Gloria Tang Tsz-kei (Chinese: 鄧紫棋) (born Shanghai, China, 16 August 1991), better known by her stage name G.E.M., is a Hong Kong singer-songwriter, dancer, musician, and actress. The stage name is an acronym for Get Everybody Moving. Her debut music release, the self-titled EP G.E.M. (2008), brought her the attention of the music industry, winning her the title of 'Best New Artist'. She has now debuted three additional studio recorded albums, a best of album and is now on her second world tour. She is also one of Hong Kong's top selling artist and was titled 2012 IFPI Hong Kong Top Selling Female Artist.
G.E.M.'s fan base is not restricted to Hong Kong and China, with a wide range of fans from Taiwan, Macau, USA, Canada, Australia, Great Britain and other south eastern Asian countries.
Life and career:
Early life and career beginnings:
Gloria Tang Sze-wing (鄧詩穎) was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong at the age of four. She was brought up in a musical family, her mother graduated from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, her grandmother taught her to sing, her uncle played the violin and her grandfather played the saxophone for an orchestra. G.E.M.'s own musical life began when she was five, and she appeared on Educational Television for Mandarin when she was seven. G.E.M. started writing songs as a composer at the age of ten entering many singing competitions, winning inter-school singing competitions. When she was thirteen, she achieved a grade eight in piano.
In 2006, G.E.M. entered the "Spice it Up" competition in which she won first place. She caught the attention of her now-manager, Tan Chang, who offered her a contract with Hummingbird Music thus becoming a professional singer at 16. G.E.M graduated from Heep Woh Primary School and True Light Girls' College in Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong, scoring 21 points on the HKCEE. G.E.M continued with her education at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in acoustics, as a part-time student. However, her busy schedule made her unable to attend classes frequently, and she decided to quit the course during the first half of 2009.
G.E.M. was highly successful in 2008, her debut year, winning ten major awards. G.E.M released her first EP featuring the award-winning song "Where Did You Go." G.E.M. won the gold new female singer award from CRHK Ultimate 903 (903專業推介 sponsored by Manhattan ID 信用咭), becoming the first minor to win the award. The media gave G.E.M nicknames such as "巨肺少女" and "巨肺小天后" meaning "Girl with Giant Lungs" and "the Young Empress of Heaven with Giant Lungs" respectively because of her vocal range and she had performed songs by Whitney Houston and Beyoncé.
In May 2009, G.E.M. went to Los Angeles, California, to record her first studio album, 18... with Hummingbird co-founder and producer Lupo Groining. Upon her return to Hong Kong in December, G.E.M. proceeded to travel to Toronto and Richmond Hill in Canada for her first mini-concert in Canada, and held an autograph session in Pacific Mall. In the same year, G.E.M appeared in two feature films, Love Connected (保持愛你) and Trick or Cheat (愛出猫), and demonstrating her acting skills on the wide screen.
In May 2010, G.E.M. stayed in Taiwan for ten days to promote the Taiwanese edition of 18.... After the promotional tour, G.E.M returned to Los Angeles to record her next album, My Secret with her producer. The album was recorded in a span of ten days in Santa Monica. During her time in LA, G.E.M has also appeared at the US Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships in Long Beach, California, as a youth ambassador for Project Kaisei.
During April 2011, just a month before G.E.M's sold out concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum, G.E.M's grandmother died just weeks before her scheduled concert in May, thus not having the chance to watch her granddaughter perform. In memory, G.E.M dedicated a part of her concert especially to her, and sang Josh Groban's You Raise Me Up, thanking her grandmother for her endless love and support. In subsequent concerts, there will always be a front row seat left vacant for her. The song 不存在的存在, which features on G.E.M's latest album Xposed.
With the help of Hummingbird Music, G.E.M. has successfully gained a large online audience. G.E.M. started her own personal YouTube channel blog in July 2008, and has since gained just under 60 thousand subscribers in the span of four years. G.E.M. has fans from Taiwan, Macau, USA, Australia, Great Britain and other parts of Asia.
