How award-winning songwriter Xiaohan got her pen name
Xiaohan is not just any award-winning lyricist. She is an award-winning lyricist with a PhD in virology from the National University of Singapore.
The 39-year-old is one of Singapore's foremost wordsmiths. She has penned works for top Mandopop stars, including Paper Plane for Sandy Lam, Darwin I for Tanya Chua and Loneliness Sufferers for Eason Chan.
Thus far, she is the only Singaporean to have been nominated in the category of Best Lyrics at Taiwan's prestigious Golden Melody Awards. And she achieved the feat twice with Darwin I in 2008 and China singer Na Ying's Long Take last year (2012). She is also a five-time winner for Best Lyrics at Singapore Hit Awards, a feat matched only by Cultural Medallion winner Liang Wern Fook.
Unlike most people who are strong in either the arts or the sciences, she is one of the few who is equally at home in both realms.