New Straits Times

Yeh, she’s still good

At 51, the singer remains as engaging as ever, writes Loong Wai Ting

Fans rushing forward to take photos of Yeh during the encore.

FLAMBOYANT singer Sally Yeh thrilled fans at her Intimately Yours concert at the Arena of Stars in Genting Highlands recently.

Malaysia was Yeh’s first stop in her concert tour; she’s next in Singapore.

With her excellent vocals, she mesmerised all present with popular songs such as Xiao Sa Zou Yi Hui, Wo Yao, Zhu Fu and Tian Yan Mi Yu.

Fans were also treated to a special appearance by Malaysia’s No. 1 shuttler, Datuk Lee Chong Wei, and his fiancee, Wong Mew Choo, who arrived hand-in-hand. Yeh, who is a fan of the sport, invited Lee onstage to congratulate him on his recent win at the 2012 Denmark Open Badminton tournament, and his upcoming marriage to Wong.

One of the highlights of the concert was when Yeh performed a Latin dance, accompanied by energetic dancers from Hong Kong. The singer showed great stamina throughout the routine. The singer even took the fans by surprise when she left the stage with her dancers to greet those seated in front.

Yeh is 51 but showed no signs of slowing down. Easy-going and amusing, she cracked jokes between her songs “I’ve always loved Malaysia and the fans here. You (fans) lot are the most warm and supportive,” she said.

The concert was divided into segments with several costume changes. Her wardrobe left everyone in awe. Always engaging her fans, Yeh invited everyone to sing with her as she did a little dance onstage.

Born in Taiwan, Yeh spent most of her formative years in Victoria, British Columbia. Soon after embarking on her career as a singer, Yeh debuted with her first solo album, Embossing Spring, which had a mix of English and Chinese songs. The multi-lingual singer also sings jazz.

In 1987, her popularity skyrocketed when her song Lai Ming But Yiu Loi from the movie A Chinese Ghost Story won the Best Original Song award at the 7th Hong Kong Film Awards. Since then, she has won the Most Popular Hong Kong Female Singer award four consecutive years (1990 — 1993). She received the Golden Needle Award at the recent 33rd RTHK Top Ten Chinese Gold Song Music Award Ceremony for her contributions to the Hong Kong music industry. Yeh is married to singer-composer George Lam.

At the concert, Yeh also reminisced her earlier days performing in Malaysia. “I love coming to Malaysia. It’s great seeing familiar faces.”

After a quick change of costumes, she performed a few more songs including Fen Fen Zhong Xu Yao Ni. Before she sang the song, she said: “George is not here today, so I need everyone’s help in the chorus. As I age, I find that some of the songs relate better.

“I won’t think of retirement. I will sing whenever there’s an opportunity. I love singing. I cannot think of doing anything that is non-music related.”
For the encore, she delivered Fu Qi, Xin Li De Yang Guang and Dancing Queen.

Compiled at Sally Yeh: The Effervescent Queen of Pop