Are you ready for the 7th of November? Christine Welch is ready to release her very first debut album <A million possibilities> , and I'm very surprised to hear that she's going to be doing it all by herself-that's right, she's not under a record company, so I'm sure she would appreciate your support very much!
The album contains several hits, almost all of which Christine has collaborated with all-star producer Skot Suyama, who's orchestrated hits such as A-Lin's <幸福了然后呢>(Happiness, then what), and of course, Kimberley Chen's <爱你>(Love you) which was the anthem of 2012 when it was released. Christine herself is a wonderfully talented composer and lyricist; more fluent in Chinese than myself and possibly any Caucasian person I know, her dedication and passion to the Chinese language and now the Taiwanese music industry is definitely to be admired and appreciated. I've heard from reliable sources that the album will be available on both iTunes and books.tw, so you should definitely get onboard and support her by getting yourself a copy once it's released!
I have the utmost confidence in her musical and creative ability as an artist, and am certain that this will be an album to really look forward to. I wish her all the best for her on her musical journey, and I'll be cheering for her all the way! Good luck Christine!
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A Million Possibilities（一百万个可能) has been released as of 7th November 2014.
I've been following Rose Liu's music for a while, and have always been a fan of her vocals, so intensely pure and sweet but yet with a touch of huskiness that adds an entirely new dimension to each and every note she sings.
But it was only when I saw her performance on The Voice china as a contestant that she truly impressed me. Taking a golden classic and integrating her own modern take as she performed <飄洋過海來看你>(Crossing the seas to see you) won the hearts of the judges and the audience alike, myself included! Long after the song was over, I kept thinking about it, replaying not the notes in my head, but the beautiful timbre of her voice as she tiptoed gently in the verses, a weary traveller with a heart full of love, and following her into the chorus where her husky sentimentality reached its' peak; enveloping the hearts of audiences everywhere.
In the music industry as I see it, it's been harder and harder to find new talent whose appeal can lie purely in their voice, there's always lots of other things included in the 'package', an eclectic bundle of songwriting, multiple instrument playing, dancing- an endless list of skills which act as a filler for any flaws they might have. And of course I can understand that. Nobody's so perfect that they can rely purely on their voice to touch the hears of listeners completely, but Rose certainly is as close as it gets. After being in the business for five years, she shows a maturity in her voice and an elegance in her stage persona that I hope will be able to help her now and in her future career as a singer. This is one artist that is going to go far-this single performance is just the beginning. Go Rose!
I've actually been following this talented artist for quite a while; she first came to my attention when Wang Leehom shared her cover of his song <你不知道的事>(The Things you Don't Know) on his Facebook Page sometime back in 2009. I watched the video and was truly impressed that someone like her could have such a passion for chinese music and for the chinese language! I kept following her, albeit less regularly for a period of time.
Due to the recommendation of a reader, this talented DJ-er/Producer Eugene Luu was brought to my attention! Although he has a lot of gaps to fill in terms of how he puts himself out there(hard to find information about him), the music really speaks for itself. Taking popular House music hits and remixing them with popular Chinese tunes such as Leehom's <你不知道的事>(The things you don't know) and Sandy Lam's <至少還有你>(At least I still have you), this is truly something innovative and different which I hope he continues to improve on.
Eugene himself has articulated that his goal is to bring Chinese pop back with the infusion of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and Chinese Vocals. He's doing the Chinese music scene proud by bridging the cross-cultural gap, so have a listen if you're interested!
A link to his sound cloud:
One of his more popular cross-cultural remixes:
Check out the great first single from promising indie band Gigantic Roar who have just released their very first studio EP, and are currently doing gigs around Taipei and Gaohsiung! One of my favourite songs on their album, and I heard that the song is really about having to give up some things in order to follow your dreams, or to do some things that you have to do in life. It was a gruelling process for the band to get this album together, so if you like this single, be sure to help them out, share it and buy it via iTunes or Books.tw once it comes out commercially next month!