Joi Chua

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is 蔡 (Chua).
Joi Chua
Joi sum.jpg
Photo shoot for EP, Perspectives, released in 2012.
Background information
Native name 蔡 淳佳
Born (1978-08-03) August 3, 1978 (age 37)
Origin Singapore
Genres Pop, Folk
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Actress
Years active 1996 – present
Labels Ocean Butteflies, Warner Music Singapore, Joi Music

Joi Chua or Joi Tsai (Chinese: 蔡淳佳; pinyin: Cài Chúnjiā, born August 3, 1978) is a Singaporean female pop singer.[1] Her most famous songs are "Waiting For A Sunny Day" (《等一个晴天》), "Watching the Sunrise With Me" (《陪我看日出》), the Chinese version of "Nada Soso" and "Wind Chimes" (《风铃》). She is also well known in Mainland China and Taiwan.


Name meaning[edit]

"" ("Chua" or "Tsai", pinyin: Cài) is her family name. "" (pinyin: Chún) is equal to "" (its pinyin is also: Chún) in ancient Chinese, both meaning "mellow", "good-natured" or "good-hearted". Now the latter character "醇" is only used to describe the good quality of wine. "" ("Joi", pinyin: jiā) means "well" or "fine".

Early years: 1990s - 2003[edit]

Joi was educated at Raffles Girls' Primary School, Clementi Town Secondary School, and Singapore Polytechnic majoring in optometry. Her original major was business administration, but her shifted her major into optometry 3 months later.[2]

Joi was influenced by her elder brother to pick up singing from a young age.[3] She joined and led the choir in her Secondary school and later joined budding singers in The Ark, a cafe with live performances, which molded the most important part of Joi's singing career. She debuted as a commercial singer in 1996 in Extraordinary Singers Course organized by Ocean Butterflies Production Company, where she was chosen from over 2000 candidates at its premiere audition to join the label as a trainee singer.[4][5] Joi's first album under the same name, was however only launched in 2000 as she decided to complete her education before embarking on her singing career. Unfortunately, the album did not receive its desired response, and Joi returned to the hospital to work as an optometrist between 2001 to 2003 after her short stint.[5]

Rise to fame: 2003 - 2010[edit]

She was later approached by Play Music in 2003, and released her second album Sunrise (《日出》). This album became a commercial success, by which she picked up the merit award under the cultural achievement category for The Outstanding Young Person Award for 2006. Play Music was later acquired by Warner Music and Joi came under the wings of the global music label till 2010 before switching to her own management.

She was commissioned by MediaCorp to sing many Channel 8 NKF Drama Series theme songs and the sub-theme songs like There is Hope for Life (《梦在手里》).[6] Joi has been given the honor to perform in the prestigious National Day Parade 2005 & again in 2008 when she helms the stage as the anchor for the night.[7] She also led the music Craze Concert in 2005, 2006 and was invited to be the anchor performer for Chingay Parade 2012, which was telecast to more than a hundred million audience around the world. Further to her success at home, Joi is also well received in China, where she was invited to sing at the CCTV big annual show Mid-Autumn Festival Gala Evening (《中秋晚会》) in 2007,[8][9] 2008[8] and 2014.

Entrepreneur & Singer-Songwriter: 2011 - present[edit]

Trained as an optometrist, Joi fulfilled her second dream when she started her own optical practice, The Eyecare People in 2011.[10] The store offers specialised eye care services and accessories in a lifestyle boutique setting in Holland Village, Singapore. To add on to her entrepreneurial profile, Joi started her own music label, Joi Music, and executively produced her latest EP, Perspectives in 2012. Perspectives won rave reviews locally and abroad, gaining more than 93 chart toppers and managed top 10 in more than 500 over radio stations in China alone[citation needed].

Movies Filming[edit]

Joi's acting debut as leading lady for Singapore's famed director, Royston Tan's new film "3688" (《想入飞飞》) will hit the cinemas in June 2015. [11] The film revolves around a parking warden, Xia Feifei, who dreams of becoming a singer like her namesake, the famous Taiwan singer Feng Fei-fei. She is forced to give up her singer dreams as she has to make ends meet. One day, she decides to follow her heart and join a national talent contest. But her father, who is suffering from dementia mysteriously disappears when she finally makes it into the final stage of the competition.

