An act of kindness goes a long way. Just ask local indie singer-songwriter Lorraine Tan, who became pals with K-pop star Shin Min Chul after she played hospitable host to him on one of his trips to Singapore.
Shin is best known as the leader of now defunct South Korean boy band trio T-Max, which also included Park Yoon Hwa and idol drama Boys Over Flowers actor Kim Joon.
“I knew Min Chul two years ago, when he and his managers came to Singapore... I was their ‘tour guide’ taking them around,” recalled Tan, 34, in an e-mail interview with LOUD. “The two of us became very good friends, as we were inspired by each other’s music and dreams. Whenever my manager and I go over to Korea, Min Chul and his managers would take good care of us.”
Next month, Shin will share the stage with Tan at Shine Singapore 2013, an annual charity fund-raising concert spearheaded by Tan. All proceeds from the concert’s merchandise sales will go to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Tan promised that with Shin on board as the event’s special guest.
“It’s meant to be a surprise for the audience. Please come to our concert to find out what we will be singing,” was all she would say.
In a separate e-mail interview with LOUD from Seoul, Shin dropped further hints of their upcoming collaboration – expect lovely harmonies and a blend of their voices.
“We plan to present a K-pop duet, which is Lorraine’s favourite song,” he said.