Producing my own album has been some sort of dream ever since I wrote my first song in the middle of a lecture theatre in NYP back in 1998.
Life has brought me on some tumultuous journeys since then, and I've come to realise that this long over-due first album is not an end-product, rather a snapshot of where I am in my musical growth. It might not be the best I can ever be, but it is the honest truth of where I am today.
This snapshot includes the generous love and support of so many friends and family. At the points where I felt completely alone and at my wit's end, God has provided me helping hands who volunteer their time, talent, encouraging words or support, and belief in my music and ability when I lost my own.
released 23 February 2012
Double Bass on "The Social Media Song", "Like a Piece of My Heart" and "Hustle Bustle" by Chee Wah Yong
Percussions on "The Social Media Song" and "Like a Piece of My Heart" by Shawn Kok
Percussions on "A Promise is a Promise" by Kaiser Campos
Keys on "Rainy Day" by Matthew Siew
Guitar on "Wishing Star" by Clarence Yeo
Cello arrangement on "Rain" by Bang Wenfu
Cello on "A Promise is a Promise", "Wishing Star", "Little Things", "Rain" and "Beyond" by Annie Schmidt
"One Last Try" written by Shimona Kee
Arranged and produced by Eli T
All other songs:
Written, arranged, recorded and produced by Shimona Kee
Engineered by Nathaniel Tan and Rendy
Mixed by Nathaniel Tan and Shimona Kee
Recorded at UR Indie Studio, Nathaniel Tan
Mastered by Simon Smart at Fifth Ave Audio Mastering NYC
Guitars and ukulele played by Shimona courtesy of Maestro Guitars
Album design and artwork by Jonathan Chan
Website design by Alan Chan, artwork by Jonathan Chan
© 2012 Simply Shimona, Shimona Kee
First off, to the two people who have been constants in my life - Daddy and Mummy, THANK YOU for never giving up on me, for your patience and support through the years, for the music always permeating our household as I was growing up, for letting me pursue my passions, though they have led me hither and thither over the years. I love you both very much.
BIG thanks to Nat Tan - without your understanding, humour, love and support, this album would definitely not have happened. You opened your house and resources to me despite your own circumstances. Thanks to Rendy - for always being humble and accommodating. Thanks to the musicians who squeezed me in to your busy schedules - Matthew, Wah Yong, Clarence, Shawn, Kaiser. Wenfu - it was providence meeting you at Hood that night - your arrangement for the cello on "Rain" is beautiful and came at such an opportune time. Thanks to Jon Chan for your enthusiasm and creative genius in creating the artwork - you matched my music in your mind's eye and created something so beautiful. Very special thanks to Eli for one very special track that stands out from the rest - your support and encouragement means so much to me. Also thanks to Alan Chan for revamping my website!
Thanks to the friends and family who have given me words of encouragement (including many overseas and online). Some have influenced my ideas about music/the biz or pursuing music full-time, turned up at my gigs, reposted my links, listened to my complaints (hee!), asked me time and again when my album will be done.
Joelle - for years of friendship and music, Jules - for ideas, contacts, inspiration, encouragement, Andy Pearce, - for sharing your blessings with me, Arabelle - my "Jap" fan, Doca - for supporting my music and being patient with Nat, Yubes - for chitchats, making time in the Hustle Bustle,Ad - for The Gym Song,Ke'es - for your SMS love, Don Richmond for advise encouragement and laughs, Gabe for your constant support and belief in my music, Claudius for sharing good music with me and just for being who you are, Eugene, Zen, Jasmin, Shawn, Edmund and ALL The Merry Men (and women) for your merry support. Ho Zen, Raymond and Maestro Guitars, Edgar, Florence and Crazyworld Cafe, Yolanda, Glyn, Simon and Ukulele Movement, Joe and Hood Bar. Hsin Yeow, Bevlyn, and ALD
Above all, I credit ALL accomplishments, be it this album or any of my music, to Abba Father God. This journey has been a crazy one, and I'm just so grateful You have been my one constant all throughout - lending me sight when I could not see, faith when I felt most despondent, focus when I had none.
Last but not least, this album is dedicated to the memory of my late brother, Reuben Kee (1984-2007). His passion and dedication to pursue what he loved and was talented in continues to inspire me.