Sunday, 20 January 2008
Joanna Wang 王若琳
Sony BMG markets Joanna Wang (王若琳) as Taiwan's answer to Japan's Ono Lisa and America's Norah Jones. Probably with a warm cup of coffee or tea, her voice can be chicken soup for the soul, for it just reaches inside, penetrating the heart instantly. There's an honest sound to the musical notes that come out of her - no bling, no NutraSweet; just the voice of a very old soul from the body of a 19 year-old girl. She really is quite something. She already sounded like this when she was 16. Listen for yourself. Watch for yourself.
Sony BMG將她行銷成台灣的小野麗莎，Norah Jones
She is Taiwanese, but seems to have been raised in the US, so the pronunciation in the English songs, which make up most of the album, is perfect. From what I read, her father Bing Wang (王治平) is a renowned music producer in Taiwan, so she grew up with all kinds of music around her and an impressive extended family of top musicians, including pop stars like David Tao (陶喆).
With her singing and composing abilities, background and English and Mandarin skills, I hope she will be a cross-cultural, international success not just in Asia, but also in the US and Europe as well.
I'm going to see if FTV will let me do a story or two on her, although I've been warned that my success rate will be low, unless the subject is signed to FTV or is a musical activists associated with the DPP. But so long as FTV is a DPP-affiliated, grassroots TV station, I don't think they'll be very interested.
(album cover via KKBOX)