China Daily/Asia News Network
Nov 6, 2015
There are many things that China and Singapore have in common, and one of them is music. Many Singaporean singers have pursued their musical career both at home and here in the Chinese mainland, as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Here are just a few:
Singaporean singer Kit Chan has worked in many areas since her debut in 1993, including music, theatre, television, composing, creative direction, community work and even entrepreneurship. Chan is without a doubt the most successful singer in Singapore, as she enjoys the title of Singapore's "national treasure" in music.
Chan has enjoyed success in Taiwan and Hong Kong more than she did in the Chinese mainland, until she participated in the hit television show I Am A Singer earlier this year.
Her years of theatre training and delicate and smooth vocals became an immediate sensation among viewers.
Since her debut in 2000, Stefanie Sun has become one of the most widely recognised voices from Singapore in the Chinese mainland.
With 11 albums under her belt, Sun is arguably the most successful singer from Singapore, second only to Kit Chan, whose talent is somewhat under-recognised. Sun was named Best Newcomer for her song Cloudy Day at the 12th Golden Melody Award,
Taiwan's equivalent to the Grammys. Sun has sold more than 10 million albums in Asia. Sun married Dutch-Indonesian entrepreneur Nadim Van Der Ros on May 8, 2011, and gave birth to their first child on Oct 30, 2014.
JJ Lin has enjoyed commercial success ever since he stepped into the world of music. Lin won Best New Artist for his debut album Music Voyager at the 15th Golden Melody Awards.
decade later, he took home the title of Best Male Mandopop Performer, a high honour from the Golden Melody Awards.
34-year-old JJ Lin is recognised for his talents in not just singing, but in composition. Besides producing numbers by himself, Lin has written songs for various recording artists, including Remember for Taiwan-based singer A-Mei, Let Go for fellow Singaporean singer A-Do, and What's Wrong with You? for Harlem Yu.
Jocie Kwok was the first artist to be granted copyright to sing Mouse Loves Rice, a song that took China by the storm in 2004.
Her first album, No More Panic, attained platinum status with its sales worldwide. Kwok, whose Chinese name is pronounced Guo Meimei, suffered greatly after an Internet celebrity by the same name stirred a large scandal affiliated with the Red Cross.
Though the two are in no way related to one another, the impact from the Red Cross scandal was so big that it cut down 70 per cent of Kwok's commercial activities.
Tanya Chua Singaporean singer Tanya Chua did not rise to prominence until she signed with Warner Music Taiwan in 2003.
Her album Amphibian won her a Best Female Artist at the Golden Melody Awards. Chua has also made a name for herself in production, as she has written a number of hit songs for Gigi Leung, Faye Wong and Stefanie Sun.
A-Do Former construction foreman A-Do, whose real name is Do Chengyi, was discovered by music producer Billy Koh during his company's talent search.
A-Do shot to fame with his husky voice and original number He must really love you in 2003.
Browse through the gallery to see the stars.
Images 1 to 9 show the stars who shot to fame in China, the rest show photos of Stefanie Sun.