“Growing up, I used to think I would be successful when I was in front of thousands of fans singing my songs,” says pop singer Wiltay from his Hollywood home. “I would dream about that moment, day and night. And finally it happened… quickly! I was thrown in front of thousands of screaming fans and I realized it wasn't the moment of true happiness I expected it would be.”
Wiltay is 28-year old music artist who has achieved prominent acclaim in Singapore. He recently graced the Singapore cover of Men’s Health Magazine. In the states, he’s best known for his album, WTF, named Best Pop Album Of The Year at the Hollywood F.A.M.E Awards.
This month, he’s out with “Fly High,” an empowering urban pop single he wrote about embracing the important things in life. It is being called Mike Posner meets Justin Timberlake, with a bit of Enrique Iglesias flair. The lyrics are set against a haunting, hypnotic beat.
“The constant drive for status and materialism is endless, and not just in the states, but everywhere in the world,” he continues. “We’re all craving adoration, big houses, fancy cars, and slick clothes.”
Two years ago, Wiltay made Los Angeles — a city where its all about the car you drive and what side of the hills you live on — his home. One might think it was a strange decision for a guy who prefers the simple life but he doesn’t think so. “There is a diverse mix of people from all over the world here. I’ve actually found many who choose not to get caught up in the trappings of tinseltown.”
Even some celebrities who have made a career by promoting the joys of excess, are, in fact, more down-to-earth than their fans realize, he says. “I've seen huge stars doing some of the most wonderful things for humanity through charitable works.”
“In my experience, the most satisfying moments are those when people come up to me at shows to tell me how my music has helped them through a tough time in their life. That, for me, means so much more than material things.”
He says he knows firsthand what it feels like to be in pretty dark moments of life, and he’s happiest when he learns that the songs he has written help people find a glow in their darkness.
For those who want to “Fly High” this summer, Wiltay advises they face their fears courageously and know that life’s steepest downfalls are often a force of strength. “Embrace things like kindness and gratitude,” he says, “and understand that the greatest happiness comes from bringing joy to others.”
Wiltay’s “Fly High” is available on iTunes now. For more information, visit his website or follow him on Facebook.