Gemma Nha

Gemma Nha, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year. PHOTO: WinkiPoP Media

An interview with Gemma Nha

Since 1933.

Gemma Nha, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod Junior Singer of the Year, shares her favourite song to sing, her inspiration and her experience performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod.

Why did you start singing?

As a kid, I always participated in the school choir. One day, my choir teacher compared me to an ant, saying that I may be small physically but that I can “carry” a huge voice like an ant can carry many times its own weight. He said that I had a very special voice, so from then on, I started taking lessons and singing seriously.

What is your favourite song to sing and why?

My favourite song to sing at the moment would be Feeling Good by Michael Buble. I enjoy singing this song because it’s very groovy and jazzy, also it’s a very happy song. I can also mess around with it and do ad-libs and riffs, but I can also just sing it with my friends (really badly) for fun.

What would you say to someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod?

I would say to go ahead and do it, because it’s a great experience for future auditions and competitions, and you receive great feedback from the adjudicators about what you did well and what you can work on.

What was the most memorable aspect of performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?

My most memorable aspect of performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod would be watching the others and my friends perform and cheering them on, as well as making it through to the Finals.

What is you favourite Sydney Eisteddfod event to watch or perform in?

This was my first year performing in Sydney Eisteddfod so I haven’t watched many other events, but I really enjoyed watching the 14 years Musical Theatre where all the other competitors turned into completely different characters.

Who inspires you and why?

A lot of people inspire me, but mainly Katy Perry, Beyonce, Dami Im and Mariah Carey. Their songs have a story behind them and they all have big voices, similar to mine. Dami Im inspires me a lot also because she is a Christian like I am, and the fact that she stays grounded in her Christianity and isn’t moved by the media.

What have you learnt about yourself through performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?

I have learnt that a lot of the things I had assumed about my voice weren’t true, for example, I found out that my head voice was actually very nice and clear and not as airy as I thought. I learnt a lot of things from the adjudicators’ feedback too, like how to choose a song that is appropriate, to consider my stance when singing and not to get too caught up in technique, to always tell a story.