After two US Billboard dance chart No 1 hits, Ho Yeow Sun has scored another triumph by luring former Fugees member Wyclef Jean on board as collaborator on her upcoming English-language album.
The singer, who is based in Los Angeles and also goes by the moniker of Sun Ho, was initially coy about revealing Jean's identity.
"I'm very excited about the collaboration with this person. He's a very famous rapper- producer who's had No 1 hits on the US charts," she told Today over the phone yesterday.
Singapore-born singer Sun Ho. Photo: sina.com.cn
But news of their collaboration is already out on popular music websites such as Contactmusic.com and AllHipHop.com. On Ho's official website, there are also photos of them working together in the studio, although Jean's faced is blurred.
Sun said that her as-yet- untitled album would only be released in the early part of next year, despite reports that it was due in February. Now that Jean is working on the album, the release date may have to be pushed back to accommodate his other commitments.
"He's very busy with his tour schedule and he's working on the songs at the same time," she said. "We'll have to work around his schedule."
"At first, we only co-wrote one song on the album. But we became good friends just working on that one song and he's now keen on working on the rest of the album. He'll add his magic," she said.
Ho was supposed to be back in Singapore to perform at the President's Star Charity Show last Sunday, but she cancelled the trip when her two-year-old son Dayan fell ill.
She plans to be back home in December to record her fifth Mandarin album, which is also slated for release in the early part of next year.
Ho admitted that it would be a challenge juggling the release of two major albums at roughly the same time.
"Frankly, I don't know how to work it out. Both albums would need me to tour and promote them," she said. "I'll have to go to China for my Mandarin album and that will take time. The US market is huge. So, you have to work to promote your album."
In the meantime, her fans can listen to her sing on the Cancer Warriors Project CD, a charity effort spearheaded by Lime magazine editor Stella Thng.
Ho contributed one song to the CD, a collaboration with local band Ronin called One More Moment.
Thng said that because Ho was unable to make it back to Singapore to record the track, she did so in Los Angeles instead, and had famed producer Peter Stengaard - who is award-winning songwriter Diane Warren's in-house producer - do the producing honours. Ho also paid for the production of her track.
But when asked about it, Ho brushed off Thng's praise.
"Peter wanted to contribute too and he dropped his fee from tens of thousands to only $4,000. Every year, I donate a portion of my royalties to charity anyway. So, I told Stella, no sweat."