A-Lin

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A-Lin
A-Lin, 2011 (cropped).jpg
A-lin in 2011.
Background information
Chinese name 黃麗玲 (traditional)
Chinese name 黄丽玲 (simplified)
Pinyin Huáng Lìlíng (Mandarin)
Born Huang Li-ling
(1983-09-20) 20 September 1983 (age 35)
Lingya, Kaoshiung, Taiwan
Occupation Singer, songwriter
Years active 2005–present
Genre(s) Mandopop, Pop, Rock, R&B
Instrument(s) Voice, guitar and piano
Voice type(s) Alto, Contralto, Falsetto
Label(s) Avex Taiwan (2005–2013)
Sony Music Taiwan
(2014-present)
Associated acts A-Mei, Ailing Tai
Spouse(s)
Huang Kan-lin (m. 2007)
Children Huang Qiaoyu (daughter)
Ancestry Taitung, Taiwan
Website www.avex.com.tw/alin/

A-Lin (Chinese: 阿玲; pinyin: Ā Líng), also known by her birth name Huang Li-ling, and her Amis name Lisang Pacidal Koyouan, is an aboriginal Taiwanese pop singer, lyricist, and occasional composer of Amis descent.

Career[edit]

In 1999, when A-Lin was 16 years old and taught children to sing the hymn “Amazing Grace” after the 921 earthquake in Nantou County, she was discovered by her former agent. However, he was not available when she wanted to give him contact information. Fortunately, four years later, A-Lin met him again in a bar where she sang regularly. She was officially offered a singing contract.[1]

A-Lin made her debut in the world of music at the end of 2006, achieving rapid commercial success. She has been called the next A-Mei, who is an aboriginal singer of Puyuma descent. She also got the nickname 天生歌姬, meaning "A Born Diva". A-Lin was often quoted as saying that A-Mei is highly influential to her music, and often covers A-Mei's songs in music shows and concerts. A-Lin has won numerous music awards and is extremely popular within Mandarin-speaking world.

A-Lin has performed internationally, and performed at a sold-out concert with Xiao Yu and Shin in 2012 at the Sydney Town Hall. It was her first visit to Sydney and people flew in from different cities just to see her.[2]

In 2013, with Avex Taiwan exiting the market due to overall poor sales from the records, all singers under Avex like Huang Li-ling were allowed to terminate their contracts early.

After terminating her contract, A-Lin signed with her new label Sony Music. In December 2014, she released her first album after leaving Avex. This album was nominated for Best Mandarin Female Singer, making her fourth nomination without any win.

In 2015, she participated in the third season of I Am a Singer and came in sixth on the finale held in March 2015. As a result, her singing ability was recognized by more people and provided a boost to her career.

Style[edit]

While A-Lin considers herself as an Contralto, she has been noted to have an extremely wide vocal range closely identical to that of Amanda Seyfried, as noted in many of her songs to have over two octaves or more, and in the concert in Auckland, New Zealand, she was suffering from illnesses that made her unable to hit her falsetto range. She has also notably performed "Remember", by A-Mei, in infantile speech.[3]

Personal life[edit]

A-Lin is the youngest in her family, her parents are Roman Catholics and love music. A-Lin's older sister is Taiwanese model Lea Huang,[4][5] who herself entered the Super Star competition in Taiwan in July 2013 as an aspiring singer in her own right.[6] In 2015, after A-Lin entered I Am A Singer, Lea became a contestant for ‘The most beautiful harmonies’ (最美和聲). They also have an older brother, and A-Lin's cousin-in-law is her fitness coach and also a guitarist. A-Lin was extremely popular as a student and the confidence she gained from this led to her decision to compete in a 'Singing Strength Elite Rivalry Competition' [歌唱實力精英角逐比賽]. She chose the hit song 'At least you are still there' [至少還有你], by Sandy Lam, and the competition allowed A-Lin to believe she had a future as a professional singer. In reference to talent shows being readily accessible to young people these days, A-Lin commented, "I am impressed that there is now a Million Star-type of singing platform, which allows both everyone who enjoys singing and those who are talented singers a tough but realistic chance - an accomplished dream." They also have a brother.[7][8]

In 1 July 2007, A-Lin married Huang Kan-lin, a well-known Taiwanese baseball player. They have a daughter, Huang Qiaoyu. (A-Lin said: "At the first time Huang Kan-lin requested a song "How Do I Live" [9] by LeAnn Rimes in her Tainan Pub Session. However, at that time because of his poor English, he wrote “Good Do A-Lin " on a piece of paper and then spelled the song in homophonic Mandarin. The implication was that he wanted to chase after A-Lin because of her rich lips.[10] Eventually, Huang Kan-lin proposed to A-Lin successfully by a new recorded song " 愛情問怎麼走 (How Love Will Go)".[11])

