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"My journey in life and music has been full of ups and downs — but I believe that the best is yet to come." 

early beginnings: musicals, theatre and jazz

Winning her first solo singing competition at age 14, Sarah went on to be handpicked as one of 10 leads for the hit-teen musical It’s My Life, produced by Singapore theatre veterans Tan Kheng Hua and Lim Yu Beng.

Discovering a love for theatre, Sarah was also director and lead songwriter for Saving Grace, an original musical produced to promote awareness of mental health. She trained in various theatre genres as part of young&w!ld, W!ld Rice’s youth company, going on the perform in Family

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She was simultaneously mentored by cultural medallion winner, Iskandar Ismail, when she joined the NUS Jazz Band, and went on to release her debut EP of jazz-pop originals, Let’s Pretend, in collaboration with musical theatre arranger Bang Wenfu.

 

radio, hosting & corrinne may

Sarah was also part of  MediaCorp’s stable of radio personalities from 2011 to 2012 on Singapore’s 938LIVE, producing and presenting a range of programmes. She has gone on to host a myriad of corporate events.

Among others, Sarah created the youth-focused programme "Raw & Ready" and refocused the daily capsule programme "They Are Making A Difference" to follow weekly themes. In addition, she also lent her voice to various voiceover requirements, include Channel NewsAsia's Asians of the Year 2011. Her hosting career also began here; her stage presence and extensive knowledge across technology, entrepreneurship, design, entertainment, the arts and current affairs positions her as a versatile personality for moderating and hosting various high-level corporate events such as Canon's Think Big Entrepreneur Convention, Singapore Kindness Movement, Singapore Institute of Architects Gala Dinner, Alpha Singapore Dinner, Failcon Singapore, Musicity by The British Council, and more.

Sarah's first exposure to performing at large format concerts was touring with platinum-selling singer-songwriter Corrinne May at a series of performances as the only backing singer, including a sold-out show at Gardens by the Bay.

 

a journey of many turns: sarah was miraculously saved from death and serious injury after a large lorry hit the car she was driving in july 2012, 3 days after corrinne may's concert.

 

Despite having been flung out of the car upon impact of the accident, Sarah was found to have no serious injuries — attesting to the miraculous hand of God that saved her life. She survived with a gum injury and superficial bruising and abrasions — which was termed miraculous even by the doctors who examined her in the A&E ward. The accident delayed Sarah's recording schedule for her 2012 release, Brand New, and resulted in new songs that were eventually included into the album, including “Love-Shape Void”, “Diagonal Rain” and “Past Midnight”.

 
 Sarah performing at the Esplanade Recital Studio to launch  Brand New , 2012

Sarah performing at the Esplanade Recital Studio to launch Brand New, 2012

 
 Sarah at The Voice China closed-door auditions, 2013

Sarah at The Voice China closed-door auditions, 2013

In 2013, Sarah was selected as the only singaporean contestant on the Voice China (Season 2) in the international competitors round.

While she was not chosen by the judges, the experience inspired her to start writing, singing and producing Chinese-language music. She also took part in Sing my Song (2015) and in Sing! China (2016) — and during the latter met with producer Zhang Yuning. Since then, Sarah and Yuning have co-produced Sarah's first full-length Mandarin album 看見, which has received advance release in Taiwan ahead of global distribution partners.

 Sarah Cheng-De Winne, 2018

Sarah Cheng-De Winne, 2018