Sing My Song - Bài Hát Hay Nhất is a reality TV singing competition that is similar to The Voice. One major distinction, however, is that this Chinese-created TV series focuses on singer-songwriters who write and sing their own original compositions rather than singers who just cover songs by other artists. If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest you check it out. The quality of music from Sing My Song has been top-notch. More importantly, it has allowed many young Vietnamese musicians to truly showcase their talents. I have been so impressed by the singers-songwriters on the show that I'm going to talk about 3 artists from the show that I think are destined to make a big splash in 2017.
The first time I heard Một Mai Ta Già, it gave me an emotional boner. It just sounds so, for lack of a better word, pretty. I thought Một Mai Ta Già was sung by a girl at first. For a dude, Nguyễn Lâm Hoàng Phúc sings beautifully. He's like the Matthew Koma of Vietnam. Dude sounds like a lady, and I like it! A lot of people I know think Vietnamese as a language sounds harsh and ugly, but I don't think so. This song is proof that Vietnamese can be a very elegant and beautiful sounding language. Although Một Mai Ta Già was written and inspired by a 4 year breakup, things are now looking up for 23-year-old "hotboy" and past The Voice 2013 contestant Nguyễn Lâm Hoàng Phúc. Phúc will be teaming up with Lip B on The Remix New Generation 2017 as their producer starting next month.
Cao Bá Hưng from Hanoi is another name to look out for in 2017. This 18 year-old singer/songwriter/producer/composer is currently a member of the band 4 Chị Em. Since he was 8, Hưng has been studying how to play the piano and guitar along with a slew of traditional Asian instruments. After six years studying at Guangxi Arts Institute in China, Hưng graduated with a major in traditional music. Returning to Vietnam in 2014, Hưng performed on Vietnam's Got Talent with his band. Since then, Hưng has been busy working on various musical projects with many different Vietnamese artists like Trúc Nhân (Nắng Cực) and Hoaprox (Wildlife) for example.
If you're a fan of Trúc Nhân (which I am), then I believe you should definitely keep an eye out for Cao Bá Hưng in the coming year. Hưng's musical style is very similar to Trúc Nhân's style IMO. Vocally, I think they are very similar. Moreover, they have a similar approach in how they both utilize modern and traditional elements together in their music. I guess that shouldn't be a surprise since Trúc Nhân had Cao Bá Hưng do the instrumental composition for his hit song Thật Bất Ngờ.
Singer Đoàn Thế Lân participated on The Voice Kids 2014 as a fresh-faced 14-year-old boy. Two years later, this "hotboy" is back with a more mature sound and image. Now that his balls have dropped, Đoàn Thế Lân is ready to make the ladies drop their panties with songs like Và Tôi Đi. That song is my jam! Và tôi đi-i-i-i! Đoàn Thế Lân has a real chance to become the Justin Bieber of Vietnam and dominate the teenage pop market. His popularity on Sing My Song is already paying dividends. It opened the door for him to be featured in Selfie My Xmas with Suni Hạ Linh and MONSTAR. In 2017, let me tell you what the young boy gonna do. This young boy can run it, run it. Have you saying he can't be 16!1
FYI, that was a Chris Brown reference from the song Run It. ↩