A star in the making

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 August, 2009, 12:00am

American-Taiwanese singer Alisa Galper has just released her self-titled debut album after 17 months of hard work.

She made a name for herself after taking part in the One Million Star show - a Taiwanese TV singing competition - in 2007.

Galper's unique voice and Western singing style, along with her good looks, made her stand out from other female stars on the island.

Alisa has been released under a Chinese name, Gao Yi-ai, which was created by the singer's record company with the aim of boosting her popularity in Taiwan. The album comprises 12 songs - three in English and the rest in Mandarin.

Galper's version of Hound Dog - a blues number originally recorded in 1952 - is inspiring, and shows her versatility.

She handles the English songs well compared with other Taiwanese singers, partly because of her American background.

However, there is room for improvement in her Mandarin tracks. She brings a Western feel to the songs, which is refreshing, but her pronunciation hasn't improved much over the past two years. At times, it hard to understand the lyrics, which can be disappointing for listeners.

As a debut album, Alisa is above average.