Peggy Hsu
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Peggy Hsu

Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | INDIE

Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2001
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter

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"Legendary Seymour Stein enjoyed Peggy Hsu's showcase in Liverpool Sound City 2012"

Quoted and translated from news

Legendary Seymour Stein coming out of the showcase on Thursday evening, a really loud rock band was playing after Peggy Hsu's showcase and event reporter asked him why he would be looking at such a loud rock band and he said he looked after the Ramones for years so it didn't bother him, but he was really only there to see Peggy Hsu, and he said he really enjoyed her show. - 163.com (China)


"Legendary Seymour Stein enjoyed Peggy Hsu's showcase in Liverpool Sound City 2012"

Quoted and translated from news

Legendary Seymour Stein coming out of the showcase on Thursday evening, a really loud rock band was playing after Peggy Hsu's showcase and event reporter asked him why he would be looking at such a loud rock band and he said he looked after the Ramones for years so it didn't bother him, but he was really only there to see Peggy Hsu, and he said he really enjoyed her show. - 163.com (China)


"A Fine warm winter"

A radiant Peggy Hsu came up with treat after treat for fans with her clean-as-snow vocals

There was a welcome whiff of winter at singer-songwriter Peggy's Hsu's gig. After all, it was chilly back in Taiwan and the 29-year-old confided that she was still celebrating Christmas as she loved festivals.

It's Snowing In Germany, off her second album Peggy's Wish Box(2007), was accompanied by visuals of a fir tree and a blanket of white. She also sang several numbers from her latest album, the seasonally titled Snowman (2009).
Her lilting vocals were as clean as freshly fallen snow and she was ably backed by a drummer, a guitarist and a bassist. There was also a cello added to the mix and the warm., melancholic strings heightened the drama on tracks such as Fly (the insect, not the action) and chill-out dance number Downfallen Aristocrat.

Even Hsu's dressing evoked colder climes, as the elfin singer had on a cloak of black and grey stripes and comfy-looking boots.

She was at her most moving when she sang about the simplicity and strength of love in the beautifully spare You Love Me, while a harmonica solo underscored the sweet sentiment of the lullaby-like You Are In My Heart.

This was followed by a cover of Butterfly, which she had produced for local singer Joi Chua.

In return, Chua taught her the Singlish tern "steady pom pi pi" which Hsu endearingly used to praise the audience when they gamely clapped along during Romantic Solitude.

The mood might have been whitry but temperatures were far form frigid, thanks to her radiant smiles and the warmth of the full-house crowed.

The only trace of bitterness over the six years she was silenced as a singer because of a contractual dispute with her previous record label came when she sang Lunatic, a track into which she had prouder out her frustration.

But she had clearly put that unhappy period behind her and she also showed a sunnier side of her personality in the sprightly spring of Tick Tick Tick and the bossa nova-influenced Sunlight Lover.

After hearing from fellow musicians such as Cosmos People about their great experiences here, the gamine Hsu was clearly chuffed to be performing in Singapore herself. She joked that she now had bragging rights since she sold out two shows.

The set ended with the vocally demanding Balloon.

The song soars high and also requires excellent breath control. As Hsu sang and played the keyboard, it brought back memories of the music wunderkind who made her debut with that song back in 2001.

She had a treat for the audience during the encore as she trotted out White Wedding, her first single that was promoted in Singapore.

It is a track she seldom perfumes nowadays but "if I don't sing this, I will go back to Taiwan with regrets".

The 80-minutes show ended appropriately with Fine, the touchingly tender title track from her third album.

Outside, it was sweltering, but in here, it was winter, it was warm and it was fine. - The Straits Times (Singapore)


"A Fine warm winter"

A radiant Peggy Hsu came up with treat after treat for fans with her clean-as-snow vocals

There was a welcome whiff of winter at singer-songwriter Peggy's Hsu's gig. After all, it was chilly back in Taiwan and the 29-year-old confided that she was still celebrating Christmas as she loved festivals.

