Shi Xin Hui

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Shi Xin Hui (Chew Sin Huey)
石欣卉
Birth name 石欣卉
Also known as Sing
Born (1981-06-23) 23 June 1981 (age 33)
Malaysia
Origin Permanent Resident of Singapore
Genres Mandopop
Occupations Singer, Composer, Lyricist
Years active 2005–present
Labels Play Music (subsidiary of Warner Music)
Associated acts 女皇, 从台北到北京, 天冷就回来, 绝对 SUPERSTAR
Website Xin Hui's official website, Xin Hui's Forum
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Shi.

Shi Xinhui (Chew Sin Huey), also known as Sing Chew (Chinese: 石欣卉; pinyin: Shí Xīnhuì) (born 23 June 1981), is a Malaysian singer, who was one of the five popular new talents emerged from the Channel U's popular singing talent show, Project Superstar 2005 in Singapore. The songbird is well known in both Singapore and Malaysia.

Biography[edit]

Background information[edit]

Shi Xinhui (Chew Sin Huey), though a Malaysian, was made popular in Singapore as the first runner-up in the female category of Project Superstar 2005, a singing-cum-talent search competition organised by Channel U of Mediacorp, Singapore. She had garnered the highest points (with the highest score of 44/50 from the judges) during the female finals from her delivery of three songs and received positive comments from the judges panel.[1] However, she lost on a popularity voting system which totals up to 70% of the overall score. Despite missing the top spot in the competition, Xin Hui's singing talent is widely appreciated and she has been offered a singing contract by Play Music which is now part of Warner Music.

During her schooling days, Shi Xin Hui actively took part in debates and gave speeches during her primary and secondary school period. She was also involved in campus performances and took up the lead role of a musical and also held a mini concert when she was in university. She had also taken part in Malaysia's popular talent search contest, Astro Talent Quest in the year 2004.

Shi Xinhui also made many appearance on TV, including her participation in a local mandarin idol drama Dream Chasers as one of the female lead. Other TV appearances of Xin Hui include her hosting a game show that was being showed on channel U, The 7-eleven game show,[2] where she is the leader of one of the four teams in the show and each team's objective is to eliminate the other teams by arriving at the designated 7-eleven convenience store and play the games. She also appears on a local talk/debate show, Cross Fire, where she showcases her verbal talents and well-structured opinions on social issues which invite guests to voice out their opinion on a particular topic, and as well as Let's Shoot! and also in music oriented variety show like Music in the Air.

Career[edit]

Shi Xinhui became the fourth artiste to release an album after Project Superstar Overall Champion Tan Wei Lian, Kelly Poon and Hong Jun Yang. Her debut album 从台北到北京 consist of four original tracks, five covers and a cover duet with Kelvin [Tan Wei Lian]. She even penned the lyrics for her album's no. 1 hit, 从台北到北京 / From Taipei To Beijing (which is a cover of popular Danish group, Infernal's "From Paris to Berlin"). The song 从台北到北京 was an instant hit with the listeners and became popular as ringtone downloads and received frequent airplay on radio stations as well as in pubs or night hangouts because of its strong rhythmic techno nature. Her music video for the song From Taipei To Beijing became a hot topic in local newspapers and the online community after a 25-second video was leaked onto the popular video sharing website, YouTube. The video had more than 40,000 hits [3] and she made a stunning return from her reclusion from the industry after almost one year of hiatus while she has been preparing for her debut album. It was shocking for those who had always regarded her as the girl next door because of her demure looks and her plain dress sense and could not accept this major change. Following her debut release, she also became more confident, pretty and fashionable and has shown to critics that she has better fashion sense [4] now after vicious remarks and criticisms were directed at her during her competition days. She was also hailed as Singapore's version of popular and sexy Japanese singer, Kumi Koda by her record company.[5][6] Her popularity in Singapore landed her on the cover of a few magazines[7][8] and many other magazine articles[9][10][11][12][13][13][14][14][14][15] and spreads.[8][8][16][17][18][19][20] Her immense popularity even as a debut singer made her the talk of the town for quite a while. Although there is a shift of focus onto her music video and her dressing, the album received good feedback from music professionals and media where most reviews gave her at least 3/5 stars with some as high as 4.5/5 stars because of her steely and emotive delivery which is rare for a newcomer.[21][22][23] It also achieved good sales results especially for a newcomer and thus proving her popularity not just in Singapore but also the Malaysia regions.[24][25][26][27] Shi Xin Hui was also ranked as top five Asian pop singer and top five personalities in 2006 by Singapore's premier and most prestigious English newspaper, The Straits Times together with the likes of Asian superstars David Tao and Andy Lau.[28][29]