Joi revealed in interviews that this is the best project she has undertaken in her entire career. The film is expected to screen on Fathers' Day in 2015 across Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and China. It is understood that the film has also been pre-booked by multiple international film festivals.


Musical style[edit]

Songs covering[edit]

covered & adapted songs collected in albums
Chinese Title English Title original song and artist(s) Albums Notes
Eternal Flame "Eternal Flame" by The Bangles. 《蔡淳佳 Joi》
《爱如潮水》 Love Like Waves 《爱如潮水》 by Jeff Chang (张信哲). 《蔡淳佳 Joi》
《陪我看日出》 Watching the Sunrise With Me "Nada Sōsō" (「涙そうそう」) by Ryo-ko Mori-yama (森山 良子). 《日出》 Cover from Ri-mi Natsu-kawa's cover version.
《有一天我会》 One Day I Will 《有一天我会》 by 张琼瑶. 《有一天我会》
《未知的以后》 Unknown Future 「爱よ 爱よ」 by Ri-mi Natsu-kawa (夏川 里美). 《有一天我会》
《星星眼睛》 Eyes Like Stars 「星がきれい」 by Yu-zu (ゆず). 《有一天我会》
《南屏晚钟》 Evening Chime of the Southern City 《南屏晚钟》 by Tsui Ping (崔萍). 《有一天我会》
《恋之憩》 Break From Love 《恋之憩》 by Jiang E (姜鄂). 《等一个晴天
《等一个晴天》 Waiting For a Sunny Day 「かざぐるま」 by Yo Hitoto (一青 窈). 《等一个晴天
《风铃》 Wind Chimes "ยิ่งกว่าเสียใจ" by Punch (วรกาญจน์ โรจนวัชร). 《等一个晴天
《对不起,我爱你》 Sorry, I Love You 「雪の華」 by Mi-ka Naka-shima (中島 美嘉). 《等一个晴天
《左右为难》 Dilemma 〈어쩌면〉 by 서진영 (徐真英). 《等一个晴天
《依恋》 "Je m'appelle Hélène" by Hélène Rollès. 《等一个晴天
Yesterday 〈Yesterday〉 by 박혜경 (朴慧京). 《等一个晴天
《隐形纪念》 Invisible Memorial 「それぞれに」 by Kou-suke Atari (中孝 介). 《回到最初》
《回家的路》 The Way Home 「家路」 by Kou-suke Atari (中孝介). 《回到最初》

Other famous cover songs are:

  • 《细水长流》 (with 蔡礼莲 & 唐玉璇, original sang by Liang Wern Fook (梁文福) & 刘瑞政 & 王邦吉)
  • 《相亲相爱》 (original sang by various artists from Warner Music)

Volunteer activities & Philanthropy[edit]

In addition to being a celebrity singer, she is actively involved in social causes and was appointed the ambassador for the Singapore Speak Mandarin Campaign 2005 which involved her in concerts over 12 different primary and secondary schools to promote the campaign. She lent her voice for the Chinese theme song of Uniquely You (《非常特别的你》) for the Singapore Tourism Board and was also the agency's ambassador to promote Singapore as a choice destination to both locals and foreigners. Joi also contributes to the community service through her work in promoting the mandarin language and as an ambassador for World Visions and Mercy Relief.

Personal life[edit]

Joi is married in December 2010 to her beau of 10 years.[12][13]

Nominations and Awards[edit]

She was later nominated Best Female Vocalist in the industry's most prestigious "Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards" in 2008 for her album, Joi Blessed (《庆幸拥有蔡淳佳》).[14] Joi went on to win "Best Asia-Pacific Vocalist" in the "Original Chinese Music Awards" held in China in 2010 with her album Back to Basics (《回到最初》). Her co-written work Darkness (《不透光》) from this EP, with prolific composer-producer Jim Lim won her, her first "Best Melody Composition" award in Singapore e-Award in 2012.


