JJ Lin

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JJ Lin
林俊傑 學不會慶功記者會.jpg
Lin in 2012.
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
Pinyin Lín Jùnjié (Mandarin)
Born (1981-03-27) 27 March 1981 (age 36)
Singapore
Residence Singapore
Taipei, Taiwan
Other names Wayne Lim
Alma mater Saint Andrew's Junior College
Occupation Singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, businessman
Years active 2003–present
Nationality Singapore
Genre(s) Mandopop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, guitar, drums, beatboxing
Voice type(s) Tenor
Label(s) Ocean Butterflies, Warner
Ancestry Kinmen, Taiwan
Website jjlin.com
Awards
Golden Melody Awards
Best New Artist
2004 Music Voyager
Best Mandarin Male Singer
2014 Stories Untold
2016 From M.E. to Myself
Best Composer
2016 "Twilight"

JJ Lin (simplified Chinese: 林俊杰; traditional Chinese: 林俊傑; pinyin: Lín Jùnjié) is a Singaporean singer, songwriter, record producer, and actor.[1] Lin debuted his musical career by releasing his debut album, Music Voyager (2003). Lin has received three Golden Melody Awards, including one Best New Artist and two Best Mandarin Male Singer.[2]

Early life[edit]

Lin was born in Singapore and studied at Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Saint Andrew's Junior College before completing his national service.

Career[edit]

In addition to Mandarin, Lin also sings in Hokkien (his mother's dialect) and Cantonese using romanized pronunciation system, and has released his songs in Cantonese. In Taiwan, he was awarded the Best New Artist award at the Golden Melody Awards.[3]

He is well known for his songwriting skills. He has written songs for various musical artists while he was still a trainee under Ocean Butterflies under his mentors, Billy Koh and Sunkist Ng. His notable compositions include "Remember" (記得) for Taiwanese singer A-Mei, A-Do's "Let Go" (放手), Harlem Yu's "What's Wrong With You?" (幹嘛你看不爽我 , Comic Boyz's "Heart of Superman" (超人心).

In Singapore, he was selected to perform the remixed version of "Home", the theme song of the National Day Parade in 2004. Lin has sold 1 million copies in less than a week and is extremely successful throughout Asia.

In July 2007, he broke a Guinness record by signing 3,052 CDs in 2 hours and 30 minutes. During the signing, he was not allowed to drink or eat. The average time for him to sign a CD was 2.7 seconds.[4]

In May 2008, he performed at the CCTV charity event The Giving of Love, dedicated to helping victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Lin also donated a large sum of money to the rescue efforts and composed a song "Love and Hope" (愛與希望 Ài Yǚ Xīwàng) commemorating the tragedy.

In February 2008, Lin released a compilation album entitled Waiting for Love (Chinese: 期待爱; pinyin: Qīdài Ài). It has selected tracks from several of his albums spanning from his debut album to 2007's West Side.[5] Later that year, in October, his sixth album, Sixology (陸 Liù) was released. 280,000 copies of the album were sold in seven days.

His own fashion line, SMUDGE,[6] was opened in Singapore during 2008 Christmas with an unofficial launch. The store's official launch was on 13 March 2009.

In May 2009, Lin won three awards at the 14th annual Composers and Authors Society of the UK (Compass) Awards Presentations,[7] a ceremony that honours performers in the music scene. It was held at the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. He was honoured with the Top Local Artiste of the Year award, which is given out to Singaporean artistes who generated the highest royalty earnings for the year. In that same year, Lin won the Singapore Youth Award.[8]

In 2009, however, his singing career was put on hold due to his voice being damaged by acid reflux and flu, as well as his hectic touring and recording schedules. It forced him to return to Singapore to recover and receive treatments. He released the seventh album, Hundred Days, on 18 December 2009.

In May 2010, Lin performed in America for the first time at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Concert Tour (APAHM).[9]

In June 2010, Lin performed together with the American singer, Sean Kingston at the opening concert of the Marina Bay Sands to thousands of invited VIPs guests. But both were absent at the inaugural YOG Opening Ceremony. Lin's eighth album, She Says (album), was released on 8 December 2010.

Lin's ninth studio album, Lost N Found (學不會) was released on 31 December 2011, right before the end of the year. A preview of his 9th album was made available on 12 December 2011 on various Chinese internet radio channels.[10]

Lin's tenth anniversary album, Stories Untold (因你而在) was released on 13 March 2013, and also he started his world tour "Timeline " in July 2013 in Taipei (Taiwan).

Lin co-wrote the song "Dreams" with Goh Kheng Long and Corrine May and performed the song live during the grand finale at the Chingay Parade on 27 and 28 February 2015.[11]

One of his recent ventures in the world of music was a duet with the Empress of J-Pop herself, Ayumi Hamasaki, for the latter's music video, "The Gift" (and as of April 27, 2015, has about 1,882,459 page views).[12][13]

In 2015, he was selected to perform the National Day Theme Song, "Our Singapore", which was composed by Dick Lee. His experimental debut album From M.E. to Myself was released on 25 December 2015.

