Chua produces personal hero's album

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 September, 2010, 12:00am

Singer-songwriter Tanya Chua is producing the album of a personal hero - mainland singer Na Ying - while completing her first record of original English music in 11 years.

'I received a call from her one day and she asked me to produce some music for her. I was overwhelmed and flattered,' recalls the Taiwan-based Singaporean. 'We chatted for over an hour; then she said, 'Why don't you produce the entire album for me?' I was, like, 'Are you sure you want to do this?''

Dumbfounded, the 35-year-old took 10 days to decide.

'On the last day, I was thinking about turning it down when I walked into a store and heard her song. I thought that was a sign. Then, I called [Na] and told her that I'll do it,' says Chua.

Releasing her debut English album, Bored, in 1997, Chua won the best music composition award at the Asia Song Festival with her guitar-pop single Hear Me.

She moved on to making music in Mandarin after signing to Universal Music in Taiwan the following year. Now one of the most popular singer-songwriters in the Chinese-speaking world, she is producing the new English album herself.

'I wrote all the songs in just a month, four years ago when I first moved to Taipei,' she said. 'But after that, I didn't know why I didn't work on them. I woke up one day this year and told myself that I had to complete this.'