Time Chinese Title English Title Label Notes
2000 《蔡淳佳 Joi》 Joi Tsai Sony Taiwan
Sep 2004 《日出》 Sunrise
Aug 2005 《有一天我会》 One Day I will UST
Dec 2005 《对不起,我爱你》 Love is... or Sorry, I love you Featuring Eric Chen (陈冠宇).
Sep 2006 《等一个晴天》 Waiting For A Sunny Day
Nov 2006 《淳佳精选17首》 The Best of Joi or
Joi's Greatest Hits compilation consists of 17 songs
Only released in Taiwan.
Dec 2007 《慶幸擁有蔡淳佳》 Blessed Joi
Sep 2009 《回到最初》 Back To Basics or Back To the Original
Jan 2010 《淳剧佳曲》 Joi Best of Drama
Jun 2010 《時間的禮盒》 The Gift of Time
Jul 2012 《视界观》 Perspectives Songs were embeded in a promoting USB disk whose pattern was designed by Joi.[10]
Time Chinese Title English Title Label Notes
April 2014 《玻璃》 Glass
Nov 2014 《一传一》 Be the One Released with both English and Chinese versions.
Nov 2014 《信约》 Promise Drama Theme for The Journey: Tumultuous Times.


Time Chinese Title English Title Role Director Notes
2015 《想入飞飞》 3688 Xia Feifei (夏飞飞) Royston Tan (陈子谦)

Footnotes and References[edit]


