name = Vince Chong
birthname = Vincent Chong Ying-Cern
birthdate = birth date and age|1979|09|30
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
website = http://www.belovedfans.com
Vincent Chong Ying-Cern (zh-s|张英胜, zh-t|張英勝;
pinyin: Zhāng Yīngshèng) (born September 30, 1979), internationally known by his stage nameVince , is the first reality TVstar to issue from Malaysian Akademi Fantasia. Chong is popular as a R&B-inclined singer-songwriter. His popularity increased internationally after he teamed up with Nikki Giland Alicia Pan to record the theme from High School Musical, Breaking Free(Asian Version).
Family, education and early career
Chong was born in 1979. His father was Chong Chen Kian, of Chinese ethnic origin, and mother Susan Ann from
England. He has four younger siblings: Pamela, Daniel, Ian and Sean and an older sister Vanessa. Sisters Pamela and Vanessa competed in The Amazing Race Asia 2and finished as runners-up.
He started entertaining people through singing when he was a child and was involved in several church plays, singing competitions and modelling advertisements with his sister Vanessa. He once performed a solo opera Fact|date=June 2008 at the age of 14 in front of more than 2000 people.
He holds a Diploma in Marketing from
Stamford College Petaling Jaya, Malaysiaand has worked as a fraud analyst and marketing assistant. He chose not to continue to his final degree year and instead to fulfill his dream to become a professional singer. Vince also holds a certificate in basic music arranging from International College of Music(ICOM) Kuala Lumpur.
He had experience in several church plays and theater as a director and script writer. In college Chong formed a music band called IBNOT. Since then he had written and composed numerous songs as part of his hobby. The band played several genres of music including rock,
R'n'B, jazz, alternative etc. Chong also had experience in recording back-up vocals for professional artistes, such as Ferhad[http://www.ferhad.com] in Anugerah Industri MuzikAwards in 2001.
Chong's first serious singing competition was in the
Astro Talent Quest(ATQ) 2002. Not fluent in Mandarin (as he speaks Cantonese, English and Malay), Vince had a challenge to learn and memorise the Mandarin songs to remain in the competition. Eventually Chong became first runner-up in ATQ.
In 2003 after returning from his holiday in
Gold Coast, Australia, Vanessa and Rueben (Burn AF1) encouraged him to join Akademi Fantasiawhich would be in its inaugural season. Chong and Rueben went to the audition in KL and successfully became part of the 12 AF finalists. For nine weeks he and his AF friends had to live separately from their families and friends.
Week after week Chong was finally crowned the winner for Akademi Fantasia's 1st season along with Khai as 1st runner up and Azizi as 2nd runner up. He received an offer to do a duet with Malaysian singer Nora a song titled Dilema'03 for her greatest hits album.
Upon "graduating" from Akademi Fantasia, Chong and his 11 classmates made a roadshow of Akademi Fantasia around Malaysia and Brunei. The group were interviewed by
Azwan Aliin his popular talk show Cit Cat Azwan. The fans had voted them as the best newcomers interviewed in Cit Cat Azwan Award in 2003. Chong made his final appearance in a group when they were performed road tour in Brunei.
Chong had decided to leave Maestro Talent to be an "independent" singer by joining
EMIMalaysia to kick-off his singing career. It was a "very hard" journey for Chong as independent singer when his best friend-cum-competitor Khai overshadowed him with his "Dambaan Pilu". But he maintained determination as his first album self titled "Vince" was also highly anticipated, featuring his single "Mengapa Harus Cinta?" entered several music charts. Chong was selected as one of the artistes to have a song in Anugerah Juara Lagu. Not only that, he was also placed third in the Shanghai Asian Music Festival2004.
In 2004 and 2005 Chong's fame progressed after received several awards due to his achievement and he accepted an offer to be the lead actor for
Yusof Haslam's new film Sembilu 2005. His first appearance on the silver screen had received positive reaction from his fans.
In 2005 he was chosen to sing one of the song in the soundtrack for Puteri Gunung Ledang titled Keranamu Kekasih.
In 2006 his second album "Janji Vince" was released, receiving mixed reactions from fans and critics. The album was said to be superior in quality compared to his first album, yet it sparked controversy when Vince pronounced the Arabic word "Taala" ("the one", as in one of the titles of
Allah) in his song "Berkobar-bokar". Later, the composer of the song Yassin clarified that the "Taala" actually means "to come".
He had been invited frequently to perform in private function and gospel shows, was highly on demand for
Christmasperformances in television.
"High School Musical"
Chong represented Malaysia to sing the special Asian release edition of the hit
Breaking Free(from Disney's High School Musical), alongside Singaporean Alicia Pan and Filipino Nikki Gil. In 2007, Chong and Nikki Gil teamed up as a Host for High School Musical : Around The World which has been aired in Disney's Channel.
