Thursday, February 18, 2010

Alexander Wang Leehom – Taiwanese Pop Icon

Thanks, Wikipedia.

Alexander Wang Leehom (born May 17, 1976) is a American Chinese singer-songwriter, producer and actor.

Formally trained at the Eastman and Berklee Colleges Of Music in the United States, he fuses traditional Chinese elements (such as Chinese opera and the music of China’s Indochinese/Indonesian aborigines) with Western music.

Wang has been active since 1995 and has 25 albums to his credit.

He won Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards four times.

Wang is also an actor who starred in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution and Jackie Chan’s Little Big Soldier.

Wang was a torch-bearer in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He also sang at the Olympics’ closing ceremony.

He has been named as one of the 100 most inspiring Asian Americans by the magazine Goldsea Asian American Daily.

Born in Rochester, New York, Wang is the second of three sons. His parents are from Taiwan. His father is a doctor and his mother is a music teacher.

Influenced by his elder brother, a violinist, he learnt the instrument when he was three.

Wang later learnt the piano and guitar.

In 1995, Wang released his debut album Love Rival, Beethoven. This was followed a year later by the album If You Heard My Song.

In 1998 came Revolution which earned him two Golden Melody Awards for Best Producer and Best Mandarin Male Singer.

Wang was the youngest artiste to win in the two categories.

In 1999, Wang released his sixth album Impossible To Miss You which was dance pop oriented and sold more than a million copies (his best selling album).

The album earned him three Best Male Vocalist awards in three different ceremonies.

Wang’s 2001 album The One And Only was rock-inspired and won him seven awards.

In 2003 Wang starred in several Japanese films.

His ninth album in 2003, Unbelievable, incorporated hip-hop music and contained the hit song You’re Not Here.

He won Best Producer at the Golden Melody Awards 2004.

In the same year he came up with Shangri-La, an album which contained the music of China’s Indonesian/Indochinese aborigines (Thais, Hmongs, Burmese/Tibetans and Vietnamese).

In 2005 came Heroes Of Earth which contained Beijing Opera sounds.

In the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he sang Beijing Beijing, I Love Beijing alongside Hong Kong singer Kelly Chen and South Korean singer Rain.