“Everything happens for a reason”, pipes Clarence Liew, also known as CLO among his fans, about where he is today. The 20 year old singer-songwriter recalls his first favorite hit song when he was just 5 years old – when his family was not around, he would put on the cassette player, lie on his couch and listen to the song ‘Lemon Tree’ by Fool’s Garden over and over again.
Clarence was a very shy boy, especially about his voice. He talked of himself as a bathroom singer – “I used to sing in the shower, only when I knew no one was listening”. Little did he know that he had a voice, which he only discovered in his later years. When he was 16, he was asked to sing in place of his friend at a Teacher’s Day performance in school, and was surprised by the overwhelming amount of positive responses from his peers and teachers. He also received similar responses after posting a video on Facebook in preparation for a gig, to which he got many unexpected ‘likes’. Things turned around and motivated a head start, when he was spotted and approached by two worldwide YouTube artists Gabe Bondoc and Jeremy Passion to collaborate on potential gigs in the region. Unfortunately, due to his obligation to National Service, these collaborations did not materialize.
Clarence loves soulful music – particularly pop, soul and R&B and cites Jason Mraz as one of his early inspirations, and also attributes his musical inclinations to his Eurasian roots and culture – his grandfather was a very talented musician who played many instruments, such as the double bass, violin, ukulele and guitar. In his later years, he drew inspiration from artists such as Bruno Mars, Gabe Bondoc, and Jeremy Passion.
Some of the highlights that Clarence has been part of in his music career include “The YouTube Stars Concert” where he performed together with internationally renowned artists from YouTube such as David Choi, Jason Chen, Ana Free and Tiffany Alvord at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa.
Clarence was also featured on The Straits Times, The New Paper and 8 days magazine. Apart from that, he was also featured on 98.7FM to perform a few acoustic songs, and have also performed alongside reputable artists such as the YouTube-famed duo, Jayessleeat the Shine Festival 2012. As of today, Clarence has a total of 2000 subscribers, almost 200,000 video views and counting on his YouTube channel. His mash-up cover of “The Wanted/Rihanna’s Glad You Came/We Found Love”, and his own renditions of hits including Jessie J’s “Price Tag” and Cody Simpson’s “Angel”, have been played daily on 98.7FM and LUSH 99.5FM since September 2012 to date.
Apart from that, Clarence was also nominated for a Yahoo! “Singapore 9″ Award, in the Entertainment category, amongst other nominees (including Nat Ho, Inch Chua, Nicholas Chim, Kevin Lester etc) who have impacted the musical/cultural landscape in Singapore. In pursuit of perfect sound, he has also clinched an endorsement deal with Sennheiser in late 2012.
Clarence is consistently carving his name on the local music industry with the help of this generation’s platform. It’s not impossible for his talent to be recognized internationally in the years to come.
To know more about Clarence, you can follow him at www.facebook.com/clarenceliewmusic.