Ex-singer Wong returns to recording studio for dogs' sake

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 August, 2010, 12:00am

Fed-up with the Canto-pop game, singer Shin Wong quit her career in 2006 despite being promoted as the next Faye Wong. But she's making a comeback for the sake of man's best friend.

The Taiwanese-Japanese singer recently issue a dog-themed mini album, Woof, and staged a photography exhibition featuring artists such as Wing Shya and Dan Pak at pop art gallery Madhouse to raise funds for the Companion Animal Federation (CAF) charity.

Upset by pet shops that sell sick dogs and owners abandoning their pets, Wong invited radio host Jan Lamb Hoi-fung to pen lyrics for an electronic number on her record.

'It's something I want to do personally and singing is the easiest way for me to vent my anger about the situation,' she said.

Wong released her debut album with Sony Music in 2002, when she was named best newcomer at Commercial Radio's Ultimate Song Chart Awards.

'But I was not happy with the system that I was in, nor the record company I was with,' she said. 'I didn't know what I was doing. The songs were not written or picked by me.'

She terminated her contract with the company, but the terms did not allow her to work for over a year. 'By the end of the 15 months, I was so broke that I couldn't even buy a cappuccino,' said Wong, who eventually found work with the gallery.

'When I was a record label artist, I hated myself and the songs,' she said. 'But now, I'm singing songs I want to sing and doing things I'm really proud of.'