Shin (singer)

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Shin performing in 墾丁半島 music carnival on 4 April 2010
Background information
Chinese name 蘇見信
Born (1971-05-14) 14 May 1971 (age 46)
Origin ROC
Occupation Singer-songwriter, musician, Actor
Years active 2001–present
Genre(s) Mandopop, hard rock, heavy metal, pop rock
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, drums, piano
Voice type(s) Tenor, Falsetto
Label(s) Avex Taiwan
Associated acts Shin (band)

Shin (Chinese: 蘇見信; born 4 May 1971) is a Taiwanese musician, actor and singer-songwriter. He is known as the former lead singer of the band Shin and a Golden Melody Awards nominee for Best Mandarin Male Singer.[1]

Shin had been singing in pubs for around 10 years before becoming a singer. He formed a band with Chris, Michael, Max and Tomi during his pub singing days. They debuted their self-titled album Shin (信樂團同名專輯) in May 2002. On 20 March 2007, he left the band and started his solo career.

Musical style/ vocal characteristics[edit]

Xin is noted for his wide vocal range and extremely powerful voice which is rare in Mandopop.[citation needed] Shin is also renowned for his high screams while singing rock songs. He got the public attention by singing Scorpions's Still Loving You and other foreign rock band's songs in Harlem Yu's show 音樂大不同. He became popular in mainland China by the song 死了都要愛

Shin's musical style includes Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Pop Rock and Mandopop in which he mainly sings Hard Rock. He also tried other music genres like nu metal, progressive rock and Britpop in songs such as 再見, 頑強 and 英國的夏天.

Solo career[edit]

我就是我 (I'm Just Me) (2007-2008)[edit]

After leaving the band, in September 2007, Shin released his debut solo album, titled 我就是我. In 2008, he was nominated for Best Mandarin Male Singer at the 19th Golden Melody Awards.[2]

On 21 December 2007, Shin began his debut solo concert tour Starting from Shin: I Am Me (從信開始 我就是我) in Nanjing Olympic Sports Center, where he performed the track "Shut Up" with guest Taiwanese artist Will Pan, which was released in Pan's sixth album Play It Cool. The tour continued onto Beijing Workers' Gymnasium and Shanghai Indoor Stadium.[3]

Shin sang a duet "需要你的愛" (Need Your Love) with Taiwanese band F.I.R., which was released on their fourth album Love · Diva.

集樂星球 (Take Me To the Stars) (2008-2009)[edit]

集樂星球 debuted at #3 in G-music Mandarin Chart in week 43, which is also the highest rank of this album.

On 23 May 2009, Shin played a concert in Capital Indoor Stadium titled "Febia 晶銳集樂星球演唱會".[4]

趁我 (While I) (2009-2011)[edit]

趁我 is the first commercial success of Shin in Taiwan since his solo career. The album debuted at #3 on G-music Mandarin Chart[5] and hit #1 on G-music Mandarin Chart on week 48.[6]

火燒的寂寞 (The Lonely Fire) and 趁我 (While I) became a hit in both Mainland China and Taiwan. 火燒的寂寞 (The Lonely Fire) was awarded for Most Favourite Mandarin Song at TVB JSG Season's Award.[7]

On 27 August 2010, Shin made an appearance in Back to Basic-Rock Stars Concert (Beijing) (怒放搖滾英雄演唱會北京站).[8]

On 25 September, Shin held a concert with Taiwan singer A-Lin at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

On 29 November, the single 降龍樂章(Dragon Movement) was released. The song was endorsed for a Mainland online game 降龍之劍 (Dragon Sword).

黎明之前 (Before The Dawn) (2011-2012)[edit]

Shin released his fourth album on 22 July 2011. The album debuted at #1 on 5music Mandarin Chart.[9] The music video of the first single, Before the Dawn (黎明之前), was directed by 比爾賈, with Taiwan famous artist Barbie Shu as the main actress. However, the music video is banned from broadcasting in Taiwan because of its violence and bloody content.

On 23 September 2011, Shin and A-Lin held a concert titled "One Night in Melbourne" at Dallas Brooks Centre.

