Kimberley Chen

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Kimberley Chen
Kimberley陳芳語.JPG
Chinese name 陳芳語 (traditional)
Chinese name 陈芳语 (simplified)
Pinyin Chén Fāngyǔ (Mandarin)
Birth name Kimberley Chen
Ancestry Malaysia
Born (1994-05-23) 23 May 1994 (age 20)
Melbourne, Australia
Occupation Singer
Label(s) Sony Music Entertainment (Taiwan) (2012-2014)
Years active 2012 - present

Kimberley Chen (born 23 May 1994)[1] is a Malaysian Chinese Australian singer, actress and model based in Taiwan. She attended Tintern Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. She was the youngest and only child model on the Channel 9's The Price Is Right and later appeared as Young Nala in Disney's Lion King at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne as well as the Shanghai Grand Theater in Shanghai. She is now a professional singer in Taiwan, singing both English and Chinese songs. Her debut album has been a commercial success and her debut song "愛你" (Love You) has more than 20,000,000 views on YouTube.

Biography[edit]

Kimberley was first coached by her father in singing. She was then coached by Vladimir Vais, who is a world famous conductor and also musical director for the Russian Bolshoi Ballet for over 10 years.

At a young age, Kimberley did photographic work and appeared in a McDonald's commercial, which was aired throughout Asia.

Chen began singing for charities at the age of four with the help of her father. She was performing regularly at charity concerts and clubs. She donated to Australian Community Aid Abroad. When the East Timor Crisis came, she felt strongly for the Timorese and her donation went to Caritas Australia for direct aid to East Timor. In the 2003 Royal Children Hospital Good Friday Appeal on the Seven Network, at the age of 8, she sang and danced "Let's Get Loud" with backing dancers.

Discovered by Grundy Television executive director Michael Whyte, Chen was offered the ongoing role as the featured child model on The Price Is Right for its 2003 revival. She performed in over 400 episodes on the Nine Network for 2 ½ years.

In July 2005, Chen started playing the role of Young Nala in Disney's The Lion King at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne. In June 2006, Chen was offered the same role to perform in Shanghai's Grand Theatre for the season, through October 2006.

While she was in Shanghai, Chen attracted quite a lot of interest from the local media. After The Lion King, Chen stayed on to perform on a Shanghai television show.

In March 2007, Chen was selected to sing the national anthem at the Australian Football League NAB Cup Grand Final in front of an audience of 40,000, which aired nationally on Seven.

From April to November 2008, Chen was on the roster of artists at JYP Entertainment in New York. From November 2008 to June 2009, she was training independently in singing, dancing and acting in New York under the guidance of Yolanda Wyns, and recording with Grammy-award winners Gordon Chambers and Barry Eastmond.

In March 2010, she was invited to compete in the Taiwanese televised singing competition One Million Star. As she got good results on the programme, she was asked to be the guest singer for Kelly Clarkson's All I Ever Wanted World Tour in Taipei. She was signed with Sony BMG Taiwan, but in 2014, Blackie Chan and his wife, Christine Fan had signed her as a talent under their new talent agency, Black Swan Entertainment, but it is not known if they are also responsible as a record label. She also revealed that her family also publically announced on her Facebook page that they had become vegan.

Music career[edit]

2012: Debut with Kimberley[edit]

After nearly 3 years of preparation Chen's debut album was released on 27 April 2012, with 6 Chinese songs and 5 English songs. Two of her songs have been played on the Taiwanese series Fondant Garden starring Park Jung Min. Her debut single "愛你 (Love You)" has been a success on YouTube, with over 20,000,000 views and generally positive comments.

Chen's second single "Never Change" was the first for which she wrote the music and lyrics. Chen has released two music videos for her two singles and both have been a success on YouTube with 愛你 (Love You), also starring JPM and "廖允傑" (LilJay) having over 15,000,000 views. In Taiwan she has come first in KKBOX charts with her first single and debut album ezPeer, 台灣大哥大, 中華電信 and 遠傳電信 topping ringtone download charts.

2013: Kimbonomics[edit]

Sony Music announced on December 16, 2013, that Chen will be releasing her second studio album.[2] The new album contains 10 tracks and will be released on December 25, 2013[3] The album placed 4th on the weekly music charts of KKBOX in Taiwan on January 25, 2014.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

# English Title Chinese Title Release Date Label
1st Kimberley Kimberley首張同名專輯 27 April 2012 Sony Music Taiwan
2nd Kimbonomics 金式代 25 December 2013 Sony Music Taiwan

Collaborations[edit]

Year Song Title Details
2012 "Internet"
  • Album: 365
  • Participant(s): JPM and Kimberley

Soundtrack Contributions[edit]

Year Series Contribution
2012 Fondant Garden "Ai Ni (Love You)"

"So Good"

Filmography[edit]

Music Video Appearances[edit]

  • 2012 – "Internet" – from Kimberley Chen (album) with JPM

Endorsements[edit]

  • 2012-2014 – Dailo Girls' Wardrobe (Taiwan)

Awards[edit]

Year Category Award
2012 Metro Music Awards 2012 Metro Best Overseas Rookie[5]
Metro Best New Media Song ("Ai Ni")[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official Kimberley Chen on MySpace
  2. ^ "Hitoradio‧Hit Fm --華人音樂入口指標". Hit FM. December 16, 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Kimbonomics 金式代 by Kimberley Chen". iTunes. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "陳芳語 (Kimberley) - Kimbonomics金式代 專輯 - KKBOX". KKBOX. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  5. ^ a b (Chinese)"Metro Music Awards 2012 Winners List".MetroRadio.Retrieved 10 June 2013.