Berklee Summer in the CityIrma Seleman
A funky songbird from the East, Irma Seleman puts together grooves, melodies, and harmonies that reflect her experiences in life, love, and music. A singer, songwriter, and arranger bringing soul and R&B into her own Malaysian sound, Seleman will amaze you with her voice and stage presence.
Born in Penang and raised in Bangi, a small town in Malaysia, Seleman was active in sports and learned to sing traditional Malay music in middle school. Her dad, a musician, gave her a lot of exposure to every kind of music from traditional to contemporary.
In 2008 Seleman enrolled in the Berklee Transfer Program in a BIN school, the International College of Music (ICOM), where she underwent the foundation in music program and the first year of Degree in Music. Known as a risk taker, Seleman tried every kind of music from pop, Malay traditional, funk, and R&B, to hip-hop, rock, and disco. She was the background vocalist in a huge national show, KL Foundation. She was also the lead vocalist for the ICOM Celebration Series Tribute to The Eagles, Michael Jackson, U2, Queen, and ABBA, and was the vocal arranger and vocal leader for most of the tributes.
In 2011, Seleman began her studies at Berklee College of Music and was awarded a scholarship. She has been featured in Malaysian Airlines Music on Demand in the jazz section and just finished a tour of Europe supported by Berklee and the Helsinki Pop & Jazz Conservatory. Influenced by greats such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Mary J. Blige, Heather Headley, Rachelle Farrell, Etta James, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott, Seleman also draws inspiration from Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald.
Seleman has written a bunch of songs that can be found on her page on ReverbNation.com and also on her new EP.