It’s taken Gin Lee a decade, but she’s proud to say she’s finally achieved her dream. The Hong Kong-based Malaysian singer is set to play the Malaysian leg of her First Of All World Tour, her first large-scale solo concert, at Genting Highlands in early March.
The tour kicked off in Hong Kong at the prestigious Hong Kong Coliseum in June 2018, where she played to a sold-out crowd.
“When I started as a singer, I’d often wished for an enormous stage where I could sing for a massive audience. And, I’d like to add, it’s been a very long journey getting here,” said the award-winning artiste in an interview in Kuala Lumpur.
“During my show at Hong Kong Coliseum, I shared some words I’d like to repeat: ‘If Gin Lee can go from no audience to full house… If Gin Lee can go from knowing absolutely no Cantonese to singing entirely in a new language… Then you can all do it too’.
“I hope to positively inspire the young. I want to impress on people that they can gain from their endeavours,” she said.
Lee is putting a lot of thought and effort into making her show as special for her fans as it is for her. “I want to show my many firsts. There is another meaning to ‘first of all’ as it hints at more to come. Anything that came first is always unforgettable, so I hope to put on a very memorable show.”
Apart from different costumes, Lee says she hopes to bring back memories from the start of her career.
“There were so many songs I wanted to sing but did not get to in Hong Kong. In Malaysia, I will sing songs from my first album that fans got to know me with,” Lee said, referring to her Mandarin debut One & Only (released under the name Jeanie Lee).
Lee says she will redesign the most challenging segment of her show, which is a dance medley from her show in Hong Kong. “We will have to revamp the moves to accommodate the stage design and further fine-tune the set,” she said.
“I’m very nervous to see what kind of people will attend my show. I wonder whether I will see any old friends or familiar faces, or the many supporters from when I started.
“I’ve been based in Hong Kong for so many years, and now I’m finally coming home to see them,” said the tenacious lass, who moved to Hong Kong in 2011 and made her Cantopop debut with her Cantonese EP Here I Come.
Born in Melaka and raised in Johor, Lee shared that her family members were all very excited about her upcoming show.
“My relatives and friends have already bought tickets. They even chartered buses to get them to the show. Some are coming from Johor, others are coming from Melaka. Lots of Hong Kong friends and fans are also coming to Malaysia to show their support,” beamed Lee.
After several Cantonese albums, Lee hopes to get back to her roots and work on a Mandarin album. “All my previous albums have been in Cantonese because I was based in Hong Kong. Now I hope to gather new material for a Mandarin album for fans in Malaysia and Taiwan.”