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Mavis Hee: 許美靜

Mavis Hee (simplified Chinese: 许美静; traditional Chinese: 許美靜; pinyin: Xǔ Měijìng; born September 27, 1974) is a Singaporean singer. She was the second runner-up and also Miss Photogenic and Miss Amity for Singapore’s Miss Chinatown Pageant 1992.

Hee’s first album Knowingly (明知道) was released in August 1994. After the release, Taiwanese singer-composer Jonathan Lee invited her to join his production company. However, Hee rejected the offer so that she could continue working with her mentor, Chen Jiaming (陈佳明). Hee went on to release other chart topping albums. Her debut album in Taiwan, Regret, propelled her to regional stardom. She was labelled “Heavenly Queen Killer” (or 天后杀手) for having beaten Faye Wong and the ‘Four Heavenly Kings of Cantopop‘ in sales charts. Her best-selling album to date, Living By Night (都是夜归人), chalked an impressive 300,000 copies in Taiwan. Following the success, Hee broke into the competitive Cantonese market with the release of Listen Quietly 静听精彩13首. The album topped the Hong Kong IFPI sales chart for 3 consecutive weeks, beating other Hong Kong singer, Andy LauLeon Lai and Sammi Cheng. She became the first Singaporean to win the Most Popular Female Singer award in HK Metro Hit awards, beating Faye Wong.

Mavis was the singer for Singapore’s National Day Parade 2000 theme song, “Shine On Me”, together with fellow Singaporean Jai. She was also appointed a cultural ambassador for China in 2001. Mavis made a conscious decision to fade out from the music scene after 2001, when her record company, What’s Music, was absorbed into Universal Music Taiwan, and the company could not accommodate her artistic integrity within commercial considerations. Some of her last public appearances were for MediaCorp, a Singapore television and broadcast station, where she recorded the hit single Watch TV with fellow Singaporean singers Tanya Chua and Stefanie Sun, and as a guest presenter at the Star Awards 2002 (her last public appearance).
From 2003 to 2004, she traveled around Italy.

In June 2006, Mavis hit the headlines in Singapore when she was arrested after harassing two hotel guests at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. She was warded at Singapore’s Institute of Mental Health, and was diagnosed with clinical depression after a stay of four weeks. She was not charged by the police. In October 2006, she came out to explain her actions in a series of interviews with the Singapore media, explaining that she was on the road to recovery. She also thanked her fans for their immense support all these years. -taken from Wikipedia

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