Watch List: Teza Sumendra, Representing R&B On the Other Side of the World
Soul and R&B has chosen a vessel to bring its sound to a country where Pop and Rock are the major influences. Teza Sumendra is the first of his kind that we have ever come across – an Indonesian singer gifted with the tone and vocal conviction that is incontrovertibly in favor of R&B. His tenor expresses a deep tone as impressive and unique as singers like John Legend and Aloe Blacc.
Teza first raised eyebrows as a contestant on season 3 of Indonesian Idol. He didn't leave as a winner, but instead left with his name in the mouths of Indonesia’s music industry leaders. He has since been tapped as an exciting new talent, working with several top artists that includes renowned jazz musician/composer Indra Lesmana.
Under his belt is already significant social media presence which with soundcloud plays ranging anywhere from 80-480k plays, and 35K on instagram. Performing nonstop throughout his country, and gearing up for his debut solo project, Teza's single “I Want You, Love” has already been well received by his fans. In an interview with JakartaGlobe, he mentions that he wants to captivate Indonesian listeners first, while one of his personal goals is to move to New York City to work as a full-time musician. We don’t know how close he is to that goal, but we’re sure he would turn heads in the music industry once he touches down.