Hailing from Terendak Camp, Malacca, Juwita Suwito started off on the music scene as a sessionist and backing vocalist for Malaysian artistes, award shows and post-production studios. She soon developed her own voice and was often called upon to record song demos for East Asian publishing houses. Her rendition of Breathe Again on the original soundtrack of the Taiwanese TV drama series, The Outsiders, brought her international attention. Juwita has since given well-received performances in Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Kenya, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland and Taiwan.
In December 2010, Juwita decided to dabble in the world of theatre, debuting as Mary in the musical Follow The Light which received notable reviews. She also hosted LiteFM’s weekly radio show, Best of Asia.
Juwita’s debut album Brand New World clinched the Best Local English Album award at the Malaysian Music Awards – Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) in 2005. She has since released a sophomore album, a live EP and multiple singles that have also garnered an array of AIM nominations. Her recent performance highlights include headlining her own MPO Happy Hour Concert at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (2013) and recently performing with David Foster & Friends in Kuala Lumpur.
However, what she enjoys most is connecting with her audience in a personal way – which she does with her lyricism and down-to-earth personality. She was the vocal coach for Malaysian Idol Seasons 1 & 2 and one of the founder directors of Four Forty Records, a social enterprise on a mission to inspire and build bridges in Malaysia and Asia Pacific through music.
Juwita Suwito is also passionate about women’s issues and co-chaired the World YWCA Governance Taskforce from 2004 to 2007. While representing Malaysia at the YWCA World Council & International Women’s Summit in Brisbane in 2003, Juwita performed a song she wrote based on the theme, “Leading Change”. It expressed her passion to encourage, especially youth, to use their capabilities to make a difference in society.