Jill Vidal

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Jill Vidal
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Born (1982-04-13) 13 April 1982 (age 37)
Hong Kong
OccupationSinger, actor
Years active2006–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese衛詩
Musical career
Also known asWei Si
OriginHong Kong
GenresCantopop, Contemporary R&B, urban pop, Urban Contemporary
Instrumentsvocal, guitar, piano
LabelsWarner Music Hong Kong
Associated actsDear John
Websitewww.warnermusic.com.hk

Jill Vidal (Chinese: 衛詩) often referred to as Wei Si or simply as Jill, is a Hong Kong-based female urban pop singer. Vidal is of Korean and Filipino ethnicity with British nationality. Her twin sister Janice Vidal is also a singer in Hong Kong.

Career and personal life[edit]

Music[edit]

In 2005, Jill Vidal entered the music industry by signing with Amusic, a record label of East Asia Record Production. She released her first song, Lonely, in December 2005. Vidal released her debut album Hit Me, in 2006.

In 2015, she joined Warner Music Hong Kong along with her twin sister, Janice Vidal. Her first single "Fulfilled Love" (被滿足的愛) (feat. San E) after joining Warner Music was recorded in Korea and was released on 16 May 2016. Subsequently, the English version, I Can See (feat. San E) was released on 24 June 2016. On 17 October of the same year, her second single, "Need for Love" (感情需要) was released and reached a high of no.2 spot on Metro Radio FM 99.7 charts. On 12 December 2016, her third single, "Lonely Christmas" a cover originally sang by Eason Chan was released just in time for the holiday season.

On 10 April 2017, her fourth single "Tattoo" (刺青) in pop rock style was released and climbed to the no.1 spot on Metro Radio FM 99.7 charts. On 27 November of the same year, "Suffocate" (缺氧) was released. The song was written for Jill based on conveying the feeling when you love someone so much that you feel suffocated.[1] The MV for "Suffocate" was an open call contest and the winning MV was directed by Frankie Lo and Gavin Ngan.

Arrest[edit]

Vidal and her singer boyfriend Kelvin Kwan were arrested in Tokyo on 24 February 2009 over allegations of marijuana possession. Police were summoned when the pair were caught shoplifting in the district of Shibuya and marijuana was subsequently found in a cigarette in their possession. Kwan confessed to the police that it had been given to him by a friend in Hong Kong, while Vidal said that she was not aware it was marijuana.[2] Urine tests later returned positive results for marijuana for Kelvin Kwan;[3] police allegedly found another banned substance in the pair's luggage.[4] Kwan was released without charge after 32 days in jail.[5] Later, local journals reported that Vidal was being held due to heroin being more extreme that marijuana – the unnamed banned substance previously reported to have been found in her luggage was heroin of her own simple possession weighing of 1.36 grams.[6]

On 24 April, Vidal pleaded guilty in Tokyo court to heroin possession, and was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, suspended for three years. She was deported back to Hong Kong and did not serve prison time[7][8][9]

Acting[edit]

Vidal made her film debut in 2006 in the musical film, A Melody Looking directed by Leon Lai.[10]

Theater[edit]

In August 2014, Vidal starred as the leading female role in, TELEMA! Awaken the Dream, an African drama to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a dream” speech.[11]

[edit]

In 2006, Jill and her twin sister, Janice Vidal starred in a McDonald's commercial involving dialogues of Chinese tongue twisters.[12] The shooting of the commercial took a long time as the Vidal sisters are not native Chinese speakers.

Reborn book release[edit]

Vidal has since converted to Christianity since the incident in Japan in 2009.[13] On 23 July 2011, Vidal released her autobiography, Reborn[14] at the Hong Kong Book Fair describing how God heard her prayers and transformed her from darkness to light.[15][16]

Vidal jewellery[edit]

In November 2016, Vidal launched her own jewellery label, ‘Vidal’, in collaboration with charity organisation and international jewellery label Eden Ministry, which employs former sex workers.[17]

Discography[edit]

Year Album Title Release Date
2006 Hit Me 13 April
2006 Diamond Love 21 November
2008 Jillympics (新曲+精選) 8 August

Filmography[edit]

Release Date Title Chinese Title Role
2006 A Melody Looking 緣邀之音 Jill
2012 A Dream Team 翻身奇兵 Eve

Awards[edit]

Year Awards Songs
2006 Metro Radio Top Dance Song:Bronze Funny Jealousy
2006 Commercial Radio New Artist:Silver Heart Breaker, Get Out, Funny Jealousy, 可可,Lonely
2006 TVB New Artist:Bronze

References[edit]

  1. ^ "新城知訊台". metroradio.com.hk. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  2. ^ Nickkita Lau (4 March 2009). "Pot idols on Tokyo rap". The Standard. Hong Kong. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 5 March 2009.
  3. ^ Patsy Moy (16 March 2009). "Pop stars stay in prison as urine shows drug use". The Standard. Hong Kong. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  4. ^ Nickkita Lau (17 March 2009). "Fresh twist in pot stars' Tokyo saga". The Standard. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  5. ^ Patsy Moy, Drug rap Wei Si in Tokyo jail as Kwan flies home Archived 6 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, The Standard, 30 March 2009
  6. ^ "Prison break as Wei Si admits heroin charge". The Standard. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  7. ^ "Prison relief as Wei Si admits heroin possession". The Standard. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015.
  8. ^ "HK singer returns after 2-month detention". Asia One News. 28 April 2009.
  9. ^ "衛詩藏海洛英被日本法院判入獄兩年緩刑三年". HK ATV. 24 April 2009. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012.
  10. ^ Lai, Leon (14 December 2006), A Melody Looking, Leon Lai, Jeremy Halpern, Alex Perez, retrieved 12 August 2018
  11. ^ "TELEMA! – A Real African Story by Real African Refugees (Drama)". WitnessHK. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  12. ^ "拍廣告中文水皮衛蘭、衛詩練急口令冇覺". Apple Daily (in Chinese). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Jill Vidal 衛詩 on WitnessHK // From Darkness to Light 由黑暗到光明". WitnessHK. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  14. ^ Zhong sheng REBORN. Wei,Shi, Chen,Zhenquan, 卫诗, 陈镇泉 (Di 1 ban ed.). Xianggang: Hong hai wen hua chu ban you xian gong si. 2011. ISBN 9789881533913. OCLC 952127242.CS1 maint: others (link)
  15. ^ "Reborn Jill Vidal gets support from Sammi Cheng | Popular Asians – Download TVB , TVB Download , TVB News , Asian Entertainment News , Asian Downloads". www.popularasians.com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  16. ^ "《重生Reborn》衞詩(Jill Vidal) – 新書交流會及簽名會 – Timable". Timable (in Chinese). Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ "Cantopop star Jill Vidal launches jewellery range to support victims of sex trafficking". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 12 August 2018.