Tiara "Yarra Rai" Soemawilaga, was born on
4th June, 1987 in Canberra, Australia. Before she started singing, her mother
enrolled her into a classical piano class at the age of four. She knew she
wanted to be a performer since she was little, after she started watching 'Kids Incorporated' (an American children’s
musical performance program).
Rai moved back to Indonesia
when she was seven. Within a year of her arrival, she started taking a vocal
course and had joined numerous singing competitions. She has been singing
publicly since she was eight years old. She stopped taking piano lessons when she
was nine, because she enjoyed singing more. However, at the age of fifteen she
decided to get her fingers back on the piano and took private lessons, which
she focused on for a year; hence she could sing and play the piano at the same
In 2005, she was one step
away from making it into the top 12 finalists of one of Indonesia's biggest
reality television singing competitions. Although she didn't make it back then,
it didn't discourage her from singing. By 2008, she had experienced a lot in
the music industry, from being a backup singer for Pandji Pragiwaksono and performing various
times in some well known television shows. She worked on jingles for television
commercials with Lawrence "Larry" Aswin (a music producer; who is
also affiliated with SOVA). She engrossed heaps of knowledge by observing the
process of music production and somehow along the way she came up with her own
style and started producing remake cover songs that she uploaded on the popular
music sharing site SoundCloud. Her most recent renditions were Taylor Swift - ‘Bad Blood’ and Kendrick Lamar feat.
Drake - ‘Poetic Justice’.
In 2010, she was featured
in one of Amanda & Friends’ song on her album, the single was entitled 'No More'. The other musicians who
took part in the collaborative album were Teza Sumendra, Imela Kei, Rayen Pono — just to name a few.
In 2014, she had the
opportunity to perform live with SOVA at Djakarta Warehouse Project and Jakarta International Java
Jazz Festival, which was held last year.
Rai's signature singing style is
mostly R&B/Soul. Her music influences are Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway, Alicia Keys,
Marsha Ambrosius, Goapele, Jamie Foxx, Bobby V,
Maxwell, and Trey Songz.