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Student from New Zealand chases singing career in China

Reporter: Owen Poland 丨 CCTV.com

08-19-2014 19:24 BJT

A 20-year-old student from New Zealand has the dream of becoming a singing sensation in China. Laurence Larson's unusual blend of Mandarin and English in his songs has already generated a big following on social media, where his music videos have been viewed millions of times. Now he's travelling to Shanghai to try and boost his profile even further.

The song may be familiar to many Chinese, but the person behind the microphone may be a big surprise. New Zealander Laurence Larson is in his final year at Auckland University where he studies popular music and Chinese language.

Laurence Larson

Laurence Larson

"Can't deny I love the food, but the people are great, it's like a completely different way of thinking as well - just learning through the language which is really cool," Laurence Larson said.

By performing a fusion of Mandarin and English - he hopes to win the hearts of Chinese people.

"My dream I guess would be to actually become like an actual legitimate singer in China and make a career out of that," Laurence Larson said.

Under the watchful eye of his producer and manager, Gad Gong, Laurence has already recorded more than a dozen cover songs and originals which are on social media sites like Facebook and China's YouKu - where he's already attracted more than three million viewers.

"People still think it's quite interesting. it's like a white face to sing in Chinese language, so it's quite interesting," producer Gad Gong said.

Laurence takes some of his inspiration from popular singer/songwriter JJ Lin, and says that singing Chinese is much easier than speaking it. His study of the Chinese language has enabled him to translate Chinese pop songs into English.

With so many fans in China, Laurence is going to Shanghai in September for some media engagements - and he's keen to promote a strong relationship between New Zealand and China.

But the main focus is chasing his dream of future success in China.

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