Backstage at the Beijing Exhibition Theater, Cheer Chen was a bundle of nerves as she checked out the full house. But once she sat down with her guitar, her composure and clear voice had the 5,000-strong crowd mesmerized.
That was the scene from her Beijing concert last winter. Since then, the indie Taiwan singer-songwriter, darling of a small group of fans who loved her innocent voice and touching lyrics, has become a hot favorite with youth.
The singer is back with her fifth album The Sun and concert with the same title, at the Capital Indoor Stadium, which can seat nearly 20,000 people. The concert will have both her signature simple songs, accompanied by just the guitar, as well as wild, hard rock with her band. An estimated 80 percent of the tickets have already been sold. However, Chen says she is not too concerned with the numbers.
"I was impressed last year with so many people singing and screaming. I am glad that more people like my music and I'm not nervous this year," she giggles. "But for me, the feeling of singing for 20,000 people or for three people is the same. It's all about sharing."
Starting out from a local pub, Chen soon made a name for herself in the independent music community.
Her first folk album, Let Me Think, became popular among university students through campus concerts. And, A Fabulous Adventure earned her Best Singer Award at the 17th Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan's top music awards.
In her fifth album, Chen went in for rock in a big way. Songs such as Going to England Next Week, The Edge, and Take Away show her ability to mix powdery sweetness with bitter strength. The album also shows her cooperation with orchestras.
7:30 pm, Saturday. Capital Indoor Stadium, 5 Baishiqiao, Xizhimenwai, Haidian district. 6417-0068