Lebanese singer Daren tells City Times that even though she likes several western singers, they don't influence her much because she doesn't believe in imitating others

By Nihal Kamel

Published: Mon 13 Jun 2005, 1:34 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:20 PM

You have sung with the international group Destiny's Child. How was that experience?

It was a wonderful experience. I will never forget singing with them when they came to Dubai recently.

Do you plan to sing for a larger Arab audience?

Yes. My success in Dubai has encouraged me to take my songs to listeners in other Arab nations.

Which section of the audience likes your songs the most?

My songs are a big hit with teenagers.

Have you faced any problems in the wake of the release of your first video Maroz?

Things are okay at the moment. Right now I have a lot of work in hand in Holland and other European nations.

You seem to be quite inspired by Michael Jackson in your style?

I like a lot of Western singers, especially Jackson. But then no artist can influence me a lot since I believe in originality.

Who is your favourite singer?

I really like Beyonce since she started singing at a very early stage.

How do you dabble in both Eastern and Western forms of singing?

It is not so difficult especially since I am part Lebanese, part Swedish.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I am the eldest of the siblings. I am 21-years-old. I have a brother named Fares and a sister Nataly who is very dear to me. She has a very good voice, but I don't think she will pursue singing as her career.

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