Born to Sing
Born to Sing
by Pauline Chan
When Bridget Ang was eight years old, she knew music would be her future. Her mother would play songs by the power voices like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion in the car and she would always sing along for fun.
When Bridget, who goes by her stage name Gette, is not poring over her schoolwork at the Cosmopolitan College of Commerce and Technology where she is currently doing an International Business Course, she is working on her music. This talented youngster doesn’t just sing, she composes songs, plays the guitar and piano, and is determined to learn more musical instruments. At 21, she already has years of experience performing on stage and has won numerous singing trophies in various competitions since she was 10 years old. Shortly after being crowned the Grand Champion in the ‘Asian Pop Music Festival Contest’ organised by The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, she signed on as a recording artiste with Fineworks Studio Production and launched her first album ‘One Day At A Time’ in 2006.
Since then, other international and national awards came. She was tagged the Artist Choice Award of Brunei in 2007 and Kristal Kids Idol of 2008. Two years ago, she started competing in singing contests in other countries as well, bagging two silver medals at The World Championship Of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Los Angeles, California in 2014, one for the Pop category and another for Original Composition with a Malay song written by local song writer Syarif Baharuddin entitled ‘Kita Berdua’. Her most recent achievement was when she reached the semi-finals in the Trinity Rock & Pop Soul Competition held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam last year.
Bridget attributes her achievements to the two most important people in her life – her mother and sister. They have been supporting her in this industry from the moment she chose to be a performer. In her words, “They believed in my talent and they’re always positive when it comes to [my music].”
Bridget’s music idols are not just powerhouses like Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, women who she identifies with in terms of voice range and singing style, she is also a big fan of unique songwriters like Sia and Meghan Trainor.
When Bridget is not busy, she would be practising on her guitar or ukulele, trying out new songs or even writing new songs. She also likes to travel with her family, take photographs, and do what a typical young girl in her age group would do – hang out with her friends, update her Instagram (Gette1012) and Facebook (Gette) and spend time with her cat, Brownie.
Bridget is now working hard on composing her own music. Her latest composition ‘Loving you’, written together with her former guitar teacher Darryl Luma-as, has been sung at several local public events such as the DST Carnival Acoustic session 2015 and the BiG 10th Anniversary Picnic Festival in January this year. This ambitious young lady is not about to sit idle when it comes to her music. She is planning to release an album of her own songs, maybe at the end of this year or early next year. Fingers crossed, we shall be hearing these personal compositions from Gette very soon.
Images by Novri Rinaldi