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Lee Hom Wang' new album explores the impact of artificial intelligence

By Chen Nan | China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-30 07:48

Lee Hom Wang' new album explores the impact of artificial intelligence

Leeholm Wang [Photo provided to China Daily]

"I believe that pop music can deliver more than just pure entertainment. So I wanted to pose those questions in my songs," says Wang.

"My songwriting comes from my life, everything that is happening in my life. I always want to make a difference with my music," he says.

In 2007, the singer-songwriter released his album, Change Me, on which the title song was aimed at raising environmental protection awareness among youngsters.

"When he told us about his ideas for this new album, we were surprised and pleased because he was bringing something unusual and creative," says Andy Ng, vice-president of Tencent Music Entertainment Group, which is releasing the album via its seven online music platforms, such as QQ Music. "He is a musician, who likes experimenting and new ideas. We believe his fans will be pleasantly surprised like us by his new material."

Ng also says that his company will be promoting Wang's concerts in support of the new album.

Born in New York in 1976 to doctor parents from Taiwan and grew up in the United States. He studied violin from a young age and performed in musicals at high school. He later pursued a degree in music at Williams College, followed by a master's degree at the prestigious Berkley School of Music.

While in university, Wang gained a recording contract in Taiwan thanks to his songwriting talent and his debut album, Love Rival, Beethoven, which was released in December 1995, made him a rising star in Asia.

At that time, Wang, along with other American-born Chinese who returned to Taiwan and became singers, such as the Santa Monica-born singer-actor Vanness Wu, became popular in Asia with their mix of Western and traditional Chinese music elements.

So far, Wang has released 22 studio albums and has shared the stage with artists such as Kenny G, Justin Timberlake and Usher.

Wang's embrace of his Chinese roots is so strong that he has written Chinese styled R&B songs and rap in Chinese as well as using elements from traditional Chinese operas, such as Peking Opera and Kunqu Opera, into his compositions.

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