Singaporean jazz saxophonist Daniel Chia garners enormous support on Kickstarter for debut album

Singaporean jazz saxophonist Daniel Chia garners enormous support on Kickstarter for debut album

Talented saxophonist Daniel Chia is one of Singapore's fastest rising young talents in the contemporary jazz scene today.

Although classically trained in the music of Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Bartok, Chia's work is also deeply influenced by the work of jazz legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk, alongside the R&B and soul music of the 70s' and 80s'.

The burgeoning musician has been impressing in America recently where he was invited to session for famed guitarist Zoux, and also played live with smooth jazz luminary guitarist Peter White and Grammy-nominated vocal group DW3. 

But he's no stranger in his hometown either, having cut his teeth with hip-hop group SIXX, pop and R&B stars like Sezairi and Gareth Fernandez, and many others within the English and Mandarin adult contemporary music landscape. Furthermore, Chia is also Singapore's youngest saxophone artist signed to Yamaha, and a Silverstein's first pro artist signing from Singapore.

Now ready to go solo, Chia has just recently finished recording his debut album In The Moment in Los Angeles under the guidance of two-time Grammy award winning producer Paul Brown. Featuring his special brand of "disco jazz", the forthcoming record has already got insiders buzzing thanks to his smooth compositions and an all-star band of internationally recognized musicians.

Recently, Chia took to Kickstarter on 17 November to get his record off the ground, hoping to reach a stated S$10,000 goal. Now barely a week into his campaign, the smooth jazz prodigy has already amassed well over his aim, earning S$13,231 as of this publication. And with four days left to go, fans can still continue to pledge to help him out even further.

As you can see, support for Chia from the music scene is pretty healthy at the moment, and with very good reason. Check out a preview of In The Moment below to find out more.