HE could have been a fiddler or tenor, but he chose to become a pop singer. However, it seems that he made the right decision as his latest album reached platinum sales in Taiwan recently. Jeffrey Chang Shin-she started playing the violin at the age of five. He was also a tenor in his church and school choir. He believes that the formal music training he received during that time has helped a lot in his singing career. ''It really helps when you know the basic theories and how to use your voice effectively,''said the Taiwanese singer, who has perfect command of his vocal strengths. ''I have a high-pitched voice which distinguishes me from other singers,'' he told Young Post . However, singing involves much more than vocal skills. ''You need to live and experience life. A song will only be some kind of meaningless tune if you do not live your life to the fullest and express what you have learned.'' His album, Secrets In The Heart , revolves round problems he experienced as he returned to society after finishing his service in the army. His next album, Wait , was a sequel to Secrets Of The Heart . ''It is about hopes and expectations. Life enters another stage after a period of struggling and waiting. Whenever there is expectation, there is hope.'' Chang does not only sing, but also writes his own songs. In fact, he would like to try his hands at producing. ''I don't think I can change the Chinese pop scene single-handedly. I am a practical person with a clear and realistic direction,'' he said. ''Producing my own album is my biggest wish for now.'' The Taiwan singer finds language the biggest obstacle in breaking into the Hong Kong market. ''I'm trying to pick up bits and pieces of the language. I can now understand and say basic things. I hope I would be able to come up with my first Cantonese album by the end of the year.'' Although Chang has always been interested in singing, he never thought of becoming a professional singer. ''I entered a singing contest, organised by students, during my second year in university. It just happened that I won and my singing career started from then on.'' Even though he is enjoying his fame and success, the singer has not forgotten his love for arts and archaeology. ''I have always wanted to study archaeology but I never got the chance. It is still my interest and I will not give it up.''