Her voice is her gift
She started singing classes only when she was eight, but by the time she was nine, she had already performed her own solo recital at the Esplanade.
“I was very happy of course but I also could not fully understand the significance and magnitude of the event, as I was only in Primary Four then,” says Lauren Yeo, now 13.
She was recently a part of the Community Chest Care and Share Thank You show this year.
There, she sang You Raise Me Up and was accompanied by nine children with special needs and their two instructors.
“They danced while I sang and I am so grateful I got to share the limelight with my friends with special needs at the show. It was so meaningful.
“They have struggles and challenges but they are always cheerful,” she says.
Lauren started out singing at church events and in homes for the elderly when she was seven, and performed at bigger venues by the time she was nine.
She has won several awards including first place in the American Protégé international voice competition in 2012, in which participants from all over the world submitted videos of themselves singing.
“I usually like singing classical crossovers. I enjoy the melody and emotions of the song, and they are timeless and evergreen,” says Lauren.
The Methodist Girls’ School student is also keen on science.
She says: “My dream is to become a physicist as well as a musician who can use music to reach out to others.”
Her mother, Mrs Su Yeo, has always been by Lauren’s side when she is performing to encourage and support her daughter through it all.
“I am very happy that she gets such opportunities, though she has to juggle a lot and it’s not easy for her,” says Mrs Yeo.
“But I hope she will always be grateful for how fortunate she is and the opportunities that she has, and use her gift for singing to bless others.”