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Release: 26 April 2024




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The timeless charm of the Jazz Pop era has long captivated listeners, both old and new, with its lush strings and rich melodies. This era evokes the romance of yesteryear, a sentiment echoed in Lyia Meta's vocals, which resonate with a depth and richness reminiscent of that era. "Memorabilia" introduces listeners to a collaboration between songwriter Mary Ann Heimann and songstress Lyia Meta. With her contralto, Lyia captures the essence of our time while paying homage to the iconic sounds that have shaped generations.

I'm always incredibly honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with different songwriters. There's a profound satisfaction in interpreting someone else's thoughts and words, infusing them with your own special meaning. Collaborating in music is like piecing together a beautiful puzzle, where each contribution adds to the whole, resulting in something truly unique and meaningful







More Info:
Artist Name: LYIA META

Songwriter: Mary Ann Heimann
Location: MALAYSIA/LOS ANGELES (now based in Malaysia)
Release Title: MEMORABILIA

Release Date: APRIL 26 2024
Musician Names/Instruments: BOB MCGILPIN( guitar, drum, bass, arrangement, mix master)
GENE RABBAI (Piano, orchestration)
Producer Name(s): BOB MCGILPIN 

Coproducer: Gene Rabbai



Multi-award winning singer, songwriter and exhibited visual artist Lyia Meta has an extremely rare contralto vocal range and a voice that straddles both blues and classical music, but she doesn't stop there. While her deep, resonant vocals conjure the likes of blues pop greats Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse. Lyia has been recognized in a wide range of genres throughout her long music career. The obvious standout pairing has been in blues and jazz, but the Malaysian songstress has worked and been recognized in pop, Country music and even the metal world. In September of 2023, Meta was listed in Reader's Digest- "10 Female Jazz Musicians You Need to Know" by Sammy Stein (published author, Jazz advocate and curator)

With a musical background that reaches all the way back to childhood, Lyia's voice has always stood out but it's not just her range that's unique. She blends smooth and sultry jazz tones with well-trained operatic techniques to create a signature style that's well-loved on both sides of the Pacific: her home bases of L.A. and Malaysia.

In spite of of being a global artist originating out of a small Southeast Asian nation, Lyia has every year stepped up her game to overcome the geographic and cultural hurdles that she has faced as her musical career has exploded. Lyia has reached acclaim in the rest of the world, and especially in the United States, by sliding through a multitude of genres and styes, collaborating with producers and songwriters, earning an extensive list of awards (such as her 'Best Album' and 'Best Female Vocalist' wins at the 2022 Global Music Awards, and her 'Performance of the Year' Win at the 2022 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards), accolades and recognition along the way.

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Selected Press Quotes:
""Malaysian Artist Lyia Meta Brings Lilting Jazz/Blues on Her New EP '15013' " – Rolling Stone Magazine (IN)-

❞In the kaleidoscopic world of music, few artists manage to refract light into as diverse a palette as Malaysian singer Lyia Meta.....❞  (2023) Billboard MagazineAR

"Meta has something which few singers possess, and that is complete control of her powerful voice." Sammy Stein- Something Else Reviews (International Editor for Jazz Journalist Association)

❞If you are looking for your next obsession, I might just have found her for you. Lyia Meta might be the best-kept secret, but I think the time is right for everyone to know her wonderful music and her iconic and timeless voice. ❞ (2023)𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙝𝙖 𝙎𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙨-𝙍𝙤𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙤s- 𝙉𝙤𝙝𝙤 𝘼𝙧𝙩 𝘿𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙩

"Lyia Meta proves to be nothing but the full-on, unreserved, real deal.- Dave Franklin"(Dancing with Architecture)


"Lyia Meta ‘s talent and artistic pedigree means she moves seamlessly between genres. All of which adds up to a gloriously free expression of her creativity (...)- FAULT Magazine

Received the official '𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐮𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐥𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐀𝐜𝐡𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐛𝐲 𝐔.𝐒 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐋𝐨𝐮𝐢𝐞 𝐆𝐨𝐡𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐝𝐞𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬...' at the Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards in Marshall-Texas, October of 2022. 




