By Jocelle Koh
Increasingly as life goes on, we find ourselves faced with doubt; often from so many different angles and perspectives. Especially in the music and creative industries given the subjectivity and commercialism of it all, young artists are stuck between a rock and a hard place; unsure of which way to turn.
Taiwanese singer-songwriter and Youtuber Dena Chang 張粹方 is one artist who's documented these struggles in a way that's uniquely her in an empowering new single 'Don’t Worry'.
As Chang’s first independently released single, the track is both a revisit of familiar influences for Dena and a symbol of a new era of authenticity for the bubbly artist. Going back to basics with her authentic Country-Pop melodies and incorporating her positive style of inspiring Pinterest lyricism, it really feels like a new start for the optimistic artist.
The seamless incorporation of her own story into the bridge further reinforces that on top of the overarching message of not worrying about failure, this is a touching new start for Chang as she looks back on where she came from and uses that to power through.
“Just take a look back to the day you uploaded your first song / So proud you were dancing around the room / And then you realise how brave you were / And that it’s always been a part of you”
Can you hear the Taylor Swift influence yet?
Taiwanese Singer-songwriter and YouTuber Dena Chang Releases First Single ‘You Love Her’, Marks Return to Musical Roots
Prominent Folk-pop Taiwanese YouTuber and singer-songwriter Dena Chang張粹方 released her first original single ‘You Love Her’ on the 16th of March, marking her return to her musical roots.
While in recent years, the enthusiastic beauty has become well-known for her YouTube content which focuses on life as an international student overseas, her experience with learning English, and various other makeup and beauty content, the 24 year-old has always had music on her mind.
The sweet singer-songwriter, who first caught public attention with her YouTube covers when she was in high school has accumulated a large following of over 150K subscribers across all her platforms, and shared that she is particularly nervous about the release of this single and its reception by fans.
“There have been a lot of friends who have supported me throughout my journey and they’ve waited so long…I really don’t want them to be disappointed! I feel like I MUST create a work that I am proud of, if not it’ll not be fair to them either! I’m unsure if everyone will like the single…but I really really hope they will!”
The single ‘You Love Her’, composed by Dena herself tells the story of a romance that one can’t bear to let go. Although one has put a lot of effort and energy into breaking things off, upon meeting again, these feelings will inevitably return, making one wonder whether it was the right decision.
With lyrics composed by veteran lyricist Li Yan Xiu, Dena’s original English version of the song titled ‘Shouldn’t Be Missing’ also has an acoustic version available on her YouTube. Yet upon reading the Chinese lyrics, the bubbly singer recalled a different experience, of having feelings for a senior in her school, yet always having to hold these feelings back as he had a steady girlfriend.
From learning the piano when she was seven to most recently studying at the acclaimed Berklee School of Music, Dena’s journey has very much been centred on her passion for creating music. Gaining confidence in her uniquely sweet and layered vocals when she participated in the school choir when she was 12, she began learning the guitar at 13 after being influenced by her love of Michelle Branch, and at 15, having been inspired by Taylor Swift, wrote her first song.
In 2014, during her last year of university, Chang attended Berklee’s summer course and due to her results, was awarded a scholarship for her prowess in songwriting. In 2015, she decided to pursue her dreams full-on and studied for a year at Berklee, before returning to Taiwan to begin working on releasing her original works.
The single is now available on all major streaming platforms, including KKBOX, Spotify and iTunes. Links below:
[Dena張粹方] - [你愛她 You Love Her]
Apple Music: https://goo.gl/pkGBNE
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I've actually wanted to do this artist recommendation for a while now, but kept pushing it back. But here it is! Many of you probably haven't heard of this upcoming talented singer-songwriter named Dena Chang , but she's slowly and steadily making her way upwards in the chinese music scene!
She started out on youtube , and has garnered the attention of many with her covers of both English and chinese songs , as well as her bubbly and sweet personality! Most recently, she's started the transition from more impromptu covers to working with Indie music label 乐人media to make her very own music video for her cover of Justin Timberlake's <Mirrors> , and her cover of Maroon 5's <Payphone> has been making its rounds around youtube and Taiwan , with her most recently performing it at a telecommunications event!
But her biggest selling point aside from all this is definitely her voice. I don't even have the right words to describe my surprise when I heard such a big, voice coming out of such a small girl! She's so strong on her vocals, keeping listeners grounded but at the same time she brings a perfectly rounded sweetness in her voice, combining these elements to create versatility and a very different sound!
P.S she was sweet enough to like our Asianpopweekly facebook page and I'm definitely grateful for her support too!
Follow her on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/denachmusic or on youtube at : https://www.youtube.com/user/denanadine
Here's her cover of Justin Timberlake's <Mirrors> , which she arranged herself, and her original cover of Maroon 5's <Payphone>! Enjoy!