Vanessa Fernandez, aka Vandetta, entered the world of music and entertainment at 12 when she, her cousin and two friends from the church choir won the girl groups category on a national TV talent show in Singapore. At 16 she performed in the musical Re:Mix by ex-Singapore Idol judge Dick Lee and at 18 she joined one of Singapore’s most successful groups Urban Xchange, which led a local hip-hop renaissance and were nominated for Best Singapore Act at the 2002 MTV Asia Music Awards.
She went on to host Radio’s 987fm’s morning drive time show and pushed local music on her live acoustic weekend show 987Stripped. She later returned to performing, touring internationally and as a duo with producer Jason Tan called Octover, releasing a self-titled album in 2013. She also released a solo EP. She is now Assistant Program Director at Lush99.5fm, Singapore’s premier vehicle for art, culture and independent music.