REMEMBER Pan Mei Chen, the boyish Taiwan singer with long hair, whose femininity is only revealed through her soothing love ballads? Still can't recall? Here is a tip for you. Rewind your memory a few years back and think of the time when Mandarin songs first stamped their mark in the Hong Kong music industry in the late '80s. Remember her now? After keeping a low profile for several years, the 25-year-old singer-songwriter is back in Hong Kong with a new Mandarin album entitled Music Loner - her 12th so far - to be released next month. This latest cut features 10 songs including Don't Leave Me and Repercussion which are written by Pan. Other songs include False Decision (a Spanish-style love ballad), No Retreat (a fast-tempo love song) and New Lover's Yellow T-shirt (which features Pan's parents). Word has it that her first Cantonese album will hit Hong Kong in September. Pan first made headlines when her invigorating folk songs and guitar-playing impressed Taiwan listeners in 1987. 'When I was 16, a friend of mine heard me playing the guitar and singing and she encouraged me to perform in a school concert. I did and the audience liked it so much that they stopped a teacher from giving a speech so I could sing another song.' Pan went on to compose a winning folk song in a national songwriting competition which caught the attention of a record company with which she signed up later. Her gender-bending image - - coupled with her songwriting skills, brought her overwhelming success in Taiwan, China, Malaysia and Singapore. Surprisingly, her first solo concert was not held in her own country. 'Concerts are not really that popular in Taiwan. Taiwan does not have good concert venues like China does,' she said. Despite the political conflicts between Taiwan and China, the singer never had problems developing her career in China. 'I guess that the fact that I have nothing to do with politics helps.' Although Pan's music changes with every album, one thing remains the same - her laid-back and yet uncompromising attitude towards music and the entertainment business. 'My personality has changed in the last seven years, but it has nothing to do with the business. I change my music, not the other way around.' With the establishment of her own record company - Music Temple Music Production - three years ago, her grip onmusic individuality has become even stronger. What about the soft side of Pan? When does it surface? Probably when the subject is about her family. 'One of the songs (New Lovers Yellow T-shirt ) in my new album is a song I used to celebrate my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. I invited them to the studios to sing with me while recording the album. 'They were nervous at first but it all worked out very well.' Bringing her folks into the studios was not enough. Pan also brought in her brother Tom. Tom used to be her hairstylist, but was signed up by an agent while doing her hair. 'They asked him if he could sing. Boy, he sings better than I do. We used to 'jam' together, but he was usually the centre of attention. 'Eventually, they offered him a contract and since then, he has released three albums.' Tom writes his own music most of the time, but occasionally his sister would make a contribution. The problem is that she does not have much time to write songs for others. Her company recently signed up two singers and Pan will be busy training the newcomers.