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Kit Chan
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Born (1972-09-15) 15 September 1972 (age 51)
Other names Chen Jieyi
Education
  • Raffles Girls' School
  • Raffles Junior College
Alma mater Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts
Occupation
  • Singer
  • actress
  • businesswoman
  • former public relations executive
Years active 1993–present
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Spouse(s)
Han
(m. 2012; div. 2017)
Awards Star Awards 2000 : Best Theme Song
Star Awards 2012 : Best Theme Song
Star Awards 2016 : Best Theme Song
Musical career
Genres
Labels Ocean Butterflies (1993–2004)
Banshee Empire (2010–Present)
Taihe Music Group (2015–Present)
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese 陳潔儀
Simplified Chinese 陈洁仪
Hanyu Pinyin Chén Jiéyí
Bopomofo ㄔㄣˊ ㄐㄧㄝˊ ㄧˊ
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Kit Chan (born 15 September 1972) is a Singaporean singer and actress.

Early life and education

Born on 15 September 1972 in Singapore, Chan is the third daughter in a family of four sisters.

Chan studied in Fairfield Methodist School, Raffles Girls' School, Raffles Junior College and Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts. During Chan's six-year hiatus from the music scene from 2004 to 2010, she returned to LaSalle as a mature student. She wrote a thesis on the psychology of performance and graduated with first-class honors.

Career

Since her debut in 1993, Chan has worked in singing, theatre, television drama, poetry, song-writing, entrepreneurship and creative direction. In 1994, Chan released the album Heartache (心痛) into the Taiwanese market. She subsequently released more albums regionally including Liking You (喜欢你), Dazzling (炫耀), and Worried (担心), performing in parts of Asia, the United States, Korea, and New Zealand, as well as collaborating with symphonies and orchestras in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

Chan performed a song, Home, during the 1998 Singapore National Day Parade which became very popular in Singapore. It was subsequently performed in various editions of the National Day Parades.

Chan took a hiatus in 2004 from her performing career to further her studies and joined international PR consultancy Hill & Knowlton as a campaign specialist in 2007. She worked on the Ministry of Defence's 2009 Total Defence campaign, 'What Will You Defend?'. She left the company after 19 months.

Chan has also worked linguistically and theatrically, with her Cantopop, and English albums. She has held lead roles in the Hong Kong musical Snow.Wolf.Lake with Jacky Cheung – both the Cantonese version in 1997 and the Mandarin production in 2005 – followed by The Legend (where she played the late Teresa Teng), and Forbidden City: Portrait of An Empress (where she played the young Empress Dowager Cixi)– first performed in 2002 as part of the Esplanade's opening programme, and again in 2003. Chan has also played the lead in the Dutch-Hong Kong production of East Meets West, and the Taiwanese musical What's Love Got to Do with It?.

In September 2006, she reprised her role again in Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress, as part of a plan to make this musical internationally recognised, in the hope of going on a world tour. Chan later fronted the first Singapore Day in New York City in 2007. After her corporate sojourn, Chan performed the commissioned theme song One World at the APEC 2009 Gala Night and returned the theatre as leading lady (Li Qing) in the Mandarin musical December Rains (雨季) at Esplanade Theatre in 2010. In the same year, she sang Home for the third time at the National Day Parade. Chan was also a member of the cast of the television drama Healing Hands II, the sequel to TVB's medical drama Healing Hands in 2000. She was the female lead in SPH MediaWorks Channel U's drama serial Cash is King. Chan also acted in the 2010 film Lover's Discourse.

In 2011, Chan released her first studio album Re-interpreting Kit Chan (重譯 陳潔儀) since 2004 and staged two solo concerts in collaboration with the Singapore Chinese Orchestra at Esplanade Concert Hall, as the anchor performance of the Huayi Chinese Festival of Arts 2011. In the same year, she held her three-night solo concert The Music Room at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater. Also in 2011, Chan worked with Nexus, Ministry of Defence as Creative Director for the Total Defence "Home – Keeping It Together" Campaign 2011. She was also executive producer for the remake of the Home MV, which featured 39 local artistes spanning different genres, eras and races, including Max Surin, Dick Lee, Taufik Batisah, JJ Lin, and Stefanie Sun. She wrote the theme song 倔强 for the MediaCorp Channel 8 anniversary drama Devotion, which won Best Drama Theme Song award at the 2012 Star Awards. Concerts themed An Enchanted Evening with Chiu Tsang Hei (傾城) were also held in Hong Kong.

In 2014, Chan performed in her first leading film role in Jason Lai's Miss J Contemplates Her Choice as the titular Miss J, who offers advice to callers on a radio talk show. The film premiered at the Singapore International Film Festival in December. In 2014, Chan reportedly underwent a surgical procedure that left her barely able to speak, however she completed her 'Spellbound' concert eventually in 2015 at Star Theatre. She also participated China reality singing contest I Am A Singer where Chinese critic Deng Ke remarked that Kit Chan can't sing. She announced her retirement from performing at the National Day Parades in 2015 after making her last NDP performance. In 2015, she sang the theme song for Channel 8 Blockbuster The Dream Makers II.

In July 2016, she released her first album of original material in 12 years, titled The Edge of Paradise (天堂边缘). In September, Chan ended her Spellbound concert tour with a finale at Singapore Indoor Stadium to a 7,000-strong audience.

In 2018, Chan marked her 25th anniversary as a singer with an acoustic live sessions album in which she also penned the lyrics for the title track “A Time for Everything”. She also staged “25 Years On: A Time For Everything” concerts in Singapore and Taipei.

