If there is such a thing as musical justice, we would be listening to her CDs, sold across town. As it is, she is still struggling to put out her first record. Meet Jovelyn Fuego (aka Joves), the city's new acoustic sensation. Born into a musical family in the Philippines and raised in Hong Kong, Joves (above) didn't pick up a guitar until 2003, after her father died. That year, she quit her high-paying job as a video editor at Star TV and decided the impoverished lifestyle of an artist suited her better. Well, I'm sure she wants to be rich and famous, and she certainly deserves it. She has been compared to Norah Jones, Joni Mitchell and early Rickie Lee Jones. 'That year I just played the guitar obsessively, 10 to 20 hours a day,' she said. 'My physiotherapist told me to stop, but there were all these chords in my head and I just started writing songs.' My boss, the editor, absolutely adores her award-winning song Shoebox in the City, a song about - you guessed it - Hong Kong, inspired by her own small flat in Central. He thinks it rather captures the essence of our city. 'I used to live in Sai Kung, and I loved it,' Joves said. 'But I moved to Central. It's where all the gigs are. I am now living in this tiny flat and I can't even pay my rent.' The city is really too confining for a Philippine musician and talent like Joves, unless you don't mind playing in bars and lounges for a career. But she now aspires to greater things overseas. Joves and her band will perform tonight at 9.30pm in the Peel Fresco Music Lounge, 49 Peel Street, in SoHo. You can also sample her original songs at www.jovesmusic.tk .