Through the means of social media, Hummingbird Music and G.E.M. created a new business model that utilizes the Internet as a tool to promote their music. Combining the elements of creativity and the success of viral videos, Hummingbird Music came up with the idea of MySecret Puzzle. MySecret Puzzle is a competition, consisting of six interactive videos. In order to win the competition, the user must solve the clues and meanings hidden behind these viral videos. The five winners of the competition would have the opportunity of having G.E.M. guest sing at their own home. The competition received an overwhelming response, and inspired G.E.M. to promote even more interactive videos and games on her personal website.
With the successes of MySecret Puzzle, G.E.M. featured a special surprise inside her album box set MySecret Boxset, which featured a special interactive cardboard code. The code, when paired with the webcam application on her official site, would provide her fans with a unique interactive video of G.E.M. performing her single MySecret.
G.E.M. has acted as the ambassador for many charity organizations and events. As a role model for Chinese youth, G.E.M. supports the Project Kaisei - a non-profit organization focused on increasing awareness of the scale of marine debris and the solutions for both prevention and cleanup.
Acting as an ambassador for Changing Young Lives Foundation, G.E.M. worked with the foundation to protect children from abuse, neglect and exploitation, ensuring that they are kept safe at all times enough shelter, food, health care and education. During the press conference in July 2011, G.E.M called for everyone's awareness and care towards the underprivileged children as well as their family. She hoped to spread out the message though her fans to a wider range of society, and promised that she will continue to support the foundation.
Environmental conservation have also been a key focus for G.E.M.. In 2013, G.E.M. was appointed as the ambassador of WWF HK Earth Hour 2013, as well as the ambassador for Shark Savers HK.
In 2010, G.E.M released her third album MySecret, with the majority of songs and lyrics written by herself, and became the top selling album in Hong Kong, outselling Taylor Swift's album Speak Now. On 1 November, G.E.M released her album boxset MySecret Box Set, featuring her hits Get Over You, Good To Be Bad, and My Secret. The album also features three songs sung in Cantonese and seven sung in Mandarin. When the album was released to be pre-ordered online, the overwhelming amount of online traffic caused the website to freeze and crash. The album preceded to do extremely well on the Hong Kong music charts, with four of the singles reaching number one. One of G.E.M's tracks on one of her albums was chosen to be used as the theme song for Solar Project (太陽計劃2011), an event organised by RTHK that encourages young people in Hong Kong to make use of their summer. G.E.M was also approached to sing the theme song to the Japanese animated film The Borrower Arrietty (借東西の小矮人亞莉亞蒂). The film proved to be a success in the box office, winning Best Animated Film in 2010 at the 34th Annual Japanese Film Awards.
The album became the best selling album in 2010 (IFPI), and won Most Popular Mandarin Single 2010 with "A.I.N.Y.", Most Popular Female Artist of China 2011, Most Popular Female Artist of China 2011, and the award of Outstanding Hong Kong Singer Song Writer 2011. The success of MySecret established G.E.M as a singer songwriter, which led to a sold out world tour in 2011.
On 27 June 2012, G.E.M worked iTunes Live @ Hong Kong and performed with Jason Mraz during his Love Is A Four Letter Word Word Tour, along with Khalil Fong at the Hong Kong World Expo., in anticipation of her album release Xposed on iTunes. G.E.M was chosen by iTunes itself to represent thirteen Asian countries, and performed a bilingual rendition of Lucky with Jason Mraz himself . The clip was posted on the Chinese websites Sino and Tudou. The album, which represents a more mature side of G.E.M featured the chart-topping lead single Someday I'll Fly, the second song What Have U Done and latest single Miracle, which were all done by the singer-songwriter. On the day of its digital release, which was an iTunes exclusive only, G.E.M's album was featured on the front of the iTunes store and her single reached number 9 on the top 10 positions within the first two days, out selling Linkin Park. G.E.Ms single What Have You Done reached number 1 on four of Hong Kong's music charts (RTHK Chinese Pop (中文歌曲龍虎榜), CRHK Ultimate 903 (903專業推介), Metro Radio Pop Chart 997 (新城勁爆本地榜 and JSG Billboard (勁歌金榜)), with the album reaching number 1 on most of Hong Kong's Radio Charts. The album maintained the number 1 position for five weeks and the album Xposed preceded to reached number 1 on RTHK's Global Chinese Pop Chart (全球華語歌曲排行榜) and 新城國語力.
