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Andrew yeh is the lead singer for the band The Aurora Lights , which was only formed a few months ago. But he himself has made a name for himself writing songs for some of the greats in the music industry , including the likes of Yoga Lin , Christine Fan (Fan Fan) , Sharon Kwan, Landy Wen and good friend Lara Veronin. From what I know, he's moved around a lot between Beijing, Taiwan and America all his life, and studied at the Berklee college of Music in America , specialising in songwriting. After finding his streetvoice page, his songs and his voice are extremely easy on the ear, and he has an unique sound, an eclectic mix of light and darkness and seems equally proficient in bringing a selection of these emotions out through his music. His lyrics, in english or in chinese are beautifully written, with a beautiful imagery behind them.(See 'Falling Behind' or Lara's 'Goodnight' written by him)
Songs that Andrew has written:
Lara Veronin: 'Goodnight' and 'Everything'
Sharon Kwan: 天气预报Weather Report
Yoga Lin:想念Missing you
Christine Fan:从小到大 When I was younger until now
The stripped down quality of The Aurora Light's works as a collective band is also promising (but sadly there wasn't much thus far) and I hope that you can support both Andrew and The Aurora Light!
Here is the version of the song Andrew wrote for Yoga arranged by The Aurora Lights!
No , the title isn't a nod to another scandalous thing that a celebrity's done; the only scandal here is Tao not releasing an album for 8 years! The acclaimed and popular television host and singer has just released her new album <Really>(真的假的) and has the backing of several of the most talented artists in the industry, such as Aboriginal powerhouse A-Mei, songstress Tanya Chua , the Beautiful Ms Jolin Tsai , Jay Chou and S.H.E among others.
But this is proving to be the mother of comeback albums, featuring a duet with Khalil Fong himself,<是爱>(It's love) who is known for his selectiveness in performing duets with female singers.
She's also released two other singles , <I don't approve>（我不祝福) and the Title track for her album <真的假的>(really) which are definitely worth checking out. Welcome back Matilda!
If you ask me, Wei is like the residential nice guy on the scene, at first a newbie with a lot of talent,but not really seeming like a breakout artist in the music scene. But he has an almost lethal weapon that has brought him critical acclaim and success ever since his debut, making people, even the likes of one of the largest successes in the music industry David Tao take notice of him. What would that be, one might ask? And I have to say, it’s his niceness. To elaborate further, I feel that it is his genuine love for music, and the honest, feel-good vibe that he has going for him that has won him the admiration of many a fan, and not to mention the best newcomer award at the 2011 golden melody awards.
Before I was introduced to Wei’s music, I had no idea that Folk Rock could be transformed in the way that he transformed it. I didn’t know how much I would love it, or how happy it would make me until I heard him sing, and that was enough for me to gain interest not only in the genre, but in Wei as an artist. It’s hard to imagine how large an impact an unassuming nice guy such as Wei could make, with just a friendly smile and his acoustic guitar, but a single song could change even the meanest cynics’ opinion. In the midst of the Yen-J vs William Wei debate for the 2010 winner of the prestigious newcomer award at the Golden Melody’s , I as a Yen-J fan and having never heard Wei’s music before was slightly miffed when he won. On an impulse, I bought the album and I have to say, he had me entranced from the word go. From the first sentence of the first song <我没有> , “Turn off the radio” it was like he had cast a spell on me, the melancholy soulfulness of his voice being unlike anything I had ever heard before. It was a little like déjà vu hearing that song, as if I had heard it in my dreams. Through this simple melody and arrangement, I feel that Wei has captured a sliver of pure, unadulterated human emotion with a superhuman precision that is rare even within the most talented artists.
I think he really gets what it’s all about. Music is about touching people, spreading a message. It is altruistic, and a reflection of each performer’s innermost thoughts that can be transferred to others. Unfortunately, a lot of people forget this in today’s music industry, but not Wei. He knows it, and never takes music for granted. Every single song he puts out is done with love and care, coaxing each melody as a nice guy would, making it talk to him, and he to it. The way that he communicates and understands music is a phenomenal skill, making each and every piece a unique reminder to himself and to his listeners of who he is and what he’s set out to do.
But while his songs urge us to find ourselves in more ways than one, his voice as the glue holding it all together is comforting, yet motivating at the same time. The genuine honesty with which he sings all his lyrics,that little bit of humor and that ever-present warmth gives listeners such as myself so much happiness and comfort.
Wei is an outstanding singer that reaches out past the microphone and past the recording studio into the hearts and minds of listeners; his genuine love and passion for music is an inspiration to listeners everywhere and I have absolutely no doubt that he will go far as an artist and performer.
Photo from: http://taozhe.blogspot.com.au/2011/06/dt-matzka.html
Tawki, standing for Taipei a we know it, aka the brainchild of singer Lara veronin and her sister Esther has released their second short called <House of Champions> , a darkly humoured short that is cleanly and cleverly scripted , introducing foreigners to a different side of taipei altogether! With lara as the producer and esther the director and script writer of this short, the girls have entered this short in the taipei stop of the 48 hour short film competition. In order for them to become successful, they really need your help!
So if you love this short, be sure to click like or join Tawki or Meimeiwawa entertainment's facebook page! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did and don't forget to support the lovely sisters! They would really appreciate your support!
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