Jam Hsiao

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Jam Hsiao
Jam at 2012 Macau concert.jpg
Jam Hsiao in 2012
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
PinyinXiāo Jìngténg (Mandarin)
Born (1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 31)
Taipei, Taiwan
OccupationSinger-songwriter, actor, Judge
Years active2007–present
Genre(s)Mandopop
Instrument(s)Piano, Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Saxophone, Flute
Voice type(s)Tenor, Falsetto
Label(s)Warner Music Taiwan (2008–present)
Associated actsLion
Awards
Hong Kong Film Awards
Best New Performer
2012 The Killer Who Never Kills
Golden Melody Awards
Best Mandarin Male Singer
2013: It's All About Love
MTV Asia Awards
Hong Kong-Taiwan Region Most Potential Male Vocal of the Year; 2008 CCTV-MTV Music Ceremony

Jam Hsiao (traditional Chinese: 蕭敬騰; simplified Chinese: 萧敬腾; pinyin: Xiāo Jìngténg; Wade–Giles: Hsiao Ching-teng, born 30 March 1987) is a Taiwanese singer and actor. At the age of 17, while still in high school, he began working as a restaurant singer. In May 2007, Hsiao took part in the first season of China Television (CTV)'s star search show, One Million Star. He signed a contract with Warner Music Taiwan in 2008 and released his debut album, Jam Hsiao, in the same year.

In 2011, Hsiao played the lead role in the action film The Killer Who Never Kills and won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best New Performer for his performance. In 2013, his fourth album It's All About Love won him Best Male Vocalist at 24th Golden Melody Awards.

In 2015, he formed a four-man band called Lion as singer-songwriter and keyboarder of the band, and they participated in Singer 2017 and got third.

Early life and career[edit]

Hsiao was born to a father of Han Chinese descent and native Amis aboriginal mother.[citation needed] He was a delinquent since primary school, having already tried smoking in 3rd grade, and was involved in a brawl at 14. His interest in music started when he found Bon Jovi's Crush album, but it was until he was 15 when he briefly had drum lessons until he had to self-teach himself in which he became a drum teacher in less than a year, then self-taught himself to play many instruments, including guitar and keyboards without the ability to read sheet music.

Singing career[edit]

2007: Rise to fame[edit]

In May 2007, Hsiao was accepted to the first season of a TV show, One Million Star 超级星光大道. This show was the Taiwanese equivalence of American Idol. The show's production unit recognized his talent and wanted him to appear as a challenger in the already unraveling first season. Hsiao was arranged to be in a Point Kick (PK) style singing match against the show's 10 best remaining contestants. He won the first two rounds. Although he lost in the third round, the show's rating shot up to a historical high. He became the third most searched celebrity in Yahoo! Taiwan, and his name the second hottest keyword for Taiwan Show Business in Google.

His brief appearance on the show captured the attention of the music industry at that time and the restaurant he was singing at was full house whenever there was his shift. Even though at this time he was not signed with any music record company, Hsiao received many invitation to go on variety shows.

Hsiao's powerful vocal and sudden popularity got A-Mei 張惠妹's attention. A-mei is known as Taiwan's Queen of Pop and she invited Hsiao to sing with her in the duet "Moment of the First Sight" (一眼瞬間) in her 2007 music album Star. It became the instant No. 1 hit. In December 2007, Hsiao performed a medley of four nominated original themes in the Golden Horse Award, the most significant event for film industry in Taiwan. At this time, Hsiao was still an ordinary 20-year-old student and freelance musician. Needless to say, many record companies fought to recruit this young and fresh talent.

2008: Self-titled album[edit]

Jam Hsiao at Taipei New Year's Eve Party 2011

In March 2008, Warner Music Taiwan and Hsiao entered a four-year contract. His first album, the self-titled Jam Hsiao 同名专辑, debuted in June 2008. It was the No.1 hit on the billboard for 7 weeks. In July 2008, Hsiao's New-song Premiere Concert at Taipei Danshui Fisherman's Wharf Attracted over ten thousand fans. This album was also the No.1 hit in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. In June 2009, He was nominated as the Best New Singer in the 20th Golden Music Awards in Taiwan. Although he did not win the title, his extraordinary performance had won him a solid position in Taiwan music industry.

