Yung's vocal ordeal

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am

She's already the veteran of 30 major gigs in her seven-year singing career, but Joey Yung

Cho-yee's recent solo concerts turned out to be one of her biggest challenges to date.

Just before opening night at the Hong Kong Coliseum, Yung came down with a vocal chord problem and almost lost her voice.

'I've been really nervous the entire time of the concerts,' said the 25-year-old singer (left), relaxing at an after-party on the last night.

'I was seriously sick for the first show and really worried that I couldn't handle the concerts.

'I kept telling myself to be strong and focus on finishing them. Some fans said they thought my voice was a bit raw, But after the first show, I was more relaxed and slowly got better.'

Apart from the scare with her voice, Yung says she enjoyed the One Live One Love series of concerts. 'I really felt the team spirit of organising the concerts. I've come to realise that when you're more involved and have more of your own ideas in them, you love your shows more. That was the case this time,' she said.

Unlike her previous gigs, which featured flamboyant settings and gimmicks, the latest concerts were more focused on the music. During the shows, Yung performed with Chinese violinist Yao Jue and the Czech Republic's Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.

'We wanted to offer the audience more this time,' she said.

Yung's next concert date is an appearance at veteran musician Liu Chia-chang's show at the same venue in early June.