Ho Yeow Sun

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The Reverend
Ho Yeow Sun
Native name 何耀珊
Church City Harvest Church
Orders
Ordination 1992
Consecration 19 October 2015
by Michael Scales, Nyack College
Personal details
Born (1972-06-02)June 2, 1972
Singapore
Nationality Singaporean
Denomination Christianity
Spouse Kong Hee
Profession Pastor, Singer, Director
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Ho (何).

Reverend Ho Yeow Sun (Chinese: 何耀珊; pinyin: Hé Yào Shān), better known as Sun Ho, is a Singaporean Christian pastor and co-founder of City Harvest Church. She is also a singer of Mandopop.

Early life[edit]

Ho studied at Anglican High School and Victoria Junior College. Born in Singapore, she started as a pastor when she was 20 years old with her husband, Kong Hee,[1] founding City Harvest Church. Eight years later she moved to Taiwan, where she became a Mandopop singer.

Career[edit]

As a singer, Ho worked with producers and performers such as Wyclef Jean, Diane Warren, The Underdogs, David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager.[2] Ho is one of the co-founders of City Harvest Church and its community services and is married to Kong Hee.[3] Ho also led City Harvest Church's Creative Department from 1992[4] until late 2000, when she resigned and relocated to Taiwan, where she would do most of her recordings, to pursue her singing career.[5] At the beginning of her music career, she faced accusations that her dressing was inappropriate for her religious background,[6] and rumours of her using her church's support to aid in album sales.[7][8] After a series of successful concerts,[9][10] she had the opportunity[2] to further develop her career outside of Singapore, focusing on China, Taiwan and the US.[11]

From 2002 to 2007, Ho, based in Taiwan, released a succession of five Mandarin pop albums through Warner Music Taiwan, that have either reached double or triple platinum status.[12][13] During this five-year period, Ho worked with composers such as Ma Yufen (马毓芬),[14] the late Ma Zhaojun (马兆骏)[15] F.I.R.,[16] Milk,[17] Arys Chien (深白色),[18] Lee Wei Song (李伟菘),[19] and Tan Han Jin (陈奂仁).[20] "Lonely Travel" was ranked No. 1 on nine top music charts. Her next album "Gain" released in 2006 reached No. 1 position on 10 top music charts.[12] In 2007, Ho released "Embrace" which hit No. 1 on 11 top music charts.[12][21] Her song, "Starting Point", was used as theme song for Singapore TV series "Turning Point" based on real-life inspirational stories, of which Ho was the host.[22]

In 2003, Ho broke into Hollywood with her debut American single "Where Did Love Go," produced by David Foster and Peter Rafelson.[23] The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play "Breakout" Chart in December 2003.[24] Subsequently, three of her singles, "One With You", "Without Love" and "Gone" reached No. 1 positions on the Billboard Dance Chart. "Ends Of The Earth" also joined the abovementioned three singles to reach No. 1 positions on the UK MusicWeek Chart.[25][26][27][28][29] Since 2003, Ho has worked with a number of musicians such as Jimmy Harry, Diane Warren, Tony Moran, Chris Cox, Eric Kupper, Jason Nevins, Moto Blanco and the Underdogs.[2][30][31]

In 2010, Sun Ho was questioned by the Government of Singapore when City Harvest Church came under investigation for alleged misuse of funds.[32]

After the City Harvest Church trial began which created an extended scrutiny of Ho's singing career,[33] two suspension orders were imposed against her where "Ms Ho is not involved even though she is a direct beneficiary".[34] She resumed her role as the Executive Director of the church in Singapore after they were lifted in May 2013 by the Commissioner of Charities (COC).[35]

On 19 October 2015, two days before the sentencing of her husband Kong Hee, Ho was ordained by Michael Scales from Nyack College.[36]

On 21 October 2015, the six City Harvest Church leaders were sentenced to between 21 months and eight years' jail on Friday (Nov 20) for misappropriating S$50 million of church funds as well as criminal breach of trust, and falsification of accounts.

