Meet Malaysia-Born Fatia, TikTok’s First-Ever Global Recording Artiste - Jiran

Meet Malaysia-Born Fatia, TikTok’s First-Ever Global Recording Artiste

All she needs is faith, trust and pixie dust

Published on 9 February 2022

The pop world today is dominated by many international female heavy hitters. It’s impossible to not know the likes of Taylor Swift, Adele or Lady Gaga. They have been in the music industry for more than a decade and are still adored by many. Back on our home ground, we have local talents that are placing Malaysia in the international limelight.

Female artistes including Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Yuna continues to gain traction outside of Malaysia while Shila Amzah carves her name as a Mandarin-singing pop star in China. Today, a new generation of artistes is emerging on social media platforms. One such singer is Fatia, who has successfully kicked off her music career via TikTok.

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New pop star in the making

At the tender age of 21, the law student turned online sensation is represented by this generation’s biggest social media platform, TikTok. It wasn’t too long ago when @ThisIsFatia was one of its many users just doing what she does best — singing. Growing up, Fatihah, as she is known among family and friends, was surrounded by music. Whether through her participation in choir to her music-loving friends or even the shows she watched growing up, she loved music and it is still a major influence in her life. Today she is living every little girl’s dream.

Check out Fatia’s version of “Alyssa Greene” here: Cover of Alyssa Greene

@thisisfatia #duet with @deweyspianoparty #TheProm #alyssagreene #theprommusical ♬ original sound – Dewey’s Piano Party

“I downloaded TikTok during the pandemic to simply sing my heart out,“ she revealed. Like many singers of her generation, she started singing covers of hit songs and musicals on TikTok, which immediately garnered praises from users who couldn’t stop gushing about her talent. She finally caught the attention of TikTok themselves with videos of her belting out her favourite tunes to a wide range of international audience. Her growing popularity prompted TikTok to lock her down as their first globally signed artiste.

Musicals and Disney songs aren’t her only strong suit. Hear her take on a rendition of “Malaysian Boy”: Cover of Malaysian Boy

@thisisfatia #malaysianboy ♬ original sound – oopsiedootsies – Fatia

Her debut single “My World Too” is produced by none other than the prolific Malaysian songwriter, Aubrey Suwito. In the span of his career, he has written and produced songs for the likes of Jaclyn Victor and Dayang Nurfaizah. Under her stage name, Fatia’s debut single is the first song he penned in English. A song about self-expression and finding courage to be yourself, it aims to empower listeners to carve their own path.

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Girl next door with a big personality and bigger heart

Fatia herself is taking each day one step at a time. Despite being in the limelight while embarking on the life of her dreams, she still intends to work hard to complete her law degree, expand her skills as a songwriter, and sing for the people who continue to support her passion. Although this introvert finds her new-found popularity daunting and posing for the cameras challenging, she is ever-ready to make a way for herself.

“Dream big and just try! I dragged myself out of my comfort zone yet I’m still comfortable because I love music and I want to empower others with my song. Just do it and see what happens next. I promise it’s worth it!”

Watch her music video here:

Show some support for our local budding artiste! Check out @ThisIsFatia on TikTok for more amazing covers.

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