On 8 July, G.E.M held an album signing at the Hong Kong Mall apm, which attracted more than a thousand fans to attend. The boxset Xposed was also released two days later. At the end of July, G.E.M began her promotional tour in Taiwan and held her first Taiwanese concert in Riverside, Taiwan.
On 7 September, G.E.M released her music video for her track Miracle (奇蹟).
During 2009, G.E.M. held her first concert, 18 Live, from 20 to 22 November at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre Star Hall (香港國際展貿中心). Originally, the concert was slated for two nights, however, due to its popularity, an extra performance was added on 22 November. The concert also featured guests such as Jan Lamb (林海峰), who has previously worked with G.E.M. for the song "食煙飲酒講粗口", and Justin Lo (側田) who sang the first performance of "合唱歌" with G.E.M. at the concert.
G.E.M. Get Everybody Moving World Tour:
In May 2011, G.E.M began her world tour G.E.M Get Everybody Moving World Tour, and performed in more than nine cities around the world. The tour showcased more than ten shows, including cities such as Hong Kong, Macau, Guangdong Province, Australia, Toronto and USA. Tickets for each of the three shows in Hong Kong were sold out in less than 15 minutes, and even caused the server of the website to crash. As there was a high demand for more shows, G.E.M added an additional two nights at the Hong Kong Coliseum in September 2011. Tickets for the additional shows were sold out in less than 45 minutes.
In March 2012, G.E.M. represented Hong Kong in three of the Asia Music Connection 2012 shows. She sung with Naoto Into Raymi, Danson Tang and Crowd Lu in Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong during the Asia leg of theTour.
G.E.M. Get Everybody Moving World Tour concert venues:
G.E.M began the first leg of her World Tour on 14 May 2011 in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Colosseum. G.E.M performed three shows back to back, and was named the youngest female singer to grace the Colosseum.
On 27 August, G.E.M. held her first Australian Concert at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.
G.E.M began the second leg of her World Tour Get Everybody Moving 2011 on 9 September in Hong Kong, performing two shows at the Hong Kong Colosseum.
On 15 October, G.E.M. held her first concert at the Guangzhou Gymnasium, filling the stadium with more than 10,000 fans.
On 16 December, G.E.M. had her first Canadian performance in Vancouver, Canada. Three days later, on 19 December, G.E.M had her second Canadian performance in Toronto.
G.E.M began the third leg of her tour in April 2012 in China, performing at Foshan Shi and Panyu.
In May 2012, G.E.M had her first US performance in Reno, Nevada USA.
X.X.X. Live Concert 2013:
In mid-January 2013, Hummingbird Music announced the launch of G.E.M. world tour in 2013, first stop was a five-night show at the Hong Kong Coliseum, from April 12-16, 2013. On September 21, 2013 G.E.M. held her second tour concert in Guangzhou, in the Guangzhou Gymnasium.
G.E.M. Freelance Tour:
In late 2011, G.E.M. started to plan for her Freelance Tour, whereby she would be on paid work experience to work at different industries to gain more non-music-related work history because she became a full-time singer at 16, and had never worked prior to that.
Episode One & Two:
On 24 February, G.E.M. released the first episode of the series. The episode showcased G.E.M. working at a juice stand in Causeway Bay. G.E.M. took on the role of making pancakes and fruit juices to a crowd of fans.
