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Teen singer Chilla Kiana is making a breakthrough in her young career — being chosen to sing the Indonesian version of Disney song “The Glow”. Produced and written by the Disney Channel for its Disney Princesses franchise.
Chilla said her cooperation with Disney was a dream come true.
“I am very honored, excited and humbled that I got to be a part of The Walt Disney project to sing The Glow, because I have always been a huge Disney fan, ever since I was a little kid,” 19-year-old told Chilla.
“I always wondered how it would feel to be a part of Disney and now that I am actually able to sing a Disney song and be a part of a Disney project, it feels amazing.”
Chilla singing The Glow with full of heart, like what she said, "I do not want this song is just beautiful on melody, but I want this song would really speak about the message inside and deliver the spirit of the song for anyone listening it, The song have very strong message about a little spark in our heart can be big fire.
I believe, through this song Disney wants to convey a message to all children around the world, that we should have a dream, because of all the success it started from a dream. Then we must pursue our dream with all effort and spirit, do not give up, until we’ll reach it.
Her success is a result of a 12-year process in which she has constantly developed herself as a musician, an artist and an entrepreneur.
Chilla said she had known what she wanted to do in life since her childhood.
Born in Surabaya, Indonesia, 19 years ago, Chilla first took on piano music was when she was seven, and won many piano competitions awards.
Chilla complemented her musical repertoire by taking singing classes and at only 11 — when most girls are busy playing with their dolls — she had fun composing songs, writing lyrics and arranging notes by her self.
In Chilla’s early song-writing career (11), she wrote and composed is a religious Christian songs, called “I Belong to Jesus”.
When she was 13, she wrote and composes a Patriotic Song, named “My Indonesia” dedicated to her country.
“A while after, I got the chance to sing and release two English-language songs — ‘Loneliest Hour’ and ‘Jealous’. And on 2nd Top Position on Vevo.
The Universal Music Group Indonesia then put me on contract, and finally, on October 2014, I got contract with The Walt Disney Company for the song of Disney Princesses “The Glow” in Indonesia Version.”
When Chilla was not busy writing songs, she loves to play piano and other music instruments, she was just like any other teenagers, shelikes to watch movie and shows on the Disney Channel during her spare time. The pop musical style of Disney then began to influence Chilla in the way she wrote her songs.
“I grew up watching Disney. I was actually inspired by a lot of Disney characters. Chilla said
“As for genre, I think my songs are mostly pop but I don’t want to limit myself to a genre because I’m always constantly learning, I’m always constantly trying to evolve, and I want my music to evolve with me and to grow with me as well.”
For the themes of her songs, she said it would depend on her feelings and what she wants to write, but mostly, they’re about friendship or something that is empowering and positive.
Being positive, she says, is a must for an artist to survive in the tough dog-eat-dog world of the entertainment industry.
“You have to keep going even though sometimes things are hard. There are rejections and problems, which happen quite a lot in this industry,” said Chilla, whose pet dogs, Cotton and Candy, keep her happy and cheerful.
At her age, she already understands that talent and passion alone are not enough for musicians and artists such as herself to make a long-term living. At the very young age of 16, Chilla has already attended university, majoring in international business.
“Obviously, I like music. It’s my hobby, it’s my passion but I took a business degree because I’m interested in it and I want to learn how business works and I think it will be beneficial in the long term. I like music but I also want to learn how things work in the industry.”
She said to become a successful musician and to earn a living from it, first of all, it depends on the person.
“But being true to yourself is important and always working for your craft and constantly improving and constantly trying to be better is also important,” she says. “I think good music speaks for itself. If you make really good music and you promote it well, people will want to buy it I guess.”
“For me, personally, I just want to be myself and be natural I guess,” she said.
Her achievements so far have definitely put a little bit a pressure on her, but she takes a positive perspective of it. “A little pressure is good because it keeps you in check and motivated. It keeps you wanting to improve and be better,” says Chilla Kiana.
Everyone have their own dreams, either dream they have when they’re sleeping or dreams that they are waiting to pursue. I, myself, dream big things. Not little things. Because life’s kinda like a wheel, you never know when you’re gonna be on top or at the bottom. So take the chance. Dream your heart out. But you gotta remember: “With great power comes great responsibilities”, with big dreams come big responsibilities. Chilla Kiana.
Disney's The Glow by Chilla Kiana (Full Music Video)
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