  1. ^ Jason Birchmeier. "Joi Chua -Biography by Jason Birchmeier". Retrieved 2015-06-15. Joi Chua is Mandopop singer from Singapore who rose to success in 2004-2005, becoming one of her homeland's best-selling artists during this period. 
  2. ^ "蔡淳佳社交平台送父亲节祝福 愿爸爸们享受世界杯" (in Chinese). Phoenix Music (凤凰音乐). 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-15. ...大学的专业,在银行工作的父亲希望她读商科,原本听从了家人意愿的蔡淳佳只读了三个月就毅然“弃商从医”,选择了非常冷门的验光系... 
  3. ^ "实录:蔡淳佳畅聊新专辑 寻找最初的热忱(组图)" (in Chinese). Sina Entertainment (新浪娱乐). 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 蔡淳佳:“可以这么说,他其实是我小时候的一个榜样,因为他唱歌很好听,我也觉得他唱歌很哈听,我也要跟他一样,我就会学着跟他一样好... 他没有(笑),我们在民歌餐厅助唱了很多年,我们是兄妹搭档,但是后来我当了歌手,他成了工程师。” 
  4. ^ 李淑君 (2001-04-06). "声音如绵里针的蔡淳佳" (in Chinese). Southern Metropolis Daily (《南方都市报》). Retrieved 2015-06-15. 身高:170cm,体重:48kg,血型:A","演艺经验:1996海蝶非常歌手训练班毕业,民歌餐厅歌手;读书时期,校园的歌唱比赛/演出;《Replugged》合辑校园演唱会... 在学期间就在新加坡的“木船”唱歌,是个颇受欢迎的民歌手。 
  5. ^ a b 李文, 王宁; 方志华 (2009-11-27). ""电视剧主题曲天后"蔡淳佳沉浮乐坛近十年" (in Chinese). 杭州网. Retrieved 2015-06-15. 积极参加各种唱歌比赛的蔡淳佳在学生时候的一场比赛中,认识了当时担任评审之一的‘木船民歌餐厅’的老板,并开始在那里的驻唱生涯。那段时间,也被蔡淳佳称为是她生命中最快乐的时候,而后终于被海蝶音乐制作公司执着的音乐人许环良说动,只身来到台湾发展。","蔡淳佳舒服纯净的嗓音,在当时引起瞩目,却正巧遇上唱片公司改组,结束了宣传回到新加坡。一度面临人生抉择的蔡淳佳,在面对歌唱的热情与现实生活考验中拉锯,最后决定重拾验光师工作,但却一直从未放弃歌唱的梦想。 
  6. ^ 程雪超 (2009-12-02). "新加坡歌手蔡淳佳《回到最初》" (in Chinese). Guangzhou Daily (《广州日报》). Retrieved 2015-06-15. 蔡淳佳曾演唱过众多影视作品主题曲,被冠以“主题歌女王”... 
  7. ^ 董文 (2008-07-10). "蔡淳佳取代孙燕姿 将献唱新加坡国庆主题曲(图)" (in Chinese). Sohu Music (搜狐音乐). Retrieved 2015-06-15. 27岁的蔡淳佳在锦文中学念中三时,曾参与国庆庆典演出,是学校联合合唱团的一份子。之后她也曾两次以歌手的身份在国庆庆典上表演,但今年是首次成为主题曲演唱者。 
  8. ^ a b jerryho (2008-09-24). "内地人气直升 蔡淳佳担任国际知名IT品牌代言人" (in Chinese). Tencent Entertainment (腾讯娱乐). Retrieved 2015-06-15. 因为连续两年受中央电视台中秋晚会邀请,蔡淳佳已是连续两年在中国用歌声陪伴大家欢渡中秋佳节。 
  9. ^ 袁野 (2014-09-09). "央视等节俭办晚会 "秋晚"回归质朴" (in Chinese). 南方日报, 人民网. Retrieved 2015-07-20. ...蔡淳佳献唱经典老歌《南屏晚钟》... 
  10. ^ a b "蔡淳佳自创音乐品牌发新碟 感谢老公默默支持" (in Chinese). NetEase Entertainment (网易娱乐). 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 据蔡佳淳透露,其实开眼镜店这个决定并不草率,因为老公和我都是验光师,所以还是属于专业范围内的。除开当歌手以外,做生意是我和我老公共同的梦想。","蔡淳佳:“我不知道是不是趋势,因为我真的不知道之前还有谁这么做过,我们是觉得CD现在已经很难卖了,我觉得要带给大家比较多不同的额外的价值,让大家觉得这个东西还可以再使用,你知道环保是大家很注重的,我觉得这个也很环保啊,因为CD现在你买了……或者人家也不买了,全部在网上听,我觉得这个至少大家还可以当一个东西使用,收藏他们喜欢的东西在里面,我觉得也很好啊。” 
  11. ^ 李亦筠 (2014-12-10). "《想入飞飞》女主角出炉 蔡淳佳飞上枝头当"凤迷"" (in Chinese). Lianhe Zaobao (《联合早报》). Retrieved 2015-07-20. 本地导演陈子谦向已故帽子歌后凤飞飞致敬的电影《想入飞飞》女主角人选出炉,将由歌手蔡淳佳担任。 
  12. ^ 梁嘉芪; 黄颖 (2010-01-15). "蔡淳佳告别单身 爱情长跑10年找到归宿" (in Chinese). Sichuan Online (四川在线), Lianhe Zaobao. Retrieved 2015-07-20. "据说。陈先生求婚好几次,前年端出1克拉大钻戒想“套”住她,她感动却说:“不用钻戒,你早就套住我啦!”"","唱红《陪我看日出》也是准金曲歌后的新加坡歌手蔡淳佳1月8日在个人博客公布个人结婚喜讯","据悉新郎陈先生是任职国际企业的高层专业人士,跟新娘一样是验光专精。双鱼座的他和狮子座的蔡淳佳很合,她说两个人都学验光,代表彼此应该没有看走眼! 
  13. ^ "稻草人", 郝一萍 (2012-05-31). "图文:蔡淳佳强势回归乐坛 红发造型抢镜" (in Chinese). Sohu Music. Retrieved 2015-07-20. 以一曲《依恋》红遍大江南北的新加坡歌手蔡淳佳...","婚后,她转战于幕后并开设了自己的眼镜店,圆了多年当眼镜店老板的梦想,一并悉心的经营与呵护着自己的事业与家庭。拥有艺人和验光师双重身份的蔡淳佳与老公因验光相识、相恋到步入婚姻殿堂,被人们称为幸福的“验光家族”。 
  14. ^ 黄靖晶 (2008-07-05). "蔡淳佳性感不成,要金光闪闪出席金曲奖" (in Chinese). Lianhe Zaobao. Retrieved 2015-07-20. "当年,蔡淳佳发第一张专辑时曾到观音庙求签,“签说,我要等五六年后事业才会比较顺利,回想起来,那个签还蛮灵验的。至少它给我心理准备,叫我凡事不要心急,强求也没用。”","本地歌手蔡淳佳第一次入围台湾金曲奖“最佳女歌手”,为礼服和装扮伤脑筋。颁奖礼今晚在台北小巨蛋举行... 

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