During this period, Jam Hsiao also tried acting. He had a cameo in the popular Taiwanese drama "Fated To Love You/ 命中注定我爱你" and received many positive reviews. Jam Hsiao visited Italy in December 2008. Inspired by this visit, he published a book, "Listening to Italy" and wrote a song "To My Beloved". This song was released as an EP with video to raise funds for the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation.

2009: Princess, Love Moments[edit]

Following the success of his first album, Hsiao's second album Princess was released in July 2009 with even greater success. The title rock song "Princess" was a No.1 hit for three months. This 12-song album included four songs written by Hsiao and had the chance to become the song producer for these tracks. These four songs showcased his creativity, and each one of them had its own distinguished style. He then announced his first large-scale live concert, "Mr. Rock Concert", in Taipei Arena scheduled in December 2009.

As part of his pre-concert initiative, Hsiao released in November 2009 his third album, Love Moments. This album included 10 covers of songs originally sung by top female singers. Hsiao recorded them in a live-band style. Among them, "Silent Flower" was in Taiwanese dialect, and the album's first hit song "New Endless Love" was the song he sang and got defeated on TV show, One Million Star in 2007.

Hsiao's two albums in 2009 gave him five more No.1 hits. He had six songs in top 100 on KKBOX Digital Music Billboard, and five songs in top 100 Golden Songs of 2009 on Hit FM Radio. He won the Best Male Singer Award in the 15th Singapore Golden Music Awards. In 2010, he was nominated as Best Male Singer in the Taiwan Golden Melody Music Awards.

2009-2011: "Mr. Rock Concert Tour", Jam Wild Dreams[edit]

Jam Hsiao's Mr. Rock Concert at Taipei Arena in December 2009, was a huge success. It was sold out within minutes. The stage set was designed to mimic a chess game. In lavish costumes, he performed songs in Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, English and Korean. He also incorporated his drumming and keyboard skills on stage. Without dancers or guest singers, Hsiao single-handedly completed his first large-scale concert and earned enthusiastic praise. He toured four more cities— Singapore, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai - till February 2011. He tailored each concert to the local market demands and incorporated different local elements in each of the different concert locations which was highly appreciated by fans.

Jam Hsiao released his fourth record album Jam Wild Dreams in June 2011. He was involved in selecting, composing, recording, mixing and background harmony production. He had been the individual song producer since his 2009 "Princess" album but this time round, he got to take on the role of album producer, a first for Hsiao. He was quoted saying that this album represented his music ideologies and beliefs and that this album is the most live studio recorded album as he strive to preserve the energy and appeal of an actual live performance. This album received very good reviews and was the rank number one album on Taiwan's KKBOX Music Rank. This album also won him the Best Male Singer in Singapore 17th Golden Melody Awards. It became the 11th best-selling album of 2011 in Taiwan, with 50,000 copies sold.[1]

In the beginning of 2011, Hsiao was voted as one of the most desirable singers by the audience in China, and was invited to perform in a trio with Li Jian and Khalil Fong on CCTV New Year's Gala. This is a five-hour variety show on Chinese New Year's Eve and it has become an ingrained tradition in most Chinese families. Therefore, it is a great honor to appear on this show. However, Hsiao fell ill with influenza and laryngitis just days before the event. He managed to run through the rehearsals but his condition worsened. On the night of the show, he could hardly speak. As a performer, Hsiao knew that he had to fulfill his commitment. As one of the trio members, he also realized that this could be once-in-a-life-time opportunity for his two partners. Therefore, he did not cancel the appearance and refused to do a lip-sync. His only explanation after the show was "I did my best". Although his performance was a disappointment, his attitude, courage and professionalism earned the respect of the production unit, the fellow musicians and the hearts of the audience. After the New year, his saga became a hot topic of discussion, and his popularity soared in China. This episode led to a new phrase called "There's a spirit called Jam Hsiao", which goes to show the vast recognition he had received from the public.

