Lin Yu-chun

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Lin Yu-chun
Chinese name 林育羣 (traditional)
Chinese name 林育群 (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Yùqún (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lam4 Juk6 Kwan4 (Cantonese)
Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 28)
Linkou, Taipei County (now New Taipei City), Taiwan
Other name(s) Jimmy Lin
Occupation Singer, musician, songwriter
Genre(s) Pop
Voice type(s) Countertenor
Label(s) Sony Music Taiwan
Years active 2010–present

Lin Yu-chun (Chinese: 林育羣; pinyin: Lín Yùqún; Wade–Giles: Lin24-ch'ün2); born March 9, 1986 in Taipei) is a Taiwanese singer, who gained fame by appearing on a Taiwanese talent show, One Million Star (超級星光大道), singing "I Will Always Love You" (written and originally sung by Dolly Parton) in the style of Whitney Houston's cover version.[1] Lin is well known for his mezzo-soprano-like, and sometimes, contralto-like countertenor singing voice, although he has an adult speaking voice. According to many sources, Lin's voice is usually described as a mixture of Whitney Houston and Susan Boyle, with a dash of Cher. When Lin sings in his normal masculine voice rather than in a falsetto range, his voice actually somewhat sounds like Jamie Walters. In 2013, he competed in the second season of The Voice of China.

Biography[edit]

Lin was voted off the show, but after a video of Lin singing the song made it onto YouTube, Lin became an internet celebrity,[2][3] receiving more than 10,000,000 views[4] of his performance. Many news sources dubbed Lin "Taiwan's Susan Boyle".[5][6][7][8][9][10][11] In an interview, Lin Yu Chun explained that he selected "I Will Always Love You" to show his gratitude to his grandmother for taking care of Lin over the years.[12]

In April, 2010, he visited the United States and performed "I Will Always Love You"[13][14] and Amazing Grace[15] on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. On the same trip, he attended Lopez Tonight and performed "Saving All My Love for You"[16] (also a Whitney Houston cover) and Total Eclipse of the Heart (originally by Bonnie Tyler) as a duet with William Shatner.[17][18]

Sony Music Taiwan announced they had signed Lin Yu Chun to a record deal.[19][20] Lin Yu-chun's signing press conference occurred on the May 13, 2010, and was held in Shanghai San Want Hotel.

On May 22, 2010, at Dodgers Stadium during a Los Angeles Dodgers game, he sang the "The Star-Spangled Banner", "God Bless America" and "Taiwan, Touch Your Heart". On August 11, 2010 Lin sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" on America's Got Talent season 5 on the YouTube selection episode, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd. Lin has been slated to play the role of Liu Lucy for the HBO Asia produced miniseries Untold Stories of 1949. In 2013, he competed in the second season of The Voice of China.

One Million Star[edit]

On March 26, 2010, Lin sang John Newton's "Amazing Grace", earning Lin 24 points (his opponent, Zhang Shi-Tang, got 19 points).
On April 2, 2010, Lin sang Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", earning Lin 25 points (his opponent, Su Zhi-Yu, got 22 points).
On April 9, 2010, Lin sang Shunza's "Coming Home" - 17 points (his opponent, Zhang Shi-Tang, got 20 points)
On April 30, 2010,Lin sang Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" as a guest performer.
On May 14, 2010, Lin sang "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables as a guest performer.
Lin also sang a duet with Kenny G., performing Whitney Houston's "Saving All My Love For You".

Discography[edit]

I Will Always Love You (2010) SICP-2778[edit]

Lin Yu Chun's debut is a mini-album, I Will Always Love You, released in Japanese on September 8, 2010 specially for the Japanese market. It contains 4 songs from Lin's upcoming international debut, It's My Time, and a Japanese-only bonus track, "Hello," a Japanese cover of Lionel Richie's hit from 1984.[21]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Amazing Grace"   3:36
2. "I Will Always Love You"   4:57
3. "It's My Time"   3:31
4. "Under Your Wings"   4:07
5. "Hello"   4:23

It's My Time (2010)[edit]

