Hong Kong-based G.E.M. has never done any promotional activities in Singapore, has never even been here before.
But thanks to a widely watched run on the China reality contest show I Am A Singer, the 23-year-old sold out three nights at the 5,000-seater Max Pavilion. Indeed, she has been selling out venues since she emerged as runner-up on the show last April, thrilling fans with her big voice and stirring singing every step of the way, reports AsiaOne via The Straits Times.
No wonder she was filled with gratitude.
She thanked her fans repeatedly and said at one point: "As a singer, to see so many people supporting me and my music is a really happy thing."
Nicknamed the girl with giant lungs when she made her debut in Hong Kong in 2008, it was not hard to see why she did well on the show given her strong pipes and wide range.
And last Friday night, she gave her fans what they came for, singing many of the songs she had performed on the show.
Between songs, we learnt about her love for the Jack Neo film I Not Stupid (2002) and that she had eaten Hainanese chicken rice at Lau Pa Sat market, she said endearingly.
Other than impressing with her live singing, G.E.M. also showcased her musicality on the guitar, drums and piano, most memorably on I Want Us To Be Together.
For the final song of the 21/2-hour-long show, she performed Where Did U Go, the breakout hit from her 2008 self-titled debut EP.
Her newer fans might not have been able to sing along, but they showed her support and encouragement by clapping to the rhythm.