Asian Superstar KAREN MOK to Release First English Language Album --- “Somewhere I Belong”
HONG KONG, January 7, 2012 – MCA Music (Universal Music Philippines) is proud to announce that Karen Mok, one of Asia’s most successful recording artists, will release her debut English-language album, “Somewhere I Belong”, internationally in 2013.
From Hong Kong but with Chinese, Welsh, Persian and German heritage, singer, songwriter, actress, musician, award-winner, Olympic torch-bearer and superstar of concerts films and musicals, multi-lingual and multi-talented Karen has repeatedly proved that she is one of the most distinguished talents of her generation.
With 15 hugely successful albums under her belt Karen is now setting her sights beyond Asia with ‘Somewhere I Belong’ which she describes as “jazz, with a bit of a Chinese approach”. Recorded in Shanghai during 2012, with ‘Somewhere I Belong’ Mok has created an album with global appeal that features a broad palette of songs running all the way from Cole Porter to Portishead, Chris Isaak to Sting and from George Gershwin to The Beatles. Reflecting her roots Karen has included two Chinese songs, including one from the heyday of Shanghai’s swinging jazz scene in the 1930s and ’40s, and plays the traditional Chinese instrument the guzheng throughout the album.
“Somewhere I Belong” is the next chapter in her incredible career. The 10-song set was premiered by Karen in October 2012 at the Shanghai Jazz Festival and will be released by Universal Music in Asia in mid-January and internationally two weeks later, just in time for Chinese New Year.
“This album has been my dream for as long as I can remember, bringing my music to a bigger audience, to the world,” says Karen. “I’m always trying to do things that are different and have an element of surprise and fun. Jazz is a genre that can cross borders and cultures but we’ve also made sure this album has a Chinese identity - I don’t think there’s ever been the use of Chinese instruments to play jazz music like this!”
Max Hole, Chief Operating Officer of Universal Music Group International and head of Universal Music Asia-Pacific region for the last 10 years, says: “Karen is such a star in Asia and with “Somewhere I Belong” she has created an album that blends beautifully the musical cultures of East and West. We’re thrilled to be able to introduce this incredible and hugely accomplished artist to a worldwide audience.”
KAREN MOK’s “Somewhere I Belong” will be available in CDs on January 21 at Astroplus, Odyssey Music & Video and Fully Booked or online via iTunes or www.MyMusicStore.com.ph
- Justin -