Sally Yeh

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Sally Yeh
Sally Yeh performing at the "Sally Yeh HKPO Live - Music in Motion Concert 2005" with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra on August 2005.
Chinese name 葉蒨文 (traditional)
Chinese name 叶倩文 (simplified)
Pinyin Yè Qiànwén (Mandarin)
Jyutping jip6 sin3 man4 (Cantonese)
Origin Taiwan
Born (1961-09-30) 30 September 1961 (age 54)
Taipei, Taiwan
Other name(s) 沙麗
Occupation Singer
Genre(s) Cantopop
Voice type(s) Mezzo-soprano
Years active 1980 - present
Spouse(s) George Lam
Ancestry Zhongshan, Guangdong, China

Sally Yeh (born 30 September 1961), sometimes credited as Sally Yip or Yip Sin-Man, is a Taiwanese-Canadian Cantopop singer and actress.


Yeh is a Canadian citizen. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she immigrated to Canada at 4 with her family and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. Yeh's singing career started in the early 1980s, shortly after her acting career started as she sang songs specifically written for the movie soundtrack, and she gradually became a prominent diva whose career spans three decades. She has released a total of thirty albums, plus forty-odd compilations and live recordings. Yeh speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Her jazz-trained vocals allow her to handle a wide range of musical genres. Apart from a good track record of original hits, Sally Yeh has, through the years, covered a number of Western songs, ranging from Madonna to Céline Dion by way of the Titanic theme song.[1]

Due to her unique voice, she has received a number of awards throughout her career. In the 1980s-1990s, her popularity in Hong Kong was only matched by Anita Mui and Priscilla Chan.

She has also collaborated on a number of soundtracks (mostly on Tsui Hark's movies with scores by Wong Jim), including "Lai Ming But Yiu Loi" from A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), which won the Best Original Song award at the 7th Hong Kong Film Awards. Her other notable hits include "A Woman's Weakness", "Heart of Fire", "Cheers", "Bless", "Bygone Wound", "Believe in Yourself" (a duet with Alex To), "Ten Past Midnight", "You Have to Leave Today", "I Want To Keep Living", "Long Night My Love Goodnight"and many more.

Because she immigrated to Canada at a young age, Yeh's mastery of written Chinese is rudimentary at best, and she often uses romanizations to help her read Cantonese and Mandarin lyrics. This is also true for her stepchildren, as her eldest stepson, fellow singer Alex Lam, was born in San Francisco.

She has received the prestigious Most Popular Hong Kong Female Singer award at the Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Awards four times (1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993).

In 1992, Sally Yeh collaborated with a couple of other western artists, recording “Dreaming of You” with Tommy Page in 1992 and “I Believe in Love” with James Ingram the following year.

On 17 July 1996, Yeh married Hong Kong pop star and composer-producer George Lam. Sally chose her wedding ring in Taiwan, a simple but elegant platinum ring. Having Lam’s “go ahead”, she also bought a heart-shaped diamond, which symbolized eternity. The simple Western-styled wedding was held on a Golf Course in Victoria, BC. Only families and close friends were invited to bear witness the start of the couple’s new journey. Lam especially composed a song Yuan EE (願意) for his loving wife, which said, “Hearing you say I Do in this whisper but loving voice, admiringly looking at you, I wish the two would find happiness and companionship in each other for eternity…!”, revealing the best wishes they both held for the future. In him she found both the sincerest confidant for life and a compatible partner in artistic pursuits. Fans and audience were thrilled and touched by the final decision they made.

In 2002, Yeh unexpectedly re-entered the Cantopop market, released the record "Can You Hear", and performed a series of concerts in different countries.

In 2011, Sally Yeh received the Golden Needle Award at the 33rd RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Song Music Award Ceremony, a lifetime achievement award for artists who have contributed enormously to the Hong Kong music industry. It is recognized as one of the highest honors in the Chinese music industry.


Main article: Sally Yeh discography


  • Honest Little Ma 一根火柴 (1980)
  • Marianna 賓妹 (a.k.a. 你要活著回去) (1982)
  • Crimson Street 殺人愛情街 (1982)
  • Golden Queen Commando (a.k.a. Amazon Commando / Jackie Chan's Crime Force / Sexy Commando) 紅粉兵團 (1982)
  • Pink Force Commando (Sequel to Golden Queens Commando) 紅粉游俠 (a.k.a. 烈血長天) (1982)
  • A Flower in the Storm (a.k.a. Falling in the Rain Flowers) 飄零雨中花 (1983)
  • A Certain Romance 少女日記 (1984)
  • Funny Face (cameo) 醜小鴨 (1984)
  • Shanghai Blues 上海之夜 (1984)
  • The Occupant (a.k.a. The Tenant) 靈氣迫人 (1984)
  • Teppanyaki (a.k.a. New Mr. Boo, Teppanyaki / Mr. Boo 6) 鐵板燒 (1984)
  • Mob Busters 惡漢笑擊隊 (a.k.a.情報販子) (1985)
  • Seven Foxes X陷阱 (1985)
  • Cupid One 愛神一號 (1985)
  • Just For Fun 空心少爺 (1985)
  • The Protector 威龍猛探 (1985) (Hong Kong version)
  • Welcome 補鑊英雄 (1985)
  • Aces Go Places 4 (a.k.a. Mad Mission IV / You Never Die Twice) 最佳拍擋IV之千里救差婆 (1986)
  • Peking Opera Blues 刀馬旦 (1986)
  • The Laser Man (1988)
  • The Diary of a Big Man (1988) 大丈夫日記 (1988)
  • I Love Maria (a.k.a. RoboForce) 鐵甲無敵瑪利亞 (1988)
  • The Killer 喋血雙雄 (1989)
  • The Banquet (cameo) 豪門夜宴 (1991)
  • Sisters of the World Unite 莎莎嘉嘉站起來 (1991)
  • Love Under the Sun (2003)

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sally Yeh's interview (English)
  2. ^ "Sally Yeh". Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Sally Yeh". Retrieved March 8, 2010. 

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