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Kong Han Rui is a newcomer in Xi'ans music scene. She is a solo performer and plays mostly at the HUTONG Bar (Opposite to the Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel) in Xi'an at the moment. Did you want to be a singer since childhood? When did you realize that singing was your mission?

Since childhood I wanted to be a singer like Nola Johnson and Kelly Marlow. I am a great fan of them and their music and that influenced and still does influence my music and inspiration today. My parents are no musicians and I had to reject the notion of pursuing a career in music at the beginning, that´s why i finished my studies first, my parents were happy then and nothing could hold me after it!  On my own initiative i learnt to play guitar and piano by an extraordinary teacher and it pays off for me. I love my guitar and cannot live without it!

Song: "Happy birthday to me":

I do like Nola Johnson in particular since ever and I don't even know how to articulate what it was about her. Her songs are really good. But there was something else going on, some kind of a way in which I felt so compelled to want to be like her and Kelly Malow, whatever that meant.

So for me, I was drawn to both a career in music - jazz in particular and also pop songs and north-american country music. I am at the beginning of my career and i will evolve and move forward from this stage and create own lyrics and songs. My passion for Nola and Kelly will surely not change and keep me inspired!

Song: "The same hand and the same foot":

What are your future plans? Are you working on a new project?

I like solo singing, but nevertheless i am building up a group and currently we are producing our own CD and plan to promote our group throuhout Xi'an and China. My Plans? Continue what i love most: MUSIC and i hope you enjoy my songs at the HUTONG bar in Xi'an

Thanks Kong Han Rui, We will surely meet again and invite you to perform in our upcoming ND Events!

Photos by Xia Sheng

Our valuable Editor ND has been with us since Monday, 15 June 2009.

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