Not many are familiar with Malaysian music aside from icons such as Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza and Amy Search. Times have changed and many Malaysian musicians have started branching out globally- singing in English, such as Zee Avi, whose debut album hit #130 US Billboard Hot 200 Chart. Since then, another sweetheart whose angelic voice caught the attention the Indie-Pop record label and management company in US, Yuna. Only having started playing the guitar and writing songs at 19, she began uploading her songs in English and Bahasa Melayu to MySpace as a solo artist. It was through MySpace that she gained support from and got her playing many gigs around Malaysia. In 2009, Yuna was nominated and won ‘Song Of The Year”  for AIM, which is the Malaysia’s equivalent of the Grammy’s. Today, Yuna has managed to win the hearts of her global audience with the gentle warble in her voice, especially with the beautifully stripped down cover of Nirvana’s Come as You Are. She is now signed with FADER Label from New York. Her upcoming self-titled album, due Spring 2012, will feature a collaboration with N.E.R.D.’s renowned rapper and producer, Pharrell Williams. The first single off the album will be a number produced by Pharrell, “Live Your Life”.

Therefore, we at Mannequin Productions, feel honoured to have Yuna, who is also a stylish fashion enthusiast, perform for this year’s Project Runaway. Yuna founded her own little fashion shop and online store, that sells clothing items and accessories handpicked by Yuna herself! They even give style advice and tutorials on how to wear the pieces that they sell. Currently run by her cousin, Yuna hopes that she can expand the business and even start designing her own clothes. We’ll definitely have her back.

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