The Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by billions of people, is approaching and Shanghai's talented, multi-lingual singer, Beilei, is releasing her debut U.S. album "In Between 2 Worlds" on January 31st to coincide with the Year of the Horse. Beilei's work is strongly influenced by R&B, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, and Pop mixed with French Chanson and Chinese popular standards. Born in Wenzhou, China and raised in France, Beilei is part of a new generation of artists redefining the music scene as they blend Chinese and global influences on which she is "adamant about bringing more cultural awareness of her Chinese heritage to the Western world through music."
"In Between 2 Worlds" is a musical journey through different languages. Recorded in Shanghai, mixed in Los Angeles, and mastered at New York's Sterling Sounds studio, the album consists of dance tunes and romantic melodies sung in English, Chinese and French. She presents herself as a multilingual artist that is not afraid to share her passion with different languages; we may speak in different languages but music only has one.
Beilei has said she is influenced by powerful female artists and that they are her inspiration for her music. There are notable songs on the album such as the song "Zaijian" it is reminiscent of an Alicia Keys' song with the soft tempo and a soulful beat. "Losin' Control" is a dance tune exhibiting the similar spunk and pop vibe of Beyoncé songs such as "Single Ladies" but with an Asian pop quality. The first Chinese song to be selected as semi-finalist for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in the R&B/Hip Hop category, "My One & Only" also harkens to a Beyoncé's track "Halo." The album's title track "In Between 2 Worlds" is a combination of all three languages; beautifully crafted to give you an amazing experience in the growing world of music. Chosen as the musical theme for the 2010 Shanghai Expo's French Pavilion and featured on China Eastern Airlines flights, "Romantic Wedding" is a beautiful love story, while "Perfect Woman" is sung with a powerful set of vocal cords evoking Adele's strong and sensual voice.
Beilei's album "In Between 2 Worlds" gives you a range of different feelings in a musical ecstasy that will have you praying for more. She is definitely an artist to look out for, expanding the horizons of the music industry, ready and waiting to take it by storm.
Splitting her time between Shanghai and Paris, Beilei has a distinctive, eye-catching appeal that has been covered in newspapers and magazines in both countries, such as the cover of cover Cote Paris, Cosmopolitan (France), Wenzhou daily, China daily and many more. She has performed on stages and arenas in France, Morocco, Japan and China, including for various brands such as BMW, Lancôme, Chivas, BNP-Paribas, and Citroen. Beilei has also performed and been featured on television from the 2010 CCTV World Cup Special (over 40 million viewers) to SMG, TV5 monde, France 2, Zhejiang TV, Jiangsu TV, Tianjing TV, Wenzhou TV and her upcoming profile on popular French TV show "Tellement Vrai" nationally broadcast on NRJ12. Her music has been broadcast on major radio stations such as Wenzhou Radio, FM 103.7 Love radio Shanghai, FM 101.7 Shanghai, CIR (China International Radio) and over 30 more stations in China.
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Eric de Fontenay