Khalil Fong

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Khalil Fong
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Chinese name 方大同
Pinyin Fāng Dàtóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping fong1 daai6 tung4 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1983-07-14) 14 July 1983 (age 31)
Hawaii, United States
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Genre(s) Soul,Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, piano, percussion
Label(s) Warner Music Hong Kong (2005–present)
Years active 2005–present
Official Website Official homepage

Khalil Fong (Chinese: 方大同) (born 14 July 1983) is a Hong Kong soul Mandopop singer-songwriter signed to Gold Typhoon.

Biography[edit]

Fong was born in Hawaii and moved with his family to Shanghai when he was 6. His father, Les Fong (an American-born Chinese from San Francisco, California), wanted Khalil to learn more about Chinese culture. Six years later, they moved to Guangzhou and lived there for about 2 years. Afterwards, they moved to Hong Kong. For that same reason, although his musical career started and is based in Hong Kong, he never wrote songs in Cantonese as it is only his fourth language. (English, English of Hawaiian Aboriginal variation, Mandarin, Cantonese & Shanghainese)

Khalil is self-taught on the guitar and piano, beginning from the ages of 15 and 18 respectively. It was also around this time that he started writing songs and sending demos to music producers. Warner Music Hong Kong finally recruited him as a producer. Khalil is Baha'i.[1]

Musical influences[edit]

His favourite music genres are Soul, Neo-Soul, Jazz, 50's Doowop and Rock.

Musicians that have influenced Khalil's style:

Career[edit]

Although based in Hong Kong, his career and popularity grew in Taiwan. This is because his songs are sung in Mandarin rather than Cantonese. When asked, Khalil explained that Mandarin was his second language, next to English, and that he could express himself better in Mandarin rather than Cantonese. His albums are released by Warner Music Taiwan in Taiwan.

In addition to his own songs, Khalil Fong has also composed songs for other artists in Hong Kong and Taiwan, such as A-mei, Eason Chan, Fiona Sit, Andy Lau, Shiga Lin and Jacky Cheung.

Warner Music (2005 to 2013)[edit]

Khalil released his debut album Soul Boy on 18 September 2005. He has won a number of awards, including a silver award for New Male Artist at Commercial Radio. He released his second album "This Love" in December 2006. It featured one of his more popular song Love Love Love. Love Love Love wasn't an immediate hit, though. It turned out to be a sleeper hit, only gaining recognition after his third album Wonderland was launched. Wonderland's music style marked a leave from his previous albums. It featured funkier tunes rather than the slower ballads of his previous albums.

Khalil's fourth album Orange Moon was released in December 2008. It featured slower, more conventional love ballads. In an interview Khalil said that this album (Orange Moon) was meant to be a more romantic album, with most of the songs love themed.

Khalil released a cover album Timeless in August 2009. It featured songs by various singers which, according to him, influenced his music. Among the songs are You are the Sunshine of My Life by his childhood idol Stevie Wonder, Bad by Michael Jackson.

Khalil has released another album, 15, on 21 April 2011. His first new song, 好不容易 (Finally), has already been released to the public in honour of his friend's recent marriage.[2]

Gold Typhoon (2013 to present)[edit]

Khalil had his first concert tour "Khalil Fong Soulboy Lights up 2013" in Hong Kong from 30 November to 2 December at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Discography[edit]

Album Name Chinese Name Release Date
Soul Boy[3][4][5] 18 November 2005
This Love[6][7][8] 愛愛愛 29 December 2006
This Love Live 2007 23 August 2007
Wonderland 未來 28 December 2007
Wonderland Live 2008 29 July 2008
Orange Moon 橙月 19 December 2008
Timeless 可啦思刻 11 August 2009
15 21 April 2011
Back to Wonderland 回到未來 12 December 2012
Dangerous World 危险世界 11 April 2014

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Awards[edit]

2005
  • Metro Hit Radio – "New Hot Voice" (勁爆熱播新聲音)
  • Commercial Radio Hong Kong –"Chik Chak New Male Singer" – Silver award(叱咤樂壇生力軍男歌手銀獎)
2006
  • Metro Hit Radio – "New Hot Voice" (勁爆熱播新聲音)
  • Metro Hit Radio – "New Powers Singer" (勁爆新勢力歌手)
  • Metro Hit Radio – "New Powers of Creation" (勁爆創作新勢力)
  • Metro Hit Radio – "Popular Mandarin Song" – Love Love Love (勁爆國語歌曲 – 愛愛愛 )
  • Commercial Radio Hong Kong –"Chik Chak Producer" – Silver award (叱咤唱作人銀獎)
  • RoadShow – "Supreme Song" – Love Love Love (至尊歌曲 – 愛愛愛)
  • RoadShow – "Most Potential Producer/Singer" (至尊潛力創作歌手)
Year Award Category Nomination Result Ref
2007 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards
IFPI香港唱片銷量大獎
Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year This Love (愛愛愛) Won [11]
2009 HITO Radio Music Awards
HITO流行音樂獎
Top 10 Songs of the Year "Love Song" Won [12]
Best Loved by Audience "未來" (Future) Won
2008
2009

