Manhand vocalist Von Lee makes comeback with first solo EP ‘Wo’

By Jude Toyat
@judetbpseeds
judetoyat@theborneopost.com

Hundreds of music enthusiasts were well entertained during Lee’s music showcase here recently.

Hundreds of music enthusiasts were well entertained during Lee’s music showcase here recently.

After a long absence from the Malaysian music scene, Johor Bahru-born songstress Von Lee is making a comeback with her solo debut album titled ‘Wo’ (Me).

When met at the Old Courthouse here recently, Lee said all this while she was enjoying her time behind the lens and preparing for the release of the EP that took three years to complete.

“I am grateful that I am still in the music industry entering my tenth year now. Previously, people knew me as the female vocalist for Malaysia’s first Chinese hip-hop group ‘Manhand’.

“The endless passion in music has finally enabled me to produce my first solo album, although I must say that it is never an easy task for me to appear as solo artist today especially since I also run a restaurant in Selangor,” she said proudly.

Lee (left) with a local Chinese celebrity during a music sharing session at ST3 here recently.

Lee (left) with a local Chinese celebrity during a music sharing session at ST3 here recently.

The album release was officially announced by Lee at a press conference held at Menu-Script Restaurant & Music Bar in Petaling Jaya and on her Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/VonLee.OfficialPage on Oct 6.

“This album consists of six songs and one of the songs titled ‘Latido’ was taken from a previous album with Manhand.

“The songs are all about me as a person and my individuality. The album is a great platform for me to voice out my feelings and I hope that by listening to my songs, fans can also feel the same way because my story is also your story,” said Lee.

As her first solo project where Lee took care of everything including brainstorming, song selection, recordings, mixing and mastering, Lee regards the album as “something I am very proud of.”

Von Lee holding copies of her first EP at a press conference held at ChinaHouse, Old Courthouse here recently.

Von Lee holding copies of her first EP at a press conference held at the Old Courthouse here recently.

“This is a good challenge for me as although it was my first solo project, I managed to materialise the album, with collaboration from my beloved husband Daeren Tan as the music producer who engineered the recording and mastering,” said Lee, adding that all the songs were composed by her.

The album was officially released by Manroom Sdn Bhd and made available in CD format at music outlets throughout the country. The digital album can also be purchased online at various music platforms including iTunes, Spotify, KKBox, and Deezer since Oct 14.

Lee considers having a solo album to be her greatest achievement after getting involved in the entertainment industry for over 10 years now.

“I can finally show to my family that I can also do great things in life and shine just like everyone else. It is like a very valuable report card to me.

“For the first time throughout my career, I just felt that this EP sums me up so well creatively,” she said.

Lee singing one of the six songs in ‘Wo’.

Lee singing one of the six songs in ‘Wo’.

Lee also completed shooting for a music video of the first single in the EP titled ‘I’m Far Away’ in August.

“The music video showed me walking around a deserted area in search of light on my true self,” said Lee.

The music video that took two days of shooting was directed by Think and Thing Creative Core and Think & Thing Pictures Red Music in Malacca.

Starting her career in the entertainment industry in 2005 as a model, Lee said that she is also looking forward to get into acting.

“I have always wanted to be a model, singer and actress. I want to achieve many great things in the entertainment industry,” she said.

Lee was here for a music sharing session held at ST3 Shopping Mall as part of her EP promo tour.

“This is my first time here. The reception here was overwhelming, just beautiful. I fell in love with Sarawak and am excited to be back here in the immediate future.”

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