Malaysian singer-songwriter Heerraa Ravindran has scored a double victory at the InterContinental Music Awards Competition (ICMA) held last Sunday.

The 23-year-old won the top ICon Award, and her composition 'Feel Alive' also won the Best of North America (Pop category) at this year's instalment of the annual music awards show held to recognize music talents from different countries.

According to the New Straits Times (NST), Heerraa brings home US$1,000 (RM4,457), an ICMA award certificate signed and endorsed by the InterContinental Music Awards Organisation, and private coaching with members of the judging panel comprising top Hollywood music executives.

"I am incredibly honoured and grateful for this opportunity. This is all possible because of my fans and amazing team who have been supporting my mission of changing the world with music since Day One.

"Thank you so much for believing in me and the power of my songs to impact people's lives positively," the daily quoted her saying in a statement.

Heerraa is currently pursuing a Liberal Arts degree at Harvard University in the United States.

She attributed her success to her mentors at ET Ideas, a Malaysian social business incubator which helped her become a singer-songwriter when she was just 14.

Last year, Heerraa's songs entered international radio stations and digital platforms, and also won the Gold Award for Best Female Single of the Year (International) at the International Singer-Songwriters' Association (ISSA) Awards in Atlanta, Georgia.

Besides singing, Heerraa is co-founder of Ascendence, a youth empowerment group that has grown to become an international movement for 13,000 youth since its establishment seven years ago, and received the Diana Award in 2019.

Source: NST
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