Discography[edit]

Album# English title Mandarin title Release date Track listing Label Additional information
1st Lovelorn, Not Guilty 失戀無罪 10 February 2006
Track listing
1. Lost Love of Innocence
2. Ah Ah
3. I still do not know
4. Four Seasons
5. New Self
6. False Baby
7. Location
8. Return Home
9. Run Back to Me
10. Beautiful
Avex Taiwan Debut album
2nd Love, How Should I Go? 愛 請問怎麼走 8 June 2007
Track listing
1. Love, I Ask How to Go
2. 荒唐
3. 換季
4. 失戀無罪
5. 四季
6. 位置
7. 回家
Avex Taiwan Debut EP
3rd A Born Diva 天生歌姬 15 August 2008
Track listing
1. 今晚你想念的人是不是我
2. 偽裝
3. 做我自己
4. P.S.我愛你
5. Love will live forever
6. 愛歸你
7. Shine
8. 難得
9. 離開的時候
10. 櫻花湖
Avex Taiwan
4th Before, After 以前 以後 28 December 2009
Track listing
1. 分手需要練習的
2. One Life
3. 以前 以後
4. 快樂生活
5. 完整的浪漫
6. 現在我很幸福
7. 開竅
8. 勇敢的不是我
9. 麻煩下一位
10. 一不愛二不休
11. 家
Avex Taiwan
5th Loneliness Is Not the Hardest Part 寂寞不痛 24 December 2010
Track listing
1. 寂寞不痛
2. 給我一個理由忘記
3. Lin極限
4. 不管幸福來了沒有
5. 我不想他
6. 抱緊一點
7. 愛就愛
8. 我能體諒
9. 稀有動物
10. 逃避沒有不好
Avex Taiwan
6th We Will Be Better 我們會更好的 18 November 2011
Track listing
1. Intro
2. 大大的擁抱
3. 無路可退
4. 我很忙
5. 算了吧
6. Interlude
7. 後來你好嗎
8. 1828
9. 不是不滿足
10. 我們會更好的
11. 乖
12. Outro
13. 每一個我
14. Moment of the Light
15. 不是不滿足
Avex Taiwan
7th What Comes After Happiness 幸福了 然後呢 30 December 2012
Track listing
1. 幸福了 然後呢?
2. Woman In Love
3. 溫柔累了
4. 920
5. 圍城
6. 懂得
7. 好朋友的祝福
8. 笑笑的
9. Purple Rain
10. 最後的天堂
Avex Taiwan
8th Guilt 罪惡感 30 December 2014
Track listing
1. 我值得
2. 我笑到都哭了
3. 罪惡感
4. 難得孤寂
5. All In
6. 平衡感
7. 我心已打烊
8. Gentlewoman
9. 拿走了什麼
10. 最後的晚餐
Sony Music Taiwan
9th A-Lin A-Lin同名專輯 20 September 2017
Track listing

1. Pseudo-Single, Yet Single

(未單身)
2. The Unknown Me (無人知曉的我)
3. The Song You Picked Saves Me [feat. J.Sheon] [Opening theme of Memory Love] (你點的歌救了我)
4. As You Like It (Visit Japan Campaign Song) (隨心所遇)
5. Ok Or Not Ok? (好, 不好?)
6. Sea of Light (光之海)
7. Madame So So Nice (太太太耐斯)
8. Best Actor (最佳男主角)
9. #Love (#愛)
10. More Than You Asked For (不要不要的)
11. Go (一直走)
Sony Music Taiwan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result
2007 18th Golden Melody Awards Best New Artist Lovelorn, Not Guilty Nominated
2009 20th Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Female Singer A Born Diva Nominated
2010 Jade Solid Gold Song Awards Most Popular Mandarin Song "Before, After" Won
2011 22nd Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Female Singer Loneliness Is Not the Hardest Part Nominated
2012 23rd Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Female Singer We Will Be Better Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Little Swallows Night 2011-11-25 pt.2/3 Dingdang A-Lin
  2. ^ "Sydney Live Concert with Xiaoyu and Shin".
  3. ^ A-Lin's "Remember" in infantile speech
  4. ^ A-Lin's sister appeared in her autograph session
  5. ^ Lea Huang on Facebook - Lea & A-Lin - Someone Like You (by Adele)
  6. ^ Lea Huang-Remember (by A-Mei)
  7. ^ A-Lin released the third album "In the past, in the future" and received their good wishes from relatives and friends VCR
  8. ^ SS Little Swallows Night 2013-01-14 A-Lin、Lea and her mother part 1
  9. ^ Live LeAnn Rimes - How Do I Live
  10. ^ Little Swallow Night 2011-11-25 pt.1/3 Dingdang A-Lin
  11. ^ I love Heisehui-A Taiwanese variety show_1_(2007 Jul 5)

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