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Founder of SingingandlyricsBlog – Agnes
Agnes is a fan of many female power vocal houses – Sandy Lam, Sally Yeh, Anita Mui, Coco Lee, A-mei, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Winnie Hsin, Cass Phang, Karen Tong, Kit Chan, Sammi Cheng.
Her passion with singing started from very young and her mum owned a music school when shewas a toddler and she would always be at the music school. At age 4 or 5, she will always be holding a big-knob screwdriver and pretended to be singer, using it as her microphone and singing out loud at the balcony of her apartment!
In school, she would jump at opportunities to join competitions. At 12 years old, her parents enrolled her at Golden Eagle Singing School at the old Capitol Building to learn singing but her classmates were all adults, so she actually learnt all the oldies like 船歌，夜来香， 春风吻上我的脸，etc。 She did some Teochew singing backup for the late Wang Sha 王沙 for his Teochew songs. She also performed a short stint at Getai 歌台 then.
In secondary school, she also participated in the school’s Talentime, emerging first for solo and 2nd for group singing. Her first serious competition was for Electric Youth Singing Competition in 1988, and the craze then was Debbie Gibson! This competition was organised by Zip Productions. She made it the finals which was held at Sentosa Musical Fountain. Gani eventually was the top winner! And in this finals were Dulcie Soh and Norleena Salim too! It was really an exciting experience for her then.
The finalists had the opportunity to perform with Dick Lee and Jacinta Abisheganaden for that year’s Christmas songs at the stage in front of Wisma Shopping Centre facing Orchard Road!
Thereafter, she joined several singing competitions and usually would be selected into the finals and one of them was Martell Singing Competition at Canto Pub (Marina South).
The biggest competition she joined was 1994 Pioneer Karaoke Competition and the finals was aired on national TV. It was a tiring yet rewarding experience for her and she was also named Best Dressed for the competition in a red outfit (following the fashion style of her favourite idol, Sandy Lam in her MV 当爱已成往事
She was invited to judge a karaoke pub’s singing competition in the 1990s.
Now and then, she still sings leisurely at friends’ parties, gatherings or charity events.
Over the past few years, she had the chance to write quite a fair bit of lyrics and to work on more music projects.