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by Ismene Ormonde

Meet the global C-pop sensation behind ‘GOODBYE PRINCESS’.

It’s not easy to break free from the past – whether that’s your own history or the stereotypes that have defined who you are long before you were born – but Tia Lee is saying goodbye to the old stories and hello to the new. The global C-pop sensation’s new single, ‘Goodbye Princess’, reflects Tia’s determination to break out of archetypes, shake off prejudice, reject pessimism and help women to achieve their true potential. Now, she feels liberated, just like the figures she depicts in the accompanying videos for the song: incorporating fashion, music, animation, and videography to examine fairy-tale depictions of women as princesses, and deliver a message about female liberation, autonomy, and aspirations for a better future.

Tia Lee has had her fair share of trials and tribulations, but she’s confronting the future – and rebirth – head-on. Determined to help other women overcome their struggles, she has launched the #EmpowerHer campaign, partnering with four charity organisations, including Women In Music and Beats by Girlz, to empower women across the globe. She’s ready to make a difference and embrace change, growth, and the freedom of saying goodbye.

We met the trailblazing star to talk about ‘Goodbye Princess’, expressing herself through art, and living in the moment. It’s time to GET TO KNOW Tia Lee with us…

Congrats on your new single ‘Goodbye Princess’, tell me a bit about the making of that song.

‘Goodbye Princess’ is my new single and the first time I collaborated with Swizz Beatz and the first time Swizz Beatz is involved in a C-pop track. I would like to think that our very different backgrounds and experiences came together and created some alchemy. It has been a pleasure working with Swizz Beatz and I am delighted that the song has been well-received and supported by the fans.

Your single is a six-part production bringing together animation, music and fashion videography, how did you create this world of ‘Goodbye Princess’?

The central theme of ‘Goodbye Princess’ was one of reflection and rebirth. The animation series was essential in the telling the story of my personal experiences in the showbiz. The music and fashion videography is more of my own rebirth where I break free of the past stereotypes that has bounded me and experience something totally new.

What message do you hope people learn from the song?

I hope that people be aware of the stereotypes that they are holding them back and break free of these restraints and pursue their own dreams and goals. For me, my goal is to empower women around the world through the #EmpowerHer campaign.

Where do you feel this project is leading you to next?

I think it has liberated my creativity and give me more confidence to do more and dream bigger with the support of my new management company. I hope to give everyone pleasant surprises with more projects that I have lined up in the coming months.

What makes you want to make music?

Music is a universal language and is one of the most direct, moving form of expressions of art. It is the art form that I choose to tell my stories and paint my visions.

How would you describe your work in 3 words?

Non-compromising, exquisite, excellence.

Every artist has their muse. Who or what is a source of inspiration for you?

Inspiration is everything that we see, hear, touch and feel. There is no single source or person as I have so many sources of inspiration from my learnings and life experiences.

What do you hope people take away from your work?

I hope they see my sincerity, hard work and through my new release, my personal story and the new Tia Lee.

Where do you to see yourself in five years?

I live for the moment and let fate take me to whichever route I am destined to take. I find it hard to think of life as a series of five-years plan.

What’s next for you?

I am looking to continue to share C-pop with the world, and to express myself through other art forms, possibly fashion internationally.

Press play on Tia Lee’s ‘Goodbye Princess’ below now…

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