50 Famous Singaporean Singers
Singapore is not only endowed with the best of resources and world class venues but also possesses a vast array of talents recognized internationally. There are several brilliant singers who were either born in or immigrated to the Lion City. The list below contains the names of some of the most prominent Singaporean singers you could ever find.
Top singer-songwriter Stefanie Sun is widely known across Singapore, mainland China, Malaysia, Taiwan and Hong Kong for her tremendous vocal abilities. She is one of the country’s best selling music acts with over 30 million records sold. Her first album titled Yan Zi earned her a Golden Melody Award for Best New Artist in 2000, while her 2004 self-titled album earned her the title of Best Mandarin Female Singer.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Corrine May is one of the Lion City’s most prominent musicians. Her 2012 Crooked Lines album received gold certification and peaked at number one on music charts within the first month of its release. She composed Song For Singapore in 2010, to celebrate the country’s 45th National Day.
Singer Dick Lee won international acclaim particularly for his 1989 song The Mad Chinaman. His successful music career is marked by his receipt of several awards including the Compass Award for Top Local Composer (2000, 2001 and 2006). He is widely respected for being the brain behind several classic musicals including Phua Chu Kang, Beauty World, Sing to the Dawn among others.
Sarah Cheng-De Winne
Her song titled Love-Shape Void is easily recognized by music lovers. It earned her an award during the 12th Independent Music Awards. Sarah is widely recognized for her albums Let’s Pretend (2010) and Brand New (2012)
Dawn Xiana Moon
Dawn is regarded as the first singer to blend pop, jazz and Americana with traditional Chinese music. Apart from singing, she is also a professional belly dancer, published writer and actress.
Talented actress Fann Wong is well noted for being one of the top artists in the industry. Between 1995 and 2004, she was consecutively honored as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes, later being named the All-Time Favorite Artiste during the Star Awards.
Sezairi won the third season of the Singapore Idol in 2009 and has subsequently built a reputable music career with releases such as Take Two (2010) and Undertones (2020). He was initially the front man for the band named Juxtapose which he formed.
Keely Wee’s singing career took off in 2007 after she became the second runner up on the second season of the Victoria Junior College Superstar Season 2.
Celebrated as Singapore’s “King of Swing”, Jeremy Monteiro is a renowned jazz singer and pianist. He is also a music instructor and composer. In 2002, he was honored with the Cultural Medallion.
Lee Shih Shiong
This record producer, composer and musician is best noted for his 2001 song Cloudy Day. He was awarded with a Golden Melody Award for Best Composition in 2001 for the song.
Kelly Poon rose to fame after placing second in the singing competition, Project Superstar. In 2014, she was honored at the Global Chinese Music Awards and the Singapore Golden Melody Awards for her work.
Maia made a name for herself as a member of the trio, The Usual Suspects who are popular for their hit songs The Love You Promised, Sunburn and China Girl.
Ong’s music career began at age 15 when she got signed to S2S Pte Ltd. She gained more fame in 2009 when she performed the theme track for the series, The Little Nyonya. In 2012, she became the second Singaporean singer to be selected as the Music Ambassador for the Global Chinese Music Awards.
Multiple award winning singer-songwriter Shabir first proved his musical prowess by winning the first season of Vasantham Star in 2005. He has gone on to write and perform numerous songs, subsequently being awarded the Singapore Youth Award in 2013.
This singer is widely known for her debut 1997 album titled Bored. Some of her most notable work includes Sing it Out of Love (2011), Goodbye & Hello (2007) and Amphibian (2005), which have each earned her the Best Mandarin Female Singer award at the Golden Melody Awards.
One of Singapore’s most outstanding singers, Jonathan Leong gained recognition after finishing second place in season 2 of Singapore Idol. His solo album, Mystery Man was released in 2011 while his single titled One More Chance reached number 7 on the Top 20 charts of YES 93.3 FM.
