Khalil Fong

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Khalil Fong
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Background information
Chinese name 方大同
Pinyin Fāng Dàtóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping fong1 daai6 tung4 (Cantonese)
Born Fong Tai Tung
(1983-07-14) 14 July 1983 (age 34)
Hawaii, United States
Occupation Singer-songwriter, record producer
Years active 2005–present
Genre(s) R&B, Soul, Neo soul, Hip hop, Blues, Funk, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion
Label(s) FU MUSIC
Associated acts JTW
Website khalilfong.com/en

Khalil Fong (simplified Chinese: 方大同; born 14 July 1983) is a Hong Kong-based American singer-songwriter and producer, notable for his unconventional and innovative approach in the Chinese music industry. The evolution of his unique style has been the result of diverse musical and cultural influences.

Fong was introduced to soul, funk, and jazz music at a young age by his father, a professional drummer. By the age of 4, he had already shown an interest in music, playing the drums at home and sitting in as a guest vocalist at his father's gigs. He began to play the guitar at the age of 15, and later learnt to play piano and drums for the sake of becoming a better producer. Fong practices the Bahá'í Faith.

Career[edit]

The biographical film La Bamba, about the life and career of Ritchie Valens, greatly influenced Fong's decision to become a musician[1]. Likewise, among his biggest musical influences are artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, D'Angelo, Jimi Hendrix, Questlove and Musiq Soulchild. Although Fong was born in Hawaii, he lived in both Shanghai and Guangzhou during his childhood, and was therefore also shaped by the Chinese culture and language.

After moving to Hong Kong, he started to experiment in songwriting and began to record simple demos at home, landing a contract with Warner Music in 2005. His aim was to eventually introduce a more authentic Soul, R&B, and Hip hop sound into Chinese music. For that reason he has produced mostly Mandarin songs, gaining him a loyal following in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other Asian countries.

In addition to his own works, Fong is involved with songwriting and producing tracks for well-known artists such as A-mei, Eason Chan, Jane Zhang, Fiona Sit, Andy Lau, Joey Yung, Ivana Wong, Kay Tse, Jacky Cheung and Shila Amzah 茜拉. He is one of the few Chinese artists to focus on hook- and rhythm-based songwriting, as opposed to the traditional Chinese melodic formula.

Following a departure from Warner Music Group in 2013, followed by a one-year stint with Gold Typhoon, Fong has recently established an independent label called Fu Music. The label is an audiovisual arts company with the culmination of over a decade of his and his team's experience in the music industry, with the goal of bringing a multicultural experience to the Asian music scene through the fusion of Chinese and Western musical influences, as well as to nurture and develop like-minded artists while striving for international production values. Fong has also established a new production team, JTW, and has recently released his 9th studio album under Fu Music.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Album title Mandarin title Release Date
Soul Boy[2][3] N/A 18 November 2005
This Love[4][5] 愛愛愛 29 December 2006
Wonderland 未來 28 December 2007
Orange Moon 橙月 19 December 2008
Timeless 可啦思刻 11 August 2009
15 N/A 21 April 2011
Back to Wonderland 回到未來 12 December 2012
Dangerous World 危險世界 11 April 2014
Journey to the West 西遊記 28 September 2016

Live albums[edit]

Album title Mandarin title Release Date
This Love Live 2007 N/A 23 August 2007
Wonderland Live 2008 N/A 29 July 2008
Timeless Live Timeless 演唱會Live專輯 27 November 2009
Khalil Timeless Live in HK 2009 N/A 28 January 2010
15 Live in HK 2011 15 香港演唱會2011 23 December 2011

Compilation albums[edit]

Album title Mandarin title Release Date
The Soulboy Collection N/A 26 November 2013

Filmography[edit]

Television series[edit]

Film[edit]

Year English title Mandarin title Role Notes
2010 Love in Disguise 戀愛通告 Himself Cameo

