“The Charming Diva”

Lyra Gandalera - Grand Finalist, Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4
Lyra Gandalera – Grand Finalist, Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4

“Charming Diva” Lyran ‘Lyra’ Buhawe Gandalera is living proof that gender and size are no deterrents to a powerful voice.  Lyra, 24 and originally from Ilocos Sur, currently works as a nurse at Saudi German Hospital.  She is a power belter whose favorite female artist is the Philippines’ Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo.  She also loves the music of R&B superstar Alicia Keys whose famous song ‘Girl on Fire’ is one of her top faves.  Lyra actually gave a perfect ‘Lyra-style’ interpretation of this song in her auditions that wowed the panelists.  For this petite Ilocana belter, her style of music is in the pop genre, and so her guitar playing flair also follows the same music contention.  As with a few others of her co-contenders in Jeddah Pop Icon Season 4, Lyra has also been in a previous talent competition – she was a grand finalist in the recent JPOP 2014, another singing contest in Jeddah where she ended up as 6th Placer overall.  She is a firm believer of her natural singing talent and is confident this will catapult her to be the next Jeddah Pop Icon.

Image: Jace Domingo | Jace’s Portraits

HMU: Jonathan Agudana

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