American-born Chinese singer-songwriters will always have a special place in the minds of Chinese all around the world. Especially so if they’re super talented heartthrobs! Case in point, 35-year-old Leehom Wang.
Born in New York, Leehom is son to Taiwanese immigrants and was brought up with heavy musical influence. As a matter of fact, he once said that he had to beg his mother to enroll him in violin lessons and his mother relented only after a lot of persuasion. Leehom started playing the violin at the age of six. When he grew older, his musical thirst grew with him and when Leehom became a teenager, he began taking piano lessons while teaching himself the guitar.
Don’t mind us if we add that he also took up drums.
His passion for music stuck with him all throughout elementary school, middle school, high school, and when he finally entered college, he decided to do a double major in music and Asian studies. To say that he was an overachiever would be a severe understatement!
In 1995, Leehom Wang was offered a professional recording contract while he was visiting his grandparents in Taiwan, after he participated in a talent competition. It paved the way for him to soar into the limelight of the music and entertainment industry.
Of course, the fact that Leehom was (and still is) quite a looker played a big part in his success.
His talent in music-making saw him through the release of his debut album, “Love Rival, Beethoven” and in 2001, he finally broke into the international market with his “The One and Only” album. It was widely received and album sales were phenomenal with over 1 million units in Asia alone! You might remember this one track off that album:
Today, Leehom is a multiple award-winning artist who continues to produce music that is known for fusing Chinese elements of the Beijing opera, traditional styles of ethnic minorities, and Chinese classical orchestra with hip-hop and R&B. He was also listed as one of “The 100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time”.
This month, Leehom continues to impress his fans around the world with the release of yet another winning track, “Still In Love With You”. Here’s the official music video, produced by the outstanding Asian-American trio (Wesley Chan, Philip Wang, and Ted Fu), “Wong Fu Prodictions”:
Oh, swoon! Clearly, we’re still in love with Leehom. He continues to represent the newest generation of Asian-American singers with his profound musical talent.
And the great effort in collaborating with “Wong Fu Productions”?
Brilliant! We love.
*Disclaimer: Pictures courtesy of Wong Fu Productions.