There's a painting for every track on her new album, Seoulful Music is not only a treat for the ears, it's also a feast for the eyes, says up-and-coming artist and singer Ama Huen Ning. Ama, who has just released her debut album, Seoulful, is thrilled that she has been able to combine the two things that she loves most - art and music. She grew up equally loving singing and drawing. Each of the eight tracks on the album has its own painting, printed in a booklet. The artistic singer mostly paints in oils but for her album she experimented with watercolours, charcoal and ink. 'I started drawing when I was really young and I think I've always been sensitive to different colours and textures,' says the 25-year-old. The Fine Arts graduate attended Elmira College in New York for a year before coming back to study at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. 'When I was at university, I fell in love with surrealism, where we can draw something normal in a completely different way - for example, a blinking apple or a tea cup with wings; and through it I created a style for myself.' She was inspired to sing by her mother, a former opera singer, and her music-loving sister. 'My sister studied in the United States. When I was young, she used to send me cassette tapes. 'There were many different genres - R&B, jazz, blues, funk, Korean ballads and I was deeply influenced by the music.' Most of her songs are about relationships and emotions and many of them are a bit melancholy. Before becoming a solo artist, she sang in a jazz band called Subito at the Fringe Club. 'When I was studying in the States, I was introduced to Chet Baker's music. He sings jazz and plays the trumpet. 'I was moved by the romantic and melancholy feeling in his voice. I fell in love with jazz and have been singing it since then.' Her love of Chet Baker's music is probably one reason why she sings bittersweet songs. In 2004, Ama was invited to perform with Korean Funk Jazz band Lazy Monday at the opening of the Seoul Fringe Festival, an opportunity which led to her meeting influential people in the Korean music business. Thanks to her connections, she works with a number of Korean musicians on her album. 'Most of the songs and music videos were also written and produced in Korea. Though I sing a lot of different genres, I think my natural singing style is more soulful. I want to put jazz and soul together.' Although her debut album is a collaboration with other singer-songwriters, Ama started writing music at the age of seven. She wrote both the music and lyrics for the song As Beautiful As You Are on her album. 'It's my first try at lyrics. The song encourages people not to give up after facing small failures.' In 2006, the talented artist was invited by RTHK to host an arts and culture television programme. Although she was very nervous, Ama says that the experience helped her to refine her presentation and script reading skills. 'I wouldn't mind hosting an arts programme as a full-time job. I want to build a career for myself. 'I want to improve myself as a person, an artist and a musician and I believe that whatever comes is mostly thanks to hard work and luck.'