Best Jazz Artist

ALWAYS YOU (album)

Words and music by Denise Dimin

Produced by Bob McGilpin and Lyia Meta

Piano and Orchestration by Gene Rabbai



Best Singer of the Future-LYIA META



Best Performance- ALWAYS YOU

Best Female Vocalist- LYIA META

Best Female Performance-LYIA META

Best Jazz Music- ALWAYS YOU

Best Ballads Music- ALWAYS YOU



Global Music Awards 2023

SILVER Medal- Female Vocalist

SILVER Medal- Best Album 'ALWAYS YOU'​

One Earth Awards 2023(season 11)

GOLD-Best Jazz Single- ALWAYS YOU(written by  Denise Dimin)

GOLD - Best Music Video (Performance)-For You(written by Denise Dimin)

Video directed/produced/Edited by Lyia Meta

Featuring Lyia Meta


Best Original Song- FOR YOU (written by Denise Dimin)​

Rome Music Video Awards-HONORABLE MENTION-2023

Best Original Song - ALWAYS YOU (written by Denise Dimin)​

Prague International Music Video Awards - HONORABLE MENTION 2023

Best Jazz Song- ALWAYS YOU  (written by Denise Dimin)

2022 Global Music Awards
Silver (Best Album: 15013)
Silver(Female Vocalist – album: 15013)
2022 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards (competition performance)
Performance of the Year
Female Vocalist of the Year
2021 LIT Talent Awards
2 platinum (best vocal female and singing performance-Jazz)
1 gold (best female singer)
2021 ACCORD Cine Fest – Best Music Video:  Daylight
Winner: DAYLIGHT- Jury's Choice
2021  Loud Soul Music Festival – Winner:  Best Experimental Video WE ARE LORDS
Directed by Lyia Meta, Videographer Khahin Meta, Edited by Lyia Meta
Producer:  Anthony Noel Yap of Big A Productions, Co Producer: Zack Meta
2021 Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards (competition performance)
Vocalist of the Year
Virtual Entertainer of the Year (COVID)
2019 Josie music Awards:  Artist of the year-multi genre
2018 Josie Music Awards:  World Artist of the Year
2017 Radio Wigwam Music Awards:  Best Female Artist
2017 Global Music Awards:  Gold Medal for song Slumber
2016 Voice Independent Music Asia:  Best Overall Female Artist
2016 Anugerah Industri Muzik (Malaysia's Grammy equivalent) – Top 5 Nomination: Best New Artist 

2020, 2022, 2023:  3x International Portuguese Music Awards nominee
2021:  Hollywood Music in Media Awards JAZZ nominee








Artist Biography:

Lyia Meta is an international multi award-winning singer and songwriter, and an exhibited visual artist.  

Born in Malaysia and currently based in the country’s capital city, Lyia finds her greatest influences in rock and blues, yet she fearlessly defies genre barriers in every project she creates, consistently delivering a refreshing sound that speaks to listeners across generations worldwide.

Lyia’s inspiring passion for her craft and her phenomenal ability to effortlessly glide in and out of multiple genres, including metal and country, has led her to win remarkable acclaim around the globe. Upon the release of her debut EP “This is Lyia,” she immediately garnered stunning recognition, receiving six nominations and the award for Best Overall Female Act at the Voice Independent Music Awards (VIMA) in May 2016. Described as "raw," "organic" and "bold," the EP is a striking reflection of her roots in rock, blues, and pop and served as Lyia’s springboard into the international circuit.

Following the success of her debut offering, that same year, the enchanting songstress was nominated to the top 5 in the Best New Artist category at the Anugerah Industri Awards (A.I.M), Malaysia’s equivalent of the Grammy ® awards. Selected from more than 700 entries, the nomination gained her recognition on a national level.  

