A la­bor of love:

Hong Kong pop singer Ea­son Chan shares the B-side story of his lat­est al­bum L.O.V.E. dur­ing his re­cent visit to Bei­jing, Chen Nan re­ports.

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Hong Kong pop singer Ea­son Chan shares the B-side story of his lat­est al­bum L.O.V.E. dur­ing his re­cent visit to Bei­jing.

Hong Kong pop singer Ea­son Chan put up 66 shows for his Duo World Tour which spanned from March 2010 to De­cem­ber 2012. Dur­ing the tour, he came up with the idea of hav­ing each of his 13 band mem­bers, in­clud­ing drum­mer Jun Kung, gui­tarist Fir­man So and vo­cal­ist Cheung Kit-bong, write their own songs.

The re­sult of this idea is Chan’s lat­est al­bum, en­ti­tled L.O.V.E. Com­pris­ing a di­ver­sity of mu­sic styles, in­clud­ing love bal­lads, blues, reg­gae and jazz, the en­ergy of the songs in L.O.V.E. is dif­fer­ent from those in Chan’s other al­bums.

But the band mem­bers did not merely write the songs — they also per­formed their cre­ations to­gether.

Chan is now sched­uled to put up a live con­cert with the band in Hong Kong where they would per­form songs from the new al­bum. The date has yet to be an­nounced. “We spent so much time to­gether dur­ing the tour. There is so much love amongst all of

us. We be­came a fam­ily,” says Chan dur­ing an in­ter­view in Bei­jing. “Some of them have never writ­ten songs be­fore so it was quite a chal­lenge for them. Each of the songs has a unique char­ac­ter and the whole al­bum cel­e­brates the won­der­ful times we have spent to­gether.”

Chan and the band mem­bers first recorded the songs when they were in Lon­don in 2012 for a per­for­mance at the O2 Arena. They had ini­tially wanted to do the record­ings at Abbey Road Stu­dios, which is fa­mous for its as­so­ci­a­tion with The Bea­tles. As the space was un­avail­able, they de­cided to put to­gether their songs at Me­trop­o­lis Stu­dios in­stead.

The al­bum was planned for re­lease in 2013, but Chan post­poned the launch as he was bogged down by his tours and other record­ing com­mit­ments.

“Af­ter the Duo World Tour, I felt slightly de­pressed and couldn’t get used to life off the tour. I found my­self do­ing noth­ing at home but watch­ing videos of my pre­vi­ous con­certs. I was not in the right mood for an­other new al­bum then. I de­cided to leave the al­bum aside for a while,” ex­plains Chan.

On April 22, 2018, ex­actly six years since that fate­ful record­ing ses­sion in Lon­don, the mu­si­cians recorded the fi­nal song The Al­bum in Hong Kong. Chan had per­son­ally de­signed the cover for the al­bum, which fea­tures 13 stars en­cir­cling the word “love”.

Born in Hong Kong, Chan, 44, grad­u­ated from Kingston Uni­ver­sity with a de­gree in ar­chi­tec­ture and later trained as a singer at the Royal Academy of Mu­sic in the United King­dom.

He started his mu­sic ca­reer as a singer in 1995 by win­ning Hong Kong’s New Tal­ent Singing Awards Com­pe­ti­tion, and has since re­leased 89 records, sales of which have to­taled in ex­cess of 20 mil­lion copies. Chan has per­formed more than 300 solo con­certs in over 80 cities world­wide, and has re­ceived 170 Best Male Singer awards as well as three pres­ti­gious Golden Melody Awards. The singer also has his own mu­sic la­bel EAS Mu­sic — it was launched this Au­gust — that aims to groom young mu­si­cal tal­ents.

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Award-win­ning pop singer Ea­son Chan has ded­i­cated his lat­est al­bum to his band mem­bers.

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