Singers come and go in the Chinese entertainment world, but not that many who are with Chengtian (Orange Sky) Entertainment, the Chinese third of the Asian triumvirate composed of Korea’s SM, and Japan’s Avex. So far they have a few measly singers, Kimi Qiao Renliang, and Zha Xi Dun Zhu, and none of them really do the kind of music SM or Avex is known for, and since it’s really rare for any Chinese entertainment company to train a singer from the ground up without them having gotten fame I took notice here to see if Chinese companies were turning a new leaf about that.
On November 19th, Vicky Liu Yanwei held her first press conference in Beijing for her new album, “Tian Fu”, or “Talent”. Having seen potential in her, Chengtian did not hesitate to use a large sum of money to recruit both Chinese and foreign teachers for her singing and dancing. She had gone under one year of intense training. Her first EP consists mainly of Pop/RnB with one ballad to round it out, and she performed all four songs at the press conference. Included in her performance was a “shadow dance” behind a curtain.
Despite what her company told her about Kimi possibly being too busy with work to show up, he did in fact come to wish her well at the press conference, causing her to exclaim, “Hey weren’t you busy filming?” before he presented her with a bouquet (Yes, this is the real reason why I took notice of her in the first place, but it’s not the reason I made a post). When teased about his ulterior motives for giving her flowers, Qiao Renliang answered that the yellow roses’s color were the symbol of pure friendship, and were to wish her well on her EP release.
While I can’t say her dancing or singing is anything dramatic, and the music kind of resembles your average pop, it also seems slightly promising if only for the reason that cpop is actually training their people to dance now. *sigh* When did dancing become necessary for singers? Maybe I’m reading too much into this. Anyway she seems really nice and sweet from the clips I saw.
Check out her first MV, Tian Fu. You can also check out her performing her second song on the EP, which is Mao Xian, here which I like a lot better than Tian Fu and shows off her vocals better. Although if you want a Chinese singer with great vocals that recently released something, you should check out Ai Mengmeng’s My Way.