Kelvin Kwan

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Kelvin Kwan
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Chinese name 關楚耀 (traditional)
Pinyin Guān Chǔyào (Mandarin)
Jyutping Gwaan1 Co2 Jiu3 (Cantonese)
Birth name Kelvin Kwan
Origin Guilin, Guangxi, China
Born (1983-03-24) 24 March 1983 (age 31)
Canada
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Singing
Label(s) Go East
Years active 2006–present

Kelvin Kwan (born 24 March 1983) is a cantopop singer from Go East, a subdivision of Universal Music.[1][2]

Family background[edit]

Born into a wealthy family, Kwan was raised in Canada.[3] His father is Hong Kong record producer William Kwan, an executive for the Hong Kong division of PolyGram, who played in the band Teddy Robin and the Playboys with his brother Teddy Robin in his youth.[1][4] Due to the elder Kwan's close relationship with Hong Kong singer Alan Tam, Tam became Kelvin Kwan's godfather.[1] Kwan and Jill Vidal shot to stardom by filming anti-drug commercials in Hong Kong.

Career[edit]

Music[edit]

In 2004, during the summer vacation after his first year of university in Toronto, Kwan went on a trip to Taiwan; after a night of karaoke with his father's ex-coworkers, Kwan was offered an audition, and was signed to Universal Music's Taiwan division. A year later, he moved to Hong Kong.[1] Tam immediately took Kwan under his wing, teaching him how to face the media and deal with their queries about his personal life, which began to arise in July 2006 after he was seen attending a concert with fellow Universal Music singer Gia Lin.[5] Tam's relationship with Kwan continued to be a boost to Kwan's career; in August 2006, the pair recorded a music video of the duet "Big Cry Baby (大喊包)", which secured Kwan's popularity in the Hong Kong music industry.[6] However, Tam has not been reticent in pointing out Kwan's flaws and errors publicly; in a September 2006 interview with the Sing Tao Daily, he criticised Kwan's public speaking abilities and suggested he concentrate harder on singing during performances; Kwan reportedly felt awkward and hurt by Tam's words.[7] Regardless, Kwan still credits a great deal of his success to Tam claiming that he would not be where he is today without his help and guidance.[1]

Kwan's self-titled debut album was released on 11 October 2006.[8] Among the songs on the album was Big Cry Baby, which only 5 days after the album's release was ranked as China's 4th most popular duet by China Central Television.[9]

Community service[edit]

Kwan and Jill Vidal participated in a number of community service activities aimed at preventing drug use and shoplifting. They were the spokespersons for the "Say no to drugs" campaign (向毒品說不), a program aimed to prevent the younger generation to avoid drugs.[10] In 2006 and 2008, Kwan and Jill Vidal took part in a "Anti-drug promotion" (禁毒滅罪耀北區) in Hong Kong's north district.[10]

Arrest[edit]

On 3 March 2009, Kelvin Kwan and his girlfriend Jill Vidal were arrested in Tokyo over alleged possession of marijuana during an investigation into shoplifting. The drugs were alleged to have been brought in from Hong Kong.[3][11] Kwan's godfather, Alan Tam, expressed disappointment with Kwan.[12] On 28 March, he was released and he returned to Hong Kong[13] On 2 April, he delivered a prepared speech where he expressed his "regret and remorse".[14]

"I hope the younger generation can learn from my mistakes and be law abiding citizens, and most importantly, cherish their health, value their life and stay away from drugs."[14]

Kwan announced he would temporarily set aside his entertainment career. Baptist University journalism professor To Yiu-ming remarked that Kwan's press conference was a leaf out of Edison Chen's playbook, and that both "failed to show their courage and sincerity" by refusing to answer public questions.[15]

Kwan would not return to the entertainment industry until more than a year later when he released his next album, Here I Am on 22 September 2010.

Discography[edit]

  • 2006-10-11: 關楚耀 首張同名專輯 (Self-titled Debut)
  • 2007-11-20: 你當我什麼 (What Do You Take Me For)
  • 2008-10-22: Hello...My Name Is
  • 2010-09-22: Here I Am

Filmography[edit]

  • One Night in Taipei (2014)
  • Sifu vs Vampire (2014)
  • Enthralled (2014)
  • Kick Ass Girls (2013)
  • Hardcore Comedy (2013)
  • Tales from the Dark 2 (2013)
  • Doomsday Party (2013)
  • Lan Kwai Fong 2 (2012)
  • Nobody's Perfect (2008)
  • Forgive and Forget (2008)
  • Magic Boy (2007)

[16] [17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "香港男新人王关楚耀现身佛山 (New Hong Kong star Kelvin Kwan coming to Foshan)", Huanqiao Yulewang, 7 December 2006, retrieved 28 March 2007 
  2. ^ "關楚耀生日衛詩拒絕獻吻 擔心男朋友吃醋 (It's Kelvin Kwan's birthday, but Jill Vidal won't give him a birthday kiss; worries her boyfriend would be jealous)", Sina News Taiwan, 25 March 2007, retrieved 28 March 2007 
  3. ^ a b Lau, Nickkita (4 March 2009), "Pot idols on Tokyo rap", The Standard, retrieved 5 March 2009 
  4. ^ "泰迪羅賓 永遠活在青春期", Wen Wei Po, 16 June 2010, retrieved 25 July 2010 
  5. ^ "阿倫教關楚耀 處理緋聞 (Alan teaches Kelvin Kwan how to deal with scandals)", Ming Pao, 26 July 2006, retrieved 28 March 2007 
  6. ^ "阿倫向關楚耀傳授唱功 (Alan passes on singing skills to Kelvin Kwan)", Ming Pao, 19 August 2006, retrieved 27 March 2007 
  7. ^ "阿倫數契仔關楚耀三項弱點 (Alan counts godson Kelvin Kwan's three weak points)", Sing Tao, 7 September 2006, retrieved 28 March 2007 
  8. ^ YESASIA : 關楚耀 首張同名專輯 (CD+DVD) 鐳射唱片 - 關楚耀, 正東唱片 (HK) - 粵語音樂 - 郵費全免 - 北美網站, retrieved 19 February 2014 
  9. ^ Lu, Yuying (16 October 2006), "Popular Song Duets", China Central Television; Culture Express, retrieved 2 April 2007 
  10. ^ a b "關楚耀衛詩情侶關係曝光 日媒揭其晚晚同房", Chinanews.com.cn, 5 March 2009, retrieved 14 May 2009 
  11. ^ "HK singers arrested in Tokyo drugs bust", Radio Television Hong Kong, 3 March 2009, retrieved 4 March 2009 
  12. ^ "譚詠麟談關楚耀藏毒事件:會打他屁股 (Alan Tam on Kelvin Kwan drugs incident)", Chinayes News, 4 March 2009, retrieved 13 March 2009 .
  13. ^ HK pop star Kelvin Kwan released from police custody
  14. ^ a b HK pop star Kelvin Kwan to take a break from showbiz Channel News Asia, 3 April 2009
  15. ^ Patsy Moy and Peter Olaes, Dope-bust Kwan sorry, but happy to be a free man, The Standard, 3 April 2009
  16. ^ Kelvin Kwan at imdb.com
  17. ^ Kelvin Kwan at chinesemov.com

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