Sally Yeh (born September 30, 1961), sometimes credited as Sally Yip or Yip Sin-Man, is a Cantopop singer and actress.
Yeh is a Canadian citizen. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she immigrated to Canada at a young age with her family and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. Yeh's singing career started in the early 1980s and she gradually became a prominent diva whose career spans three decades. She has released a total of thirty albums, plus forty-odd compilations and live recordings. Yeh speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. Her jazz-trained vocals allow her to handle a wide range of musical genres. Apart from a good track record of original hits, Sally Yeh has, through the years, covered a number of Western songs, ranging from Madonna to Céline Dion by way of the Titanic theme song.
Due to her unique voice, she has received a number of awards throughout her career. In the 1980s-1990s, her popularity in Hong Kong was only matched by Anita Mui and Priscilla Chan.
She has also collaborated on a number of soundtracks (mostly on Tsui Hark's movies with scores by Wong Jim), including "Lai Ming But Yiu Loi" from A Chinese Ghost Story (1987), which won the Best Original Song award at the 7th Hong Kong Film Awards. Her other notable hits include "A Woman's Weakness", "Heart of Fire", "Cheers", "Bless", "Bygone Wound", "Believe in Yourself" (a duet with Alex To), "Ten Past Midnight", "You Have to Leave Today", "I Want To Keep Living", and many more.
Because she immigrated to Canada at a young age, Yeh's mastery of written Chinese is rudimentary at best, and she often uses romanizations to help her read Cantonese and Mandarin lyrics. This is also true for her stepchildren, as her eldest stepson, fellow singer Alex Lam, was born in San Francisco.
She has received the prestigious Most Popular Hong Kong Female Singer award at the Jade Solid Gold Top Ten Awards four times (1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993).
In 1996, Yeh married Hong Kong pop star and composer-producer George Lam.
In 2002, Yeh unexpectedly re-entered the Cantopop market, released the record "Can You Hear", and performed a series of concerts in different countries.
In 2011, Sally Yeh received the Golden Needle Award at the 33rd RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Song Music Award Ceremony, a lifetime achievement award for artists who have contributed enormously to the Hong Kong music industry. It is recognized as one of the highest honors in the Chinese music industry.
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