Vince Chong

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Vince Chong
Born
Vincent Chong Ying-Cern

(1979-09-30) 30 September 1979 (age 39)
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
OccupationSinger
Years active2003-present
Website twitter.com/Yingcern

Vincent Chong Ying-Cern (simplified Chinese :张英胜; traditional Chinese :張英勝; pinyin :Zhāng Yīngshèng, born 30 September 1979) is a Malaysian Chinese, internationally known by his stage name Vince, is the first reality TV star to issue from Malaysian Akademi Fantasia. Chong is popular as a R&B-inclined singer-songwriter. His popularity increased internationally after he teamed up with Nikki Gil and Alicia Pan to record the theme from High School Musical, Breaking Free (Asian Version).

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Family, education and early career

Chong was born in 1979. His father was Chong Chen Kian, of Chinese ethnic origin, and mother Susan Ann Higgs from England. He has four younger siblings: Pamela, Daniel, Ian and Sean and an older sister Vanessa. His sisters Pamela and Vanessa competed in The Amazing Race Asia 2 and finished as runners-up. His brother, Sean is also one of the singers of Budi Bahasa Budaya Bangsa (1 Malaysia version) as representing Pan-Asean in Malaysia.

<i>The Amazing Race Asia 2</i> season of television series

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He started entertaining people through singing when he was a child and was involved in several church plays, singing competitions and modelling advertisements with his sister Vanessa. He once performed a solo opera [ citation needed ] at the age of 14 in front of more than 2000 people.

He holds a Diploma in Marketing from Stamford College Petaling Jaya, Malaysia and has worked as a fraud analyst and marketing assistant. He chose not to continue to his final degree year and instead to fulfill his dream to become a professional singer. Vince also holds a certificate in basic music arranging from International College of Music (ICOM) Kuala Lumpur.

Petaling Jaya City in Selangor, Malaysia

Petaling Jaya is a major Malaysian city originally developed as a satellite township for Kuala Lumpur. It is located in the Petaling District of Selangor with an area of approximately 97.2 square kilometres (37.5 sq mi). Petaling Jaya was granted city status on 20 June 2006.

Malaysia Federal constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia

Malaysia is a country in Southeast Asia. The federal constitutional monarchy consists of 13 states and three federal territories, separated by the South China Sea into two similarly sized regions, Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia. Peninsular Malaysia shares a land and maritime border with Thailand in the north and maritime borders with Singapore in the south, Vietnam in the northeast, and Indonesia in the west. East Malaysia shares land and maritime borders with Brunei and Indonesia and a maritime border with the Philippines and Vietnam. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital and largest city while Putrajaya is the seat of federal government. With a population of over 30 million, Malaysia is the world's 44th most populous country. The southernmost point of continental Eurasia, Tanjung Piai, is in Malaysia. In the tropics, Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries, with large numbers of endemic species.

Kuala Lumpur Capital of Malaysia

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He had experience in several church plays and theatre as a director and script writer. In college Chong formed a music band called IBNOT. Since then he had written and composed numerous songs as part of his hobby. The band played several genres of music including rock, R'n'B, jazz, alternative etc. Chong also had experience in recording back-up vocals for professional artistes, such as Ferhad in Anugerah Industri Muzik Awards in 2001.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

Anugerah Industri Muzik, commonly known by the acronym AIM, is the award ceremony to honour the Malaysian music industry. The award is organised by Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) and was first held on 15 December 1993. It is Malaysia's equivalent of the Grammy awards. The award is not only focused on Malay-language music produced in Malaysia, but also English, Chinese and Indian language music as well, in which separate awards were introduced for the latter two language music subcategories in 1999 and 2013 respectively.

Akademi Fantasia

Chong's first serious singing competition was in the 2002 edition of Astro Talent Quest (ATQ). Not fluent in Mandarin (as he speaks Cantonese, English and Malay), Vince had a challenge to learn and memorise the Mandarin songs to remain in the competition. Eventually Chong became the first runner-up to Nicholas Teo, who won the competition that year.

Mandarin Chinese group of related varieties or dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China

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Nicholas Teo, also known as Nicholas Zhang, is a Malaysian Chinese singer signed under Play Music based in Taiwan.

In 2003 after returning from his holiday in Gold Coast, Australia, Vanessa and Rueben (Burn AF1) encouraged him to join Akademi Fantasia which would be in its inaugural season. Chong and Rueben went to the audition in KL and successfully became part of the 12 AF finalists. For nine weeks he and his AF friends had to live separately from their families and friends.


