Confessions of a getai singer: She once received 'hell notes' in hongbao

Confessions of a getai singer: She once received 'hell notes' in hongbao
POPULAR: Getai singer Sherraine Law with fans carrying placards spelling out her name in lights at her performance at a getai event at Sin Ming Lane on Wednesday.
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She's tipped to be the hottest getai star this year and Sherraine Law is definitely not missing the cue.

She has started the Hungry Ghost month with 30 bookings and that looks set to increase.

Last year, she had about 80 bookings.

Miss Law, 22, explains in English: "I have more hosting gigs this year because of SG50 celebrations."

Other than getai, Miss Law also hosts or sings at weddings, corporate events and community centre shows.

She attributes her rising popularity to the GeTai Challenge, a TV singing contest for getai performers.

The programme aired weekly from May 25 and ended last Monday.

She says: "People have a very different impression of getai now.

"They tend to see us as more professional. After the Channel 8 variety show, many people have changed their minds about the getai industry."

YOUNGER CROWD

Miss Law says the audience used to be mostly made up of the older generation. But since the TV show, she has noticed a younger crowd.

"Now I have younger fans, who come just for me," says Miss Law.

She also had bit roles in several local movies, such as Ah Boys To Men, in which she played IP Man's girlfriend Mayoki.

At a getai show at Sin Ming Lane on Wednesday where she performed, fans were seen holding placards with lights spelling out Miss Law's name in English and Chinese.

The number of her Instagram followers doubled after the show, she noted, to more than 4,300.

Miss Law, who won one of the 10 Most Popular Getai Artiste awards last year and the year before, has also received requests to appear in gigs in Johor Baru, though she turned them down.

She says: "I don't do JB gigs yet. My mum is not comfortable with me travelling there."

Young, energetic and bilingual, Miss Law is more popular as a host than as a singer, says Mr Aaron Tan, Singapore's most prolific getai organiser.

It is a far cry from when Miss Law started getai singing five years ago at the age of 17.

She reveals: "A lot of people looked down on me when I started out.

"I got bad comments. They would say things like, 'You will never get famous. Don't waste your time'."

Describing her first few stage experiences, she says: "It was really stressful. I wasn't sure what I could or could not say, so I was very quiet. The host was quite angry with me.

"Emcees are a bit irritated with singers who can't chat. They will shorten the interaction time, as it's not so engaging. Getai is all about entertaining."

Miss Law charges more than $100 per gig, and she can earn up to $10,000 during the month, not inclusive of red packets.

Mr Tan says that getai artists can usually earn $6,000 to $10,000, before deducting expenses like transportation and costumes.

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