Honestly, I’ve never really been into the Chinese pop music scene when I was younger, and even now, I don’t really listen to a lot of Chinese pop songs. But one of the reasons why I developed any interest in Mandopop is because of this one singer: Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰). [okay, I did listen to Mando-pop before him, mostly bands like Sodagreen (because Qing Feng has a gorgeous croon and they write good songs) and Xin Yue Tuan (the lead singer Xin’s voice is explosive and charismatic and his high notes are really solid.) Other than that, I didn’t really pay much attention to other singers.)
Jam Hsiao first appeared on the music scene in 2007, when he appeared as a PK contestant on the Taiwanese singing competition, One Million Star (超级星光大道). His rich and unique voice immediately set him apart from the rest of the contestants and he slowly became a force to be reckoned with.
This was how he looked like the first time he appeared on the show. Please forgive his terrible hairstyle u_u It’s really quite… scary, haha.
He looks slightly better here, in the episode where he won over the hot favourite of the show, Aska Yang (杨宗纬).
Unfortunately, he didn’t win in the end, but the brief foray into television meant that his popularity skyrocketed. Despite not having a contract with a music label, he was sought after on other variety shows. His workplace would also be frequently swamped by fans who wanted to hear him sing. (He was working as a restaurant singer at that point.)
So that’s basically how he got started in the music industry. As of now, he has 6 studio albums out, plus 1 live concert recording. He has quite a versatile style, able to sing various genres, like jazz, r&b and slow ballads, but his preferred choice would always be rock.
This appears to be his latest hairstyle, which honestly, is reaaaaaally bad D: Seriously, I cringed a little the first time I saw it and I was like, ‘who the fuck messed up your hair? I’mma gonna be like Cecil (from Welcome to Night Vale), punishing the barber Tilly for messing with Carlos’ perfect perfect hair’. But Jam’s hair isn’t always perfect… case in point the cringefest posted below, which encapsulated the various hairstyles he had in his earlier days, haha.
Ah, the days when he wasn’t famous and no hair stylist came near him with a proper comb.
This one was probably taken in 2008, when he realised his first self-titled album. I’m kind of ambivalent towards this hairstyle. It’s a good preppish kind of look, I suppose, which is a good thing especially when the record companies are trying to push him into the limelight and they needed him to look approachable and friendly…?
And then he debuted this look on the cover of his second album, 王妃 (Princess). I actually quite like this one, the fringe suited him and his angular-ish face. Plus, he looked cooler and more like a rocker, as compared to the first one.
In between those times we had such exhibits:
Also: duck butt hair! Reminds me of Sasuke’s hair, haha.
Let’s also not forget this one! I can never unsee this! D: But he’s trying to imitate the auntie with hair rollers look as a joke (at least I hope! XD)
Is this the ‘I just rolled out of bed’ look or the ‘hmm, look at me, I’m so sultry’ look? Idk.
Oh yeah, and this hairstyle apparently cost NT260, 000. Are you fucking kidding me?! D: You’ve been ripped off, bro.
But really, I think I like his best with slightly slicked back, rocker-ish hair~ :D
Now onwards to his awesome voice.
He does fantastic covers, regardless of genres and music styles, he manages to bring in his own unique take. Plus, I really like his hair in this concert!
Two of my favourite Mando-pop singers sharing the same stage, singing beautiful songs!
The cheeky 青峰 telling Jam to request a song composition from him after listening to Jam’s cover of his hit song 小情歌, but not without teasing Jam’s singing style, saying that he changed the atmosphere of his song.
Oh yeah, and he definitely has a kawaii side to him as well~