Prudence Liew

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Prudence Liew
Chinese name 劉美君 (traditional)
Chinese name 刘美君 (simplified)
Pinyin Liú Měijūn (Mandarin)
Jyutping Lau4 Mei5 Gwan1 (Cantonese)
Origin Hong Kong
Born (1964-12-10) 10 December 1964 (age 51)
Hong Kong
Occupation Singer, actor, TV presenter, film producer
Genre(s) Pop
Voice type(s) Alto
Label(s) Cinepoly Records (2008–present)
Rock Records (2000)
Columbia Records (1992–1995)
BMG Music (1989–1992)
Current Records (1986–1989)
Years active 1982-present
Spouse(s) Taylor Wong (1982–1994)
Kevin Yan (2002–2008)
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
Official website

Prudence Liew Mei-Gwan (born 10 December 1964) is a multi-platinum selling Hong Kong pop singer and Golden Horse Award winning actress, having released 15 studio albums and appearing in numerous films.


Career start[edit]

Of Hakka of Dongguan ancestry, Liew was born in Hong Kong in 1964. From the age of eight, she began appearing in television commercials. In 1986, while working as a film producer, Liew was approached to sing the theme song for a movie. The song, Midnight Love was on heavy rotation at major Hong Kong radio stations and she was quickly signed as the flagship artist to Current Records. In December 1986, she released her self-titled début album to rave reviews and high sales. The album sold over 500,000 copies and was certified 10x platinum[1] by the Hong Kong IFPI. Liew still holds the record in Hong Kong for the most albums sold by a débuting local artist for that album.[2] It also won two awards as Album of the Year from RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards[3] and Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards[4] in 1987. The lead single from the album, "The Last Night", is a cover of the Bad Boys Blue song "You're a Woman",[5][citation needed] and is considered Liew's signature song.

In addition to music, Liew has also appeared in films and television dramas as an actress. In 1988, she was nominated for a Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress award in the movie Law or Justice.[6]

Between the period of 1986 and 1995, Liew has released 11 studio albums under Current Records, which was bought out by BMG Music in 1989 and later Columbia Records from 1992 to 1995.


In 1995, Liew decided to leave the Hong Kong music industry after the divorce from her director husband, Tai-Loi Wong (with whom she had 1 son and 1 daughter) and due to having problems with her vocal cords. She then relocated to San Francisco, USA with her children to find peace. During her time in the US, Liew found a love for yoga, which she practices regularly. She also met her second husband, whose name she will only disclose to the media as "Mr. Yan" for privacy reasons, while in San Francisco. Together they have a daughter. In an interview in September, 2008, Liew announced that she has separated from Mr. Yan.[7]

Love Yourself[edit]

In 2000, with help from her longtime friend and fellow singer, Sandy Lam, Liew landed a record deal with Taiwan-based record company, Rock Records and released her first mandopop studio album entitled Love Yourself. However, she returned to the US quickly after the first single, Everytime, I Take it Very Seriously was released, thus no other singles, nor follow-up albums were released afterwards in Taiwan. In the same year, Liew also appeared in the ATV series Anything But Him, co-starring Amy Chan and Tanny Tien.

Return to Hong Kong[edit]

In April 2008, Liew held a 2-night performance called Opening the Sexual Boundaries Concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum. Also, a compilation greatest hits album was released to accompany the concert. And after a 20-year hiatus from motion pictures, she took the lead part to the movie, True Women For Sale, directed by Herman Yau.[8] The film was the opener for the 2008 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and her role as a drug-addicted prostitute won Liew the award for Best Leading Actress at the 2008 Golden Horse Awards, as well as a Best Actress nomination at the 28th Hong Kong Film Awards.[9][10] Liew was a student of Eleonor England, a San Francisco based vocal coach.[citation needed]

In 2009, Liew was announced as the host for season 1 of the TVB program, The Voice, a reality-show type singing competition. On October 22, 2009, Liew released her first Cantonese studio album in 15 years, titled The Queen of Hardships.

