Hong Kong pop singer G.E.M. is on this year’s BBC 100 women list. XINHUA
Over the last two months many wonderful things have happened to Hong Kong pop singer Gloria Tang Tsz-kei, better known by her stage name.
In October, inspired by her powerful voice, the late “father of Marvel Comics” Stan Lee created a female superhero based on her. On Nov 4, she became the first Asian artist to perform at NASA’s Breakthrough Prize award ceremony for scientific advances, held in California, US. And on Nov 19, the 27-year-old was the only Chinese singer included in this year’s BBC 100 Women list of inspiring and influential women from around the world.
“Being included in the BBC 100 women of 2018 is so flattering! I was told the news after waking up from the sweet dream of performing at NASA,” G.E.M. posted on Sina Weibo.
The recognition, however, is hard earned. As the BBC put it, G.E.M. is “a top-selling female musician who used her influence to support charities and organizations dedicated to music, education and poverty”.
Dubbed “the young diva with the giant lungs” in Hong Kong, G.E.M. is known for her powerful voice. But, because of jawbone atrophy, an illness that often results in air leakage when she’s singing, she has problems pronouncing words.
“I try really hard to change the shape of my mouth when I sing to achieve accurate pronunciation,” she told Information Times.
It’s probably due to her own experience that G.E.M. wants to help people realize their dreams. As her stage name G.E.M. suggests, she is dedicated to “Getting Everybody Moving”. It’s the reason why she has been an ambassador for many charity organizations and events. For instance, in 2015, G.E.M. launched the “rhythm of childhood” public benefit campaign to raise money for building music classrooms and playgrounds for rural children.
A big heart is always the beginning of greatness, and G.E.M. is certainly on her way.