2011-2012: "Jam Hsiao World Concert Tour", Mr. Jazz: A Song For You, It's All About Love[edit]

Jam Hsiao's second production of concert tour started from Hong Kong in August 2011. It was going to have only one concert in Hong Kong. However, this show was sold out in a matter of minutes. Many fans failed to get tickets and were very disappointed. Then a second show was added and it was also sold out in 6 minutes.

The tour went to Shanghai in December 2011, Singapore in January 2012, and then headed for Taipei Arena in February 2012. In Taipei, the same scenario played out. The second show was added and sold out after the first show was sold out in one afternoon.

He received many more invitations to bring this concert tour to different cities including many cities in China, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.

In 2012, Hsiao released his first full English album, consisting of eleven covers of known classics—such as "How Deep Is Your Love" by the Bee Gees and "L-O-V-E" by Nat King Cole—recorded from his Mr. Jazz Private Party Live. With the album, Hsiao showcased a 180-degree change in style and performance manner—from the powerful Mr. Rock to the soothing Mr. Jazz.

In an era where mainstream music dominates the charts, Hsiao aims to introduce less popular music towards the Asian market. Announcing on several radio shows that he wishes more and more people to be exposed to music that they don't usually approach.

In November 2012, Hsiao released another Chinese album, It's All About Love. This time, in addition to album producing, songwriting, singing, background vocal arrangement/singing, he also directed an MV for the song "Marry Me". He also recorded for the first time, a disco dance rap song, "Hey, Brother", and performed dance movement in the music video.

In July 2013, he won for Best Male Singer in the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards.

2013-2014, Appearance on Duets, The Song[edit]

In 2013, Hsiao assumed the role of a mentor in Beijing Television, BTV's singing competition reality show Duets alongside another three mentors. One of his students, Xiao Yi Hang won first place after three months of competition and was subsequently signed with his record label company, Warner Music Ltd. He reprised his role as a mentor on the Season 2 of Duets.

In June 2014, Hsiao released his sixth album, The Song. He composed six out of ten songs in this album and was also the album producer. He specially engaged a dance instructor from Korea to choreograph his dance for the song "Kiss Me" and was reported to have learned it via a video recording in just two days. The song "Kelly" was chosen as the end track for the Korean drama "You Who Came From The Stars" which was aired in Taiwan in May. "The Song" was also selected to be the closing song for thirteen Shin Kong Mitsukoshi malls in Taiwan, which will be played just before the malls close starting on 1 July. In conjunction with the 2014 Brazil World Cup, Jam Hsiao became the World Cup Ambassador for Taiwan and his song "Let Go" was also featured as the closing song during the World Cup telecast in Taiwan.

2016-present: Sound of My Dream, formation of Lion[edit]

In September 2016, Hsiao formed the band Lion, together with Lee Q Wu, Tsou Chiang and Liu Chao-chu. They released their self-titled album on September 16. In the same year, he appeared as one of the mentors of Zhejiang Television's Sound of My Dream, together with Yu Quan, Hebe Tien, JJ Lin and A-mei.

In 2017, Hsiao, together with his band Lion, participated in Singer 2017 and got third overall.

Acting career[edit]

In 2010, Jam Hsiao joined the cast of a movie, The Killer Who Never Kills, based on a series of novels by popular Taiwanese novelist Giddens Ko. In the film, he plays the leading role, the titular Killer Who Never Kills, Ouyang Bonsai, and wrote the film's theme song. Released in 2011, the movie was a box office success, and he won the Best New Actor Award in the 31st Hong Kong Golden Film Awards in 2012.

