“I came here to win, not trying to fit in”! This is fighting talk that we love to hear all day and every day! Spoken by Sunaree, a half Thai half Trinidadian, UK-based singer who should be on your list of ones to watch.
Twenty-four year old Sunaree’s eclectic sound gives clues to her upbringing, having lived in England, Saudi Arabia and Thailand. Having experienced racial abuse due to her multicultural ethnicity at a young age, she took solace in music, which spurred a passion for the art itself.
We caught up with the talented lady recently to find out more about her journey so far.
Describe how your interest in music began?
My father had a big collection of Jazz records when I was younger and we used to listen to them every day in the car on the way to school. I started to sing along and I started to feel surer of myself before stepping into school; I fell in love with music instantly. Music was the only way that I could break off from my shyness and gather up my confidence.
Who are your musical superheroes?
I really love Sade, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Rihanna and Stevie Wonder. They are the baddest!
How would you describe your sound?
I have a very multicultural background and often moved every two or three years and so I feel like this influences my taste in music. I love to be able to mix different sounds and create a fusion. It’s a mixture of RnB and electronic music with a hint of Caribbean and oriental music.
You only moved to London in 2015, how has it been?
It was a transition from living in Thailand to moving to London. I still remember to this day when I first came out here I was saying to myself “Man, how am I going to do this.” And from there I, was do or die with everything I always seem to find a positive side to everything even in struggling times.
What support have you had in your career so far?
I have my supporters sending DMs to me saying that they feel connected to the messages in my music I put out. I’m all about the good energy and positive vibes, empowering people to realise that it’s okay to be different. We are all a badass in our own ways!
What challenges have you encountered?
People trying to put me down and saying negative stuff to me that I can’t succeed or I’m not good enough. That’s just pure trash talking for me. It actually pushes me harder!
Who is your audience?
Any age group, from a young person to an adult, but most of all people who feel like they don’t belong to a certain group, people who felt like they are left out or not “cool” enough. I just want them to feel good about themselves because I always been that person growing … being the black sheep.
We love your phrase “I came here to win, not trying to fit in”, what does that mean to you?
It means that I’m not going to pretend to be something that I’m not. It also means that even if you’re different you can still succeed in whatever you want to do.
What’s are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on my single that I’ll be releasing soon. Watch this space!
Where can people hear your music?
My soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube. I’ve just done a remix to Post Malone’s Rockstar so you guys can have a listen to it.
Watch the video below:
Sunaree: Rockstar Remix