He left his hometown, Jayapura, at the age of 17 years old and only got IDR 70k in his pocket. Glenn Samuel Persulessy has nothing but eagerness to aim bigger. Leaving the nest at a young age, Glenn dared himself to chase his dream of becoming a singer in Jakarta. Little did he know that his perseverance would come through.
Through Indonesian Idol, Glenn confessed that he has been a fan of the show since it was first aired, kept saying to himself that he’s gonna be in the show one day. He told his parents that he wanted to pursue his studies in Jakarta, whilst simultaneously tried out for Indonesian Idol. Though didn’t come out as the winner, but being one of the participants has opened doors to various opportunities for him. And for that, he is forever thankful.
Tell us more about your background.
“I started singing since 5 or 6 years ago, precisely when I was still living in my hometown, Jayapura. Singing is something that I enjoy more than just a hobby. I sang in weddings during my high school years. That’s when I thought, getting paid for something that I love the most is such a blessing. And I just want to do that.”
Throughout the process in keeping yourself focus to reach your singing career, who do you look up to the most?
“From my motivators mostly, like Teza Sumendra and Gamaliel Tapiheru. I also love Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, and Bruno Mars. Genre wise, I’m really digging upbeat songs, more fun and easy listening, that’s why for the upcoming singles –I’d come up another genre, but would still be upbeat.”
So what’s ‘Jadi Apa Lagi’ about? Could you share to us.
“It’s actually my debut single, I’m very excited about it cause I got to work with my fave producer/composer Eka Gustiwana. I have been a fan of his work for such a long time, so to be able to work with him is just amazing. The single talks about a triangle love story between three best friends and it’s inspired by a real life experience, it has a deep meaning but the song is packaged with an up beat melody, so that the listeners won’t be feeling down and mellow. In a way, I want them to enjoy (sad song) with upbeat rhythm, that they can still feel okay even though the painful moment still lingers.”
Does that also apply to all of your songs? And could you also dish out about your next collab?
“Honestly, I prefer to create my own songs from real life experience because I’m the one who’s going to sing the songs, so I have to immerse myself better to the songs. And hopefully, I can convey the messages better to the listeners. So yeah, for me, taking advantage of the real life experiences and convert them into songs is one of the keys in creating my songs. I wish to release an album this year, but I’d want people to know me, Glenn Samuel, better.”
Apart from singing, do you have other passions that you want to achieve?
“Honestly, I enjoy working in the showbiz industry, I was asked to host and surprisingly I enjoyed it. Also, I love to be involved in movies and acting, I’m currently learning how to act better in front of the camera, just in case one day I ever get the chance to explore acting.”
The hardest part you’ve ever overcame?
“I sacrificed so many things to be at where I am now, 4384 km away from home with only IDR 70k in my wallet, failing at many singing competitions until I got into Indonesian Idol, I believe that efforts won’t lie. If you put your best efforts, anything is possible regardless how many sacrifices you have to make.”
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