Young singers entertain fans with new content

November 27, 2022 - 08:12
Young Vietnamese singers have recently been busy bringing new music content to audiences.
JAPANESE CITY POP: Young singer Phùng Khánh Linh releases her second album 'Citopia' featuring her own songs of city pop, an old genre of Japanese pop music. Photo from the singer’s Facebook page

Phương Mai

Young Vietnamese singers have been busy bringing new music content to audiences from now to the year end.

Dozens of products, ranging from singles and albums to videos and concerts, have been recently released by young musicians such as Phùng Khánh Linh, Amee, and Hoàng Duyên.

Singer-songwriter Linh’s latest album Citopia features melodies in city pop, a form of Japanese pop music with R&B and jazz influences that emerged in the late 1970s and peaked in the 1980s.

The album consists of 10 songs composed by Linh, sending messages of love and motivation to people.

“My album is like a puzzle and people can see a part of themselves in a piece,” Linh told local media at the album’s release in HCM City in mid November.

The 28-year-old musician recorded her album in Nashville, the US.

She invited English musician Steven Wilson, who has six Grammy Award nominations, American mastering engineer Randy Merrill, who has worked with international artists such as Lady Gaga, Adele and Maroon 5, and producer and multi-instrumentalist Josh Frigo to help make the album.

Linh also released MVs for five songs - Căn Gác Mùa Hè (Sweet Summer), Mùa Hè 1994 (Summer 1994), Năm Ngoái Giờ Này (After All), Đằng Sau Sân Khấu (Mystic Moonlight), and Nói Có Giữ Lời (Words of Wind) - on YouTube, earning around 456,000 views.

Singer-songwriter Phan Mạnh Quỳnh said Linh’s songs were attractive, making listeners feel relaxed.

Linh became popular among Vietnamese audiences after participated in the reality singing contest The Voice of Việt Nam in 2015.

She released her debut album Yesteryear in 2020, consisting of 13 of her own compositions, portraying love and women.

The album brought Linh two nominations for the year’s Best Album and Composer at the 2021 Devotion Awards, a leading music awards event presented by Thể Thao & Văn Hoá (Sport & Culture) newspaper.

REMAKING THE 90s: Đức Phúc (right) and Phương Thanh perform a remake of the song 'Một Thời Đã Xa' (One Time) from the album '90sHITS00sVIBES' to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Làn Sóng Xanh (Blue Wave). Photo courtesy of VOH

Meanwhile, young singers Đức Phúc, Amee and others are expected to send Vietnamese audiences back to their youth with new versions of 11 popular songs from the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Phúc released a remake of the song Một Thời Đã Xa (One Time) composed by Trường Huy with lyrics by poet Nguyễn Thanh Hà.

The song was first performed by pop star Phương Thanh in 1998 and brought her fame.

“I was thinking about covering the song because Thanh’s original version is the best, and I didn’t know how to make it different,” Phúc said, adding that composer Khắc Hưng created a completely different version for him.

In the new version, Phúc performs with the support of an orchestral ensemble, while the original version was a rock ballad.

The Một Thời Đã Xa MV earned more than 367,000 after two weeks on YouTube.

Phúc’s song is the first single from the album 90sHITS00sVIBES to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Làn Sóng Xanh (Blue Wave), a radio programme that promotes Vietnamese music produced by Radio the Voice of HCM City (VOH).

The organisers, VOH and YP Entertainment, have released four songs of the album, including Em Về Tinh Khôi (My Lovely Girl) composed by Quốc Bảo, Khung Trời Ngày Xưa (Old Days) by Hoài An, and Xe Đạp Ơi (My Dear Bicycle) by Ngọc Lễ.

The remakes of these songs feature singers such as Hoàng Duyên, Hoà Minzy, and Amee, who was named the ‘Best New Asian Artist Vietnam’ at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) 2020 in Seoul.

The MVs are available on Làn Sóng Xanh’s YouTube channel. – VNS