On 12 November, Studio City, Macau hosts the All Love Music Concert, featuring two of Taiwan’s most talented musicians, Lala Hsu Jia-ying and Faith Yang Nai-wen. If you haven’t heard of these two women, you’re clearly out of touch with the Chinese music scene.
When Hsu first performed on popular Taiwanese singing competition One Million Star, she was obviously the one other contestants needed to watch out for. She wasn’t just a singer; she was a fully rounded musician, and prepared a repertoire of originals for the show that varied between ballads and acoustic folk numbers. When Hsu performed her song ‘Riding on a White Horse’, it became clear that she was leagues more talented than the other contestants and would most surely win, which she did. The song blends Chinese folk melodies with modern pop beats and combines Mandarin and Taiwanese in the poetic lyrics. Audiences ate it up, and ironically ‘Riding on a White Horse’ has become a popular song for other contestants to perform on singing shows.
After winning One Million Star, Hsu released her eponymous debut album, which nabbed her the Best New Artist title at the 21st Golden Melody Awards. She has released four albums and is at the peak of her career, having recently competed on wildly popular mainland Chinese variety show I Am A Singer, holding her own against veteran musicians.
For the first time Hsu is teaming up with Yang, known as the ‘Queen of Rock’. She’s a true rock star, having come up through Taiwan’s pub circuit with her band Monster. Her Alanis-esque voice got her the Best Female Performer title at the Golden Melody Awards in 2000; since then she has released seven albums, with an eighth due this month.
Yang’s soft-rock music aims to dissect emotional turmoil and the relationship perils that women often face, such as in her popular song ‘Evidence’.
If you’re looking to enjoy a night of soft rock and torch songs, don’t miss your chance for an intimate evening with Hsu and Yang.