It's Snowing In Germany, off her second album Peggy's Wish Box(2007), was accompanied by visuals of a fir tree and a blanket of white. She also sang several numbers from her latest album, the seasonally titled Snowman (2009).
Her lilting vocals were as clean as freshly fallen snow and she was ably backed by a drummer, a guitarist and a bassist. There was also a cello added to the mix and the warm., melancholic strings heightened the drama on tracks such as Fly (the insect, not the action) and chill-out dance number Downfallen Aristocrat.

Even Hsu's dressing evoked colder climes, as the elfin singer had on a cloak of black and grey stripes and comfy-looking boots.

She was at her most moving when she sang about the simplicity and strength of love in the beautifully spare You Love Me, while a harmonica solo underscored the sweet sentiment of the lullaby-like You Are In My Heart.

This was followed by a cover of Butterfly, which she had produced for local singer Joi Chua.

In return, Chua taught her the Singlish tern "steady pom pi pi" which Hsu endearingly used to praise the audience when they gamely clapped along during Romantic Solitude.

The mood might have been whitry but temperatures were far form frigid, thanks to her radiant smiles and the warmth of the full-house crowed.

The only trace of bitterness over the six years she was silenced as a singer because of a contractual dispute with her previous record label came when she sang Lunatic, a track into which she had prouder out her frustration.

But she had clearly put that unhappy period behind her and she also showed a sunnier side of her personality in the sprightly spring of Tick Tick Tick and the bossa nova-influenced Sunlight Lover.

After hearing from fellow musicians such as Cosmos People about their great experiences here, the gamine Hsu was clearly chuffed to be performing in Singapore herself. She joked that she now had bragging rights since she sold out two shows.

The set ended with the vocally demanding Balloon.

The song soars high and also requires excellent breath control. As Hsu sang and played the keyboard, it brought back memories of the music wunderkind who made her debut with that song back in 2001.

She had a treat for the audience during the encore as she trotted out White Wedding, her first single that was promoted in Singapore.

It is a track she seldom perfumes nowadays but "if I don't sing this, I will go back to Taiwan with regrets".

The 80-minutes show ended appropriately with Fine, the touchingly tender title track from her third album.

Outside, it was sweltering, but in here, it was winter, it was warm and it was fine. - The Straits Times (Singapore)


"LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: REVIEWERS PHIL KING & CHUMKI BANERJEE"

Peggy Hsu, as sweet and innocent as the strawberry smoothies we supped, is slick, pitch and picture perfect personification of ‘china girl’ both Bowie’s and of the porcelain variety but there is stylised steel in this girl. Part of a Taiwanese contingent which hit Sound City with its showcase of three bands, she has a doting following, loyal and infatuated enough to travel from across the country and world to listen enraptured. Together with her band Le Cirque, it is easy to hear why this five piece has won so many awards, their playing is technically faultless, prodigiously proficient though perhaps slightly formulaic, music perfectly attuned to sing -song Western idioms from an earlier, more tranquil era, nonetheless conveys wistful reverie, sweet as syrup, sage vocal, weaving with electric ‘cello, mouth melodica, conjuring spirit of their home country, which seems to hypnotise and entice her mainly youthful and Chinese audience, who hang on every word and mob her afterwards. Sadly, for less multilingual listeners, the music is not expressive enough, in itself, to translate lyrics, possibly in Mandarin, which obviously engage more knowledgeable followers. Perhaps a Taiwanese Mary Hopkins, she certainly made the day for those who had travelled from far afield to worship at her lips. - mudkiss (UK)


"LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY: REVIEWERS PHIL KING & CHUMKI BANERJEE"

Peggy Hsu, as sweet and innocent as the strawberry smoothies we supped, is slick, pitch and picture perfect personification of ‘china girl’ both Bowie’s and of the porcelain variety but there is stylised steel in this girl. Part of a Taiwanese contingent which hit Sound City with its showcase of three bands, she has a doting following, loyal and infatuated enough to travel from across the country and world to listen enraptured. Together with her band Le Cirque, it is easy to hear why this five piece has won so many awards, their playing is technically faultless, prodigiously proficient though perhaps slightly formulaic, music perfectly attuned to sing -song Western idioms from an earlier, more tranquil era, nonetheless conveys wistful reverie, sweet as syrup, sage vocal, weaving with electric ‘cello, mouth melodica, conjuring spirit of their home country, which seems to hypnotise and entice her mainly youthful and Chinese audience, who hang on every word and mob her afterwards. Sadly, for less multilingual listeners, the music is not expressive enough, in itself, to translate lyrics, possibly in Mandarin, which obviously engage more knowledgeable followers. Perhaps a Taiwanese Mary Hopkins, she certainly made the day for those who had travelled from far afield to worship at her lips. - mudkiss (UK)