However Shi Xinhui feels that she still needs to improve on many aspects and is set to move on to other regions of the Chinese community like Taiwan and China of which the album title,从台北到北京 / From Taipei To Beijing, had vividly shown her ambitious vision to take over the Chinese music industry by storm. For her debut album, Xin Hui adopted an English name, Sing.[30] It reflects her passion for singing, sounds like her romanized name, Sin Huey (Xin Hui), and indicates the fact that she is from Singapore.

Before this release, she had also lent her vocals to numerous Mediacorp soundtracks, drama theme songs and compilations. The drama theme and sub-theme songs that she sang for Mediacorp were later released as her personal compilation. It was a great success as the compilation clinched the top position of sales in renowned music stores like CD-Rama and Sembawang Music, indicating that the sales results were good.

Born and raised in Malaysia, Shi Xinhui has not forget about her roots after starting her music career from Singapore. She has returned multiple times to her alma mater, Foon Yew High School and has also performed in a charity concert on its very soil.[31]

Her ability in singing was further recognised as she won the Best Newcomer award in Singapore Hits Award, a prestigious award ceremony for Chinese musicians all over the world.

Education[edit]

Events & milestones[edit]

  • 18 August 2005 - First female runner-up after garnering the highest points 44/50 from professional judges from local big scale competition Project Superstar,which was judged accordingly with 70% of total score from public votes & 30% from professional judges
  • 18 October 2005 - Signed a three year contract with Play Music Singapore
  • 30 November 2006 - Debut album 从台北到北京 released
  • 10 December 2006 - Star Awards nominee for Best Newcomer, Top 10 Female Artiste and Best Theme Song (The Rainbow Connection)
  • 16 December 2006 - First ever album autograph session at Bugis Junction
  • 30 December 2006 - Voted by The Straits Times as top five Asian pop and top five personalities
  • 27 January 2007 - Island-wide airing of the music video 你给的 on channel U
  • 2 March 2007 - Released celebratory version of debut album 从台北到北京
  • 24 March 2007 - Island-wide airing of the music video 昨天 on channel U
  • 14 September 2007 - Compilation of drama theme songs, The BestDrama, released
  • 2007 - Nominated in Top 11 for Most Outstanding Malaysia Artiste by Malaysia Radio 988
  • 27 October 2007 - Nominated for Best Newcomer, Most Popular Newcomer, Most Popular Female Artiste in 2007 Singapore Hits Award
  • 27 October 2007 - Awarded the Best Newcomer in Singapore Hits Award 2007
  • 26 December 2008 - Second album 女皇 Queen released
  • February 2009 - 女皇 Queen limited edition album released

Television Shows[edit]

  • 2006 梦拼图 Dream Chasers (Channel U)- Charlotte
  • 2007 破茧而出 Metamorphosis (Channel 8)
  • 2010 我爱麻滋 Friends Forever (Channel 8)
  • 2011 星洲之夜 A Song to Remember (Channel 8)-Xiao Man

Albums[edit]

Date of release Title (Chinese)(English) Released by Remarks
September 2005 不要说抱歉 [Don't Say Sorry] Play Music, Mediacorp Studios Part of the Best of 绝对Superstar

Compilation album

November 2005 舞出彩虹The Rainbow Connection,

看透(Looking Through), 遇见爱情(Meeting Love) with Hong Jun Yang

Universal Music Group, Rock Records, Mediacorp Studios Part of a compilation album, The Rainbow Connection OST
16 December 2005 First Love,

不要说抱歉, 遗失的美好 with Kelly Poon, 有你真好 with Chew Sin Ruey, WE Will Rock U with Various Artistes, 老鼠爱大米 with Various Artistes