Week after week Chong was finally crowned the winner for Akademi Fantasia's 1st season along with Khai as 1st runner up and Azizi as 2nd runner up. He received an offer to do a duet with Malaysian singer Nora a song titled Dilema'03 for her greatest hits album.

Upon "graduating" from Akademi Fantasia, Chong and his 11 classmates made a roadshow of Akademi Fantasia around Malaysia and Brunei. The group were interviewed by Azwan Ali in his popular talk show Cit Cat Azwan. The fans had voted them as the best newcomers interviewed in Cit Cat Azwan Award in 2003. Chong made his final appearance in a group when they were performed road tour in Brunei.

Vince

Chong had decided to leave Maestro Talent to be an "independent" singer by joining EMI Malaysia to kick-off his singing career. It was a "very hard" journey for Chong as independent singer when his best friend-cum-competitor Khai overshadowed him with his "Dambaan Pilu". But he maintained determination as his first album self-titled Vince was also highly anticipated, featuring his single Mengapa Harus Cinta? entered several music charts. Chong was selected as one of the artistes to have a song in Anugerah Juara Lagu. Not only that, he was also placed third in the Asia New Singer Competition at Shanghai Music Festival 2004.

In 2004 and 2005 Chong's fame progressed after received several awards due to his achievement and he accepted an offer to be the lead actor for Yusof Haslam's new film Sembilu 2005. His first appearance on the silver screen had received positive reaction from his fans.

In 2005 he was chosen to sing one of the song in the soundtrack for Puteri Gunung Ledang titled Keranamu Kekasih.

Janji Vince

In 2005 his second album Janji Vince was released, receiving mixed reactions from fans and critics. The album was said to be superior in quality compared to his first album, yet it sparked controversy when Vince pronounced the Arabic word Taala ("the one", as in one of the titles of Allah) in his song Berkobar-bokar. Later, the composer of the song Yassin clarified that the Taala actually means "to come".

He had been invited frequently to perform in private function and gospel shows, was highly on demand for Christmas performances in television.

High School Musical

Chong represented Malaysia to sing the special Asian release edition of the hit Breaking Free(from Disney's High School Musical), alongside Singaporean Alicia Pan and Filipino Nikki Gil. In 2007, Chong and Nikki Gil teamed up as a Host for High School Musical: Around The World which has been aired in Disney's Channel.

Percayalah Sayang

In 2007, Chong launched his compilation album Percayalah Sayang with features both new and old songs. This album is meant as Vince's big step into the regional music scene, especially Indonesia where he searched for new compositions and recorded the new content of the album. The new songs in the album, particularly, Percayalah Sayang, were described as inclined toward alternative rock.

High School Musical 2

Chong has accepted offer to sing Malaysian version of You Are the Music in Me (from Disney's High School Musical 2) and Bahasa Melayu version entitled Kau Muzik Di Hatiku alongside another fellow Malaysian talented singer Jaclyn Victor. For the music video, the team production had decided to choose Putrajaya, Malaysia as the filming locations. Chong and Victor had participated for nationwide mall tour followed for fans of the High School Musical franchise. The video of their version of the song is now on the Special Edition DVD of High School Musical 2 (2008).

The collaboration between Chong and Victor are highly anticipated by both fans and after the success of You Are Music and Me collaboration, Chong and Victor still loves to do a duet performance together in private shows and television broadcast.

Frogway 2007: The Musical Theatre

Chong had been given an offer to act as Eddy The Singing Frog after he successfully undergo Frogway 2007 casting. Frogway was first performed on 30 July 1980, with a cast that included S. Jayasankaran as Eddy, and Indi Nadarajah. Frogway is the very first made-in-Malaysia musical, produced and directed by unknowns in theatre. Frogway 2007 is directed by Harith Iskander, one of Malaysia's best comedians. For Frogway 2007, the cast's list are Chong, Ash Nair, Harith Iskander, Elaine Daly, Chelsia Ng, Ina Febregas, Marielle Febregas and Thor Kah Hoong.

The show's begin at 23 August to 2 September 2007 at Actor Studio Bangsar. Chong recently confess to his fans and friends that acting in Musical Theatre is very challenging but good for his voice control as he had keep training for a few months just to make sure he will be fit physically and flawless voice control.