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result
2005 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) New Hot Voice (勁爆熱播新聲音) N/A Won
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Chik Chak New Male Singer (叱咤樂壇生力軍男歌手銀獎) N/A Silver
2006 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) New Hot Voice (勁爆熱播新聲音) N/A Won
New Powers Singer (勁爆新勢力歌手) N/A Won
New Powers of Creation (勁爆創作新勢力) N/A Won
Popular Mandarin Song (勁爆國語歌曲) "Love Love Love" Won
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Chik Chak Producer (叱咤唱作人銀獎) N/A Silver
RoadShow Music Awards Supreme Song (至尊歌曲) "Love Love Love" (愛愛愛) Won
Most Potential Producer/Singer (至尊潛力創作歌手) N/A Won
2007 IFPI Hong Kong Music Sales Awards[8] Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year This Love (愛愛愛) Won
2008 CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Chik Chak Male Singer (叱咤男歌手金獎) N/A Gold
Chik Chak Top Ten Single (叱咤十大專業推介第二位) "Love Song" Second place
Chik Chak Producer/Singer (叱咤唱作人金獎) N/A Gold
Chik Chak Composer (叱咤作曲人大獎) N/A Won
10th Mnet KM Music Festival[9] Best New Asian Artist N/A Won
2009 HITO Radio Music Awards
(HITO流行音樂獎)[10]
Top 10 Songs of the Year "Love Song" Won
Best Loved by Audience "未來" (Future) Won
Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) Radio Song "If Love" ("如果愛") Won
Male Artist N/A Won
Album Orange Moon Won
Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Fans Elected Artist N/A Won
Popular Mandarin Song (勁爆國語歌曲) N/A Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Popular Song "Kuang Cao" Won
Popular Mandarin Song "Red Bean" Won
Top Buzz HK Artist N/A Won
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Song Award N/A Won
Male Artist N/A Bronze
Best Music Arrangement N/A Won
Sina Music Awards Most Listened Songs "The Moon Represents My Heart" Won
Favourite Mandarin Song "Red Bean" Won
Outstanding Music Award N/A Won
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Best Pop Singer N/A Won
Best Mandarin Pop Song "Three Person Tour" Won
2010 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards Best Performance "Wan Le" Won
Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) Best Male Artist N/A Won
Best Asia Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Best Hits Mandarin Song "Wan Le" Won
Best Composer "Cui Ruo" + "Hui Bo Je De Nai You Xia Xiang" Won
Greater China Fan Chosen Best Hits Artist N/A Won
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Composer N/A Won
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Most Popular Artist N/A Won
Most Popular Mandarin Song "Wan Le" Silver
Greater China Best Male Artist N/A Won
Composer N/A Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Best Appeal Male Artist N/A Won
Taiwan Most Popular HK Artist N/A Won
Singer-Songwriter "Wan Le" Won
Sina Music Awards Top 20 Songs (二十大歌曲) "Wan Le" Won
Favourite Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Favourite Mandarin Song "Coconut Shell" Won
2011 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) Male Artist N/A Won
Best Asia Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Song of the Year "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Won
Best Composer "Wallpaper" Won
Best Mandarin Song "Zi Yi Wei" Won
Best Album 15 Won
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Best Singer-Songwriter "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Won
Best Hong Kong Male Artist N/A Won
Taiwan Most Popular HK Artist N/A Won
Taiwan Best Duet "Zi Yi Wei" (Khalil Fong/Xu Jia Ying) Won
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Won
Ultimate Singer-Songwriter N/A Gold
Ultimate Composer N/A Won
Ultimate Male Artist N/A Silver
Ultimate Album of the Year 15 Won
Sina Music Awards Favourite Mandarin Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Won
Favourite Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Top 20 Songs (二十大歌曲) "Yin Wei Ni" Won
Best Mandarin Duet Song "Zi Yi Wei" (Khalil Fong/Xu Jia Ying) Won
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Best Artist N/A Won
Best Mandarin Song (優秀流行國語歌曲獎) "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Bronze
Best Chinese Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Won
2012 Kugou Music Awards[11] Songwriter of the Year N/A Won
Singer-Songwriter of the Year N/A Won
HK/TW Singer of the Year N/A Won
2014 Hito Pop Music Awards[12] Hit FM's Singer-Songwriter N/A Won
Hito Overseas Singer N/A Won
Hito Arranger "I Want You Back" Won
2015 Tencent x MTV Asia Music Gala 2016[13] Most Popular Male Singer in Hong Kong and Taiwan Award N/A Won
2016 2016 Asia Artist Awards New Wave N/A Won
2017 28th Golden Melody Awards Best Male Vocalist – Mandarin Journey to the West Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Baha'i Blog (2017-07-16), Baha'i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson - Episode 18: Khalil Fong 方大同, retrieved 2017-07-17 
  2. ^ HMV Soul boy
  3. ^ global.yesasia Soul boy
  4. ^ HMV This Love
  5. ^ global.yesasia This Love
  6. ^ 881903 戀愛樂園 Archived 22 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Khalil Fong.com Archived 26 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2007 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived 17 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 19 April 2011
  9. ^ "Winners from Past Years: 2008". MAMA. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 2013-01-10. 
  10. ^ (in Chinese) HITO Radio 2009 HITO Radio Music Awards winners list 15 June 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2011
  11. ^ Khalil Fong Website News
  12. ^ Khalil Fong Website News
  13. ^ "腾讯视频&MTV亚洲金曲大赏". 

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