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Glenn Fredly

  

Glenn Fredly

Glenn Fredly Deviano Latuhamallo, more commonly known as simply Glen Fredly, is an Indonesian singer and songwriter who became famous as a result of winning a singing contest called Cipta Persona Bintang in 1995. He is also an established producer and has served as a voice coach on The Voice Indonesia. As well as singing, he can play guitar, bass guitar and piano and often accompanies his singing on stage using these instruments, although his strong, melodic and clean vocals have always taken the spotlight in his music. He has also dabbled (and rather successfully) in movie production, his movie “Cahaya Dari Timur Beta Maluku” picking up The Best Movie award from Festival Film Indonesia. He is usually seen wearing a hat of sorts.

Following his title in Cipta Persona Bintang, Fredly joined a funk rock band called Funk Section, although his time working with them only lasted until 1998 when he left the group to focus on a solo R&B career. His first solo album, GLENN, was released in 2998 and sold over 50 thousand copies at a time when R&B wasn't so popular in Indonesia.
Fredly has featured in many music competitions around the world following his successful debut which springboard him into the music industry. In 1996, he was a finalist in the Asia Song Festival. In 2001, he came third in the Russian Asia Dauzy International Song Festival. He seems to know where his roots are, and be fully supportive of the music industry scouting for talent through competitive events.
One of his largest influences has been Michael Jackson, and following his tragic death, Fredly performed five tribute concerts around Indonesia, covering Jackson's most popular hits in memory of the deceased singer. Fredly has stated that Jackson is a massive inspiration through him, not just because of his music, but also his dancing, his style, and everything else. Fredly has also been inspired to do voluntary humanitarian work as a result of idolising Jackson, who also completed similar projects. You can hear Jackson's influence in Fredly's music, from funky upbeat high register guitar chords and driving funk baselines, to clean and technical drum patterns that really drive a funk feel to the front of his music which gets people moving and throws the listener back to the 80s. This is particularly evident in Fredly's earlier work, although the influence hasn't been lost over time. Other influences on Fredly's work include Marvin Gaye, Chrisye and Quincy Jones.
Perhaps his most famous song is titled “Akhir Cerita Cinta” which roughly translates into English as “the end of a love story”. This slow and relaxing song is rich in atmospheric harmonies, smooth vocal lines enriched with harmonies, and gentle fingerpicked guitar, creating a very mellow and sombre mood, and has become a huge singalong piece at his live performances. As the name suggests, it is a break up song where Fredly sings about a heartfelt loss and struggling in the aftermath of a relationship, which is well represented in the music video which has gained over 14 million views on Youtube.
Another popular hit of his is “Terserah” which translates in to English as “Whatever”. This is another break up song by Fredly, although the lyrics seem to come later after the relationship's end than in “Akhir Cerita Cinta” as he exclaims that although feeling sad, he is moving on. The song has a similar mood to “Akhir Cerita Cinta” with a ballad like feel, thick orchestral harmonies, slow R&B drums, melodic electric guitar licks and some very strong and powerful vocal work stretching a huge range of notes. The video has acquired over 5.5 million views on youtube and depicts an emotional story of the collateral damage of a bad relationship to a family and the friends surrounding them, as well as featuring him playing his guitar and singing in a sombre setting, looking distant and thoughtful.
With his many talents both relating to music and not, Glenn Freely is a name we can expect to see for many years to come. He has become one of the most popular and famous names in Indonesian music and has inspired a lot of musicians in Indonesia and surrounding countries.

 

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