Stefanie Sun to tour from June

Home-grown singer Stefanie Sun marks 20 years of her singing career this year. The details of her latest tour have yet to be unveiled.
Home-grown singer Stefanie Sun marks 20 years of her singing career this year. The details of her latest tour have yet to be unveiled.PHOTO: MAKE MUSIC

Singaporean singer Stefanie Sun's new concert tour will kick off in June.

The English name of the tour, which celebrates her two decades in show business, is Super Solstice.

Its Chinese name, "jiu zai ri luo yi qian", translates to "just before sunset" and comes from the first line of her latest single, Eternal Love, which goes: "Just before sunset/We will meet again."

Details of the tour have yet to be unveiled, including that of the planned Singapore stop.

The Mandopop queen's last concert tour, Kepler, which ran from 2014 to 2015, had a stop at Singapore's National Stadium on July 5, 2014.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the 41-year-old shared some thoughts about her singing career, which started with the release of her debut album Yan Zi (2000).

She wrote: "At that time, the music industry was concentrated in Taiwan. I took a suitcase and flew from Singapore to Taipei. Who knew that the sentence 'No 22-year-old girl sings like her' could start a 20-year long journey?"

In those days, she recalled, every newspaper wanted exclusive stories and a lunch could become a piece of news.

Her days, she shared, were spent appearing on television and radio programmes, saying hello to people and smiling uncomprehendingly.

"(Stuck in a) traffic jam? Why not speak to a reporter on the phone?" she wrote.

A few years later, there was more work in China and she kept running forward. But after some time, she found the going tougher. She did what she could and created space for herself.

Describing this space, she wrote: "I just wanted to run to one place and let my hair fly. It was escape, it was freedom."

Later, she found her partner, Dutch-Indonesian businessman Nadim van der Ros. They married in 2011 and have a son, seven, and a daughter, one.

Sun said of motherhood: "I studied to be a mother. Even if the new role caught me off guard and I felt I was not good enough, I continued to work hard."

She added: "At this moment, I am moving working towards the 20th anniversary. I told myself that the emotions, love, darkness, fullness and emptiness of all these years are worth putting in order."

The singer recently collaborated with Taiwanese rock band Mayday on a new version of their 2000 hit song Tenderness.

This 20th-anniversary version was released on Jan 1.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 22, 2020, with the headline 'Stefanie Sun to tour from June'. Print Edition | Subscribe