Who is Cheryl Koh? Meet 'American Idol' Season 19 contestant who recorded 'Crazy Rich Asians' track in 5 hours

This Malaysian-Singaporean-American has already begun taking the music industry by storm and will be seen wowing audiences with her 'American Idol' appearance

                            Who is Cheryl Koh? Meet 'American Idol' Season 19 contestant who recorded 'Crazy Rich Asians' track in 5 hours
Cheryl Koh is a Malaysian-Singaporean-American singer who is set to wow audiences on ABC's 'American Idol' Season 19 (Instagram/thisischerylk)

Cheryl Koh, originally from Shah Alam, Malaysia will be seen auditioning for 'American Idol' Season 19 and she's one of the exciting fresh voices that will be heard on the show. Cheryl's got a rock star vibe in the way she delivers the lyrics of her song and it's clearly audible in the song 'Money' (That's what I want), the title tracks of the hit 'Crazy Rich Asians'. 

Cheryl's LinkedIn and her Instagram page also suggest that she is now based in Los Angeles and apart from singing she is also an actress and a motivational speaker. Coming back to her rendition of 'Money' on 'Crazy Rich Asians' this brilliant singer recorded the song in under five hours. Audiences are about to witness her brilliant vocal skills on 'Idol' and before that happens here's all you need to know about her.


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Cheryl K won gold at the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles at 14 

Cheryl Koh better known as Cheryl K was raised by her mother in Singapore. At 14, she participated in the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and the voice that she had been perfecting from a younger age helped her win four gold medals. 


How did Cheryl K land her 'Crazy Rich Asians' gig?

Just like Justin Bieber was discovered on YouTube, the team at 'Crazy Rich Asians' found Cheryl K just like that. They landed on Cheryl's page after scouring through hundreds of videos and her voice immediately caught on to Jon M. Chu who offered her a chance to sing in the film after watching her sings Jessie J's 'Mamma Mia'. Cheryl was still a student at USC when she got a call for recording 'Money' for 'Crazy Rich Asians'. 


Cheryl K recorded the opening track of 'Crazy Rich Asians' in under five hours

“It took about four to five hours to record everything including multiple takes and layers, backup vocals, behind-the-scenes footages and a video interview,” she said in an interview, according to Talent Recap. “Jon was so fun to work with in the recording studio! He gave me a lot of pointers and tips on how he wanted me to sing the song. I remember him saying, ‘Cheryl, I want you to growl as much as you can and sing with your greatest energy because I want people to feel like they want to jump out of their seats during the opening of the movie.'”


Cheryl K was also present for the premiere of the show that she attended with the rest of the cast in Los Angeles, including Awkwafina who also recorded a rap verse in 'Money' along with starring in the movie. 

Awards Cheryl K has won yet

Cheryl's LinkedIn states she was selected to receive the Malaysian International Star Award which is presented to individuals in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) community for their extraordinary achievement in the global arena for work in their field. Apart from winning gold at the World Championship of Performing Arts, Cheryl has also been awarded two Champions of the World – Senior Division awards, two silver medals, and two bronze medals at the event in 2010. 

Impressed with Cheryl K's profile? You can keep up with her on Instagram, her handle is @thisischerylk. You can also check her music out on Spotify. 


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