Coco Lee Profile and Facts:
Coco Lee (李玟) was an American-Chinese singer-songwriter, who first became famous for her participation in the 1993 TVB New Talent Singing Awards and pursued the final year of her career with Warner Music from 2022. She passed away on July 5, 2023.
Stage Name: Coco Lee (李玟)
Birth Name: Ferren Lee
Chinese Name: Lee Mui-Lum (李美林), her romanized stage name is Lee Man/Li Wen
Korean Name: Lee Min
Birthday: January 17, 1975
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Instagram: @cocolee (no longer updated)
YouTube: CoCo Lee李玟
Twitter: @cocolee117 (no longer updated)
Coco Lee Facts:
– She was born in Hong Kong when it was under British rule, but moved to San Francisco (in the USA) at the age of 9.
– Family: mother, two sisters (her father died before her birth).
– Education: University of California
– She was the runner-up of the 1993 TVB New Talent Singing Awards with her performance of Whitney Houston’s “I Run to You”.
– In 1994 she officially debuted under Capital Artists Limited with the studio album “Love is Now” (愛就要趁現在) and the title track “Still Love You” (我依然是你的情人).
– In 1996 she signed with Sony Music and released her second English album, “Coco’s Party”, the same year through that label. Both this and her first English album (“Brave Enough to Love”, which was released in 1995) mostly contained covers of other artists with only one original song each.
– The original song for “Coco’s Party” (“It’s a Party”) was composed by Afanasif (Mariah Carey’s producer) and Robin Thicke.
– The original release of “Coco’s Party” came with a fitness video titled “Coco’s Camp”, making it the first Taiwanese album release to contain fitness content.
– In 1998 she received a nomination for the Best Mandarin Female Singer category of the Golden Melody Awards with her 1997 album “Sincere” (每一次想你).
– Her third English album, “Just No Other Way” (released under Sony Music in 1999), mainly contains original songs like “Do You Want My Love” (a Billboard chart-topper in Australia and the USA) and “Before I Fall in Love” (a song from the OST of the Runaway Bride movie that entered the MTV Asia Hitlist and Top 100 Asia Singles Airplay charts).
– She left Sony Music in 2006 for Music Nation and worked with her mentor, Yao Qian, over the span of two years on the multifaceted “East to West” (CoCo的東西) album. The album (released in 2009) entered the top 10 charts of ezPeer+ and KKBOX.
– After her contract with Music Nation ended in 2010, she waited for two years before signing with Universal Music Taiwan. She then waited again until 2013 to release her next studio album, “Illuminate” (盛開).
– In October 2011 she tied the knot with Pure Group cofounder Bruce Rockowitz. (Their post-wedding party at the Shaw Brothers Studios featured a performance from the Black Eyed Peas.)
– She made a cameo in the 2015 mainland Chinese movie “Forever Young” and also mentored at the MBC show “Super Idol” the same year.
– Her final three releases (all in 2023) were “Candy” (a duet with Higher Brothers member MaSiWei), “Tragic” (a solo single for Valentine’s Day), and “戰歌/War Song” (the official theme for the animated movie Duoluo Continent: Two Gods Fighting Two Gods).
– On July 5, 2023, Coco Lee was officially declared dead at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong while in a coma in the aftermath of a suicide attempt three days earlier. Her funeral occurred at the end of the same month.
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