The Asian pop music industry is really taking off as artists begin to sell more and more records outside their home countries. One such star attempting to break out of her home market is Kit Chan from Singapore. Chan is now promoting her new album, Grieved at Heart , her third outing in the recording studio. She said Hong Kong and Taiwan were both very important markets for any Asian singer. Each of her albums, which are mainly in Mandarin, has one English track. This time it is Wind Beneath my Wings, a cover-version of a classic English love song. China could also be a huge market for Asian artists, she said, but there were controls over what could be published there. For a singer like her, the less-developed Singapore music scene was a bit limiting, she said, but in Hong Kong there was room to develop. 'I discovered there was a lack of market in Singapore and although Hong Kong is a very small market, there is a very strong sort of media infrastructure to encourage singers.' Pop stars from the territory start their careers in Hong Kong and then look outwards, to sell CDs in the rest of Asia, but Singapore's talent has only just begun to project itself abroad, she said. Chan said singing as a career had only recently begun to be thought of as a serious profession by people in Singapore. 'When I first started out, people thought singing was just something you did in night clubs. 'A lot of people, especially my family and friends, worried about me,' she said. But Singapore's media had now decided it was time the island had its own pop stars, and local talent was being encouraged. The record-buying public was also coming round to the idea that the island had some excellent young singers. Chan, who launched her career in 1993, hit the Hong Kong market last summer after first targetting Taiwan. The singer said she had many challenges ahead, including doing better in the Singapore market. A whole album of English songs is planned for the future. Chan said she enjoyed singing a variety of songs, but preferred slow ones, which suited her voice better. But she does not just confine herself to ballads. Rock and jazz are high on her agenda. 'I hope always to be able to try something different. 'When my music career is more established, I want to branch out into acting,' Chan said. Instead of going to university when she was younger, Kit Chan decided on drama school. That decision could prove a wise one if she wants to make it into movies and on to TV.