Kuwaiti Artist to Compete in American Song

Published March 9th, 2001 - 02:00 GMT

Lena Shammas, daughter of former diplomat Saeed Shammas, is making headway in the American song, writing and composing, and hops to reach the top one day, Kuwait news agency (KUNA) reported. 

The agency said that Lena was recently invited by the embassy of Kuwait in Washington to sing at a reception held in honor of the memory of Americans who lost their lives during the 1991.  

“She brought tears to the eyes of the family members who attended the reception with songs about god's love for mankind and the loss of loved ones. She also dedicated a song that she wrote to Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah,” said the report.  

Lena who lives in Houston, Texas told KUNA that she receives “every bit of encouragement from my parents and rest of my family.”  

“I grew up where I had a piano at a very young age and now I play the guitar, write and compose my own songs,” she added. 

Lena, who declined to give her age, said that her three daughters of 14, 16 and 18 are sky-high about her music career, they can't wait to see their mother win an award. They fully support her, she aid.  

The singer’s career took off when she was studying music in California a few years back, winning first place in all the university talent show.  

“She was so good that MCA, the American Music Giant, offered her a once-in-a lifetime deal to produce and distribute her record. But personal circumstances aborted this excellent opportunity,” the agency said.  

But that did not stop Lena from trying to jump-start her career when in 1999 she won first and second place in the well-known Alaska competition for song writers. Some eyes in north America turned to her, most notably of those is of Andre Cymone, a multiple platinum and Grammy award winner, who is determined to take this promising artist to bigger and better things, the report added.  

Cymone produced and wrote for big names such as Tina Turner, Prince, Tom Jones and James Ingram.  

Lena said that she has many dreams, but her short-term goals include a CD that will hopefully take her high on the music charts. The CD has 12-13 songs on it with some six hits projected by Lena's producer.  

But noted that since she is not working, money for this project is hard to come by, saying she will go after that goal “as soon as I get some funding.”  

Lena, a holder of a bachelor's degree in communications and French literature from Pepperdine University in California, said that her father is trying to help her launch this project, which she said would cost an estimated 50,000 dollars. She also wishes to produce a music video – Albawaba.com 

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