Songbird Rose Liu has announced that she will be releasing her debut album in October this year.
Coming from an untrained background, she rose up the ranks to clinch second place in Taiwanese televised singing reality show "Super Star Avenue" , and further rose in the public eye when she came third runner-up from Na Ying's team on the Chinese reality singing competition "Voice of China".
It has been seven years since her debut, with Rose going through many periods of uncertainty in her journey, such as working as an independent artist without a record label for several years, before finally re-signing and going through seven levels of gruelling auditions to make it onto "The Voice Of China".
Expressing her excitement at finally being able to release her own album, Liu took to Facebook to share her experience doing her first photo shoot for the album, saying that after she had gone through all the preparations for the shoot, she burst into tears upon standing in front of the camera, as she was so moved by the effort all her team had put into allowing this dream of hers to come true!
Boss and artiste Matilda Tao also surprised Liu by livestreaming her recording session, giving fans a sneak peek into her latest song "Yet I still think of you". Listen to it below! Oh, and once again, congratulations Rose!
Alright, so with <Crying Sand>, this song has a long history dating all the way back to 1990， when it was first sang by Huang Ying Ying. To date, the song has been sang and covered over 20 times, and it's no surprise why. The song has a very special atmosphere to it, combining a comforting fusion of clear eastern tradition with a melody that has a certain hook to it, reeling you in always for another listen, and another, and another...
Let's see how these four artists fare with the classic, shall we?
Unfortunately, the goddess of love songs isn't really topping my list with her rendition of <Crying Sand>, but it probably has something to do with the dated arrangement and the impromptu setting in which it was performed. Nevertheless, a good effort on Fish's part.
Gao Sheng Mei
Younger generations would probably be puzzling at her name, but back in her heyday, Gao Sheng Mei was rivalling the likes of Leehom himself, after bagging the first ever Golden Melody Award for Best Female Mandarin Singer alongside Leehom in 1997. Her rendition of <Crying Sand> was among the songs within the album garnering her critical acclaim and the Golden Melody Award itself, and it's easy to see why. Her vocals bring with them a classy sense of elegance and nostalgia; despite them obviously not being what is popular in this decade, her rendition of the song is still emotional and very much moving in its' performance.
Being her usual amazing and versatile self, Hebe's rendition of <Crying Sand> is among one of the most recent, her having performed it in a medley during this year's Golden Melody Awards show. But not only is it recent in terms of when she performed it, her performance of it was breathtaking as it was outstanding, as she performed an version of it with a very independent folk feel to it, topping things off with the breathy caress of her lilting vocals. This one gets top marks for innovation and creativity!
But my absolute hands-down favourite version of <Crying Sand> just has to be the one The Voice of China contestant Rose Liu performed a few weeks back. Her oh-so-sweet vocals are tinged with her characteristic huskiness as she completely makes the song her own, kneading it until it submits to her will. Every nuance, every word, and every emotion that exists within this song-the longing, the loss and the beauty of agony is captured so perfectly in her vocals that it is hard to even imagine that there is a person whose voice in that moment in time sounds even more perfectly angelic than Rose's.
Although I was unable to find a youtube version for this song (it was unfortunately taken down by someone who was obviously jealous of Rose's beautiful voice) , I really would recommend that you check out the video of her performance on qq. It is definitely worth that extra click.
So who did it best? I think the answer's clear for all to see!
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!
This is one cover which I feel was really well done, both in terms of the lyrics and arrangement. Singer Rose Liu decided she wanted in on this collaboration after hearing the simple but beautiful piano arrangement. And she makes it even more beautiful with her heartbreakingly wonderful voice. Originally done by A great big world feat. Christina Aguilera, I feel this version is no less than the original. Definitely recommend it to everyone!
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