Lyia’s EP “15013,” released on May 20, 2021, a collaboration with Los Angeles songwriter saw th seasoned multi-faceted visionary exploring new territory, resulting in a gorgeous project that blended her earthy blues roots with compelling jazz. Through six breathtaking songs, including the magnificently nostalgic track “Daylight” (Finalist at The Rome Music Video Awards 2021 in the Original Song category), she crafted an impactful story born from a tapestry of the most profound emotions and boldly shared her truth with her fans all over the world. The EP achieved praise in Rolling Stone India and continues to receive positive press. 

Not one to sit on her laurels, in 2022, following Meta's release of "15013", she again teamed up with producer Bob McGilpin as co-writer and together they effortlessly pivoted once more to traverse into the R&B and soul genre with the new album YOU THINK ABOUT ME. In YOU THINK ABOUT ME, Lyia, known for her versatility, immerses the audience in an experience that harkens back to the golden era of R&B, while simultaneously pushing boundaries and adding a contemporary flair. Lyia's vocal prowess shines through each track, effortlessly maneuvering between silky smooth melodies and powerful, heartfelt deliveries. At its core, YOU THINK ABOUT ME  encompasses upbeat R&B Motown funk, characterized by its irresistibly groovy rhythms and lively instrumentation, topped by Lyia's voice which becomes an instrument in its own right, captivating the listener and drawing them deeper into the emotive world she creates.

In 2023 with the album, "ALWAYS YOU", she once again surprised her fans with her decision to delve deeper into Jazz Pop.  Known for her powerhouse vocals in rock and R&B, Lyia's bold shift and newfound musical direction marks a significant turning point in her career and brings forth a wave of excitement and anticipation among fans and music enthusiasts alike. 

By exploring the Jazz Pop genre, Lyia demonstrates her willingness to evolve as an artist, challenging herself to break free from her musical comfort zone, all the delight and excitement her global fan base, attracting new devotees to her musical realm!

At the heart of "
Always You" was the extraordinary vocal performance that carried the essence of the Jazz Pop era. A gifted vocalist, Lyia's unique phrasing and pop stylings grace the album, while her voice, channels the captivating the essence of the legendary crooners of the past. With soulful interpretations, impeccable phrasing, and a nuanced understanding of the genre, Lyia's voice brings authenticity and emotional depth to each track. Together with the third collaboration and creative musicianship and arrangements of Bob McGilpin, Lyia produced the album alongside McGilpin. With the orchestral contribution of Gene Rabbai from Rio De Janiero, their collaborative efforts creates a cohesive and captivating listening experience to listeners. 


Today, she has once more joined forces with McGiplin and Rabbai, delving deeper to create refreshing sounds that resonate with her listeners and new found fans across the globe.

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Noderations, Considerations, and Official Selection/Finalist:


2021 Vesuvius International Film Festival – FinalistDAYLIGHT- Best Music Video Clip and Best Music OnlyDirected by Lyia Meta, Videographer Khahin Meta, Edited by Lyia MetaSong writer and composer:  Denise DiminProducer:  Bob McGilpin, Co Producer:  Lyia Meta


2021 Rome Music Video Awards – FinalistDAYLIGHT – Original SongDirected by Lyia Meta, Videographer Khahin Meta, Edited by Lyia MetaSong writer and composer:  Denise DiminProducer:  Bob McGilpin, Co Producer:  Lyia Meta


2021 Rome Music Video Awards – Official SelectionWE ARE LORDSDirected by Lyia Meta, Videographer Khahin Meta, Edited by Lyia MetaProducer:  Anthony Noel Yap of Big A Productions, Co Producer:  Zack Meta


2021Munich Music Video Awards – Official SelectionWE ARE LORDSDirected by Lyia Meta, Videographer Khahin Meta, Edited by Lyia MetaProducer:  Anthony Noel Yap of Big A Productions, Co Producer:  Zack Meta


2021 UK Songwriting Competition – Semi Finalist



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