On 24 December 2011, Shin held a small concert in Shanghai at Shanghai International Gymnastic Center.[10]

Shin won the Best Male Singer(Taiwan/Hong Kong) in Sprite Music Award. The song Before The Dawn won the Best Song of the Year.[11]

On 6 April 2012, Shin released Before The Dawn (Audio-visual collection). This album includes 5 music videos, 6 live performances and a video of making the album.

On 21 April 2012, Shin started his tour titled "信無畏搖滾巡迴演唱會" (Shin Fearless Rock Tour) in Taipei at Taipei Arena with Anna Tsuchiya and A-Lin as guests.[12] This is the first time that Shin held a concert at Taipei Arena. It is announced that the tour will come to Beijing and Shanghai in November 2012.

我記得 (I Remember) (2012–2014)[edit]

One of the song from this album, "Embrace in Strong Wind" (狂風裡擁抱) was performed in Shin's concert in Taipei Arena with A-Lin. The Music Video of the duet was released on 7 August. This song soon became a hit in KTV.

On 1 and 16 September, Shin participated in Bloom of Youth rock tour (怒放青春巡迴演唱會) Shenzhen and Quanzhou stations.

On 7 September 2012, Shin released his fifth studio album I Remember. Differing from the past, I Remember is not a rock album. Most of the songs in it are pop love songs. Shin sang softly in this album, unlike the usual.

Shin released his first Cantonese song 太 (a Cantonese version of 我選擇笑) in I Remember (edited version). Shin also remade his famous song 天高地厚 in the edited version.

On 9 July 2014, Shin ended his 12 years relationship with Avex Taiwan and signed a new contract with HIM International Music which allowed him to have more freedom and control in producing his own music.

反正我信了 (Whatever, I Just Believe In) (2015-2016)[edit]

On 6 March 2015, Shin released the first album 反正我信了(Whatever, I Just Believe In) after signing with HIM International Music.[13]

In 2016 January, Shin participated in Mainland China singing competition programme I Am a Singer (season 4) and eliminated in episode 6 despite his impressive performance in attempting alternative songs that rarely being sung in music programme. He received lots of respect from Chinese audience because of his innovative style and courage. He gained a large fan base in China despite his early lost.

大爺們 (Welcome to My World) (2016-present)[edit]

On 8 December 2016, Shin announced that he will start a new world tour named "信GentleMonster 2017巡回演唱會" (Shin Gentle Monster 2017 Tour) in 2017 [14] and the first concert will be on 20 May 2017 in Taipei Arena. The tour is said to include at least 10 cities in Mainland China and Taiwan and potential stations in Malaysia, Singapore and the United States.

On 30 December 2016, the 8th solo studio album 大爺們 (Welcome to My World) was released.


Albums (solo)[edit]

Year Name of Album Label
30 September 2005 Special Thanks To…感謝自選輯 Avex Taiwan
9 September 2007 我就是我
17 October 2008 集樂星球
20 November 2009 趁我
22 July 2011 Before the Dawn (黎明之前)
7 September 2012 I Remember (我記得)
6 March 2015 Whatever, I Just Believe In (反正我信了) HIM International Music
30 December 2016 Welcome To My World (大爺門)

With Shin band[edit]

Year Name of Album
May 2002 Shin (信樂團同名專輯)
April 2003 Tian Gao Di Hou (天高地厚)
February 2004 Hai Kuo Tian Kong (海闊天空)
December 2004 Tiao Xin (挑信)
April 2006 One Night @ Mars Concert Live (One Night@火星演唱會Live)


Soundtrack contributions[edit]

Album Information Tracks Contributed
Summer X Summer Original Soundtrack
(熱情仲夏 電視原聲帶)
  • "累了" (Lei Le) [Tired] - ending theme song

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Discographies/Songs Result
2008 19th Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Male Singer 我就是我 Nominated
2009 Music Radio Music Award Best Male Singer (Taiwan/HK) 趁我 Won
2009 TVB JSG Season's Award Most Favourite Mandarin Song 火燒的寂寞 Won
2011 TVB8 Music Award Best Male Singer-Songwriter Before the Dawn Won
2012 Music Radio Music Award Best Male Singer-Songwriter (Taiwan/HK)[15] Before the Dawn Won



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