Crystal Goh is a singer-songwriter based in Singapore. She has been singing and writing songs since 2007. Crystal was Don Richmond’s mentee under the National Arts Council’s NOISE programme in 2009. In 2010, Crystal performed regular live acoustic sets at OverTime @ Holland Village. From 2010 to 2011, Crystal performed in various World Vision Singapore events, including the organisation’s most major campaign, the 30-Hour Famine. In 2013, under a collaboration with World Vision, she did a local tour with the Mongolian Kids Choir, performing a self-penned song with the children in several venues across Singapore. Crystal also sang in numerous events and wedding gigs in the past five years.
In 2011, Crystal was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia. This caused distress to her vocal chords, and she struggled to sing. During this time, Crystal chose to focus on songwriting instead. In 2013, she collaborated with two vulnerable communities — at-risk youth and children of incarcerated parents — to write, record and perform four original songs. The project, known as Diamonds on the Street gave Crystal the opportunity to bring friendship and hope to the communities through music. Diamonds on the Street culminated in two live performances and a five-track album.
Although she has not completely recovered, her vocals have since improved, and she is currently exploring ways to tap into the “new” voice that had risen from her condition.
Karen Wai was educated in film and literature. In 2005, she co-founded and established the bookstore BooksActually; the publishing house Math Paper Press; and the stationery line Birds & Co., setting the stage for independent literary voices. In 2014, she was the marketing manager for the Singapore International Film Festival.
Since 2013, she has been involved in social projects including the community empowerment arts collective, Diamonds On The Street. She makes documentaries with her photographer husband through their film studio, Parabole.
JEAN PAOLO TY
Jean Paolo Ty is a filmmaker and photographer. He spent several years in advertising as an art director, before co-founding Parabole in 2013 with his wife. Through the medium of film, their work primarily focuses on community and social issues. Parabole has worked on videos for The Esplanade (Community Engagement), Beautiful People, Prudential (CSR), Our Better World and other non-profit organisations.
As a photographer, he has independently pursued documentary projects, including a story on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He has also worked on commissioned projects, including a photography book for Timberland’s reforestation efforts in Inner Mongolia and portraits for Public Service Division’s commemorative book in 2015.
He has been a core member of Diamonds On The Street since 2013, an arts collective that empowers marginalised communities by bringing their stories to the forefront.