Spotify Spotlight: From Singing For The Troops To Crooning For The Community

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Singer-songwriter Jayesh Melvani looks at the bright side of a "Circuit Breaker 2.0". | Photos: Instagram/@earthwanderer

Jayesh Melvani never sought to write a song about the recent Phase 2 period as the subject of his debut single. But sometimes, inspiration comes from the unlikeliest of places.

"All of my friends and family were talking about how this could very well turn into a second lockdown situation," says the 23-year-old.

"I realised, then, that there was a message that could be spread about how we could all do our part to remain safe and protected, and that there was a song somewhere within the hubbub of all that conversation."

The result is an acoustic bop that puts a hopeful spin on getting through what was essentially CB 2.0.

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"When the measures were announced, I sat down at my table and within an hour, I had the melody, and the lyrics written and finalised," says Jayesh.

What do Jayesh and his song sound like? Think: the soaring vocals of Lewis Capaldi coupled with the cheery disposition of Jason Mraz.

With lyrics that poke fun at "people fighting over toilet rolls" and PSAs that remind everyone to "get vaccinated", Jayesh humourously encapsulates the "bo pian" acceptance that most Singaporeans have for the heightened measures.

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It's not the first time that the vocalist has done his part for the community by using his vocal talent.

Jayesh, who is currently an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law, did his national service with the Music and Drama Company (MDC). There, he entertained the troops going through Basic Military Training on Pulau Tekong, performed at various military-related events, and was part of a fun and colourful "Singapore Town" music video that takes the viewer all around our sunny island.

Unsuprisingly, it was a stint that influenced his songwriting and music career.

"As a singer in MDC, I was exposed to many different styles and genres of singing from my peers, and that helped expand my knowledge of what I could apply to my own music," says Jayesh.

He also had the privilege of performing in front of dignitaries such as Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Presidents Tony Tan and Halimah Yaacob, and the ASEAN Commanders-in-Chief, and also in front of large crowds at the Esplanade and National Day Parade.

"All these experiences helped me hone my skills as a performer, and played a part in helping me become the artist I am today," says Jayesh.

We can't wait for things to go back to normal to watch you work your magic "live", bro!

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