September 21, 2008

Play It Again, Sammi

By Dennis Chua

HONG Kong pop queen Sammi Cheng Sau Man is back at Genting Highlands' Arena of Stars at 8pm on Sept 26 and 27 for the Sammi Cheng - Show Mi Again Concert 2008.

The popular singer and actress gained fame at 16 when she participated in an annual singing contest, the New Talent Singing Awards, in 1988. Although she came in third, the sponsoring record company Capital Artists saw her potential and offered her a recording contract.

At that time Cheng was still in school, so she had to balance her studies with her singing career. Before finishing school, she released three full-length studio albums: Sammi, Holiday and Never Too Late.

One of her first major awards was the 1990 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards, where she was named Best New Artiste.

In 1993, Cheng had a hit duet with singer Andy Hui Chi On titled Do You Really Have Me In Your Heart? and it won the Jade Solid Gold Top 10 Awards that year.

She subsequently released her fourth studio album Sammi's Happy Maze which included the hit single Chotto Matte, a remake of an upbeat Japanese song by Maki Ohguro.

In 1994, she came up with the album Big Revenge which included the hit song Ding Dong. A year later, she released the album Missing You and followed up with Worth It.

She won Hong Kong Television Broadcasts' (HKTVB) Most Popular Female Artiste in 1995 and 1996. Two years later, she was featured in a concert along with American a capella group Boyz II Men and singer Julian Lennon.

Cheng's acting career began with the HKTVB series Life of His Own in 1991. A year later she acted in the film Best of the Best with Jacky Cheung and Feel 100% with Matt Cheng Ekin and Gigi Leung.

Her biggest box office hit was Needing You, directed by Johnny To. Another was the 2000 film Summer Holiday with Andy Lau Tak Wah. Other films she starred in include Love on a Diet, Marry a Rich Man, My Left Eye Sees Ghosts and Everlasting Regret.

Everlasting Regret earned her a nomination for Best Actress at the Venice International Film Festival 2005.

Apart from being an ambassador for skin care and electronic products, she is also an ambassador for humanitarian organisation World Vision. Under the charity effort, she visited Indochina to understand the living conditions of the impoverished families there.

Tickets are priced RM370, RM270, RM200, RM140 and RM80. Call 03- 2718-1118.

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