Eason Chan Yik-shun (陳奕迅) is a prominent male singer in Hong Kong’s music industry. Undoubtedly one of the most dominant male singers in the post-1997 era of Hong Kong music industry. Eason Chan has been praised by Time magazine as a front runner in the next generation of Cantopop. He is considered by some to be Hong Kong’s third “god of song” after Samuel Hui and Jacky Cheung.
His Cantonese album U87 was nominated by Time Magazine as “Five Asian Albums Worth Buying” in 2005. Eason Chan was the big winner at the prestigious Golden Melody Awards in 2003 and 2009. In 2003, he won “Best Male Singer” and “Album of the Year awards” for his work in Mandarin album “Special Thanks To…”. In 2009, Eason won “Album of the Year” again for his work in Mandarin album “Don’t Want to Let Go”.
Eason was sent to the United Kingdom for study at the age of 12. He attended St. Joseph’s kindergarten, St. Joseph’s Primary School in Hong Kong, Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire, England and later Kingston University majoring in architecture. He returned to Hong Kong before the completion of his degree to participate in the 1995 New Talent Singing Awards Competition. He won first place. Immediately after his victory, Capital Artists signed a contract with him, ending his future career as an architect while launching his successful career in music.
Eason Chan is a frequent winner of Asia’s music awards. He is the second non-Taiwanese singer after Jacky Cheung to win Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards. He won “Best Male Singer” in 2003 and “Best Album” twice in 2003 and 2009. He has won the prestigious Hong Kong’s Most Popular Male Singer Award twice, in the year 2006 and 2007. He also won his first Asia Pacific’s Most Popular Singer Award in 2007, and again in 2008. His album U87 (The name of the album came from his favorite microphone), released in 2005, has been recommended by Time Magazine as one of the five best Asian albums worth buying. U87 also won the top sale of album (non-concert, non-collection category) in Hong Kong in 2005. He was Hong Kong’s highest selling male artist in 2002, 2003 and 2007. He has been one of Hong Kong’s top selling artists for all years starting from 2000. His concert DVD Get a Life was the highest selling album of 2006.
Eason Chan has been praised by critics and fellow musicians alike as one of the top singers of his generation. Since the very beginning of his career, Eason has been one of the favorites to lead the new generation of Cantopop. He has been described as a breath of fresh air in the HK music scene. Over the last ten years, he emerged as the leading male singer of his generation, fulfilling his role as an innovator and a leader in the HK music scene, winning prestigious awards one after another. he has also been successful in his work in the Mandopop scene. He has won numerous awards in both Mainland and Taiwan, most notably Taiwan’s Golden Melody Awards. “Admit It” was another notable work of Eason Chan, which led to a nomination for Golden Melody Awards’ Best Male Singer.
Eason not only sings but also plays a variety of musical instrument including piano, violin, accordion, harmonica, bass, guitar and drums. He frequently showcases his musical talent by incorporating instruments into his live performances. He is also a song-writer who has written many songs, some included in his albums.