The funky songbird from the East
Born in Penang, Malaysia, Irma Seleman was raised up in a small town in Bangi, Selangor, MY. An active sports woman who sings Malay traditional music throughout her middle school life. As a daughter of a musician, her dad gave a lot of exposure in every kind of music from traditional, to contemporary.
In 2008, Irma enrolled in the Berklee Transfer Program in a BIN school, International College of Music (ICOM) and did the foundation in Music and first year of Degree in Music for 2 and a half years. She has achieved so much while she was in ICOM. She was known as the risk taker and would try every kind of music from pop, Malay traditional, funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Rock, Disco and many more. She was the background vocalist in a huge national show, KL Foundation. She was also the lead vocalist for the ICOM Celebration Series Tribute to The Eagles, Michael Jackson, U2, Queen and ABBA.Besides being the lead vocalist, she was also the vocal arranger and vocal leader for most of the tributes.
Out of ICOM, in Malaysia, Irma was featured in many of the TV shows such as Mentor (Talent Show) which she worked as a background vocalist for the show. She was also featured in an interview in Hitz.TV as the artist of the month. She also performed at the Michael Buble Crazy Love Tourʼs pocket stage before the show went on. She was also featured at the Indie Youth Festival and Borneo Jazz Festival Preview. Other than that, she sang in private functions, wedding, pub and jazz club.
In 2011, she started to promote her original music out and performed it in a lot of Indie venues and music or Jazz festival before she further her education in Music in Berklee College of Music. In Fall 2011, she enrolled in the Berklee College of Music and was awarded with a scholarship from Berklee. Being part of the Berklee Reverence Gospel Choir has also strengthen her knowledge in the Black music. She is also the music arranger in a huge show produced by Berklee, Singer Showcase. She was recently featured in the WWS Magazine and was announced as the RAW Boston Artist of The Day. She has performed in numerous venues in the US and one of it was Utica Music Festival New York.
Her appearance in Marie Claire January Issue (Malaysia) was her breakthrough. Irma was also featured in Malaysian Airlines’ Music on Demand in the Jazz section and she just finished her Euro Tour supported by Berklee and Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. She was featured in the Close Encounters festival and Cultural Festival by the US Embassy in Helsinki that took place in Helsinki, Tampere, Finland and St. Petersburg, Russia.
She is heavily influenced by Funk and R&B musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Rachelle Farrell and Etta James. Also, by the bigtime neo-soul Erykah Badu and Jill Scott. Not to forget, Jazz queens like Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.
Irma is constantly spreading her wings reaching out to new souls with one mission; bringing people together through music. She has just released her debut album "My World" that is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and many more!