Discography


Official Albums

1. Balloon (November 1, 2001)
http://www.peggyhsu.com/?page_id=57
2. Wish Box (May 3, 2007)
http://www.amazon.com/Peggys-Wish-Box/dp/B004O09B0M
3. Beautiful (June 19, 2009)
http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/beautiful/id386395377
4. Snowman (November 25, 2009)
http://itunes.apple.com/lv/album/snowman/id400739165
5. Le Cirque: I (September 17, 2010)
http://itunes.apple.com/lv/album//id430181836
6. Magical Shop (November 1, 2011)
http://itunes.apple.com/lv/album/magical-shop/id478241679

7. La Valse (2013)

https://itunes.apple.com/hk/album/yuan-wu-qu/id855182198

8. Swing, Inc. (2015)

https://itunes.apple.com/hk/album/yao-bai-dian-li-gong-si/id1046624575


Singles

1. Snow (December 5, 2008)

Compilation Albums

1. 18 be - Silk Stocking (2002)

Drama (Musical)

1. Secret Garden as Actress ”Mary” (2007, 2010, 2011)
2. Lil’ Flora as Actress “Lil’ Flora” (2008, 2009, 2013)
3. Jimmy: One More Day With You as Actress “Wei-Ya” (2010-2011, 86 shows)
4. The Snow Queen - A Musical for Peggy Hsu (2012)

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Bio

Peggy Hsu (Chinese name “Xu Zhe-Pei”, born on February 2, 1981) is a Taiwanese singer-songwriter, music composer and music producer. She is also the founder and lead vocalist/keyboardist of the band “Le Cirque”.

Peggy Hsu is an amazing all-rounder. Her lovely songs may have a touch of childlike whimsy. But listen closely and you’ll find in Taiwanese singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Peggy Hsu’s songs a blossoming of mature beauty. The multi-talented Peggy actually composed her first song at the tender age of 8.

After she finished her high school in Vancouver at age 19, Peggy Hsu uploaded the demo of her own composition named “Balloon” to the Chinese largest digital music website. That track had the highest number of hits and earned her a contract with one of the largest multinational record company in Taiwan. She become the first Chinese singer having music video filmed in Iceland. Subsequently, the album with the same title created a storm in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia; selling Platinum in each territory. Thanks to her inimitable signature music style, 8 of her critically acclaimed albums have already won her many awards all over Asia.

Her star shone especially brightly at the Taiwan Golden Melody Awards – an equivalent of America’s Grammy Awards in Great China area – where she won music awards including the “Best Newcomer” and two times of “Best Album Producer”. In 2006, she studied jazz vocal at Berklee College of Music, which led her co-op with many talented jazz musicians while producing music.

Since 2009 she published her own music independently and now she is working closely with Wonder Music, a widely recognized Taiwanese indie record label signed Tizzy Bac, Wonfu and Cosmopeople. She has also written, composed and produced a large number of songs for other Mandarin artists. .

On 26, July 2003, Peggy formed a band called “Le Cirque” . “Le Cirque” . The band was first introduced in Peggy’s Riverside gig and featured in Peggy’s 2010 album “Le Cirque: I “ . Over the past few years, Peggy had hundreds of sold-out concerts across Asia cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Singapore...

Besides of her popularity in Chinese community, she constantly invited by oversea festival and venues such as SXSW(2013), Plaza of Nations Vancouver, Harbourfront Center Toronto, Liverpool Sound City Festival... The co-founder of Sire Records / legendary Mr. Seymour Stein gave high option of her gig in 2011 Liverpool Sound City.  

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