Sharliza Jelita has lived, survived and thrived. She was lucky to be born into a well-respected family based in the eastern part of Singapore. Unfortunately she lost both parents at a young age. She found solace in music. Her initial love for Duran Duran, Culture Club, Suede and Radiohead brought her to distant shores to follow her musical dreams.
So, at 17, she came to the UK – thanks to a scholarship – and eventually formed an art-rock indie band called The Rrrs. Rehearsing and writing songs in the basement of a student ‘mansion’ in Leamington Spa, Sharliza balanced her musical pursuit alongside a multitude of jobs to survive life as an immigrant.
By the time the Rrrs had begun achieving plays on regional radio, playing gigs and festivals throughout the UK, Sharliza joined the Access to Music programme, where she was awarded the National Student Music Award of 2008, presented to her by Lauren Laverne and Soweto Kinch.
The Rrrs swansong was a single launch party at The Fly on New Oxford St, resplendent with balloons, sweets and complete with a midget comedian. Sadly, their drummer migrated to Berlin shortly after, so the band played a series of finale shows, dancing Bez-style to an iPod, before being disbanded.
Other musical excursions followed, and today Sharliza continues to evolve as an artist, human, spirit.