Dear to her heart

Tai­wanese in­dige­nous singer rachel Liang talks about her Soul­mate.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By SETO KIT YAN sky­seto@thes­tar.com.my

LIKE any other girl, Tai­wanese in­dige­nous song­bird Rachel Liang had a clear idea of the sort of soul­mate she wanted, or so she thought.

“I love a man who can sing well. How can a girl re­sist when a man ser­e­nades her,” de­clared the singer with a laugh.

“When I was lit­tle, I used to think my boyfriend should be a tribesman. Be­cause I grew up in the moun­tains and all the men were the strong and healthy coura­geous sort who could hunt and swim and give me a won­der­ful sense of se­cu­rity.

“Then, when I went to Taipei and em­barked on an en­ter­tain­ment ca­reer. I also ex­panded my so­cial cir­cle and that made me re­alise that my ideal life part­ner need not be a tribesman. I felt it was bet­ter not to date an­other singer as things may get too com­pli­cated.

“Now I’ve reached an­other stage in my life, where I don’t bother about any cri­te­ria. It doesn’t mat­ter to me even if he is a singer. I feel that an oc­cu­pa­tion can­not de­ter­mine a per­son’s char­ac­ter. We’ve got to get to know each other be­fore we take things fur­ther.”

Un­like some artistes who say they are too busy for love, Liang, thinks other­wise. “You can still take calls in a car when trav­el­ling. But, I would put a lot of ef­fort into mak­ing a re­la­tion­ship work.

Known in Man­dopop cir­cles as Liang Wen Yin, the pretty lass whose real name is Le­hea’ne is from Tai­wan’s abo­rig­i­nal Rukai tribe. She was born in Kaoh­si­ung County.

Look­ing adorable in a cute scar­let dress with match­ing leg­gings, the bub­bly lass had a warm smile for ev­ery­one. She was in Kuala Lumpur re­cently to plug the repack­aged ver­sion of her lat­est al­bum, Soul­mate, re­leased in April this year. It is her third al­bum af­ter Love Poem and Love Al­ways Ex­ists.

Af­ter the press con­fer­ence, she con­ducted a show­case to pro­mote the al­bum. “If you are not sure, just come and lis­ten to me sing be­fore buy­ing my al­bum. I’ve met fans who bought a whole stack of CDs, not know­ing who to share them with. I’d rather peo­ple ac­tu­ally get the mes­sage I’m try­ing to con­vey be­fore buy­ing my al­bum. ”

Soul­mate comes with a 10-track CD and a DVD with five mu­sic videos that in­clude the film­ing of her mu­sic video for Yi Bai Wan Zhong Qing Wen (A Mil­lion Types Of Kisses).

“Un­like my pre­vi­ous two al­bums, this time I worked with dif­fer­ent mu­si­cians and pro­duc­ers,” said the 24-year-old Liang, who is ready to move out of her com­fort zone.

En­joy­ing her new­found dance skills, Liang de­lighted her fans by danc­ing at her con­cert in Tai­wan. “I re­ally en­joy danc­ing and I’ve been tak­ing lessons, so I look for­ward to be­com­ing a per­former who can both sing and dance. It’s just that my cur­rent al­bums have not pre­sented such an op­por­tu­nity. But, it’s dif­fer­ent for con­certs as we’ve got to

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