On December 30, 2009, it was announced that TVB was relieving Liew of her hosting duties from The Voice, three episodes shy of the season finale due to the controversy between TVB and the HKRIA over song royalties. Liew, who is currently signed to Cinepoly Records under the Universal Music label governed by the HKRIA, was part of the group of Hong Kong singers all signed to HKRIA record labels that were banned from appearing on all TVB programming until the issue was resolved late 2011. In 2010, Liew spent most of the year in the United States.

In 2011, Liew returned to Hong Kong and released her second mandopop album, the cover album Love Addict in June. The album topped the charts for two weeks straight on Hong Kong HMV's Asian Album Chart upon its release. In November, she was invited to be a regular judge on season 4 of the Asia Television talent program, Asian Millionstar.

In 2012, Liew released another cover album, albeit in Cantonese this time, entitled Stolen Moments in July. She announced that a third cover album, in English, would be recorded and released in the future.

In 2013, Liew signed with Hong Kong Television Network, a new television station in Hong Kong, and filmed the drama series, To Be or Not to Be, formerly titled Hakka Women, in which she spoke her native Hakka dialect. She also recorded the theme song for the drama, "Two Cups of Tea". The 25-episode series was aired from December 2014 to January 2015.



Motion pictures[edit]

Year Title Role Awards
1983 毀滅號地車 On the Wrong Track Sze
1986 猛鬼學堂 The Haunted Cop Shop II Miss Spiritual
1988 法中情 Law or Justice Ling Shan-shan Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2008 我不賣身.我賣子宮 True Women For Sale Lai Chung-chung Golden Horse Award for Best Actress
Ming Pao Weekly Magazine Award for Outstanding Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated - Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress
2010 72家租客 72 Tenants of Prosperity Hung
2012 起勢搖滾 Lives in Flames Alex's mother
2015 王家欣 Wong Ka Yan Chan Chun-yin's sister

Television (as actress)[edit]

Television (as presenter)[edit]

  • 2009-2010 超級巨聲 The Voice - Season 1 (TVB)
  • 2011 亞洲星光大道 Asian Millionstar - Season 4 Regular Judge (ATV)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category For Result Notes
1987 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards Most Promising Newcomer Award Won Gold Award
Album of the Year Prudence Liew Won Producer: Joseph Chan
Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards Won
1988 Hong Kong Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Law or Justice Nominated
2008 CASH Golden Sail Music Awards Best Female Vocal Performance "浮花 (Floating Flower)" from Opening the Sexual Boundaries Nominated
Golden Horse Awards Best Actress True Women For Sale Won
Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards Nominated
2009 Hong Kong Film Awards Nominated
Ming Pao Weekly Magazine Awards Most Outstanding Actress Won tied with Karena Lam for Claustrophobia
Chinese Music Awards (華語金曲獎) Top 10 Albums of the Year - Cantonese The Queen of Hardships Won 5th Place
2010 Best Female Singer - Cantonese Nominated


  1. ^ Hong Kong IFPI sales certification - 1988
  2. ^ Muzikland review of Prudence Liew (album). Retrieved on July 18, 2012
  3. ^ RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards 1987 full winners list Retrieved October 16, 2009
  4. ^ * 1987 Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards winners list Retrieved October 16, 2009
  5. ^ Prudence Liew album "大開色界 (新曲+精選)" liner notes
  6. ^ 8th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards nominees list
  7. ^ Ming Pao article dated September 9, 2008 "Chic mom Prudence Liew divorces again" Retrieved 30 November 2008
  8. ^ Herman Yau official website
  9. ^ The 45th Goldenhorse Awards Competition full nominees list
  10. ^ The 28th Hong Kong Film Award full nominees list

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Golden Horse Award
Preceded by
Joan Chen
for The Home Song Stories
Best Actress
for True Women For Sale
Succeeded by
Li Bingbing
for The Message