Ho's husband, senior pastor Kong Hee, the founder of the church, was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment for criminal breach of trust. John Lam, former secretary of the church's management board, was sentenced to three years' jail. Sharon Tan, former finance manager, was sentenced to 21 months in prison. Former board member Chew Eng Han was given a sentence of six years and senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, five years and six months. Serina Wee, former finance manager for the church, was handed a five-year jail term. [37]

The November 2016 appeal revealed the City Harvest Church leaders spent $24 million on Ms Sun Ho’s musical foray into the United States which included a house in Hollywood that cost $28,000 a month in rent; a whole entourage of staff; a $1.9 million paycheck to rapper Wyclef Jean to produce the "China Wine" video; as well as another $500,000 to sweep up her albums when they tanked. [38]

Awards[edit]

Controversy[edit]

Following the conviction of husband Kong Hee in October 2015, the issue of "love gifts" from a few churchgoers deposited in a multi-purpose account (MPA) was highlighted. The MPA was set up by Kong and Ho between 2006 and 2010 from which expenses were paid for with church members' donations. Examples of expenses included more than $300,000 was spent on travel, more than $100,000 on food, more than $100,000 on make-up and medical costs that hit more than $100,000. Ho's earnings of more than $400,000 a year came from these gifts, and Kong admitted in court that donors were oblivious about Ho's earnings. The 2012 Commissioner of Charities (COC) inquiry found that $3 million was purportedly spent by Sun Ho from the MPA between April 2007 and March 2010.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/city-harvest-trial-verdict-due-for-six-accused-church-leaders
  2. ^ a b c ""25 tastemakers in asia", Tiger Tales – Inflight Magazine of Tiger Airways". Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  3. ^ Lam Leng Hung, John; Chew, Eng An (5 November 2003). "A Pastor in a Broad Sense". Streats. 
  4. ^ http://www.religionnewsblog.com/2148/poon-says-sorry-pastor-asks-church-to-forgive
  5. ^ Personal communication from Rev. Derek Dunn, Pastor/Manager- HR, Office & Pastoral Administration Departments, City Harvest Church.
  6. ^ Seah, Lionel (8 November 2004). "Faith, hope and Sun". The Straits Times. 
  7. ^ Wong, Kim Hoh (16 November 2003). "Church or Hollywood?". The Straits Times. 
  8. ^ "SINGAPORE: Ho Yeow Sun can't seem to avoid making headlines, and not always in a good way". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 22 June 2007. 
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  13. ^ ""Making The Brand: Sun Rising", Publication:Billboard". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  14. ^ ""何耀珊《拥抱》荣获台湾7大主流排行榜冠军", CN West". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
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  17. ^ ""牛奶尬舞 辣媽電臀狂搖",自由電子報". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
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  19. ^ ""依樣陽光的何耀珊《收穫》", 3C Music 中文唱片評論". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  20. ^ ""何耀珊《SunDay》", mojim!China Limited". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  21. ^ ""何耀珊上海召开《拥抱》视听会 讲述新专辑背后的故事", qkzz.net". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  22. ^ ""第3张专辑后 何耀珊要办巡回演唱会", Zaobao.com". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  23. ^ ""何耀珊杭州《孤单旅行》 自曝曾患忧郁症想自杀", SINA". Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  24. ^ ""何耀珊捐百万酬劳建孤儿院 最希望与郑秀文合作", QQ.com". Retrieved 30 May 2008. 
  25. ^ ""Asian Pop Diva Sun Ho Set to Take America by Storm ", Asianbite". Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  26. ^ ""ARTIST – SUN", triple j Digital Music Service". Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  27. ^ ""Singer Sun Ho Is Working with the Best", CCTV International". Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  28. ^ ""Singapore-born singer Sun Ho is working with the best", Channelnewsasia.com". Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  29. ^ ""Singapore's Singing Sensation A Role Model For Young People", eMU News Online". Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 5 June 2007. 
  30. ^ ""Ends of the Earth",Discogs". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  31. ^ ""Without Love",Last.fm the social music revolution". Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  32. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Singapore/Story/STIStory_541030.html
  33. ^ NG, JUN SEN. "Sun who? Why Sun Ho failed to crack US market". The New Paper. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  34. ^ Robert, Catherine. "CHC trial: Sun Ho's career, lifestyle attracted critics". The New Paper. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  35. ^ "Ho Yeow Sun to resume executive role in City Harvest Church". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  36. ^ "Ho Yeow Sun to resume executive role in City Harvest Church". Yahoo Newsroom. Retrieved 4 December 2015. 
  37. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/city-harvest-trial-21/2278238.html
  38. ^ http://themiddleground.sg/2016/09/22/chc-appeal-optimism-folly-kong-hee/
  39. ^ "Money from 'love gifts' went into secret account" (8 November 2015). TNP. Retrieved 1 December 2015.