Genre : Jazz
About This Act :
Shakila Stevenson, who was born Meiske Shakila Serhalawan in the Malukus, Indonesia, came to her love of music and singing legitimately through the influences of her family and the Church .Her special mentors were her father, Johnny Serhalawan, and her uncle, Bob Tutupoly, both of whom were well known jazz musicians and singers in her native Indonesia. Shakila first appeared singing on radio and TV at the age of four, and by the age of 16,was regularly performing in sponsored vocal competitions and local venues.
Following her dream to become a professional vocalist, Shakila entered the Asia-wide televised "Asia Bagus" music competition in 1993, and came away with First Place prizes both in the Regional Competition held in Singapore, as well as the Asia Grand Competition which was held in Tokyo, Japan. In 1997, Shakila traveled to Europe where she entered the Golden Stag International Song Festival in Romania, and the International Song Festival in Cessme, Turkey, becoming the Grand Prix winner in both events. Interestingly, one of the contestants eliminated before the finals in Romania was a then 16 year old singer from the U.S.A named Christina Aguillar. The Year 1999 also proved to be a banner one for Shakila as she was named by the Republic of Indonesia as the Country's "Outstanding Vocalist"; for her work with Indonesian Guitarist, Tohpati for the song "Lukisan Pagi." She was then thrilled to join contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit as his accompanying vocalist on his seven city tour of Indonesia. In that year as well, the Academy of Music Indonesia (AMI) awarded Shakila with the best Jazz and R&B singer awards, and she followed that up in 2000 with AMI awarding Shakila with the best R&B Singer award, best R&B Album, and best Video award. These honors came from the success of her self-titled cd "Shakila" which featured "Takkan Hilang".
Shakila moved to Washington, D.C. in 2000 with her husband, Scott Stevenson, and after taking some time off to have two little girls, she began again to actively pursue her singing career when she became the l featured vocalist with the 10 piece band "Time Machine, one of the DC region's top variety bands.
While performing at the "Java Jazz Festival" in Jakarta in 2006, she met Mark Kibble of the seven-time Grammy Award winning "Take 6" , and this led Shakila to a musical collaboration with Mark, and his close associate, Robert W. "JoJo" Hill, CEO of Jofula Global Media-Atlanta. On Shakila’s newly released cd "I Still Choose You" Mark Kibble is featured on the back-up vocals for the title song. With the exception of "Asmara" which was composed by Indonesia’s own Ms. Wieke Gur, JoJo Hill was the writer/producer for the cd’s nine original songs and the recording was done in his studios in Atlanta and Nashville. Shakila's husband, Scott, along with JoJo Hill were the Executive Producers for the new cd.
Shakila currently resides in Istanbul, Turkey, together with her family.