In 7 July 2016, Lin released "If Miracles had a Sound", a 96-minute music documentary created over the course of 455 days, taking place throughout studios in the U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The theme song of the documentary, "Infinity and Beyond" (超越无限) was released on 21 June 2016.

In 19 December 2017, JJ Lin posted on his Instagram page that the past two years "had not been easy" and that he had been "searching constantly for a clear direction", needing a " shelter for the soul, a 'SANCTUARY'". He "penned songs and finished his “Message In A Bottle” album", which was due to be released on 29 December 2017. At the same time, he and his team and "shared a common vision, starting on project “SANCTUARY” and built the space from ground zero."[14]

Other work[edit]

Lin has appeared in various advertisements for brands such as Sprite, Durex, Dota 2 and Cornetto Royale.

He is also the tourist ambassador for Singapore.

He was also involved in an anti-drugs events as an ambassador, in Taiwan. The theme song for this event is "Baby Baby", which is from his album.

On August 14, 2015, Lin was selected to be the advisor for Team Harlem Yu on The Voice of China (season 4).

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Tours[edit]

  • Just JJ World Tour (2006–2007)
  • I Am World Tour (2010–2011)
  • Timeline World Tour (2013–2015)
  • Sanctuary World Tour (2018)

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2003 Singapore Hit Awards Best New Artist (Gold) Won [15]
2004 Golden Melody Awards Best New Artist Music Voyager Won [15][2]
2005 Singapore Hit Awards Best Local Male Singer Won [15]
Best Singer-Songwriter Won
Best Performing Male Singer Won
Best Local Composition "A Thousand Years Later" from No. 89757 Won
"No. 89757" from No. 89757 Won
2006 Compass Awards Best Local Youth Songwriter Won
2007 Best Local Singer Won
Best Local Film Song "Summer Breeze" (feat. Kym) from No. 89757 Won
Singapore Hit Awards Best Local Singer Westside Won
2008 Compass Awards Best Local Songwriter Won
2009 Won
Best Local Singer Won
Best Local Film Song "Freedom" from Westside Won
Singapore Hit Awards Best Local Singer Won
2010 Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer Hundred Days Nominated
Compass Awards Best Local Singer Won
Best Local Songwriter Won
2011 Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer She Says Nominated [16][15]
2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Asian Artist Won [17]
Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer Stories Untold Won
Compass Awards Best Local Singer Won
Best Local Songwriter Won
2015 Golden Melody Awards Best Composer "Listen Up" from Rice & Shine by Eason Chan Nominated
Best Single Producer "Listen Up" from Rice & Shine by Eason Chan Nominated
2016 Golden Melody Awards Song of the Year "Twilight" from From M.E. to Myself Nominated
Best Music Video "I Am Alive" (feat. Jason Mraz) from Genesis Nominated
Best Album Producer From M.E. to Myself Nominated
Best Composer "Twilight" from From M.E. to Myself Won
Best Mandarin Male Singer From M.E. to Myself Won
Mnet Asian Music Awards Best Asian Artist Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JJ Lin - singer/actor". jpopasia.com/. 
  2. ^ a b (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 15th Golden Melody Awards winners list Archived 25 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. 12 May 2004. Retrieved 2011-06-20
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: JJ Lin". AMG. Retrieved 16 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "JJ Lin Earns Autograph-Signing World Record". CRIENGLISH. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2013-05-08. 
  5. ^ Duzhe Issues 9-16 - Page 69 2008 "期待你的愛/林俊杰 "
  6. ^ "SMUDGE STORE - ABOUT THE STORE". 
  7. ^ "COMPASS - 14th Compass Annual Awards Presentation". Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. 
  8. ^ JJ Lin among recipients of Singapore Youth Award 2009 1 July 2009
  9. ^ "Connecting with American Fans: an interview with JJ Lin and Evonne Hsu". Asia Pacific Arts. 18 August 2010. 
  10. ^ "林俊傑 - 官方網站". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Singer-songwriter JJ Lin is star of this year's Chingay parade". The Straits Times. 27 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 August 2015. Retrieved 27 April 2015. 
  13. ^ 浜崎あゆみ / The GIFT(ayumi hamasaki - The GIFT feat. JJ Lin)【Music Video】. 16 March 2015 – via YouTube. 
  14. ^ "Instagram post by JJ Lin • Dec 19, 2017 at 12:05pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-12-28. 
  15. ^ a b c d "Biography of JJ Lin" Archived 4 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine..JJ Lin Official Website.Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  16. ^ (in Chinese) GIO, Taiwan 22nd Golden Melody Awards nomination list Archived 25 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-20
  17. ^ "Mnet Asian Music Awards 2014 Winners". Mnet Asian Music Awards. Archived from the original on 4 May 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 

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