Buro Backseat: Tabitha Nauser talks Rent and previews her upcoming single


Text: Tracy Phillips

Video: Robin Thang

Catch yourself singing along to Tabitha Nauser's unreleased new single, Bulletproof, by the end of the video

Flawless is pretty much the first word that comes to mind whenever I see Tabitha Nauser. Whether we're at a sweaty outdoor festival, attending a fancy fashion soiree or the backseat of a car, she's always made up to perfection — bronzed, contoured and oozing star quality, occasionally flashing her megawatt smile from behind a custom-made grill. Nauser's hip hop flair goes beyond jewellery and style. She hosts Singapore's only daily afternoon hip-hop and R&B radio show, Turn It Up With Tabitha on 98.7FM, which helps keep hip-hop culture front and center on our little red dot.

Since first winning hearts as the second runner up in the 2009 season of Singapore Idol, Nauser has gone on to host and act while still keeping singing as her top priority. We caught up in our sweet Jeep Grand Cherokee ride for this month's Buro Backseat to find out more about her upcoming music plans and ongoing lead role in Pangdemonium's production of acclaimed Tony award-winning musical, Rent, as exotic dancer Mimi Marquez. Enroute to the show's rehearsals from her home in Tampines, we discovered that Mimi has been her dream role since childhood and you'll see that she has more than the pipes and charisma to pull off the character. You'll also get the privilege of hearing her sing her unreleased single — and serious earworm — Bulletproof. Look out for the music video coming out later this month, and remember where you heard it first.

Tabitha Nauser stars in Rent, now showing at the Drama Centre Theatre till 23 October 2016. "Go Anywhere Do Anything" with the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit. For more information, click here.