|Songstress Khánh Linh said that her newest album Ngài (Butterfly) marks her transformation from a pop ballad singer to a more rebellious artist. — Photo courtesy of Khánh Linh |Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Hanoian songstress Khánh Linh has released her newest album Ngài (Butterfly), a collection of rock songs that marks a departure from her reputation as a pop ballad singer.
“With this album, I would like audiences to see another me, a more rebellious one who can sing rock tunes. It can be said the album marks my transformation. The title of the album itself also bears meaning. I’m no longer a pupa lying inside a cocoon, I’m an adult butterfly,” the 34-year-old singer said.
The album features five songs, all by the HCM City-based songwriter Vũ Minh Tâm, whose song Về Với Đông (Come Back with Winter) won the title ‘Song of the Year’ at Việt Nam Television’s Vietnamese Song programme. This prize-winning song has also been featured in this album.
Linh began her musical career in 2003 when she was 20 years old, when she claimed third prize in the National Television Competition, which is now Việt Nam’s most reputable singing contest Sao Mai Điểm Hẹn (Morning Star – Rendezvous).
In 2004, she won third prize at an international pop rock music festival in Mongolia. That same year, she released her debut album Họa Mi Hót Trong Mưa featuring several songs by her older brother, songwriter Ngọc Châu. Along with the theme song Họa Mi Hót Trong Mưa, other songs on the album, including Cô Tấm Ngày Nay (Present’s Cinderella) and Tháng Tư Về (April Has Arrived) became some of her major hits.
Her other album Ban Mai Xanh (Green Sunrise), and Sau Cơn Mưa (After Rain) were released in 2006 and 2007, respectively.
Her voice has also been featured on albums by famous Vietnamese songwriters Đỗ Bảo and Giáng Son, as well as in several movie soundtracks. — VNS