Her voice is for sale

For $7,000, you can hire Portuguese YouTuber Ana Free (above) to sing at a house party.

But the money won't be going to a couple of weeks' worth of living it up in Asia.

The 24-year-old has been selling her voice and time - and other things like T-shirts and handwritten lyric sheets - to fans who want to contribute to the making of her first LP.

She's doing this with the help of PledgeMusic, a site which connects artists to fans both with just spare change or seriously deep pockets, so that artists can put the money towards their records.

Fans are encouraged to pledge a certain amount of money to get something exclusive from the artist, like a Skype chat or autographed merchandise.

Or, in Free's case, the opportunity to have her travel all the way to your doorstep ($4,000 if you're in Europe, $7,000 elsewhere) to either play at an acoustic house party or your wedding.

Of course, if budget is an issue, you can go down and support Free - along with Jason Chen, David Choi and other YouTube stars - at the YouTube Stars Concert at TheColiseum, Hard Rock Hotel on May 5.

Free's covers of Shakira's World Cup anthem Waka Waka (This Time For Africa) and the Rolling Stones' Angie have garnered over two million hits each on YouTube.

"I really just wanted to give it a shot," Free told LOUD over the phone from her home in Lisbon, Portugal.

"I see it as a win-win situation for both the artists and the fans."

So far, she has done 15 Skype chats with fans - each one worth £25 (S$50) - all of which went well, although there were some "awkward" moments with shy fans.

The experiment has been a success - Free has reached her target (which, like for all artists on PledgeMusic, is undisclosed) and is set to release her album soon.

Besides her fans, it may have been Free's own good sense that has helped her see through her music career - she graduated with a first-class honours degree in economics from the University of Kent.

It was a degree she saw through to the end, despite the lure of a recording contract with a music label when she was 19.

"I had such a good time in school," she mused. "Anyway, I'm not a quitter."

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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