Beijing singer and songwriter Wang Rong is a rebel. Against her father's wishes she has become a pop singer and songwriter instead of an orchestra conductor. With her thorough knowledge of music, she could have sailed through music school with honours, but instead she chose to study broadcasting. She adopted the name Wang Rong over her real name, Wang Fei, which is also the Chinese name of Canto-pop diva Faye Wong. 'Using my real name could have caused a lot of trouble. The media might have asked 'which Wang Fei you are talking about?' To avoid such confusion, when I signed the contract last year the record company and I came up with a list of names. I preferred a short name of two characters - simple and straight forward - which suits my personality,' Wang told SYP. The 27-year-old has been hosting music shows and singing since 1998, when she graduated as a show host from the School of Broadcasting at Beijing Broadcasting Institute. She has a number of successful singles. Her 1999 release, Be Happy, won her the Ten Best Golden Songs Award, organised by the Cultural Bureau. She was named the most outstanding new singer by Wind and Cloud '99 Chinese Songs Billboard, co-hosted by the Central People Broadcasting Station and the Xinjiang People Broadcasting Station. Despite all this success, she hasn't released a full-length, self-titled album until now, under the Music Nation label, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary of PCCW Japan. 'I worked on demos in my home studio in Beijing and sent them to almost everyone in the Chinese industry. I heard nothing until two years ago, when Frankie [Lee Chun, a director of Music Nation] phoned me,' she says. 'Since then both Frankie and I have been preparing for the launch of my music career. I have been working on my music while Frankie has been finding me a way into the Hong Kong industry.' Wang needs a specially organised passage to the Hong Kong market, which is famous for pre-packaged, production-line idols. Talented musicians like Wang can go unnoticed in the glare of the mass- marketing hype that accompanies Canto-pop stars. Wang wrote the lyrics and music for the new album, and was significantly influenced by Chinese folk music. Despite the fact that her music and vocal styles have been compared with that of divas like Wong and Dadawa, Wang feels she still has a long way to go. 'My music is not a very mainstream kind of pop, but radio DJs and music producers recognise my effort. When I performed Perfect, which is not a traditional karaoke song, I had the audience at a concert in Hong Kong singing along with me,' she says. Classical and folk music dominated Wang's childhood. In her university days she was part of three bands, and played music ranging from pop to punk. She studied music under Professor Liu Tianli. She says that because of the mainland's vast population, people there have more diversified tastes. 'It's not only Canto-pop and Mando-pop that has a huge following. 'A lot of people like European and American music too,' she says. But there is one thing Wang hopes to achieve more than anything. 'Hong Kong has a very well-established record industry. If I can strike a balance between art and commercialism, it would be perfect,' she says. Wang Rong is out now.