- Browse by Category
- Browse by Country
Sheila Majid is a Malaysian singer who has been present on the music scene for more than two decades with her signature style: contemporary pop music blended with jazz and rhythm and blues. Her debut album, Dimensi Baru (New Dimension) was released in 1985 and created a new dimension in the Malaysian music industry and sold-out concerts for Sheila.
Her second 1987 album Emosi (Emotion) allowed the Malaysian singer to become part of the music scene in Indonesia. She was not only the first non-Indonesian to win the BASF Award for Best Female Artist in R&B in 1987, but also embarked on a successful nationwide tour in 1988.
The following year Sheila and her music traveled to Japan, where she performed at the Tokyo Music Festival. She later performed in the Okinawa Music Pageant in 1990. To date Sheila remains the only Malaysian artist to successfully penetrate the Japanese market. While busy touring the region, Sheila released her third album Warna (Colour) in 1988 and later Legenda (Legend) in 1990. The latter was her fourth and best-selling album to date and paid tribute to the late P. Ramlee, one of Malaysia’s most famous entertainers.
After a six-year hiatus, Sheila released her fifth album Ratu (Queen) in 1996. This album received much critical acclaim as her maturing and evolving style allowed her to collaborate with some of the world’s best musicians including Nathan East of the American Jazz group Four Play, Rex Goh of Air Supply and Japanese violinist Aska Kaneko. With this album, Sheila achieved another first for a Malaysian artist. East West Records, her UK affiliate label, arranged a special release of Ratu at Tower Records in Piccadilly Circus, London.
In 2000, Sheila won four awards at the Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM), including Best Pop Album for her sixth release Ku Mohon (I Pray). Cinta Kita, her seventh album, includes collaborations with some of Indonesia’s foremost entertainers such as Andi Rianto, Tohpati and Indra Lesmana.1