Sherina Munaf (Born Sinna Sherina Munaf; June 11, 1990 in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia) is an Indonesian actress, singer, and song writer. At 9 years old, she successfully launched her debut album, Andai Aku Besar Nanti. In 2000, she played a key role in Petualangan Sherina (translated Sherina's Adventure), directed by Riri Riza. She received a special award in the "Most Talented Child Artist" category in the 2001 Asia Pacific Film Festival in Hanoi for her performance. In 2001, she recorded a cover of "I Have A Dream" with Irish boy band Westlife for a UNICEF fund raising.
In the midst of every parents dream to see their children become artists, especially as singers. That frequently are seized only by the power of parent's financial support. Born in June 11, 1990, the little girl has shown an amazing talent. For this girl, existed with all the provision of a talented child singer should have. With the help of one of the best vocal teachers in Indonesia, Mr. Elfa Seciora, she managed to had high vocal ability above average kids at the same age. She's smart and she perform astonishingly on stage. Sherina broke the trend of instant child singer that appeared before, when parents could afford to bring their children to the studio and hired a producer.
In 1999, Sherina made her debut album Andai Aku Besar Nanti (translated When I Grow up). In that moment, people's enthusiasm were very huge. The first album gained Platinum Record because it was sold more than 250.000 copies. The album made her winning two Indonesian Music Awards for Best Child Song and Children Album. She enjoyed her success getting Platinum record since her winning in Jakarta karaoke contest (1997) and as the champion in a singing contest (1998).
in 2000, Sherina's father, "Triawan Munaf", collaborated with Mira Lesmana produced a film Petualangan Sherina (translated Sherina's Adventure) that was played in class one cinemas. It was a big success. The soundtrack of Sherina's Adventure also gave the youngster another hit album. According to the Ceepee Productions record company, it had gone Platinum by the end of August, with sales of more than 200,000 copies and revenues of $387,000. That makes Sherina, got Platinum Record for the first and second album.
The album Petualangan Sherina (translated Sherina's Adventure) made her won Indonesian Music Awards two times in a row, for Best Child Song and Children Album plus Best Child Singer. She did it again by winning The Most Favorite Child Artist from Bobo (magazine) (Indonesian) two times in a row (1999 through 2000). The best achievement she got was from Asia Pacific Film Festival as she won Special Jury Awards as The Talented Child Actress accolade for the year 2000. Despite her talents on the big screen, Sherina still prefers to be known as 'just a singer'.
Sherina's popularity was recognized throughout Asia because of the article in Asiaweek Magazine (Asian edition of Times, Time Asia) describe her as Asian News Maker of the year 2000. That fame made BBC London interviewed her and thanks to this interview, Westlife, the number one Irish boyband at the time found her as the perfect choice to duet with for their first hit "I Have a Dream" (a cover version from Swedish pop group ABBA) for Asian market. Gumilang Ramadhan (General Manager of Sony BMG Indonesia) said, "If everything goes well, the album will be released in August. After a three-month review, part of the profit from the sales will be given to Indonesian children through an international charity foundation."
in 2001, Sherina had an interview with Hongkong's TV Network, Star TV in their program "Focus Asia", mentioning her as Princess of Pop by Adrian Brown. Starring in numerous TV ads, she was also sent by WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) to Japan for Orangutan campaign: Borneo Orangutan Survival. Thus, making Sherina nominated as The Most Preferred Kid Actress and TV Talent based on National Kid Market Survey by Frontier Marketing and Research Consultant. In the end of 2001, Sherina has been called The Most Shining Star Child by RCTI.