Singaporean singer-songwriter Dawn Wong has just released the first original contemporary Mandarin jazz album of its kind in her home city. Pushing her own creative boundaries, Wong took on the roles of producer, writer, artist and maker, for her latest project ‘Marco Lopo’. Tinged with childlike wonder and whimsy, the album was launched with a concert presented by Singapore’s landmark arts centre - the Esplanade - as part of Huayi Chinese Festival of the Arts’ in::music series 2016.
Wong was heading for a quiet life in finance, until her father’s passing prompted her to take life by its horns. After completing her undergraduate studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia, Wong returned home and enrolled herself in almost every pop music programme she could find, unfazed by her late start.
In 2007, Wong began her musical journey proper on television singing competition Project Superstar 2, and went on to impress renowned musicians such as Sandee Chan on Taiwan’s Super Idol 5 singing competition. In 2012, Wong released her debut eponymous EP to positive reviews, and it was nominated for Best Local Music Work at the Freshmusic Awards in 2013.
Over the years, Wong developed a name for herself in local circles, earning invitations to perform at the inaugural Spring Wave E-Le Music Awards by Radio Station UFM1003 and Taiwan international music festival Spring Scream, among others. She also developed a taste for jazz, working with and learning from some of Singapore’s most well-regarded names.