Malaysian artiste Daniel Fong Weng Chuan has just added another feather in his cap, with the release of the music video for his debut English single Sing Me Home.
Strumming a guitar as he sang the track during a recent press conference, Fong admitted he was excited to be performing the song in public for the first time.
Sing Me Home was specially tailored for Fong by Australian singer-songwriter Gabriel Lynch, who is best known for songs like Another Apology and Language Of The Affair.
“This song is very meaningful to me. It is my very first English single. Regardless of how well it does, it will always hold a special place in my heart,” shared Fong.
“(The song) is basically a long-distance love story back in my university days. Five years ago, I was in a relationship when I was studying in Melbourne and my then-girlfriend was in Malaysia. But for the song, I just extended the difference in time zones to show a more substantial contrast,” said Fong, 25, who admitted he is in a relationship currently.
An avid fitness enthusiast since age 13, Fong is a certified Crossfit trainer. He has conducted fitness seminars and other similar training programmes. With his sculpted abs and chiselled features, it was no surprise that he soon got into showbiz.
The Kuala Lumpur-born Fong has had roles in local dramas, both in Malay (ntv7’s Wishlist Raya) and in Mandarin (TV2’s We Are Young and web drama May I Love You), and even participated in variety shows like Astro’s Call Me Handsome and 8TV’s I Can See Your Voice Malaysia.
But his most memorable stint on the small screen took place last year in China for a boyband-themed competition aired on popular online video platform iQiyi.
Fong spent two months in Shanghai, while participating in Super Idol 4, a Chinese reality show produced by China’s Anhui Television in partnership with South Korea’s MBC. Fong emerged as one of the Top 15 finalists.
“We weren’t allowed to use our phones for two months. One of our challenges took place in a Shaolin Temple. For a week, we ate vegetarian meals and learnt what it was like to train as a monk. The most memorable and awkward experience was shared showers as there were no doors,” he recalled.
Upon his return to Malaysia, he collaborated with singer Nabila Razali and released a Malay-Mandarin version of the latter’s 2017 hit single Pematah Hati.
He recently finished shooting the music video for Sing Me Home which stars Malaysian actress Ruhainies who portrays his girlfriend in it. The next few months will be busy for Fong as he has back-to-back projects lined up.
He is looking into shooting a Chinese New Year video with a bunch of fellow fitness enthusiasts. “It’s a fun video project that my friends and I plan to do as a surprise for our supporters.”
He is also looking forward to performing his new song in variety programmes and at stage shows during the festive season.
Fong has also been cast in a local movie which is set to commence filming in March and is set to hit local cinemas by mid-year. Then, Fong will be heading back to China in hopes of breaking into the Chinese film industry.
“Last year, when I was in Beijing, I came across an interesting drama series but it required a nine-month-long commitment, so I couldn’t accept it,” he said.
But Fong is ready now. He even has a project in the pipeline; he will star in a time-travel series.