Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Khalil Fong's Album of Covers at Number 1

Khalil Fong (方大同, pinyin: Fāng Dàtóng), the Hawaiian-born, Shanghai- and Hong Kong-raised singer, is this week's number one on the Taiwanese G-Music charts. The prolific 26 year-old has now released five albums in his short, four year career, and his latest, Timeless (可啦思刻), is made up entirely of cover songs.

Choosing songs that have inspired him at various stages of his life, there's several easy listening favourites on the album. He covers his biggest musical influence, Stevie Wonder, with You are the Sunshine of My Life, as well as Ray Charles' Georgia on My Mind, Nothing's Gonna Change My Love, and closing the album with Henry Mancini's Moon River. There are a couple of more adventurous choices: Michael Jackson's Bad for example, and A-Mei's Remember.

Singing in English presents no problems for Fong, being his first language. He fact he sings in four languages on Timeless. As well as English and Mandarin, he performs - apparently his first ever Cantonese recording - Kwang Chiu (狂潮), a song from the 70s originally sung by Susanna Kwan. He even tries his hand at Spanish with a slightly slowed down version of La Bamba.

The album is released by Warner Music. As usual, Chinese Music Blog has an informative album review.

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