Future Project

Recently Chong is involved in composing commercial jingles for Rakan Muda which is now aired as a Malaysian local television advertisement. He is now focusing on television production and also starting his personal company InVinceAble Tunes. He recently admitted to local entertainment magazines that he had experienced back pain since last July and he's now working hard to regain his fitness.

Although he is now more involved in television production, Chong has expressed his desire to produce a Mandarin-language album one day, not only to penetrate the Chinese-speaking market but also to fulfil his late grandfather's wish to see his grandson sing in his mother tongue. [1]

Christmas album

He launched his new album with a Christmas jingle to it. The launch of the album was conducted at a bar in Damansara Perdana, Over 100 guests, media and fans attended the event as they tucked into the Christmas dishes and enjoyed the Guinness beer. He was joined on stage by local celebrity, television host and singer Burn, Daniel Veerapen and his brother Sean Chong. The album has lots of re-makes and adds some new twist to old Christmas classics while some of the other songs are sung true to tradition. Chong's album is available for purchase at Canaan Land Bookstore in Cheras, Bandar Utama and Menara TA; and at CzipLee Bangsar. [2]

Read more: Chong launches new album with Guinness – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/chong-launches-new-album-with-guinness-1.191187#ixzz2LTQJ9YBh

Read more: Chong launches new album with Guinness – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/chong-launches-new-album-with-guinness-1.191187#ixzz2LTQ8qJkrChong also performed a medley of songs from his latest album With You This Christmas at the event.

Read more: Chong launches new album with Guinness – Central – New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/chong-launches-new-album-with-guinness-1.191187#ixzz2LTQ41YIK

Discography

Albums

Date of releaseTitleSingle(s)
2004

EMI Malaysia

Vince
  • Mengapa Harus Cinta
  • Andai Kau Mengerti
  • Killer Smile
2004

SRC Malaysia/EMI Malaysia

Puteri Gunung Ledang Soundtrack
  • Keranamu Kekasih
2006

EMI Malaysia

janji Vince
  • Janji janji
  • Cinta Cinta Cinta
  • 3 words
  • Berkobar-kobar
2006

Walt Disney Records Asia/EMI Malaysia

High School Musical (Asian Version)
2007

EMI Malaysia

Percayalah Sayang
2007

Walt Disney Records Asia/EMI Malaysia

High School Musical 2 (Malaysia Distribution)
2010

New Southern Records (NSR) Malaysia

Kronologi Cinta (Malaysia Distribution)

Filmography

Television

YearTitleRole
2016 Baba Nyonya main role
2007 eve Night of Soulful Stars Teamed up with Taufik Batisah, Mia Palencia, Ning Baizura
2007 High School Musical
Around the World
Host
2006 Malaysia National Anthem Teamed up with Syafinaz Selamat, Dayang Nurfaizah, Reshmonu, Ning Baizura and Hazami
2006 Hitz.tv Top 30 Guest artiste with Rueben and Marsha Londoh
2006 Hitz.tv amplified Teamed up with Rueben and Marsha Londoh
2006 Jalan Jalan Cari makan Guest appearance
2006 Hitz.tv amplified Himself
2006 Zoom in RTM1 Host/Himself
2005 Macam-Macam Aznil Talkshow guest with Ziana Zain
2004 RTM 2 Gong Xi fa Chai Guest artiste
2004 Dari Studio 1 Host/Himself
2004 MTV Interviewing Kelly Clarkson
2003 Rumah Terbuka Anita Sarawak Guest Actor
2003 Hiburan Minggu ini - Siti Nurhaliza Guest artiste
2003 Rumah Terbuka Akademi Fantasia All 12 AF students
2019Dilemaas actor (television movie)

Films

YearTitleRole
2005 Sembilu 2005 Main Role

Theater

YearTitleRole
2007 Frogway 2007 Main Role
2013 The Producers Leopold Bloom

Achievements

Fan Club and Website

Chong fans had established Vince Official Fan Club in 2004. The Fan Club's signature are "BelovedFans" @ BFs. In 2005, One of the BFs had established a website name BelovedFans as Chong does not have an official website. The Belovedfans website founder is now making plan to re-construct the website for the fresher look and adding reliable sources.

One of Chong BF's Official committee members is now running Chong's Myspace Fan Club . The priority of opening a Myspace account is to gather all Vince's Chong Fans in Myspace, local and oversea as Myspace is the world top ranked social-networking website.

Chong occasionally update his activity and chatting with his fans at Yahoo! Group .

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