Joi Chua

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Joi Chua
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Photo shoot for EP, PERSPECTIVES, released in 2012.
Background information
Native name 蔡淳佳
Born (1978-08-03) August 3, 1978 (age 36)
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. Her most famous songs are "Waiting For A Sunny Day"(《等一个晴天》), "To Watch Runrise With Me"(《陪我看日出》) and "Windbells"(《风铃》). She is also well known in China Mainland 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 means "mellow", "good-natured", "good-hearted", now the latter character 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.

Joi was influenced by her elder brother to pick up singing from a young age. 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. 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.

Became famous: 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》). 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. 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, 2008 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. 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].


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》 《爱如潮水》 by Jeff Chang (张信哲). 《蔡淳佳 Joi》
《陪我看日出》 To watch 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》 「爱よ 爱よ」 by Ri-mi Natsu-kawa (夏川 里美). 《有一天我会》
《星星眼睛》 「星がきれい」 by Yu-zu (ゆず). 《有一天我会》
《南屏晚钟》 《南屏晚钟》 by Tsui Ping (崔萍). 《有一天我会》
《恋之憩》 《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》 Windbells "ยิ่งกว่าเสียใจ" by Punch (วรกาญจน์ โรจนวัชร). 《等一个晴天
《对不起,我爱你》 「雪の華」 by Mi-ka Naka-shima (中島 美嘉). 《等一个晴天
《左右为难》 〈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》 「それぞれに」 by Kou-suke Atari (中孝 介). 《回到最初》
《回家的路》 「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.

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》). 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 Lable 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... feat Eric Chen
Sep 2006 《等一个晴天》 Waiting For A Sunny Day
Nov 2006 《淳佳精选17首(台湾)》 The Best of Joi
Dec 2007 《慶幸擁有蔡淳佳》 Blessed Joi
Sep 2009 《回到最初》 Back To Basics
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
Time Chinese Title English Title Lable 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.


Joi's acting debut as leading lady for Singapore's famed director, Royston Tan new film "3688" (《想入飞飞》) will hit the cinemas in June 2015. 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.

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