Lin's full-length international debut album, It's My Time, was released on September 17, 2010, as a compilation of English-language pop songs previously recorded by major artists such as Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, etc. The song "Under Your Wings" was written new for this album by Grammy-winning musician Walter Afanasieff.[22]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Will Always Love You"   4:58
2. "Amazing Grace"   3:40
3. "It's My Time"   3:34
4. "Total Eclipse Of the Heart"   5:32
5. "Under Your Wings"   4:09
6. "I Understand"   4:00
7. "Hero"   4:17
8. "A Moment Like This"   4:18
9. "My Heart Will Go On"   4:34
10. "Fighter"   4:17

未來的第一站 (2010)[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "未來的第一站"   4:30
2. "It's My Time"   3:33
3. "一個人生活"   4:31
4. "星星 (I Am Not a Star)"   5:19
5. "蛻變"   4:00
6. "海闊天空"   4:50
7. "存在"   4:08
8. "累格"   5:08
9. "I Will Always Love You"   4:58
10. "Amazing Grace"   4:08
11. "未來的第一站組曲"   6:26

Endlessly (2011)[edit]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Saving Grace"   3:50
2. "Endlessly"   5:04
3. "Stay For Awhile"   4:06
4. "Tonight I'm Not Alone"   3:46
5. "Good Isn't Good Enough"   4:14
6. "My Love Will Follow You"   4:04
7. "Close to You"   3:46
8. "Greatest Love of All"   4:45
9. "Last Christmas"   5:18
10. "Our Song"   3:39
11. "100 Percent Happiness"   3:45
12. "Believe in Love"   4:52
13. "Finding You in a Sea of People (REN HAI ZHONG YU JIAN NI)"   3:52

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'World Idol' redux? Lin Yu Chun of Taiwan could face off against Susan Boyle". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Adam (2010-04-09). "Lin Yu-Chun (VIDEOS): Taiwan Singing Phenomenon Draws Comparisons To Susan Boyle". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  3. ^ "YouTube hit Lin Yu Chun, Taiwan's Susan Boyle, sings Whitney Houston". Daily Mail (London). 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  4. ^ "Lin Yu Chun Sings Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You'". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  5. ^ "Lin Yu Chun Dubbed 'Taiwan's Susan Boyle' After Singing Whitney Houston - Billboard Underground". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Taiwanese singer Lin Yu Chun dubbed 2010’s Susan Boyle « Entertainment". Fox News. 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Lin Yu Chun is Taiwanese 'American Idol's' answer to Susan Boyle". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Is Lin Yu Chun the Next Susan Boyle?". Retrieved 2010-04-25. [dead link]
  9. ^ Taylor, Adam (2010-04-09). "Lin Yu-Chun (VIDEOS): Taiwan Singing Phenomenon Draws Comparisons To Susan Boyle". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  10. ^ "The Taiwanese Susan Boyle? Video a hit on the Web - Yahoo! News". Retrieved 2010-04-25. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Next Susan Boyle Found in Lin Yu Chun? - The Early Show - CBS News". 2010-04-08. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  12. ^ "A Countertenor Touches Our Hearts: An Interview with Lin Yu Chun". Asia Pacific Arts. 07/06/2010. 
  13. ^ "Lin Yu Chun on The Ellen Degeneres Show". Stareastasia. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Video of the Day: Taiwan's Singing Sensation! - The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  15. ^ "Web Exclusive: Lin Yu Chun Performs 'Amazing Grace' During Rehearsal - The Ellen DeGeneres Show". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  16. ^ "Lin Yu Chun Does "Saving All My Love For You" On Lopez Tonight". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  17. ^ "William Shatner and Lin Yu Chun 'Total Eclipse' Duet". Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  18. ^ "William Shatner / Taiwanese Boy Duet". Lopez Tonight. Retrieved 2010-04-25. [dead link]
  19. ^ Lin Yu-Chun, 'Taiwan's Susan Boyle,' Signs Record Deal, Billboard, May 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-31.
  20. ^ http://joshuaongys.com/2010/05/lin-yu-chun-the-taiwan-singing-sensation-signs-with-sony-music-taiwan
  21. ^ http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=SICP-2778
  22. ^ http://music.alexdang.com/2010/09/lin-yu-chun-its-my-time-2010.html