Born on 14 November 1986, the singer and songwriter Yunalis Mat Zara’ai is more popularly known simply as Yuna. Photo by Irwandy Mazwir, and sourced from Wikipedia. Click to go to source.

Just read in Yahoo! News Singapore that Malaysian singer and songwriter Yuna sings the theme song for “The Croods”, the new animation from Dreamworks. The song called “Shine Your Way” is a duet with Adam Young, the American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist behind the musical project called Owl City.

So happy for Yuna that she continues to go from strength to strength. She has been massively popular in the Malay music world for some years now, and deservedly so. She also writes and sings English songs, hauntingly beautiful ones, and so I’m glad for her that she continues to do well in the international scene as all. It’s even more remarkable when you consider that she does not write and sing mainstream pop. Shine Your Way is a huge departure from her ‘usual’ sound, which at times reminds me of giants like Sade and Tori Amos.

Yuna started out as a solo MySpace artist in 2006, singing in both English and Malay. She graduated with a law degree in 2009.

According to her Wiki page:

Yuna recently signed with Verve Music Group. Multiple Grammy-winning producer David Foster, who heads the creative operations of Verve, tweeted: “I’m really excited about the next hot artist to join Verve Music. Stay tuned and keep an eye out for Yuna in 2013“.

I love her voice. I’m not articulate so just the cliché ‘hauntingly beautiful’ keeps popping into my head when I think of her voice and style. Take her rendition of Nirvana’s rock classic “Come As You Are” in the video below. A live performance in the U.S. (Portland, Oregon) in 2011. Breathtaking.

One of my faves is still Someone Out Of Town

A more recent offering is Live Your Life. This link is for a video of a performance on Conan O’Brien’s talk show last year.