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Late to the game

Singers in their 30s, who are considered late bloomers, are competing against younger singers

Published on May 1, 2014 12:10 PM

Pop music is oft considered for the young, by the young. Witness: Chinese pop legend Teresa Teng, only 15 when she came on the scene; and 1970-80s Taiwanese songbird Delphine Tsai Hsing Chuan, who released her first album when she was 14.

In comparison to them, Taiwan's reigning King of Pop Jay Chou was already slightly advanced in age when he released his accomplished debut album at age 21.

But a handful of relative late bloomers, of late, are bucking this youth-oriented trend.

Singapore's Kiat Goh, 34, has orbited into Mandopop with his album Pluto, while American-Chinese Wang Dawen, 32, and Malaysian actor-turned-singer Lawrence Wong, 32, have become mature debutants in the Mandopop industry.

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“That’s why the lyrics are direct and simple but they are also very earnest.”

Wang Dawen, who started Mandarin lessons just two years ago

“My ambition is to make good music and do the kind of music I want to do. It’s not about becoming famous.”

Kiat Goh, who invested a four-figure sum in his debut album

“The chance to do this album is a new outlet for me, to be inspired in a different way. It refreshes my artistic and creative output.”

Lawrence Wong, who turned from acting to singing