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You’ll love her under the moonlight

By Andrew C.C. Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

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After taking time off from showbiz, songstress Maggie Chiang (江美琪) has returned and embraced the digital age with two singles, Under the Moonlight (月光下) and You Do Love Me (你是愛我的).

Chiang, now 29, achieved fame in 2000 with her touching rendition of How I Envy You (我多麼羨慕你), the theme song to the blockbuster TV period drama April Rhapsody (人間四月天), establishing herself as one of Mando-pop’s top ballad singers and earning the sobriquet “therapeutic singer” (療傷系歌手) from the media.

To celebrate 10 years in the business, Chiang will perform in a concert titled Under the Moonlight You Do Love Me (月光下你是愛我的演唱會) tonight at Legacy Taipei.

She’s signed to a new label, Xing Yu Music (星娛音樂), and is diving into the world of Internet publishing by releasing new songs exclusively as singles online, with two more already in the pipeline.

“It’s time to take advantage of Internet publishing. My fans around the world can access my new songs immediately,” Chiang said in an interview in Taipei earlier this week.

Chiang is now testing her talents as a songwriter and has penned her latest two songs all by herself.

She wrote Under the Moonlight in one night as tribute to a past romance.

“I tend to remember the good times and leave the bad memories behind,” she said. “For me, if a relationship doesn’t work out, it’s not because it’s your fault. It just wasn’t meant to be.”

With You Do Love Me, she muses on the desire to be pampered. “We all get into small arguments over trivial things, “ she said. “This song describes that feeling of loving each other despite the arguments and the confusion.”

Besides singing, Chiang has starred in two musicals, Running Angels (跑路天使) and Thanks for the Music (我要成名). “In the beginning I was very awkward. I just stood still and sang,” she said. “Then I learned to use my body and facial expression to express emotions as well.”

PERFORMANCE NOTES

WHAT : Maggie Chiang, Under the Moonlight You Do Love

Me concert (江美琪【月光下你是愛我的】演唱會)

WHEN : Tonight at 7:30pm

WHERE : Legacy Taipei, located at Huashan 1914 Creative

Park (華山1914), Center Five Hall (中五館), 1, Bade Rd Sec 1,

Taipei City (台北市八德路一段1號)

ADMISSION : NT$500 in advance or NT$700 at the door,

available through 7-Eleven ibon kiosks, ERA ticketing outlets or online at www.ticket.com.tw

ON THE NET : www.facebook.com/maggie814


Chiang has moved far away from the androgynous image she projected at the beginning of her career and has metamorphosed into a glamorous and feminine woman.

“In addition to makeup and fashion, I think constant study is the way to make oneself beautiful,” she said. “A confident person is always beautiful.”

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