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Singer Tanya Chau on her music

August 17, 2000
Posted at: 8 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- Tanya Chau is a popular singing artist from Singapore who has been described as a combination of Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell. Her first album, "Bored," became one of Singapore's fastest-selling albums in 1997. Her newest release to hit the stores is "Remember." Active in the local scene, the 26-year-old Chau hosts a weekly program in which singer-songwriters talk about their love of music. She is the subject of numerous Web pages across the Net.

Chat Moderator: Welcome, Tanya Chua!

Tanya Chua: Hi everyone!

Comment from Cenn-Singapore: Hello, Tanya! You were great!

Tanya Chua: Thanks.

Question from Lai: What or who encouraged you to sing?

Tanya Chua: I love writing songs and singing my songs.

Question from Singaporean: Tanya, do you still visit St. Nicholas Girls' School (SNGS)?

Tanya Chua: Not really, unfortunately.

Question from Singaporean: Tanya, is the Singaporean music scene really so barren that you have to go to the States and Taiwan to get your albums produced?

Tanya Chua: I don't see Singapore's music scene as being barren. In fact, we have a lot of good musicians in Singapore, and I've worked with many in Singapore.

Question from Cenn-Singapore: Tanya, do you see concrete development of Singapore's music scene in the foreseeable future?

Tanya Chua: Definitely. But it's just a pity, because our population's kind of limited and we are still in our infancy.

Question from Hi: Who are the people in your company who help your career path and how do they help?

Tanya Chua: There are too many people who have contributed to make me what I am. Very important would be my management company. They helped me realize my dream of releasing my first English album in Singapore.

Question from RadioFlyr: Why do Asian artists seem to have more difficulty reaching mainstream industries than do European artists?

Tanya Chua: That's a weird question. We have many Asian artists in the commercial market!

Question from Hkgan Malaysia: Tanya, what is your ultimate goal in your music career?

Tanya Chua: It would be to have music heard all over the world.

Question from Mafia-Boy: Tanya, who is your favorite musician?

Tanya Chua: Joni Mitchell.

Question from Hi: Tanya, will you consider hitting into the Western market like Coco Lee?

Tanya Chua: I have dreams of having my music heard in the Western market.

Question from Hkgan Malaysia: Tanya, how do you intend to achieve your goal?

Tanya Chua: I will just continue writing music that I love and cross my fingers that it'll turn out well.

Chat Moderator: Do you have any final thoughts for us?

Tanya Chua: Thank you all for chatting with me. I really hope that Asian artists will have a place, not just in their own country, but also all over the world! To all Singaporeans, keep it up!

Chat Moderator: Thank you, Tanya Chua, for joining us today!

Tanya Chua: Thanks guys! Buy my albums!

Tanya Chua joined Q&A Chat from Hong Kong. She typed for herself. The above is an edited transcript of the chat, which took place on Thursday, August 17, 2000.

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