouTube. After attracting a large audience, Elizabeth got a request to come up with a cover for the song Pencuri by Mak Adam.
“Followers started to pick up but I never envisioned myself as a singer. When I came back to Malaysia in December 2013, I did a cover of Havoc by Joe Flizzlow. That was my first video that got a million views and things started to escalate from there,” she says.
Hard work and perseverance
In 2014, Elizabeth did a cover of Suasana Hari Raya by Saloma Ismail and that got her noticed by popular singer-songwriter, Faizal Tahir, who runs Paranormal Talents, a recording label. Today, Elizabeth says if it wasn’t for the YouTube videos she posted up, she wouldn’t have come this far.
She is proud to have gotten the chance to open for Christina Perri and won multiple awards since 2015, including Artis Baru Terbaik Wanita at the Anugerah Planet Muzik ke-14, Artis Wanita Terbaik at the Anugerah Met10 and Top 10 Karaoke Melayu Popular at the Anugerah Red Box Media Appreciation & K-20 Night. She’s also had the chance to perform abroad including in China, Indonesia and Singapore.
“I never planned to be in this industry but since I’m already in, I’m going to learn as much as I can and also learn from my experiences. Another thing YouTube helped me with was how to carry myself in front of the camera. At the start, my eyes used to be wide open as I was nervous.”
“After a while, I slowly learnt how to overcome this fear and look more natural. It requires a lot of hard work, and when I recorded my first video, I only got 200 to 300 views, but as time went by, the numbers rose. To put yourself out there, you can’t give up. Take the initiative to try and learn new things, and come out of your comfort zone,” she shares.
Elizabeth will be coming out with her new single this February and she is also planning for her own clothing line in the near future. “Let’s see where life takes me in the next 10 years. In the meantime, I’ll continue to work hard to achieve my dreams,” she says