Karen Mok to release first English album

15 January 2013 / 3 years 9 months ago

Source: The New PaperUniversal Music announced at a press conference here today that Karen Mok, one of Asia’s most successful recording artists, will release her debut English-language album, “Somewhere I Belong‘, internationally on January 18.“This album has been my dream for as long as I can remember, bringing my music to a bigger audience, to the world,‘ said Karen. “I’m always trying to do things that are different and have an element of surprise and fun. Jazz is a genre that can cross borders and cultures but we’ve also made sure this album has a Chinese identity - I don’t think there’s ever been the use of Chinese instruments to play jazz music like this!‘Recorded in Shanghai during 2012, "Somewhere I Belong" is an album with global appeal that features a broad palette of songs from Cole Porter to Portishead, Chris Isaak to Sting and from George Gershwin to The Beatles. Reflecting her roots, Karen has included two Chinese songs, including one from the heyday of Shanghai’s swinging jazz scene in the 1930s and ’40s. She also plays the traditional Chinese instrument the guzheng throughout the album.Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, who has headed Universal Music Asia-Pacific region for the last 10 years, said: “Karen is such a star in Asia and with 'Somewhere I Belong' she has created an album that blends beautifully the musical cultures of East and West. We’re thrilled to be able to introduce this incredible and hugely accomplished artist to a worldwide audience.‘From Hong Kong and with Chinese, Welsh, Persian and German heritage, the multi-lingual and multi-talented Karen is a singer, songwriter, actress, musician, award-winner, Olympic torch-bearer and superstar of concerts films and musicals, who has repeatedly proved that she is one of the most distinguished talents of her generation. Karen has 15 hugely successful albums under her belt and a massive 36 million followers on Chinese microblog service Weibo.Since bursting onto the Mandarin music scene in the 1990s, Karen has been a fixture in the Asian music charts as well as starring in countless films including the 2003 Jackie Chan hit “Around the World in 80 Days‘ and the upcoming Keanu Reeves-directed movie “Man of Tai Chi‘.A special deluxe version of “Somewhere I Belong‘, which includes two music videos, is available exclusively on iTunes now, ahead of the international release date on January 18: www.itunes.com/karenmok.“Somewhere I Belong‘ track listing (International):Love For SaleWhile My Guitar Gently WeepsFunny ValentineThe Face That Launched A Thousand Ships (傾國傾城)Wicked GameStormy WeatherSour TimesA Fine RomanceThe Man I LoveI Can’t Give You Anything But LoveMoon Over Bourbon StreetShanghai Nights (夜上海)

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