Hsiao played the lead role of as the "Master of all Geeks" in his second film, romantic-comedy movie My Geeky Nerdy Buddies, directed by Kevin Chu alongside China artistes Jiang Shuying and Xie Na. It was released in July 10, 2014 in Mainland China and Taiwan.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Track listing
Jam Hsiao
蕭敬騰同名專輯
Track listing
  1. 收藏
  2. 王子的新衣
  3. 原諒我
  4. 奮不顧身
  5. 疼愛
  6. 多希望你在
  7. 活著
  8. 一輩子存在
  9. 我在哭
  10. Blues
  11. 海芋戀
Princess
王妃
  • Released: 17 July 2009
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 王妃
  2. 我不會愛
  3. 阿飛的小蝴蝶
  4. 善男信女
  5. Say a lil something
  6. 愛遊戲
  7. 小男人大男孩
  8. 會痛的石頭
  9. 愛過了頭
  10. Green Door
  11. 給愛人
  12. 寂寞還是你
Love Moments
愛的時刻 自選輯
  • Released: 13 November 2009
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 開到荼蘼
  2. 新不了情
  3. 如果沒有你
  4. 夢一場
  5. 無言花
  6. 我懷念的
  7. 記念
  8. 寫一首歌
  9. 記得
  10. 倒帶
Jam Wild Dreams
狂想曲
  • Released: 30 June 2011
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 你 You
  2. 複製人 Clone
  3. 狂想曲 Wild Dreams
  4. 只能想念你 Miss you forever
  5. 話不多 Quiet
  6. 怎麼說我不愛你 How to say I don't love you
  7. 不停有意外的世界 The Unexpectable World
  8. 敷衍 Perfunctoriness
  9. 信仰 Faith
  10. 好想對你說 (悲傷版) I really want to say (sad version)
  11. 好想對你說 I really want to say
  12. 白蛇傳 Tale of the White Snake
  13. 茉莉戀 Jasmine Love
  14. 看對眼 Love at the first sight
Mr.Jazz - A Song for You
  • Released: 9 May 2012
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. For Once in My Life/Stevie Wonder
  2. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons/Nat King Cole
  3. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart/Bee Gees
  4. How Deep is Your Love/Bee Gees(首波主打)
  5. Fever/Elvis Presley
  6. Save the Last Dance for Me/Michael Buble
  7. Rhythm of the Rain/The Cascades
  8. Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word/Elton John
  9. Put Your Head on My Shoulder/Paul Anka
  10. L-O-V-E/Nat King Cole
  11. A Song For You/Leon Russell
It's All About Love
以愛之名
  • Released: 30 November 2012
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 福爾摩斯(Holmes)
  2. 爸爸(PaPa)
  3. Marry Me
  4. 不正常(Unusual)
  5. 活在故事裡(Story)
  6. 以愛之名(It's all about LOVE)
  7. 如果(If)
  8. 兄弟我說(Hey, Brother!)
  9. 練習曲(Practice)
  10. 純金打造(Golden Love)
  11. 你知道嗎(Do You Know?)
The Song
  • Released: 27 June 2014
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 吻我吧(Kiss Me)
  2. 我就是愛你(Love Me, Please)
  3. 放開(Let Go)
  4. 鈴鈴(& 范瑋琪)(Ring Ring)
  5. 說(Say It)
  6. 色(Color)
  7. 我在飛(I'm Flying)
  8. 跟我玩(Play With Me)
  9. Kelly
  10. 這首歌(The Song)
  11. 這首歌(演奏版)(The Song(instrumental))
  12. 到不了的地方(Anywhere, Somewhere, Nowhere)
Reminiscence
  • Released: 31 December 2015
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 千言萬語
  2. 被遺忘的時光
  3. 袖手旁觀
  4. 矜持
  5. 張三的歌
  6. 一次幸福的機會
  7. 親密愛人
  8. 想你的人沒有睡
  9. 愛的箴言
  10. 城裡的月光
Reflection of Desire
  • Released: 22 June 2018
  • Label: Warner Music Taiwan
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Track listing
  1. 皮囊
  2. 王妃 2.0
  3. 讓我為你唱情歌
  4. 你會在哪呢
  5. 全是愛
  6. 欲望反光
  7. 迷茫世代
  8. 發現
  9. 與海鷗交談
  10. 我有多麼喜歡你 featuring Yoga Lin
  11. 我有多麼喜歡你

