With two weeks to go until the 5th ABU TV Song Festival, Eurovoix World speaks to Kazakhstan’s participant, the fantastic Ayree.

The 5th edition of the ABU TV Song Festival is just two weeks away. With 14 singers taking to the stage in Bali, Indonesia all eyes will be on the regions performers. One of those performers is Ayree from Kazakhstan. The singer broke through into the Kazakh music scene this year and will be performing “My Motherland”.

Thanks so much for talking to us. You grew up within a family of musicians, how much did this influence your aspiration to be a singer?

I should say, of course. From my childhood I was in cultural (creative) environment and at the age of 5 I performed on stage for the first time. I sang the song “Smoke in your eyes”.

In 2013 you got your first major break when you were a finalist in “The Voice of Kazakhstan”, what was this experience like for you and how did it impact your career?

It was my first TV show where I took place in song contests. The spirit of competition made me to believe in myself and be confident!

You had your first major hit earlier this year with the song “Shou”, what was it like to get such a large amount of recognition for that song?

With this song I also debuted as Ayree project. My producers Ikhlas Nugmetov and Ruslan Abdikaliev searched for debut song for a long time and met the young composer Bayrzhan Bimahan who wrote the song “The Show”. This song became very popular from the start , because of its meaning and the music video.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences and what would you say your style is as a performer?

From my childhood I liked to listen to the professionals and famous singers like Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston. They were my inspiration not only with their strong vocals but also as a human being with great personality and their relations to their job and listeners.

Apart from being a singer you are also a well-known songwriter. How does it feel to have other singers performing the songs that you have written?

As a singer I express my inside world through my songs and all my songs I perform myself .

You are the second singer from Kazakhstan to represent the country at the ABU TV Song Festival, what does it mean to represent Kazakhstan at the event?

It’s a great honor to represent my country during this big festival. Among many talented singers and artists I was honored to perform on this stag. I will do my best to represent my country properly.

The song you will be performing in Bali is “My Motherland”, can you tell us more about it?

The author of the music is Bayrzhan Bimahan, lyrics – Ardak Toshynbay. This song was specially written for this festival and both its music and lyrics describes the strong love and proud to my country, my motherland!

Do you have a message for your fans and the readers of Eurovoix-World.com?

I would like to express my gratitude to our Minsitry of culture and sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan , personally our Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly for great support and opportunity they gave me to be the part of this fantastic event! It’s a great honor for me and big responsibility to represent our country among all this talented people . Good luck for all participants!

We thank Ayree for taking the time out to talk to us ahead of the 5th ABU TV Song Festival in Bali, Indonesia. You can follow all of the news from the event on Eurovoix-World.com here.