Chan has published a collection of her English poems, Cork out of my Head, in 2000 in Taiwan, I Write a Page in 2000 in Singapore, and a fiction book (together with her friend, Siew Fern Yong) titled Cathy and Jodie: The Princess and the Flea.

In 2022, Chan performed in The LKY Musical, where she performed as the late Madam Kwa Geok Choo, the wife of Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Community involvement

In 1998, Chan was appointed as the first National Youth Ambassador for Singapore's National Youth Council. She served for two years. From 2001 to 2005, she served as a council member with the National Youth Council. In 2002 the Commonwealth Youth Programme Asia Centre awarded her an Award for Excellence in Youth Work.

In 2007, Chan was appointed to the board of the National Heritage Board over a two-year period, reaching out to the Singapore audience and linking with the creative industries.

She is also the ambassador to the Christian relief organization "World Vision".

Business ventures

Chan has invested in two boutiques in Singapore, Flowers in the Attic and Roses in the Loft.

In 2010, Chan set up her own record label, named after her singing group Banshee Empire from when she was in secondary school.

Personal life

On 8 December 2012, Chan married her long-time boyfriend, who was a finance director and known only as Han, whom she first met in 2000. The couple had since divorced in 2017.

Discography

Year Title
1993 Do Not Destroy The Harmony (EP) 不要傷了和气
1994 Heartache 心痛
1995 Cornered 逼得太紧
1996 Sadness 伤心
Don't Let Me Hate You 别让我恨你
1997 Revelation 揭晓 (Cantonese)
1998 "Home" (Single)
Dreams and Memories 有你愛过 (Cantonese)
Too Deep in the Act 入戏太深
1999 Dazzling 炫耀
2000 That Day, That Night 那天那夜
Best 最好 (Cantonese)
Lola 萝拉
2001 Numbness 麻醉 (Cantonese)
2002 Like Kit 喜歡.潔儀.喜歡 (Compilation)
Dreamscape 异想世界
2003 Understand 懂得
2004 East Toward Saturn 东弯土星
2008 Kit Chan Selections 私房歌 (2CD)
2009 Kit Chan Selections 私房歌 (24K Gold edition)
Wait and Wait 等了又等
2011 Re-interpreting 重译
Re-interpreting (Version 2) 重译 (第二版) 重奏 (CD+DVD)
2016 Waiting 等 (EP)
The Edge of Paradise 天堂邊緣
2018 A Time For Everything
2022 "平行线" (EP)

Theatre

Year Performance type Title Location
1997 Musical (Cantonese) Snow.Wolf.Lake Hong Kong
1998 Musical (Cantonese) The Legend 漫步人生路 Hong Kong
2001 Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) That's Kit 就是陳潔儀 Singapore
2002 Musical (Cantonese) East Meets West 千里情牽 Hong Kong
Musical (English) Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress 慈禧太后 Singapore
2003 Musical (Mandarin) What's Love About? 愛情有什麼道理 Singapore
Musical (English) Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress 慈禧太后 Singapore
2005 Musical (Mandarin) Snow.Wolf.Lake China, Hong Kong
2006 Musical (English) Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress 慈禧太后 Singapore
2009 Concert (Mandarin / Cantonese) Join Love Club Concert 情牽女人心演唱會 Hong Kong
2010 Musical (Mandarin) December Rains 雨季 Singapore
2011 Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) My Musical Journey 我的音乐之旅 Singapore
Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) The Music Room 想像空间 Singapore
2012 Concert (Cantonese) An Enchanted Evening with Chiu Tsang Hei 傾城 Hong Kong
2015 Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) Kit Chan Spellbound 著迷·陳潔儀 Hong Kong, Singapore, China
2017 Musical (English) Forbidden City: Portrait of an Empress 慈禧太后 Singapore
2018 Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) Kit Chan 25 Years On:A Time For Everything Singapore
2019 Musical (Cantonese) Matteo Rucci 利瑪竇 Hong Kong
Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) Kit Chan 25 Years: A Time For Everything Taiwan
2021 Concert (English / Mandarin / Cantonese) Reignite 'Live' in Concert Singapore
2022 Musical (English) The LKY Musical Singapore

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes Ref
1999 Eating Air Mysterious Girl
2010 Lover's Discourse Mrs. Lai
2014 Miss J Contemplates Her Choice Miss J

Television series

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Healing Hands II Dorothy Yuen
2004 Cash Is King Huang Jin Hao

Web series

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Patisserie Fighting See Yu Tin Mediacorp Toggle web-series

Awards and nominations

Year Award Ref
1994 Singapore Hit Awards, Media Recommendation—Best Newcomer
1995 Singapore Hit Awards, Best Local Artiste
1997 8th Gold Awards, World Best Chinese Female Artiste
Hit Radio Pop Music Awards, Outstanding Female Artiste
1999 Singapore Hit Awards, Best Local Artiste
Her World Young Woman Achiever
2000 Singapore Hit Awards, Best Local Artiste
COMPASS Award, Top Local Artiste of the Year
Hit Radio Awards 2000, Best Chinese Artiste Outside Hong Kong & Taiwan Territories

Star Awards

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref
1998 Star Awards 1998 Best Theme Song Myths & Legends of Singapore Nominated
2000 Star Awards 2000 Best Theme Song My Home Affairs Won
2012 Star Awards 2012 Best Theme Song Devotion Won
2016 Star Awards 2016 Best Theme Song The Dream Makers II Won

See also

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