To record her third and latest album, Save As..., Canace Wu Yi-fan, 35, had to dodge questions and sneak out of the house. At a recording session for her previous album, Restart... (2012), her father Wu Ting-hung, 64, a popular aboriginal singer and producer himself, had been overenthusiastic about commenting on her singing.
"I think as long as he's alive, he will always have this way of thinking," says the daughter. "But on this album, I completely didn't let him have the chance to know that I was going to record."
On a recent promotional trip to Singapore, the Taiwanese singer recounts her father's persistence in finding out about her new disc. "Every time I went out, he would ask, 'Where are you going? What are you recording?' I would say, 'I don't know', then take my things and leave," she says in an interview.
After promotion for the CD began, her father became even more anxious, asking her, "Has your CD been released yet?" whenever he heard her songs on the radio.
As the CD was still in production, she could only reply exasperatedly: "Have you seen me with the CD? I don't even have the CD yet." Wu senior's desire to know about her work was only satisfied when she presented him with a copy of the CD, along with the words written on the cover: "To Teacher Wu, I would appreciate your comments".
With a smile, she says her younger brother told her that her father thinks the new album, which was released in November last year, is better than her previous one and that her singing style has improved.