Vietnam"s Vu mèo Tuong talks about the challenge of translating her emotions into English for her first bilingual album, "Inner Me."


Singer, songwriter và music producer Vu cat Tuong — one of the most famous names in Vietnam’s music industry today — possesses a powerful voice and has the ability khổng lồ write and compose songs in styles from R&B to soul, blues and electropop, alongside emotional pop ballads.

Bạn đang xem: Vũ cát tường

Her two previous albums, “Gi?i Mã (Decode)” & “Stardom,” received many accolades from both her fans & peers in the music industry. She has already won two prestigious Vietnamese music awards & was honored in Forbes Vietnam‘s đứng đầu 30 Under 30.

If that isn’t enough, she has also successfully organized two of her own sold-out concerts: 2017’s Birthday ConcertStardom Concert the following year. And, to close out 2019, she sold out another night with her most-recent third concert, Inner Me, marking the release of her third album of the same name.

Released in November 2019, Inner Me is her first bilingual album and took a lot of effort to lớn get it right. This milestone in her songwriting displays an ability lớn write & perform for an international audience.

If her second album, Stardom, was meant to be gutsy, bold & strong, Inner Me reveals a softer, more vulnerable side. The eight songs on the album were carefully selected from a các mục of 30 songs. “The Old You,” “Ticket For Two” và “Yours” are entirely in English.

“Singing in English is difficult; writing English music is even harder,” she shared. For the album’s five songs in Vietnamese, she recalled past emotions và memories.


Along with the difficulty of translating her emotions into English, she admitted that she knew nothing about working with a foreign production team: “Benjamin James & Michael Choi (the album’s producers) had to hold my hand và guide me on how khổng lồ sing in English và to reflect my emotions into it at the same time. I was concerned that my pronunciation might not be clearly heard và understood.

Xem thêm: Video Trái Đất Quay Quanh Mặt Trời, Trái Đất Quay Quanh Mặt Trời Như Thế Nào

“I had lớn keep trying lớn get it right and at least to lớn have a good first step where I have tried my best. From here on, I will have to lớn keep trying if I want khổng lồ continue khổng lồ reach out to lớn an international audience.”

The recording of Inner Me marked another “first” of many milestones for Vu cat Tuong. It was recorded both in Vietnam and Los Angeles, at the United Recording studio where many legends such as Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recorded.

She credits producer Michael Choi, who worked on both Inner Me and 2018’s Stardom. “After the album Stardom,Michael realized that I had not reached my limit yet, và that I could go further if given the opportunity, so he got me started on writing and singing in English, và then lớn record the album in the U.S.

“As a young artist like me, & when presented with such an opportunity, I knew I had to lớn accept the challenge, and to push myself lớn deliver, to lớn prove to lớn myself that I could vì it. Michael mix me up to work with an amazing crew of the most professional musicians, who helped và guided me every step of the way.

“Sure, there were difficulties & countless retakes. But I chose và decided I wanted to bởi vì this, khổng lồ break out of my comfort zone & to work with this amazing crew khổng lồ deliver the best product I could ever deliver.”

Vu cat Tuong once shared that she wanted lớn be like a “free prince” in her very own world, and Inner Me a land of ambition, recklessness và full of new things for her khổng lồ learn & experience, a land of new travels & adventures.

She spent more time và effort than ever before to lớn create the album, because she wanted lớn take the first step to reach an international audience with good songs that she wrote herself, that would get the attention of this new audience & hopefully start to build a new fanbase outside Vietnam.

She shared that Inner Me is not her comfort zone. “I am a creative beast, and each of my creations must have a sense of purpose, or be able khổng lồ sympathize with a certain community,” she explained. “As ‘Leader’ (the lead single from Stardom) was a different step for me, but to lớn me, I wanted to show that I embrace change to lớn forge a different path.

“That path has now brought me here, where I am able lớn embark on a new journey with a bilingual album where I have a lot of new plans for this album. Therefore, this is not a ‘safe zone’ for me which I could have taken, but a new step into uncharted territory, of which I am very excited to take.”