Sandy Lam

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Sandy Lam
Background information
Chinese name (traditional)
Chinese name (simplified)
PinyinLín Yìlián (Mandarin)
Jyutpinglam4 jik1 lin4 (Cantonese)
Born (1966-04-26) 26 April 1966 (age 52)
Hong Kong
OccupationSinger, dancer, actress
Years active1984–present
Genre(s)Cantopop, Mandopop
Voice type(s)Lyric Mezzo-soprano
Label(s)Universal Music Hong Kong (2012–present)
Jonathan Lee
(m. 1998; div. 2004)
Partner(s)Jun Kung (2011–present)
ChildrenRenee Lee (daughter)
AncestryNingbo, Zhejiang

Sandy Lam Yik-lin[1] (林憶蓮; born 26 April 1966) is a Hong Kong singer.


Sandy Lam, whose parents are migrants from Shanghai, was born in Hong Kong and began her career at the age of sixteen, getting a job as a D.J. for Commercial Radio Hong Kong. She began her singing career in 1984 when she was signed to CBS/Sony Records.[2] Her first single was I Don't Know About Love. Sandy Lam has recorded not only with CBS Sony Records in the 1980s, but also with Warner Music, Rock Records (Taiwan's largest independent label), Virgin Records, Capitol Records, EMI Music, and now Universal Music.

Lam started her singing career in Hong Kong in the mid-80s with a string of up-tempo Japanese style songs. She then released several albums, including the critically acclaimed "City Rhythm" series, featuring R&B-style tracks. In 1991 she released the ground breaking coming-of-age "Wildflower" album to rave reviews, part of the "unplugged" craze in the Cantopop scene.[2]

Lam gained popularity in Taiwan with her debut Mandarin release "Home Again Without You" ("愛上一個不回家的人") in 1991. In 1995 she teamed up with Jonathan Lee, Taiwanese music producer, and released her fourth Mandarin album Love, Sandy featuring the hit single "Scars" ("傷痕"), which became one of the all-time best selling Chinese language albums. Since then Lam has moved beyond the Hong Kong music scene and spent most of her time in Taiwan, China, and Japan. Her 2006 Mandarin language album Breathe Me was recorded in South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China and Hong Kong.

Lam returned to the music scene with a hit single "At Least I Still Have You" ("至少還有你") from her first album with Virgin in 2000. A Korean remake of the song, sung by Super Junior-M, a sub-group of the K-Pop band Super Junior, was released on their Me album titled Dangsinigie (당신이기에) in 2008. In December 2001 she released a Mandarin-language album entitled "Truly Sandy", on which she co-wrote four songs. In the same year, Lam appeared as cast member of an Andrew Lloyd Webber concert Masterpiece, which also featured West End and Broadway star Elaine Paige and China's all-time best-selling recording artist Kris Phillips. This concert was sold out with an audience of over 17,700 people.

Lam has won many awards during the course of her career, including Best Regional Performing Female Artist, Best Album, Best Female Vocalist, the Asia Pacific Most Outstanding Female Artist, and an honorary Music Award for her contributions to the music industry.

Lam won a total of four awards at the 24th Golden Melody Awards in 2013. These include "Best Female Singer" as well as "Best Mandarin Album", "Best Album Producer" & "Best Musical Arranger" for her album "Gaia".[3]

In 2017 Lam won on Singer 2017, a Hunan Television contest.[4]

Singer 2017[edit]

InJanuary 2017, Lam joined Hunan Television's Singer 2017, the fifth season of I Am a Singer, as one of the eight first-round competitors. She was declared the winner at the finals aired 15 April 2017.

