MADE IN HONG KONG
Reposting from davidcn.com courtesy of pill Studio Classroom Nov issue article on David. Hope u dun mind me posting here 4 fans like Zoe from Thailand who dun noe chinese & find it hard to navigate davidcn. But 4 those who noe chinese can go there & see scans of the articles okie. So happy at last confirmation that David is MADE IN HONGKONG kekekekekekekekekeke!!!
By Andrea Brodersen and Michael Ridgeway
Graphics By Rebecca Chao
This Asian pop star makes music that matters
Pop star David Tao has been labeled "Asia's king of R&B," and rightly so. He's the man who brought R&B to the Mandarin music scene.
Nowadays, "King David" rules the Mandarin scene with his smooth voice and matchless songwriting talent. Praised for his fresh musical style, this singer has gained a faithful following throughout Asia. Fans just can't get enough of him.
David was born in Hong Kong on July 11, 1969, but spent most of his childhood in Taiwan and the United States.
David, an only child, grew up in a musically talented family. His mother was a successful Chinese opera star. But it was his father who instilled a love of music in him. Chinese and Western songs often filled their home, with his father singing along. David soon joined in.
Still, David never dreamed of becoming a famous musician. As with most young people, his dreams changed with the passing fancies of childhood. At one point, he even considered becoming a lawyer.
David's work experience has also been as varied and random as his childhood dreams. He worked many different jobs while living in the U.S. - from shoe salesman to police officer.
In college, David majored in psychology and filmmaking. He planned on pursuing a career as a movie director. His life, however, took a decidedly unexpected detour.
In 1993, a Taiwanese music producer walked into an instrument store in the U.S. where David was working. He soon discovered that David spoke Mandarin and had a good understanding of music.
He encouraged David to pursue a career in Mandarin pop. Shortly afterward, David moved back to Taiwan and began working as a songwriter for various pop singers. He quickly became known for his distinctive R&B style. Many famous pop stars began seeking him out to help write their albums.
Finally, in 1997, David jumped our from behind the scenes and into the spotlight. That year, he released his debut self-titled album. He also won a Golden Melody Award for Best Newcomer.
David strives to create music that brings people hope. He also uses his music to share his Christian faith. He says, "I don't debate my faith with others, and I don't force others to believe in God, but I will share with you all the blessings God has given me."
David prays for inspiration to make music that touches hearts. He wrote the song "Dear God" after the September 11 tragedy. "I just sat there with a guitar one day ... and then this melody came out from nowhere," he says. "I knew it was something sent from above."
How does David measure success? Certainly not by the number of albums he's sold. For David, success is when a fan says to him, "Your music cheered me up and helped me in my darkest hour."
Unlike many pop stars, David cares little about his image. For him, music is about presenting a message, not an image.
"I don't really know how people perceive me, and honestly, that's something I really don't think about," he says. "I just try to do what I do well and work hard at it."
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