First time nominee of the Female Artist of the Year 2021, Natuharinah Lavett Holden who is better known as Rhee, shared excitement as she received her first nomination for the YUMI FM PNG Musik Awards 2023.
Rhee is amongst two other nominees who have also been nominated for the Female Artist of the Year category for the year 2021.
The awards night will highlight and recognize the efforts of local music artists over the last two years; 2021-2022.
“I’m very excited and thankful as well. Not to say that I was expecting to get nominated but hard work pays off, so I knew that there was a chance there for me.”
In terms of highlights over the years 2021 and 2022, Rhee released a few of her songs as well as her hit song back in 2021 which was “I Knew What Love Was”.
“I’ve just been focused on making music and releasing my songs and I’m proud of how far I’ve come.”
Rhee further shared inspiration of how her songs have come to be as being inspired by love.
Though she claims she is not as romantic as she writes, love was one thing that motivated her in writing her lyrics.
“I love writing love songs because growing up, I always loved listening to those types of music and that’s what inspired me.”
Rhee also shared insights as a female music artist working in a male dominated industry, where she has received nothing but support from the male artists.
“The good thing about me being in the music industry as a female, is that I do get a lot of support from these male artists and a lot of push from them too.For us to come out and to record music under the different productions and then to work alongside them, is great.”
“We get a lot support from them and I know the other female artists would agree with me.”
She also shared how the male artists help them in knowing how and what type of music PNG loves listening to and how to put their melody into it.
Rhee further encouraged more women be given that space and chance in the music industry to come forward and sing.
“If you are passionate then do it. At the end of the day, entertainment is demand, people need to listen to music so if you want to take it, then do so.”
Meanwhile, Rhee has released a total of five songs this year in which has only been played on the air waves.
She is yet to release on the social media platforms. Rhee thanked her fans, family and friends for the support and has encouraged everyone to just look out for more new music to come out.
She also thanked Yumi Fm and PNGFM as a whole for also giving all music artist the platform to express themselves through their music so that people can listen to their songs.