Recently seen Dawn Wong on the cover page of Lifestyle Magazine’s December 2012 issue?
Don’t miss the chance to catch the classy songstress at Originals Sing on 27 March, 8pm at the Artistry off
17 Jalan Pinang.
MindChicClub speaks to Dawn on her musical career, gigs, and ability to sing in many languages.
An Early Start
Apart from Mediacorp TV's Project Superstar 2 in 2007 that kick-started Dawn’s singing career, it
seems that music has always been in her bloodline. As a child, Dawn listened to her aunts – one of
whom released an EP with her band Katherine and the Firebyrds. Her late uncle was also trained in
music at Berkelee.
Dawn describes her music as “happy acoustic pop” although she has written songs about low points
that she has experienced, by and large, she prefers positivity. That is apt, as she is also a seasoned wedding singer.
“As a vocalist (as opposed to a singer-songwriter), I perform a variety of genres, and I like that a lot.
On her versatility when it comes to languages
Having performed to an intimate crowd of 20 to audiences up to 3000, and with a repertoire ranging
from Mandarin Classics to Alternative Pop and Jazz Standards; the effectively bilingual songbird does
covers in Japanese, Spanish, Hokkien, Cantonese and French.
“It's actually a really slow and painful learning process. I don't actually speak all the languages I sing
in, but I try to understand what each song is about and emulate a native singer to get as close as
I also try to learn certain rules of pronunciation of each language using YouTube or Google
translate. Being able to sing a song in someone else's language is really my way of saying 'welcome'.
It's like when a Caucasian person says hello in Mandarin to me. People appreciate that you've made
the effort to make them feel more comfortable.
And yet the beauty of music is that you don't have to understand the exact words that are being sung to enjoy the music.”
- Dawn, on singing in different languages
On 27 March, Dawn performed at Artistry at Jalan Pinang. (video opposite)
“Originals Sing is quite different to what I've done before,” she says. “This series attracts a different type of audience so I've adapted my set to fit the setting.”
Dawn also adds that she tries to adapt the style of presentation for a fresh experience for her regular supporters.
A versatile singer, indeed. Dawn adds that she will be heading to Taiwan for Spring Scream Music Festival from 3rd – 7th April 2013.
For more updates, please visit: www.DawnWong.sg
Picture credits to: facebook.com/DawnWong.Music
by Melissa Fu