This list is incomplete without Hady Mirza, winner of the inaugural Asian Idol contest in 2007 and winner of season two of Singapore Idol. He has been crowned Most Popular Artiste at the Anugerah Planet Muzik awards in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Former lead vocalist of Allura, Inch Chua has become a household name in Singapore’s music industry. She gained international recognition as a solo artist following the release of her 2009 EP titled The Bedroom.
Junyang competed and finished as the runner up in the singing competition Project Superstar (2005). He got signed to American record label, Universal Music in 2006 and released his first album. He is known for hit songs such as Guardian Angel and Don’t Say Goodbye.
Born into a musical family, Jacintha Abisheganaden earned her spot as a top-notch artist after winning Talentime in 1976, and the Best Performer Award in 1981. She was a judge on season 2 of Singapore Idol.
Jocie Kwok achieved immediate success with the release of her singles, a cover of Mouse Loves Rice and No More Panic. She was honored during the 6th Annual Global Chinese Music Awards and the 3rd Annual Hit King Awards as the Best Female Newcomer in 2006.
Leon Jay Williams
Leon released his debut album titled Sweet Inspirations in 2005. His versions of Can’t Smile Without You and I Love You So have won him widespread recognition. He is also noted for starring in a number of Taiwanese dramas such as My Home, Heaven’s Wedding Gown and Green Forest.
Since 1991, John Klass has thrived as one of the most notable Singaporean music acts. He first rose to prominence as the lead vocalist for the 1994 Best Local Music Group, KICK! He is credited with writing more than 200 kids songs for the TV show, In Our House. His tribute song for the Red Cross, Thru Your Eyes was certified 3x Platinum in the country and was featured on ITV news and BBC World Service.
Li Fei Hui
Li has been writing and producing his own music since the 1990s, earning him the tag as one of Southeast Asia’s music industry’s finest. He has also written and produced a variety of hit songs for other artistes and is recognized for training upcoming music talents in his music school, Imagine Music.
This artist achieved stardom after her debut album, Regret was released in 1996. She set a record by becoming the first artist in her country to win the HK Metro Hit Award for Most Popular Female Singer. Her ballads, Living By Night, Iron Window, and Sunshine After the Rain, are her most notable work.
Liang Wern Fook
Liang is best recognized as one of the most prominent pioneers in xinyao, particularly between the 80s and 90s. He is credited with at least 200 musical compositions. In 2010, he was honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award during the Singapore Entertainment Awards.
Best remembered for playing the role of Cio-cio-san (Madame Butterfly), Nancy Yuen has performed across the world with numerous opera companies including the Welsh National Opera, Singapore Lyric Opera, English National Opera and Opera Queensland.
After competing in the 2004 edition of Singapore Idol, she released her first album in 2007. Olinda Cho went on to win the first season of Din!China in 2016 as a representative of Singapore.
Born into a family of singers, Rahimah Rahim found success after releasing hit tracks such as Gadis Dan Bunga and Doa. She has released at least 12 albums including Bebas, Mashika Ada Cinta (1987) and Awal & Kini (2006).
Taufik Batisah’s name is etched in Singapore’s music history as the first winner of reality TV talent competition Singapore Idol. He has achieved several feats in his music career including being awarded Most Popular Singapore Artiste for 9 consecutive years between 2006 and 2015.
Initially a member of L’zefier, Sylvester Sim placed second in the first ever Singapore Idol competition in 2004. His most noted songs include Qi Fei (2005) and his 2016 single titled New Hope.
Ng Chee Yang
This artist is recognized worldwide for his performances at Joe’s Pub, Carnegie Hall with Vocalosity and at the Lincoln Center with Carole King. He attended the Berklee College of Music and got his first limelight exposure as the winner of Campus Superstar season one.
Shortly after her participation in Singapore Idol, this artist shot to fame after releasing her self-titled album, which won great success spawning three Top 10 hit singles. During the 2010 ELLE Awards, she was named Breakout Star of the Year.
Vincy’s most popular songs are My Memories are Not My Own and Feeling. She has gained immense success in her music career, mainly after emerging as the first runner up in the New Talent Singing Awards competition held in 2005.