Mediacorp Studios, Play Music 绝对Superstar Live演唱会2005 VCD
December 2005 Disk 1: 遗失的美好 61ders Radio Edit, 不要说抱歉 Meteora Radio Edit

Disk 2: 遗失的美好 61ders Extended Remix, 不要说抱歉 Meteora Club Mix

Play Music, Mediacorp Studios Part of a compilation album, Best of 绝对Superst*r the super d*nce collection
December 2005 遗失的美好 Play Music Part of a compilation album, K 歌唱不完
January 2006 少年的我[When I Was a Youth](Various Artistes)

Spring sang with Kelly Poon

Mediacorp Studios, Universal Music Group Part of a compilation album, 旺事如意, a Chinese new year album produced by Mediacorp Studios Production in 2006
July 2006 Dreamchaser【梦·拼图】, lead role of Charlotte Mediacorp Studios VCD of idol drama, Dreamchaser【梦·拼图】
30 November 2006 从台北到北京 From Taipei to Beijing Warner Music (華納唱片) Debut Album
December 2006 擱淺 with Chen Wei Lian Warner Music (華納唱片) Part of a compilation for love duets, 心心相印
January 2007 从台北到北京 Warner Music (華納唱片) Part of a compilation for Best Of Number 1 Hits, 排行榜總冠軍 Best Of #1 Hits 2007
2 March 2007 从台北到北京 From Taipei to Beijing Warner Music (華納唱片) Repackaged Version
14 September 2007 剧欣卉集 Sing the BestDrama Warner Music (華納唱片), Mediacorp Studios Compilation Album of Mediacorp drama theme songs sang by Xin Hui
5 November 2008 我知道我变漂亮了 I Know I've Become Prettier Warner Music (華納唱片) Super Countdown 2009 Compilation Album: Hit songs from 2008–2009
26 December 2008 女皇 Queen Warner Music (華納唱片) Sophomore Studio Album
24 February 2009 女皇 Queen Warner Music (華納唱片) Queen, Repackaged limited edition CD + DVD, includes music of video of 4 songs
10 March 2009 天冷就回来 If There're Seasons... Warner Music (華納唱片), The Theatre Practice 实践剧场 (division of Practice Performing Arts Centre Ltd) Original Soundtrack of Chinese Musical If There're Seasons... <<天冷就回来>> Solo Performances: 担心, 喜欢你 Duet Performances:深擁 你的倒影 and other group performances

Rank of songs on music charts[edit]

Song/Radio station YES!933
Highest Ranking
/Number of weeks on chart
Radio 1003
Highest Ranking
/Number of weeks on chart
从台北到北京
From Taipei to Beijing
7 / 10 2 / 7
你给的
What You Had Given
8 / 9 7 / 7

External links[edit]

Fan clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sin Huey: Cursed by the Fashion Fairy". Channel U Web. 2005-08-19. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ (Chinese)"【7-Eleven 抢先夺快争第一】". Channel U Web. 2006-08-06. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ (Chinese) "石欣卉:出门怕怕". 新明日报. December 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  4. ^ "From Girl Next Door to Hottie Wannabe". Teenage Magazine. May 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Singapore's Koda Kumi". 8 Days Magazine. December 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  6. ^ (Chinese) "石欣卉要当新加坡幸田来未". 联合早报. December 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  7. ^ (Chinese) "石欣卉封面人物". 优一周. 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  8. ^ a b c (Chinese) "石欣卉不一样". U+me. January 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  9. ^ "Timberrrrr". Teens Magazine. December 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  10. ^ (Chinese) "石欣卉喜欢创意搭配". CitiBella. April 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  11. ^ "Sing-derella". Lime Magazine. February 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  12. ^ (Chinese) "乐坛新人类". TV Times. 2007-03-30. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  13. ^ a b (Chinese) "石欣卉:爱情物语". Young Generation Magazine (Malaysia). April 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  14. ^ a b c "Total Makeover". Teens Magazine. February 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  15. ^ (Chinese) "豁出去". Popular PopClub. 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  16. ^ "Blast to The Past". Today Newspaper. 2007-05-25. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
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