Paula Tsui

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Paula Tsui
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Tsui performing at the "Glittering Bright Paula Tsui Live in Concert 2006" at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on January 29 of 2006.
Chinese name 徐小鳳 (traditional)
Chinese name 徐小凤 (simplified)
Pinyin xu2 xiao3 feng4 (Mandarin)
Jyutping ceoi4 siu2 fung1 (Cantonese)
Birth name 徐鄖書
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1949-01-01) 1 January 1949 (age 65)[1]
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Other name(s) 小鳳姐
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Instrument(s) Singing
Voice type(s) Contralto
Label(s) Man Chi Records (1970–1973)
Wing Hang Music (1973-1978)
Sony Music Entertainment (1978-1981)
Contec Sound Media (1982-1985)
PolyGram (1986-1991)
Years active 1970s, 1980s, 2000s
Official Website www.paulatsui.com

Paula Tsui Siu-fung is a Cantopop singer in Hong Kong. She has been affiliated with the TVB television station until the mid-1990s but has performed for Asia Television Ltd. on several occasions since 1995.

Concerts[edit]

According to Guinness World Records in 2003, Tsui's Amway Paula Tsui in Concert 1992 holds the record for the most number of "single event" concerts in a continuous period (43 concerts in 37 days) in Asia.[citation needed] She gave another series of concerts at the same venue, the Hong Kong Coliseum in summer 2005.

Tsui is noted for the voluminous gowns she wears for concert appearances.

Personal life[edit]

Tsui was married to Hong Kong radio host and legislator Albert Cheng between 1975 and 1979. The marriage was then a secret and not known to the public until the early 1990s. Tsui was then already a renowned singer, while Cheng was still relatively unknown at that time.

According to HK magazine, Paula Tsui was born in Hubei, but her family moved to Hong Kong when she was still a baby, therefore, all of her memory is about Hong Kong. [2] Tsui recalls her childhood of being a mischievous girl. She thinks of herself as hard to control and was definitely not a good kid.[2]For example, she only enjoyed music classes, because she thought singing was so natural to her.[2] However, when her class teacher asked her to sing the school hymns, she rejected and ended up singing pop songs. [2] She believes that her rebellious attitude came about because she never knew what she wanted to do, and that makes her memory of youth so unclear, she only remembers frequently changing jobs.[2]

The thing that changed her life was a singing contest when Tsui entered one in 1965. Initially, she was reluctant to join the competition, but her friends kept persuading her, and said that they would not participate without Tsui. [2] Then finally, Tsui won that contest came out the champion. [2] At the same time, Tsui’s parents did not approve of her becoming a singer, because they thought musically performing was a shameful career, and that is the reason why Tsui refused to let her family see her performances. [2] However, Tsui promised her family that she would not change her mind and principles. Finally her family agreed with her choice to become a singer. [2] Tsui felt so grateful to her parents reluctance and from it came a promise with her family to to become a successful singer. Show business had a lot of temptations and this promise kept a firm focus on her singing. [2]

She began her career in 1969; she worked at a nightclub to be a supporting act placed between famous singers. [2] During that time, Tsui performed over 400 songs, she did not set out to learn all the songs, but she eventually memorized them all. [2] That’s the reason why a lot of people think she has a personal high standard, but she do not think like that. She thought that doing her best was a basic requirement. [2] Even though a lot of people told her that she was famous, she never considered herself popular because she thought it would put too much pressure on herself.[2]

Tsui is popularly renown with her jaw-dropping gowns on-stage. [2] As a result, she is very conscientious about what she wears on stage and is very careful in selecting her clothes. [2] If she does not approve of her outfit, she will not show it to anyone. [2] She thinks that big dresses on stage is for effect, therefore, she does not care about the weight of the dresses. Tsui will practice walking in the dresses until she feels comfortable with the excess weight. [2] Paradoxically, though she cares about the clothes, she also wants the audiences to focus on her music performance rather than the clothing she wears.[2] Even though her stage clothes are all well-fitting, Tsui is not a picky eater, she loves food, and when she faces pressure, she likes eating chocolates and sweets to release stress. [2]

In recent years, Tsui has lowered her television appearances and other public events. Many have assumed she has retired, but she maintains that she never will want to retire.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ (Chinese (Taiwan)) Profile of Paula Tsui
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Yeung 2010

References[edit]

Yeung, Winnie (18 February 2010). "Paula Tsui Siu-fung". HK Magazine. HK Magazine Media Ltd. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
The Wynners
Golden Needle Award of RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Award
1989
Succeeded by
Wong Jim