Metro Hits Awards (Mandarin):

  • Metro Radio (Mandarin) Song『Yue Guo Ai』
  • Metro Hits Awards (Mandarin) Male Artist』
  • Metro Hit Awards (Mandarin) Album "Orange Moon" 』
  • Metro Hits Awards (Mandarin) Asia Composer Artiste 』

Yahoo! Hit Search Award:

  • Popular song – Kuang Cao
  • Popular mandarin song – Red Bean
  • Top Buzz HK artist

Metro Hit Award:

  • Metro Hit Awards (Mandarin) --- Red Bean
  • Metro Hit Asian Singer song writer Award
  • Metro Hits Male Artist Award
  • Metro Hits Fans Elected Artiste Award

Commercial Radio Ultimate Song Award “Male Artiste” Bronze Award Commercial Radio Ultimate Song Award『Best Music Arrangement Award』

Sina Music Award:

  • SINA 20 Musicmost listened songs : The Moon represents my heart
  • Most Favourite Mandarin song: Red Bean
  • Most Outstanding Music Award

RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award:

  • Best Pop Singer Award
  • Best Mandarin Pop Song “ Three Person Tour”
2010

CASH Music –Best Performance《Wan Le》

Metro Mandarin Awards:

  • Metro Best Male Artiste
  • Metro Best Asia Sing-a-song Writer

Metro Hits Awards:

  • Best Hits Mandarin Song “Wan Le”
  • Metro Best Composer Awards “Cui Ruo”+“Hui Bo Je De Nai You Xia Xiang”
  • Metro Greater China Fans chosen Best Hits Artiste

Commercial Radio Ultimate Song Award:

  • Ultimate Composer’s Awards

RTHK Gold Top Ten Awards:

  • Most Popular Artiste Awards
  • Most Popular Mandarin Song Silver Awards “Wan Le”
  • Greater China Best Male Artiste
  • Composer Awards

Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards:

  • Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards 2010“Asia Best Appeal Male Artiste”
  • Taiwan most popular HK Artiste
  • Yahoo! Most Search Awards 2010“Sing-a-song Writer Awards Wan Le

Sina Music Awards:

  • Top 20 Song –Wan Le
  • My favourite Sing-A-Song Writer
  • My favourite Extreme Mandarin Song – Coconut Shell
2011

Metro Mandarin Awards:

  • Metro Mandarin Awards Male Artiste
  • Metro Mandarin Awards Asia Best Sing-A-Song Writer
  • Metro Mandarin Awards Song Of the year “Hao Bu Rong Yi”

Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards:

  • Sing-A-Song Writer Song “Hao Bu Rong Yi”
  • Asia Best Hong Kong Male Artiste
  • Taiwan Most Popular Hong Kong Male Artiste
  • Taiwan Territory Best Duet Mandarin Song “Zi Yi Wei” (Khalil Fong / Xu Jia Ying)

Metro Hit Awards:

  • Metro Hit Awards Best I most admire Male Artiste
  • Metro Hit Awards Best Composer Song – Wall Paper
  • Hit Awards Mandarin Song Awards —Zi Yi Wei
  • Hit Awards Best Album—《15》Khalil Fong

Commercial Radio Ultimate Song Award:

  • Ultimate Best Song – Hao Bu Rong Yi"
  • Ultimate Best Sing-A-Song Writer Gold Awards
  • Ultimate Best Composer Awards
  • Ultimate Best Male Artiste – Silver Awards
  • Ultimate Best Album Of The Year [15]

Sina Music Awards:

  • My Most Favorite Mandarin Song《Hao Bu Rong Yi》
  • My Favorite Sing-A-Song Writer
  • SINA MUSIC Top 20 Songs二十大歌曲 < Yin Wei Ni>
  • SINA MUSIC Best Mandarin Duet Song"Zi Yi Wei" (Khalil Fong / Xu Jia Ying)

RTHK Gold Top Ten Awards:

  • Best Artiste of the Year
  • Best Mandarin Song – 優秀流行國語歌曲獎—Bronze"Hao Bu Rong Yi”
  • Greater China Best Chinese Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi”
2013

Kugou Music Awards: [13]

  • Songwriter of the Year
  • Singer-Songwriter of the Year
  • HK/TW Singer of the Year
2014

Hito Pop Music Awards:[14]

  • Hit FM's favourite Singer-Songwriter award
  • hito Overseas Singer award (HK)
  • hito Arranger awad (I Want You Back)

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