Another top Singaporean singer worth noting is Yida Huang. His songs Chou Nan Ren and Set Me Free have been famously used as theme songs for drama series Devil Beside You and the movie Stealth, respectively.
Described as the protégé of award-winning singer David Tao, she rose to fame with the release of her first album titled Kaira. The album peaked at number 16 on Taiwan’s G-Music Charts.
Shawn Tok emerged as the winner for the Campus Superstar singing competition in 2007 and has gone on to build a successful singing career. During the 2017 Singapore Hit Awards, he earned a nomination for Most Popular Newcomer.
Nauser’s hit song Bulletproof was released in 2017 and quickly gained traction after reaching number one on Spotify’s SG Viral 50 charts and peaking at number 4 on the iTunes SG Top Charts. Her other hit tracks include Don’t Let Me Drown (2019) and Body Language (2017).
Derrick Hoh first gained international recognition finishing in third place during the 2005 edition of Campus Superstar. After signing a record deal with Warner Music Group, Hoh has achieved global success being the first in his country to reach number one on Singapore iTunes Store with an original composition.
Shi Xin Hui
The singer rose to popularity as one of five finalists of Project Superstar in 2005. Since then she has been signed to Play Music, and subsequently released albums, From Taipei to Beijing and Queen.
Chen is credited with writing numerous songs for popular singers including the likes of Jolin Tsai, Rachel Liang and Ocean Ou. He is widely noted for his debut album titled Answer (2011).
Pop singer Joi Chua is famous across Singapore, China and Taiwan for her songs Watching the Sunrise With Me, Wind Chimes and Waiting for a Sunny Day. In 2005 and 2006, she led the Craze Concert, and was named Best Asia Pacific Vocalist during the 2010 Original Chinese Music Awards.
Best recognized as the winner of Project Superstar season 3, Sim is one of the country’s notable singers. He gained more attention after representing the nation at the Hong Kong Asian-Pop Music Festival in 2017.
Daphne Koo’s first exposure to the limelight was as a contestant on the debut season of Singapore Idol. Though she placed fourth in the competition, she has gone on to build an impressive music career with some of her top singles being Rooftops (2013), Desperate (2008), and Wonderland (2014).
Elsa Lin is famous for her performance of the country’s official millennium song titled Moments of Magic. Her memorable performance of the song with Fann Wong and Tanya Chua was so loved that it was later released as a CD. Her elder brother Jim, is also a renowned songwriter, pianist and record producer.
Du Chengyi, known on stage as A-do Do rose to popularity after being discovered by producer Billy Koh in 2002. The singer soon released a number of albums including Night Fall, Hello, and Ninth Time in Love which won him a lot of admiration. He received the Best New Act (Gold) and Best Local Artiste award at the Singapore Hit Awards in 2002 and 2003.
Daren Tan gained international fame for winning the second season of Project Superstar. Listed as one of CLEO Magazine’s ‘50 Most Eligible Bachelors’, he earned even more fame following the release of his first album, Regardless (2008). His song titled Dou Shen has been used as the theme soundtrack for the popular drama series, Metamorphosis.
This multi-talented singer has earned international recognition for her ability to sing in 5 different languages and play several instruments. Some of her most appreciated work include Lonely Afternoon, Feel About You and You are My Angel.
Hetty Sarlene got signed to New Southern Records after participating in International singing competitions including the 1999 Asia Song Festival and Asia Bagus. She was named Best Artiste during the 2002 Anugerah Planet Muzik awards.
Nicknamed the ‘Tom Jones’ of his country, Ismail Haron was a vocalist for rock band, The Vigilantes now known as The Guys. He is best remembered for his solo albums including his 1992 self-titled album, Sutra Mulia (1974), and Potret Sindiran (1975).
Wayne Lim Junjie, professionally known as JJ Lin established his influence in music with the release of his debut 2003 album, Music Voyager. Apart from being a talented singer-songwriter, he is also an actor and record producer. He has been honored with three Golden Melody Awards, being named Best Mandarin Male Singer twice and winning a Best New Artist Award.