It has been nearly ten years since Steven Ma (馬浚偉) released a full studio album. Ten new tracks will be included in his upcoming album, of which the title single, “An Understanding” <心照> was released earlier in April.
The new song showcases Steven’s crystal clear voice and may spark a bit of nostalgia to the times when Steven was a newcomer. Watching his TVB series often meant a chance to listen to Steven singing the theme songs as well.
After winning a singing competition in 1993, Steven released several albums under Warner Music Group. The company promoted him with the following tagline, “‘He is not Jacky Cheung (張學友). He is not Leon Lai (黎明). He is not Hacken Lee (李克勤). He is Steven Ma’ which offended fans and resulted in poor album sales. Steven eventually found greater fame after signing as a TVB artist, in which his passionate acting touched many fans.
It is with the same sincere approach that Steven used in working on his new music album. Steven composed and penned the lyrics for five songs in the album, which makes the compilation a highly personal project in which the main themes revolve around family love and friendship. The author of five books featuring his personal essays, as well as a culinary book, Steven enjoys creative writing and turned his focus to writing lyrics this year.
“It’s been many years since I last released a studio album, so I’m very excited,” Steven said in a recent radio interview. For the last two months, Steven has been shuttering himself away from friends as he was either composing music at home or recording at the studio. “I didn’t officially learn music theory or music arrangement. Fortunately, I had studied electronic piano so I can use this while composing music at home. After recording the tunes at home, I handed them over to the music producer as a preliminary arrangement to be refined.”
Steven found it to be a challenge to work on his new album and hopes to bring a refreshing feeling to listeners. “Each song has to have a unique style. In terms of my own singing approach, I will design a different range for each song.” The album producer even arranged for Steven to test out different microphones to capture his mid to low tones perfectly. The sincerity put into Steven’s new album can be felt and it will surely bring satisfaction to fans who have waited a decade for his return to Cantopop.
Steven’s New Song, “An Understanding”
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