Narelle Kheng is more than just a pretty face
One-fourth of popular local indie band The Sam Willows, 22-year-old Narelle Kheng has already toured Malaysia and parts of America, and even performed at large-scale events including F1 Singapore Grand Prix and Celebrating SG50 Countdown.
Apart from just playing in the band, Narelle has also diversified her portfolio by branching out into acting and hosting.
Besides her amazing vocals and angelic face, here are 10 things you never knew about this multi-talented singer:
1. She was on the national swimming team
At the age of six, Narelle started competitive swimming. She later went to the Singapore Sports School with her brother, Benjamin Kheng. The pair even made the national youth swimming team.
2. She bites
It’s no secret that the Kheng siblings share a close relationship, but like all siblings, the two had their fair share of fights. Benjamin recounted the typical fights they had when they were younger — to put an end to his arguments, Narelle would bite him.
It’s like I’m giving really constructive, really good arguments. You know, life-changing (arguments). She goes like (bites).
Yeah, and he kind of left out the part where he would cry.
3. She loves chicken rice
But of course, chicken rice – the king of all local delights. In fact, Narelle’s love for the dish is so deep she’ll probably never emigrate.
My favourite food is chicken rice. And I love chicken rice, so much so that I’m never gonna leave Singapore because I can’t get chicken rice anywhere else, you know.
4. Her guilty pleasure is McDonald’s
Seems like the songstress has yet to encounter any McDonald’s food horror stories.
In an interview with TODAY, Kheng confessed her love for the global fast food chain:
They’re everywhere. They’re sooo good. They’re cheap. It’s such a chore to eat healthy in Singapore and it’s so expensive. McDonald’s is my guilty pleasure and easy way out.
5. She’s the epitome of #Fitspo
As much as Narelle likes junk food, she also believes in keeping fit.
I’ve been the athlete and the slob, and I gotta say feeling healthy and strong is always better because you have so much energy and don’t feel limited by your body.
6. The inner geek in her loves sci-fi movies
No sappy romcoms for this girl. Narelle loves her sci-fi movies.
It’s really difficult to get science fiction right. There will always be loopholes and everyone is a critic, always pointing out the flaws. But the amount of work that goes into a good sci-fi movie is really commendable. The research, the CGI (computer generated imagery) … I really enjoy sci-fi movies because you get to live in a totally different world. I’m not that geeky, but I totally love it when they explain the science behind it. It’s so interesting!
7. She can draw
Just. Look. At. This.
Besides singing, acting, and hosting, this talented chick can even draw.
8. She has known national wakeboarder Sasha Christian since they were in kindergarten
If her bestie looks familiar, you might have remembered her as one of the hot athletes competing in this year’s SEA Games. Sasha Christian also did Singapore proud by winning gold medals in three out of four events she competed in.
The BFFs enjoy chilling in Sasha’s room, just playing the guitar all sprawled out on the bed.
9. Her brother wrote her tattoo
Narelle has one tattoo on her ankle, and it says “Regina” – her late mother’s name. It was actually written by Benjamin Kheng before Narelle got her tattoo inked.
10. She is signed to FLY entertainment
In September this year, Narelle has signed to artiste management agency FLY Entertainment. The musician will be co-managed by FLY and music label Sony Music Entertainment, since The Sam Willows inked a 360 degree deal in early 2015 with Sony.
Sony will handle music-related aspects of Narelle’s music career, while FLY will manage independent projects not related to music.
The next big thing
Her brother Benjamin Kheng might have hogged the spotlight for now, but with her multiple talents and good looks, we’re sure Narelle would be catching up in no time.
Who knows? She might just be the next big thing.
We can’t wait to see what’s in stores for her.
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