Michael Kwan

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Michael Kwan
Michael Kwan Jing Kit 1982.jpg
Chinese name 關正傑 (traditional)
Chinese name 关正杰 (simplified)
Pinyin guan1 zheng4 jie2 (Mandarin)
Jyutping gwaan1 zeng3 git6 (Cantonese)
Ancestry Nanhai, Guangdong
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1949-03-27) 27 March 1949 (age 65)
Hong Kong[1]
Occupation Architect, Developer and Singer
Genre(s) Hong Kong English pop, Cantopop
Instrument(s) Singing, guitar, piano, trumpet, clarinet
Voice type(s) Baritone
Label(s) Philips
Years active 1968 - 1988[1]
Associated acts The Swinging Minstrels
Spouse(s) Margaret[1]
Influences Peter, Paul and Mary
Influenced Jacky Cheung

Michael Kwan Ching-kit is a Hong Kong Cantopop singer previously with the Philips label (the brand Polygram was not adopted until later in Hong Kong), and later with EMI. His back catalogue (1986–1988) continues to be published by Universal Music Group. He retired his music career in 1988 and now works as an architect in Seattle, United States, with his wife.[1][2][3]

Biography[edit]

Kwan was born in 1949 in Hong Kong, he attended St. Paul's Co-educational College and graduated in 1969. He was admitted into the University of Hong Kong in the same year and later graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture. Kwan practiced architecture full-time after graduation and founded his practice in 1983. His wife is also an architect.

Due to his amateur status as a singer, he was never eligible to be awarded lifetime achievement awards despite having sung 78 theme songs for Hong Kong television dramas, like Reincarnated (1978). Before the 1970s, he was an English folk song singer for The Swinging Minstrels. He also declined to accept the Golden Needle Award in 1993 due to him being out of the spotlight for so long. The award was not awarded at all that year. He did receive an equivalent of Meritorious Service Medal from the Queen in 1985 for services to Cantopop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d 尋找關正傑 隱世歌神
  2. ^ University of Hong Kong (2002). Growing with Hong Kong: the University and its graduates: the first 90 years. Hong Kong University Press. p. 317. ISBN 978-962-209-613-4. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  3. ^ 星蹤成謎:關正傑隱世多年 [Michael Kwan Hidden for Years]. Apple Daily. March 7, 2013. Retrieved February 10, 2014.