Qu Wanting: I want to create history
China-born Qu Wanting is definitely one to watch having bagged three awards at the Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 held last Friday. In town to promote her first Mandarin album You Exist In My Song, the songbird sat down with xinmsn despite her busy schedule.
Wanting grew up in a sheltered environment, heeding her parents’ advice not to pursue music as a career despite having inherited their strong vocals. It was only until she was sent to Canada to study did she learn to think more for herself. She shared, “If I didn’t study in Canada, I wouldn’t have been influenced by Western culture and music and would probably be working in an office somewhere.”
As Nettwerk Record’s sole Chinese artiste, Wanting expressed that she hopes to infuse the rhythm from Western music and melody from Eastern music to all corners of the world.
Effectively bilingual in English and Mandarin, the singer shared that the language of her self-penned songs depends on where the songs’ roots are. Her hit song, ‘You Exist In My Song’, is based on an experience in Harbin, and is therefore in Mandarin.
Though fluent in two languages, Wanting has revealed her desire to pick up another language. “Strangely, when I’m writing songs, I sometimes sing it neither in Mandarin nor English – I feel that the song needs to be expressed in another language.”