In 2007, Chong launched his
compilation album"Percayalah Sayang" with features both new and old songs. This album is meant as Vince's big step into the regional music scene, especially Indonesiawhere he searched for new compositions and recorded the new content of the album. The new songs in the album, particularly, "Percayalah Sayang", were described as inclined toward alternative rock.
"High School Musical 2"
Chong has accepted offer to sing Malaysian version of
You Are The Music In Me(from Disney's High School Musical 2) and Bahasa Melayuversion entitled Kau Muzik Di Hatiku alongside another fellow Malaysian talented singer Jaclyn Victor. For the music video, the team production had decided to choose Putrajaya, Malaysiaas the filming locations. Chong and Victor had participated for nationwide mall tour followed for fans of the High School Musical franchise. The video of their version of the song is now on the Special Edition DVD of High School Musical 2 (2008).
The collaboration between Chong and Victor are highly anticipated by both fans and after the success of You Are Music and Me collaboration, Chong and Victor still loves to do a duet performance together in private shows and television broadcast.
"Frogway 2007: The Musical Theather"
Chong had been given an offer to act as Eddy The Singing Frog after he successfully undergo Frogway 2007 casting.
Frogway[http://www.frogwaymusical.com/] was first performed on July 30 1980, with a cast that included S.Jayasankaran as Eddy, and Indi Nadarajah. Frogway is the very first made-in-Malaysia musical, produced and directed by unknowns in theatre. Frogway 2007 is directed by Harith Iskander, one of Malaysia's best comedians comedians. For Frogway 2007, the cast's list are Chong, Ash Nair, Harith Iskander, Elaine Daly, Chelsia Ng, Ina Febregas, Marielle Febregas and Thor Kah Hoong.
The show's begin at 23 August to 2 September 2007 at Actor Studio Bangsar. Chong recently confess to his fans and friends that acting in Musical Theather is very challenging but good for his voice control as he had keep training for a few months just to make sure he will be fit physically and flawless voice control.
Recently Chong is involved in composing commercial jingles for Rakan Muda which is now aired as a Malaysian local television advertisement . He is now focusing on television production and also starting his personal company InVinceAble Tunes. He recently admitted to local entertainment magazines that he had experienced back pain since last July and he's now working hard to regain his fitness. Although he is now more involved in television production, Chong has expressed his desire to produce a Mandarin-language album one day, not only to penetrate the Chinese-speaking market but also to fulfil his late grandfather's wish to see his grandson sing in his
mother tongue. [http://www.sinchew.com.my/content.phtml?sec=5&sdate=&artid=200703210027 _zh. 完成爷爷心愿 张英胜希望唱中文歌zh icon] .
*2nd in Astro Talent Quest,2002
*1st in Akademi Fantasia Season 1
*Best Non-Malay Artist in Media Hiburan,2003
*Best New Artist (Male) in Anugerah ERA, 2004
*Best New Artist (Male) in ABH'04
*Best Non-Malay Artist (Male) in ABH'04
*Best New Artist (Male) in AIM 12
*Best New Artist (Male) in APM 2004
*3rd Place in Asian Music Festival in Shanghai, 2004
*Finalist for Juara lagu, Balada 2004
*Finalist Male Artist, ABP 2005
*Finalist Male Artist, AIM 2005
*Finalist Male Artist, APM 2005
*Finalist Lead Actor, Festival Filem Malaysia 2005
*Collaboration with Disney's HSM soundtrack "Breaking Free" 2006
*Collaboration with Disney's HSM2 soundtrack "You're Music In Me" with Jaclyn Victor 2007
*Model for Hotlink Aktifkan Dirimu 2003-2005
Kotex"Women In My Life" 2004
*More than 20 front covers featured in Malaysian Entertainment Magazines
*Contributing song and voice for Rakan Muda,'s Advertisement 2008
Fan Club and Website
Chong fans had established Vince Official Fan Club in 2004. The Fan Club's signature are "BelovedFans" @ BFs. In 2005, One of the BFs had established a website name BelovedFans [http://www.belovedfans.com] as Chong doesn't have an official website. The Belovedfans website founder is now making plan to re-construct the website for the fresher look and adding reliable sources.
One of Chong BF's Official Committee Members is now running Chong's Myspace Fan Club [http://www.myspace.com/vincechong] . The priority of opening a Myspace account is to gather all Vince's Chong Fans in
Myspace, local and oversea as Myspaceis the world top ranked social-networking website.
Chong occasionally update his activity and chatting with his fans at Yahoo! Group [http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/vincent_chong/] .
* [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vincent_chong/ Vince's Official Forum]
* [http://www.belovedfans.com/ Belovedfans's Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/vincechong/ Vince's Myspace FC and Music Profile]
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