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Gresha Schuilling :

Her own style

by Mahes Perera

Busy preparing for her Econ degree examinations is the vivacious Gresha Schuilling who has taken time off from music which she considers an inspiring facet in her life. She was the young singer who with Shaun Perera sang 'We're Calling the World' a song composed by Diliup Gabadamudalige for the tsunami disaster, at Reach Out Part 1.

Gresha Schuilling

Another surprise awaited music lovers when Gresha in the recent Reach Out Part II concert performed the classic from Queen's repertoire 'Bohemian Rhapsody', with a great deal of aplomb and confidence. It's a man's song but Gresha chose it and gave it a scintillating and different treatment.

"I enjoy the music of Queen and I thought a hip hop version of Bohemian Rhapsody would go down well and I'm happy everyone enjoyed it" quips a friendly Gresha, who radiates an 'I've-known-you-a-long-time' aura. Most of her young imaginative years Gresha spent in Saudi Arabia since her Dad was in the hospitality trade at the Inter Continental chain.

"I had my early education at Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena and at Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala. But the major portion of schooling was in Saudi at an international school and I got thrown into musical activities which I liked a lot. Music was a subject and a student had to learn to play two instruments.

I learnt piano formally up to Grade V and got my voice trained formally as well. We had foreign teachers and it was classical music we had to learn. But there was a batch of us who got together and formed a pop band to take part in the 'Battle of the Bands' which is held often. All of us were average fifteen years, we had no name for our band and so we got a name from one of the fonts in the computer - Impact!" Gresha recounts with a laugh. The experience in playing has held her in good stead.

Music influences, Gresha has nothing in particular.

"I'm into any type of music, I have nothing in particular, I can appreciate all types. My current style in singing leans on Cher but that could vary. When I started singing here after we returned from Saudi, I met up with Iraj and we recorded 'Down Dirty' and I co-produced 'Roots'. We got a lot of support from Sun FM and it proved quite a success. But singing is not my only artistic ability. I enjoy, theatre as well and rehearsed for 'Phantom of the Opera' with Jerome de Silva. I learnt a lot from him in this arena and I'm grateful for that."

After she completes her examinations, Gresha will be moving into recording tracks for a CD she intends releasing. "It's going to be a Sinhala album. I thought I must contribute it to my country" concludes Gresha. In the meantime here's wishing her all success in her academic career.

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