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#Showbiz: Malaysian talent Heerraa wins ICon Award in Hollywood

New Straits Times logo New Straits Times 3/8/2022 Dennis Chua
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia-born singer-songwriter Heerraa has won the ICon Award, for her outstanding performance at the InterContinental Music Awards Competition 2022 (ICMA) last Sunday.

The US-based 23-year-old artiste impressed Hollywood music executive judges at the annual event, and it was a double win as her composition Feel Alive won the Best of North America (Pop category) and the top ICon Award.

She won US$1,000 (RM4,457), an ICMA award certificate signed and endorsed by the InterContinental Music Awards Organisation, and private coaching with members of the judging panel.

"I am incredibly honoured and speechless and grateful for this opportunity. This is all possible because of my fans and amazing team who have been supporting my mission of changing the world with music since Day One," said Heerraa in a statement today.

"Thank you so much for believing in me and the power of my songs to impact people's lives positively."

Heerraa is currently pursuing a Liberal Arts degree at Harvard University.

The competition's judges have produced music for household names such as Celine Dion, Selena Gomez and Westlife.

Heerraa attributed her success to her mentors at ET Ideas, a Malaysian social business incubator which helped turn her dream of being an international singer-songwriter into a reality when she was 14.

Her songs entered international radio stations and digital platforms after she won the Gold Award for Best Female Single of the Year (International) at the International Singer-Songwriters' Association (ISSA) Awards in Atlanta, Georgia last year.

An adviser and co-founder of the international youth movement, Ascendance, Heerraa writes songs to inspire and change the world through her music.

This year alone, she has released six songs which are available on all streaming platforms.

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