Khalil Fong

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Khalil Fong
Khalil Fong 2014.jpg
Chinese name 方大同
Pinyin Fāng Dàtóng (Mandarin)
Jyutping fong1 daai6 tung4 (Cantonese)
Birth name Fong Tai Tung
Born (1983-07-14) 14 July 1983 (age 33)
United StatesHawaii, United States
Occupation Singer-songwriter, record producer
Genre(s) R&B, Soul, Neo soul, Hip hop, Blues, Funk, Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion
Label(s) FU MUSIC
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts JTW
Official website http://khalilfong.com/en

Khalil Fong (simplified Chinese: 方大同; born 14 July, 1983 in Kauai, Hawaii) is a Mandopop/R&B/soul 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 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. 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 is currently establishing 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 is scheduled to release a new album in the third quarter of 2016.

Discography[edit]

Album Name Chinese Name Release Date
Soul Boy[1][2] 18 November 2005
This Love[3][4] 愛愛愛 29 December 2006
This Love Live 2007 23 August 2007
Wonderland 未來 28 December 2007
Wonderland Live 2008 29 July 2008
Orange Moon 橙月 19 December 2008
Timeless 可啦思刻 11 August 2009
15 21 April 2011
Back to Wonderland 回到未來 12 December 2012
Dangerous World 危险世界 11 April 2014
JTW • Journey to the west 28 September 2016

Filmography[edit]

Drama[edit]

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nomination Result Ref
2005 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) New Hot Voice (勁爆熱播新聲音)
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) Silver award
2006 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) New Hot Voice (勁爆熱播新聲音)
New Powers Singer (勁爆新勢力歌手)
New Powers of Creation (勁爆創作新勢力)
Popular Mandarin Song (勁爆國語歌曲) "Love Love Love" (愛愛愛)
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Chik Chak Producer (叱咤唱作人銀獎) Silver award
RoadShow Music Awards Supreme Song (至尊歌曲) "Love Love Love" (愛愛愛)
Most Potential Producer/Singer (至尊潛力創作歌手)
2007 IFPI Hong Kong Music Sales Awards
(IFPI香港唱片銷量大獎)
Top 10 Selling Mandarin Albums of the Year This Love (愛愛愛) Won [7]
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) Gold award
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) Gold award
Chik Chak Composer (叱咤作曲人大獎) Award
10th Mnet KM Music Festival Best New Asian Artist Won [8]
2009 HITO Radio Music Awards
(HITO流行音樂獎)
Top 10 Songs of the Year "Love Song" Won [9]
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")
Male Artist
Album Orange Moon
Singer-Songwriter
Fans Elected Artist
Popular Mandarin Song (勁爆國語歌曲)
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Popular Song "Kuang Cao"
Popular Mandarin Song "Red Bean"
Top Buzz HK Artist
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Song Award
Male Artist Bronze award
Best Music Arrangement
Sina Music Awards Most Listened Songs "The Moon Represents My Heart"
Favourite Mandarin Song "Red Bean"
Outstanding Music Award
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Best Pop Singer
Best Mandarin Pop Song "Three Person Tour"
2010 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards Best Performance "Wan Le"
Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) Best Male Artist
Best Asia Singer-Songwriter
Best Hits Mandarin Song "Wan Le"
Best Composer "Cui Ruo" + "Hui Bo Je De Nai You Xia Xiang"
Greater China Fan Chosen Best Hits Artist
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Composer
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Most Popular Artist
Most Popular Mandarin Song "Wan Le" Silver award
Greater China Best Male Artist
Composer
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Asia Best Appeal Male Artist
Taiwan Most Popular HK Artist
Singer-Songwriter "Wan Le"
Sina Music Awards Top 20 Songs (二十大歌曲) "Wan Le"
Favourite Singer-Songwriter
Favourite Mandarin Song "Coconut Shell"
2011 Metro Radio Music Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) Male Artist
Best Asia Singer-Songwriter
Song of the Year "Hao Bu Rong Yi"
Best Composer "Wallpaper"
Best Mandarin Song "Zi Yi Wei"
Best Album 15
Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards Best Singer-Songwriter "Hao Bu Rong Yi"
Best Hong Kong Male Artist
Taiwan Most Popular HK Artist
Taiwan Best Duet "Zi Yi Wei" (Khalil Fong/Xu Jia Ying)
CRHK's Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜) Ultimate Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi"
Ultimate Singer-Songwriter Gold award
Ultimate Composer
Ultimate Male Artist Silver award
Ultimate Album of the Year 15
Sina Music Awards Favourite Mandarin Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi"
Favourite Singer-Songwriter
Top 20 Songs (二十大歌曲) "Yin Wei Ni"
Best Mandarin Duet Song "Zi Yi Wei" (Khalil Fong/Xu Jia Ying)
RTHK's Top Ten Chinese Songs Music Awards Best Artist
Best Mandarin Song (優秀流行國語歌曲獎) "Hao Bu Rong Yi" Bronze award
Best Chinese Song "Hao Bu Rong Yi"
2012 Kugou Music Awards Songwriter of the Year [10]
Singer-Songwriter of the Year
HK/TW Singer of the Year
2014 Hito Pop Music Awards Hit FM's Singer-Songwriter [11]
Hito Overseas Singer
Hito Arranger "I Want You Back"
2015 Tencent x MTV Asia Music Gala 2016 Most Popular Male Singer in Hong Kong and Taiwan Award [12]

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