Singaporean pop diva Stefanie Sun (孫燕姿) met Taiwanese media on a wintry Valentine’s Day yesterday to promote her first album in four years, aptly titled It’s Time.
Dressed in a short navy blue dress and a thin beige overcoat, the 32 year-old singer, songwriter and now producer, said she was excited about the new collection of songs.
“The way I feel right now is similar to when I first entered this industry, 10 years ago — very excited, but also a little nervous,” she said, giving the cameras her girl-next-door smile.
Sun said she had “grown up” a lot in the past four years and was keeping her fingers crossed that, through her songs, her fans would be able to feel the changes that she had experienced.
Presenting an album that has a more mature tone than her previous releases, Sun opted for a more sophisticated image that now includes long wavy hair in place of the boyish hairstyle she wore a few years ago.
When asked how she planned to spend Valentine’s Day, Sun did not give a direct answer, saying only that she hoped her new songs would strike a chord with lovebirds and love seekers everywhere on the special day.
Sun shot to stardom in 2000 and she was hailed as one of the fastest-rising stars in the Chinese-language entertainment industry. She was often mentioned in the same breath as megastars such as A-mei (張惠妹) and Faye Wong (王菲).
In 2001, she was named Best New Artist at the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan and received a similar honor the following year in Singapore.
Sun shone brightly again in 2005 at the Golden Melody Awards, winning the Best Female Vocalist title, solidifying her status as a top entertainer in the Mandarin-speaking music world.
Following the release of her best-selling compilation album My Story, Your Song in 2006, she took a break.
However, during that time she went on a world tour titled “The Answer Is...” which took her to Hong Kong, Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing, Singapore, Taiwan and Las Vegas.
Her first single from It’s Time debuted yesterday and the album will hit local stores on March 1.