Singer Linda Wong funded production of her new album to have full creative control
Taiwan-born Hong Kong singer Linda Wong, 46, shot to fame in the 1990s with her breakout hit Don't Ask Who I Am (1993).
With the emergence of new singers in the fickle-natured world of show business, Wong now has people asking her: "Who are you?"
The statuesque 1.75m-tall beauty is not bothered by such encounters.
"I have people who come up to me and ask who is Linda Wong. It's okay. The point is I just do what I love, which is singing. I don't really care what other people think of me," says Wong, who rattled on in her melodious Taiwanese Mandarin interspersed with fluent English.
She was in town last month to promote her new covers album Truly that includes Jeff Chang's Mandopop tune Ai Ru Chao Shui (Love Is Like The Tide) and Eason Chan's Cantonese ballad Bicycle.
Truly is an independent release and Wong forked out a six-figure sum in Hong Kong dollars to cover production fees.
She says: "If I did it the conventional way of signing on to a record label, I wouldn't have full creative control over the album. I wanted to produce it the way I wanted it."
The doe-eyed singer's sweet face and melodious Taiwanese Mandarin is a contrast to her straight-talking nature.
She flinches at questions that seem to hit a nerve - from whether she still longs for children after 13 years of marriage to how she maintains her youthful appearance.
But it is the charming crooner's frank replies that make this sit-down interview a refreshing and enjoyable session.
Wong was known as one of the Four Flowers of legendary music label Polygram Records in the 1990s, along with singers Karen Tong, Winnie Lau and Vivian Lai.
The eldest daughter of former movie star Wang Yu of the One-Armed Swordsman fame and veteran actress-singer Jeanette Lin Tsui made a splash with her debut Mandopop album Don't Ask Who I Am.