Singer2017 The ranking of Sandy Lam
Episode Round Broadcast Date Song Title Original Singer Song Introduction Ranking Percentages of Votes Remarks
1 Qualifier Round 1 January 21, 2017 "Ignore Me" (Mandarin) Sandy Lam Lyrics/Composer: Jonathan Lee
Arranger: Zheng Nan
2 22.60% 3rd place in Singer voting
2 Knockout Round 1 January 28, 2017 "Rouge" (Mandarin) Penny Tai Lyrics/Composer: Penny Tai
Arranger: Zheng Nan
3 13.43% 2nd place in Overall Ranking
3 Challenge Round 1 February 4, 2017 "Run" (English) Snow Patrol Lyrics/Composer: Snow Patrol
Arranger: Johnny Yim
6 10.69%
4 Knockout Round 2 February 11, 2017 "My Dearest" (Mandarin) A-mei Lyrics: Lin Xi
Composer: Russell Harris
Arranger: Ni Ke
2 17.50% 1st place in Singer voting
4th place in Overall ranking
5 Challenge Round 2 February 18, 2017 "Kepler" (Mandarin) Stefanie Sun Lyrics/Composer: Hush
Arranger: Johnny Yim
2 17.12%
6 Knockout Round 3 February 25, 2017 "Eternal Summer" (Mandarin) Mayday Lyrics/Composer: Ashin
Arranger: Martin Tang
3 17.30% 1st place in Singer voting
3rd place in Overall ranking
7 Challenge Round 3 March 4, 2017 "Blue Lotus" (Mandarin) Xu Wei Lyrics/Composer: Xu Wei
Arranger: Nick Pyo
1 19.83% 1st place in Singer voting
8 Knockout Round 4 March 11, 2017 "Worship" (Mandarin) Fish Leong Lyrics: Chen Mei
Composer: Percy Phang
Arranger: Zheng Nan
4 13.68% 1st place in Singer Voting
3rd place in Overall ranking
9 Challenge Round 4 March 18, 2017 "Superwoman" (Cantonese) Faye Wong Lyrics: Lin Xi
Composer: Babyface, L.A. Reid, Daryl Simmons
Arranger: Nick Pyo
5 14.14%
10 Knockout Round 5 March 25, 2017 "Persimmon" (Mandarin) Sandy Lam Lyrics: Chang Shilei, Francis Lee
Composer/Arranger: Chang Shilei
1 18.68% 2nd place in Singer voting
2nd place in Overall ranking
11 Breakouts April 1, 2017 Exempted (did not perform this week by-virtue of being first-round singer)
12 Semi-finals April 8, 2017 "Leslie Forever" medley Arranger: Jaydon Joo, Martin Tang 1 22.60% 1st place in Singer voting
"拒絕再玩" (Cantonese) Leslie Cheung Lyrics: Richard Lam
Composer: Koji Tamaki
"無心睡眠" (Cantonese) Lyrics: Andrew Lam
Composer: Alvin Kwok
13 Grand Finals April 15, 2017 "Maybe Tomorrow" (Mandarin) A-mei Lyrics: Shih Li
Composer: Martin Tang
Arranger: Nick Pyo
1 22.89% Backup Singer was A-Mei
1st place in Overall ranking (and Winner of Singer 2017)
Percentage of combined votes is 22.74%
14 2017 Biennial Concert April 22, 2017 "A Little Love Song" (Mandarin) Sodagreen Lyrics/Composer: Wu Tsing-Fong
Arranger: Kenn C, James Yeo

Personal life[edit]

Lam married Taiwanese singer-songwriter and producer Jonathan Lee in 1998. They have a daughter named Renee (李喜兒),[5] born 17 May 1998. Lam and Lee divorced in 2004. In 2011, Lam went into a relationship with the drummer and singer Jun Kung who is 12 years younger than her.[6]


Cantonese albums[edit]

Mandarin albums[edit]

Japanese albums[edit]

English albums[edit]


  1. ^ Chen, Vivian (2012-08-30). "Canto-pop diva Sandy Lam emerges with first album in six years". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  2. ^ a b "Sandy Lam". 2009-08-13. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
  3. ^ "Sandy Lam reigns at 24th Golden Melody Awards". China Post. Qiestia. 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  4. ^ Hsia, Heidi (2017-04-17). "Sandy Lam wins "Singer 2017"". Cinema Online. Yahoo! News. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  5. ^ "盡得林憶蓮真傳 愛女喜兒索爆成熟時". Eastweek Magazine. 2 March 2015. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
  6. ^ "Sandy Lam Publicly Declares Love for Boyfriend Jun Kung". Retrieved 2018-11-15.

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