G.E.M. shows her sparkle

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 17 September, 2010, 12:00am

Given Name: (Gloria) Tang Shi-wing
Born: Shanghai, China
Age: 19
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Chinese Zodiac: Sheep

Project Kaisei: A non-profit organisation that focuses on the elimination of plastic waste in the ocean.

Inside the Plastic Vortex: A 3D display of plastic waste collected from the ocean.

G.E.M. means ... 'Get Everybody Moving'. It's what I want to accomplish with my music. I don't want to just entertain people. I want people to gain something positive from my music and take to heart the message 'Get Everybody Moving'.

G.E.M.'s high point is ... right now. I think I'm starting to make a big first step in my career. In Hong Kong people are beginning to recognise the name G.E.M., but maybe in Taiwan or other places in China I'm still a new name. So I feel there are still a lot of people ahead of me, and I feel I need to work hard to introduce my music to the public.

I hope people will know me for my music and not through the news.

G.E.M. dislikes ... attention that's shifted to things that are not relevant [to her music]. My colleagues and I put a lot of effort into putting out good music, but sometimes the focus is not on the music. And that can be frustrating when people don't see the effort involved. During these times I just tell myself that if your music is good, soon people will recognise your work.

G.E.M. was inspired when she ... spoke to one of Michael Jackson's backup singers. He said even though Michael was number one, he was never complacent: He demanded everyone around him put in 100 per cent effort, but he himself, 300 per cent. I really admire this attitude.

G.E.M. is listening to ... music she seldom listened to in the past. For example, I used to listen to mostly female artists: Christina Aguilera, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson. Now I'm listening to some male singers.

Also, before I rarely listened to acoustic music. I'd listen to a lot of synth-based stuff, like Lady Gaga.

G.E.M. got involved with Project Kaisei because her ... name is 'Get Everybody Moving' and that's what I want my music to do. Project Kaisei aims to eliminate plastic waste in our oceans. They try to spread the word to the public.

I went with some friends to a beach to clean up the rubbish. We only did it for two hours, but we saw first-hand how severe the problem is. The rubbish from the exhibition ['Inside the Plastic Vortex'] they're displaying is from that day.

Her role as Project Kaisei youth ambassador is to ... let people know of this major problem. For example, every day if you buy fewer bottles of water and reuse the ones you have, you don't need to throw away so much plastic. Hopefully, I can encourage people to produce less waste and not throw trash into the ocean.

Her next album ... will be released in mid-October, called My Secret.

'Inside the Plastic Vortex' will be on display at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology on September 27