Aqeesh Aleeya is only 14 but she’s already actively pursuing a singing career.
The secondary school student has always loved singing for as long as she can remember.
“I used to sing everywhere I went since I was just two years old. It was my parents who first took notice of my vocal talent and ability to memorise my favourite songs,” she says in an e-mail interview with Star2.
“From there, I slowly began to feel confident about my singing ability and started joining singing competitions.”
Aqeesh joined a slew of singing competitions, one of them even afforded her the chance to sing in front of Indonesian music icon Anggun.
After winning online reality web series, Bakat Ohsem, last December, she was offered a five-year management contract with online lifestyle platform, hurr.tv.
Aqeesh also walked away with a RM100,000 cash prize and a car! “I plan to save the cash prize for my studies in the future,” she says before adding, “and my family is using the car.”
Starting out in the industry at such a young age, some may wonder why not enjoy her teenage years first and pursue music after secondary school?
“I find great pleasure in singing and dancing. Many might think that I may be missing out on my teenage years, but this is what I am truly passionate about, that’s why I am pursuing my dream now,” she responds.
It also helps that Aqeesh has a strong support system at home. “My parents are incredibly supportive of my singing career. However, they have also reminded me to never neglect my studies.”
Aqeesh talks about striking a balance between music and studies: “I attend school in the morning, and my afternoons are for singing rehearsals and dance practice.
“My nights are spent on homework and revisions. So I’d say that I can manage my time pretty well.”
Asked if she views her youth as an advantage or disadvantage to her career as a singer, she replies: “Being a young singer is an advantage because time is on my side and I can learn and improve on any inadequacies that I may have in my singing and performance.”
The budding singer says she loves both fast songs and ballads, and draws inspiration from local artistes like Stacy, Akim, Dayang Nurfaizah and Haqiem Rusli as well as K-pop acts BLACKPINK and iKON.
Aqeesh recently released her debut single, Aku Malu, an uptempo track which captures the sensation of falling in love and feeling bashful around a crush.