Jacky Cheung: I practised each song 50 times before recording

The veteran singer spoke of the pressures of recording his new album

Jacky Cheung: I practised each song 50 times before recording

Singer-songwriter Jacky Cheung is no stranger to the recording studio – in fact, he is widely regarded as one of the four Heavenly Kings of Hong Kong alongside Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai.

Having been in the business for 30 years, he admitted to expecting more of himself with time. “The albums I make are all made with my own hands; it must be something I like but I ended up taking over ten years to prepare this because I kept finding fault with myself,” he shared.

“I know that album sales aren’t very good right now, so I’m not stressed about that. Instead, my hope for this album is that I can answer to myself with regards to the final product,” he continued.

Laughing, he added, “This time I practised the most in my history – every song had to be practised over 40 or 50 times before I dared step into the recording studio.” Jacky shared that he often asks his daughters to critique his singing when he does so at home, but they would always praise him for fear that he would not buy them things or give them additional homework.

Taking on a more serious tone, Jacky mused, “I think there’s still hope for singing. Even though there aren’t many singers and more bands than before and there’s still a good sort of energy. It’s just the environment that isn’t ideal – the lack of incentives just means we have to be strong and work even harder.”

Report a problem