Women bare their souls in songs

Women bare their souls in songs
Singers (from left) Sheila De Niro, Lily Anna Nuris, Catherine Yeo and Sarah Ismail, who have different music backgrounds, will each present a 20-minute set.

Expect some tears at Stripped, a mostly acoustic show at the Esplanade Recital Studio on Friday featuring four Singaporean female singer-songwriters from different music backgrounds.

Contemporary pop singer Lily Anna Nuris will sing a self-penned tune, It Wasn't My Intention, about picking herself up after her divorce three years ago.

"I've played it and people who watched it, those who are experiencing or have experienced a difficult marriage, they can relate to this song. It's pretty powerful and I've made people cry with this song," says the 36-year old who performs at joints such as wine and cigar bar The Connoisseur Divan and Irish pub Dubliner.

Another singer, veteran Sheila De Niro, in her 40s, will pay tribute to jazz guitarist Farid Ali, a dear friend of hers who died of diabetes-related illnesses in December last year. She plans to sing To Be Free, a song the late musician wrote for her more than 10 years ago and which was the theme song of a children's musical.

"It's going to be really tough to hold back the tears. He's an old friend and we used to hang out together. I choke up whenever I introduce this song and say it was written by the late Farid Ali."

Nuris and De Niro will be accompanied by pianist Anthony Kwah.

While De Niro has more than two decades of experience in the music industry and Nuris has been singing professionally for 17 years, the other two performers on the bill are comparatively new.

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