Haneri, formerly known as Daphne Khoo, is a Singapore/LA based pop artist who is ready to take the world by storm with her new single, ‘Burning Up’.
Keen to dig a little deeper with her music, the name change has allowed Haneri to be more free, honest and open with her songs. ‘Burning Up’ is the perfect example, as it touches on the themes of addiction and toxic, abusive relationships.
Despite its cool electric feel, the song is poignant and allows Haneri to sing about topics which are often taboo in today’s society. With powerful lyrics such as “I’ve got scars that I’ve been hiding in each corner of my frame”, the singer-songwriter proves her exceptional flair when it comes to dealing with difficult topics. Speaking about ‘Burning Up’, she said: “I hope this song will remind people going through similar struggles that they aren’t alone.”
In addition to the song, Haneri has also released its official music video. Directed by Ryan Tan, the visual is equally as emotive and is guaranteed to pull at every viewer’s heartstrings.
Haneri had her first taste of fame in the music industry in 2004 when she finished in fourth place on Singapore Idol. Since then, her music has taken her to some of the most prominent stages including Singapore Day in Melbourne; a solo ticketed concert at the Esplanade Recital Studio; and Mosaic Music Festival.
The singer-songwriter released her debut solo album Desperate in 2007, of which she co-produced and co-directed. Haneri also wrote 10 out of 11 of the songs. The album later won her Best Breakout Solo Artist at Power 98’s Singapore Music Awards in 2008.
Her success continued in 2012 following the release of two singles called ‘Rooftop’ and ‘Carry On’. She also released her last EP Wonderland in 2014, which allowed her to embark on a 19-show Starbucks tour all across Singapore. ‘Weak’, its lead single, was also featured in YouTube sensation Wong Fu Production’s short film, After Us.
By now, Haneri is even stronger as an artist and has such a great attitude. The world needs more people like her, who are prepared to start conversations about subjects which people shy away from. We can’t wait to hear more from her in the future!
‘Burning Up’ is available now.