On 22 March, G.E.M worked as a weather anchor for Asia Television Limited. The episode gave a behind the scenes look into the world of broadcasting. G.E.M's weather segment was featured after the evening news.
On the third episode of the Freelance tour, G.E.M decided to work as a domestic helper. G.E.M explained that she wanted to experience their working conditions and lifestyle, since these domestic workers have taken on such a profound and an important role in Hong Kong's lifestyle. The trailer of the episode was posted on 18 May, while the full episode was broadcast on 21 May. The episode received a lot of attention from the media, and was featured in the newspaper Apple Daily, entitled G.E.M Speaking for the minorities.
Episode Four, Five, Six & Seven:
During her fourth episode, G.E.M attempted at working as a professional motorcyclist, but she also took 'time out' to become an excavator operator.
In the fifth episode of the tour, G.E.M took on several summer jobs in the area of sales and services. These jobs ranged from working at an ice cream truck, 7-11 convenience store shopkeeper and salesperson for Maybelline.
On the sixth episode of the Freelance tour, G.E.M. worked in Apple Daily, where she is the editor for the footages of her recent Awards Ceremony, and voice-over artist for Next Media Animation (Apple Action News).
On the seventh episode of the Freelance Tour, G.E.M. worked in Mai Po Nature Reserve as an educational officer for World Wildlife Fund.
Brand New Star:
Aside from being a singer, songwriter and performer, G.E.M has also had an active role in discovering new artists. In 2010, G.E.M and her music label Hummingbird Music launched an online singing competition Brand New Star, which attracted many young and talented artists in Asia who entered the competition. G.E.M was a judge of the competition, and announced that the prize was a chance to work with music producer Lupo Groining.
The Borrower Arrietty (借東西の小矮人亞莉亞蒂) Theme Song:
G.E.M was asked to re-write a Chinese version of the theme song for the Japanese animated film The Borrower Arrietty.
Arrietty (classified under the title The Borrower Arrietty 借東西の小矮人亞莉亞蒂) is a 2010 Japanese animated fantasy film directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi, written by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film is based on British novelist Mary Norton's novel The Borrowers, which was written in 1955.
I Am A Singer -- Season 2:
On December 29, 2013 G.E.M. revealed on her Facebook and Weibo that she will participate in the Chinese singing competition I Am A Singer along with fellow singer such as Gary Chaw, Phil Chang and hometown singer - Zhou Bichang of Changsha. In the second episode, aired on January 10, 2014, she gained popularity through her performance of the song "存在", a song originally sung by Chinese rock star Wang Feng, which also increased her online presence in China as her Weibo followers increased almost ten-fold. In the third episode, aired on January 17, 2014, she reached first place by singing a cover of "Intoxicated". G.E.M.'s popularity rose in China after I Am a Singer aired. On the fourth episode aired on January 24, 2014, with the addition of her piano performance, she was once again ranked first place; she was the first to reach first place twice consecutively within a single round in the history of the show. Throughout the show, she showed great versatility in her range of music styles, from languages (English, Mandarin and Cantonese), performance methods (dance, piano performance) and musical styles (high notes, pop, rock, R&B, rap). On April 4, 2014, she came second overall, losing to Han Lei, but she is the highest-ranked female artist for series 2 and for the entire history of the show, so she was crowned the Queen of Singers.
Ah Yee (阿儀)
Trick or Cheat,
24 May：TVB音樂台Live House （11月9日）,
21 July－1 August：TVB Playlet《理想前程有Say有Way》,
August：英皇娛樂台E之班街頭爭霸 Music Battle,
2 October, 9 October：TVB Pay Vision Limited《星級廚房》,
7 February：勁歌金曲（Part Time Host）,
20 September, 27 September：超級巨聲 Episode 10, Episode 11,
2 May：公視《音樂萬萬歲》Episode 60,
8 May：Channel V《我愛黑澀棒棒堂》Episode 113,
8 May 中視《我猜我猜我猜猜猜》,
21 July︰《Music Café》,