M'sian singer Yuna performs on Conan O'Brien's show

M'sian singer Yuna performs on Conan O'Brien's show
Los Angeles-based Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna.

In Malaysia, soulful Kedah-born singer-songwriter Yuna has received wide recognition and multiple accolades.

But in Los Angeles, where the 27-year-old has been based for the past three years and despite several notable achievements, she is still taking baby steps towards making a name for herself.

Following last year's self-titled debut album, Yuna released her Sixth Street EP in May this year and second album Nocturnal last month, both with US label Verve Records.

She also lent her voice to the soundtrack of the animated flick The Croods, collaborating with US pop act Owl City on the song Shine Your Way.


Last year, she made her US TV debut when she performed her single Live Your Life - a single produced by American rapper/singer Pharrell - on talk show Conan hosted by Conan O'Brien.

Two weeks ago, she took to the same stage again to sing Rescue, off her newest record.

Asked about awaiting her big break in the US, Yuna recently told M over the phone from Kuala Lumpur where she is on a short break: "I know going to Los Angeles I have to start from square one doing small gigs like how I used to when I was starting out. I don't mind introducing myself to people who have not heard of me. In that sense I will always be learning in LA."

Yuna said that being there has taught her to be "more open-minded, daring and less judgemental".

"To be honest, I just got here and there is a long way to go. Malaysia will always be home but here, in the US, it's all work for me," said Yuna.

She described Nocturnal as "more mature" and influenced by Icelandic acts like Sigur Ros and Bjork.

"For the first album, most songs were written when I was way younger, at 21 or 22. I was working on it for two years before it came out. This time round I worked on it for six months. Everything is new and timely. It's more serious and cinematic," she said.

Apart from music, Yuna also devotes her time to her online clothing store, which was recently changed from Iamjetfuel to November Culture.

"I'm launching a new line next month called 14 November which targets a more mature age group. I need to stop thinking I'm 19," she said with a laugh, describing the collection as "dressy and classy".


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