PETALING JAYA - It was no coincidence how local singer Melody Tan got her musical name.
"Even when my mum was pregnant with me, she told me I had always been attracted to music. When she switched on the radio, I started moving in her womb, and when she switched off the radio, I stopped moving," said the 21-year-old New Zealand-born Malaysian vocalist.
"So she decided: 'If the baby is a girl, I will name her Melody.'"
Just like her mother had expected, Tan was placed eighth overall in the third season of reality Chinese talent series, The Voice Of China, in September last year.
"This was my first time in a major singing competition. They were scouting for talent at my university and I was recommended by my lecturer.
"I flew to Shanghai (where the show was taped) and went through a series of auditions," said the singer, who is a final-year music student at the Guangxi Arts Institute in Guangxi, China.
Tan was granted a unanimous "yes" after she blew all four judges away with her rendition of Wang Lee Hom's Ni Bu Zhi Dao De Shi and went under the mentorship of Chinese singer-songwriter Yang Kun during the competition.
Though she was later eliminated after her performance of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion's The Prayer and Leslie Cheung's Wo (Chinese singer Zhang Bichen came up tops), Tan took it all in her stride.
"My goal is not to win, my goal is to learn. Although there were some challenging moments in the competition, I have to remember that my passion is in singing and nothing else," she said.
She was named Young Achiever Artiste of the Year by the McMillan Woods Global Awards 2015 held at Shangri-La Hotel Kuala Lumpur yesterday, recognising her musical endeavours last year.
Tan plans to release a single this year and hopes to record an album that has a mixture of jazz, R&B and pop in the future.
Based on the Dutch series The Voice Of Holland, The Voice Of China Season 3 premiered on July 18 last year and was the number one show in the country during its run, according to China's TV ratings data provider CSM.
Tan joins the ranks of Malaysian singers who are making waves in China, like Shila Hamzah and Victor Gu.