Singles and EPs[edit]

Year Song / EP Notes
2007 Moment of the First Sight Duet with A-Mei, also in A-Mei's album "STAR"
2007 How We Roll The theme song of "Alvin and the Chipmunks" Chinese version
2008 Lonesome or You Gift by HTC cell phone, also in album "Princess"
2008 To My Beloved Fund-raiser for Genesis Social Welfare Foundation released as EP/AVCD, also in album "Princess"
2009 Wish You Happiness Commercial single for Farglory Realty, also in Chinese edition of album "Love Moment"
2009 Where Peace Begins Theme song of World Peace Conference, Chinese version
2012 Sad Love Included in the digital EP of stage play "The Demi-gods and Semi-devil"
2012 Promise You Included in the digital EP of stage play "The Demi-gods and Semi-devil"
2012 Sixth Sense Theme song of movie "Shadows of Love"
2014 Iceman Theme song of movie "Iceman 3D"

DVDs[edit]

Year Name Label Comment
2010 Mr. Rock Concert - Live Warner Music Taiwan Concert at Taipei Arena, December 2009
2012 Jam's World Concert Tour - Live Warner Music Taiwan Concert at Hong Kong Coliseum, August 2011
2013 Jam's World Concert Tour - Live Warner Music Taiwan Concert at Taipei Arena, Feb. 2012

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2011 The Killer Who Never Kills 殺手‧歐陽盆栽 Ouyang Bonsai
2013 Escape from Planet Earth N/A Scorch Supernova Taiwanese release, voice
2014 My Geeky Nerdy Buddies 大宅們 A-chai
2015 Crazy New Year's Eve 一路驚喜 Hsiao Ching-ming
2018 The Faces of My Gene 祖宗十九代 Gonggong

Television series[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2008 Fated to Love You 命中注定我愛你 A veterinarian Cameo, episode 18
2009 Momo Love 桃花小妹 A movie star Cameo, episode 8
2017 Midnight Food Store 深夜食堂 Leon Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
2009 20th Golden Melody Awards Best New Artist Jam Hsiao Nominated [2]
HITO Radio Music Awards
HITO流行音樂獎
Top 10 Songs of the Year "收藏" (Collection) from Jam Hsiao Won [3]
Best New Artist Jam Hsiao Won
2010 Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards Songs of the Year "Say a lil Something" Won [4]
Songs of the Year "新不了情" ("New Endless Love") Won
Male Singer N/A Won
Asia Popular Idol (亞洲人氣偶像) N/A Won
21st Golden Melody Awards Best Male Vocalist – Mandarin Princess Nominated
2012 23rd Golden Melody Awards Best Male Vocalist – Mandarin Jam Wild Dreams Nominated
31st Hong Kong Film Awards Best New Performer The Killer Who Never Kills Won
11th CCTV-MTV Awards Best Male Singer (HK, Macau, Taiwan regions) N/A Won
2013 24th Golden Melody Awards Best Male Vocalist – Mandarin It's All About Love Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Chinese) "羅志祥唱片年度熱賣15萬張 蟬聯台灣榜單冠軍" Sina.com. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-15
  2. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 9th Golden Melody Awards nominees list Archived 2011-11-25 at the Wayback Machine. 3 January 1998. Retrieved 2011-03-06
  3. ^ (in Chinese) HITO Radio 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards winners list 15 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-04-25
  4. ^ (in Chinese) Metro Info Metro Radio Mandarin Music Awards 2010 winners list Retrieved 2011-04-14.

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