Singer-songwriter Qu Wanting will kick off her 22-city national tour from Beijing, after her monthlong road trip through North America early this year. Photo provided to China Daily
Singer-songwriter Qu Wanting has been performing internationally to the point of exhaustion. Chen Nan catches up with her before she sets off on her national tour this month.
Singer-songwriter Qu Wanting has probably been feeling a little bit carsick lately.
She undertook a monthlong road trip through North America, performing at 18 cities from Vancouver to New York in February, to promote her second album, Say the Words, a follow-up of her award-winning debut Everything in the World two years ago.
At the end of May, she will kick off her 22-city national tour from Beijing.
She's still excited about her first North American tour.
"I was exhausted, but it was a really cool experience," the 29-year-old says.
Qu and 11 other performers toured in a pink bus, the exterior of which was adorned with her headshot. Bouncing between big theaters and small live house venues, she enjoyed intimate contact with her fans.
"We've been driving all day and all night. It was like a dream come true, being a singer-songwriter on the road," she says.
"The fans could follow me singing all my songs－both the Chinese and English songs. I feel proud that a Chinese singer-songwriter can bring original works to global fans."
But it took a while for the first Chinese singer-songwriter signed under both Universal Music China and Canadian music label Nettwerk in 2009 to realize this dream.
When she released her songs online, such as Drenched and You Exist in My Song, she attracted not only fans but also filmmaker Pang Ho-cheung, who featured those two songs in his romantic comedy Love in a Puff in 2012. She became a household name in China that year, when You Exist in My Song was performed by Li Daimo, a contestant of the popular reality talent show The Voice of China.