When I heard Gospel Church Miri is going to invite Rachel Liang to appear in Miri, in knew I have to go. Not only that I like her song, I also have a lot of friends both in Miri and Miri Gospel as they’re the same people who set up Lu Zhou Youth. It must be God’s arrangement that my roster turned out to be really good for me to attend the event without applying any leave.
I was back from Pudong on 18th morning, and I took the earliest flight to Miri which surprisingly isn’t full considering it is school holiday. After arriving, Yeu fetch me to have lunch together with the rest of my friends. After that I asked King to send me to Coco House for me to have quick afternoon nap as I haven’t sleep a bit last night due to the red eye flight.
I walked to Bintang Mall after I checked out later in the evening. After a quick dinner in McDonald, which I haven’t eat there for ages, we headed to Meritz Hotel. There was already a long queue for elevator because everyone wanted to go to 7th floor for the event. CP and I shared the RM100 ticket, which is really cheap to sit so near to the stage.
The event started with group singing by the church’s children, and then the adult group. There was also a little speech by the pastor. Then Rachel appeared on stage with her Macbook Air, which screen kept dimming (okay please ignore my little tech head habit). This is no concert but something more personal, her story accompanied by her songs such as 心裡的孩子, 三個願望, 我不是你想像那麼勇敢, 魯凱的姑娘 (I’m ain’t translating those to English).
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She talked about her good childhood memory before she finished kindergarten when she was close with her mother, when she love to attend church simply it is fun going there singing and playing with other kids. They had this prayer before bed where little Rachel will always talk the most among her siblings about what she encountered that day in school and in life.
When her mother started to become addicted with alcohol and got abusive, her family life turned upside down. Rachel feared and hated her mother for ruining the peace in the family. Her dad always reminded her to pray for her mother. At the age of 10, her dad was killed in an accident caused by gas explosion at his workplace. Her mum was injured too, but survived the accident. It was rumoured that she suspected her mum caused the accident and had never forgive her.
Due to her mum’s condition, she was sent to a Christian run orphanage not long after the death of her father. Rachel was very sad and couldn’t accept the reality that she is in an orphan house because unlike the rest of the kids there, she still have her mother. She became pretty rebellious and dyed her hair red to give a message to the other kids: Don’t come near me!
One day while she was outside at the compound of the orphanage, Rachel heard the children choir singing church song and started to weep. Young Rachel was touched and enjoyed the songs. She decided to join the choir and has become her happiest memories in the orphanage. Her mum passed away when she was 14, and since then she has forgive her mum.
Rachel joined college after high school and there, her classmates always sign her up for singing competition without her consent. With her talent and her years of experience in the orphanage choir, she was able to get top prize in most of the competition, which then the award money was shared among her friends for nice food to celebrate her achievements. That’s how she got exposure.
She first appeared in TV on the Taiwan Channel V’s Blackie show back in 2006. She later joined the program briefly in 2007. My jaw dropped when I first heard her sing in early 2007 when I watched the 240p TV series uploaded in Youtube. In 2007, Rachel became really famous in the second season of One Million Star, Taiwan’s knock off for American Idol.
I didn’t watch One Million Star, but I guess her singing career took off in a good way after that which she released her first album in late 2008. I was hooked on her song ever since. She never gotten really famous, as in super famous, in Malaysia. IMO not everyone liked her song, definitely not the clubbing peeps, as well as k-pop sexy girl dancing loving guys, nor some of the LGBT group. Art is subjective, I would say.
Anyway, the main objective of the event in Miri. Rachel wanted everyone to know that even with her hardship with her childhood, she learned to believe in God, to trust in Jesus. She is thankful of what God has done to her life. She hoped she can bring to good news to more people and asked those who are suffering to believe in Jesus too. Writing Gospel stuff isn’t for me so I’m going elaborate too much here.
She did ask 2 audience to come on stage to sing 分手後不要做朋友 with her, one of the selected seems prep before-hand, anyhow it was a good show. The 2 front moving effect lights did annoy me when she shine straight on my face. I’m glad they didn’t use coloured lights on the Rachel when she’s singing.
The video projected on to the screen for the audience behind is a little laggy (1000ms lag?), and when they mix the lyrics with the video feed, it underexposed the feed due to them using black coloured background for the lyrics feed (what?). They must be some technical difficulties that they decided to do that.
The sound is where it matters and the system didn’t disappoint. It is good, nicely balance and thank God not bass heavy. Rachel’s voice come out crisp and clear and the speakers gave a nice soundstage. The front right speaker near me got a little distorted when Rachel max out her voice, but it is too little to be noticed.
The peak of the event is, IMO, when she sang 看不見的手 and 奇妙的愛. Rachel is always touched when she sang thes songs and even during the event, we see tears came flowing out of her eyes. I managed to capture the video of her singing these two songs and you may enjoy them below. These song may stuck in your head for a long time after you’ve listened to them,like they did to mine right now. Don’t say I didn’t warn you 🙂
It it quite an amazement to see Rachel Liang singing live in a small city like Miri, a place pretty much unheard of by 99% of Taiwanese. I mean look at her, she’s pretty famous back in her country, she could have use the time to attend more reality shows or do concerts in China where the money is right now. Instead, she decided to come to Miri, and the many cities around Southeast Asia.
I’m beginning to feel bad that I have never visited her hometown before even I’ve been to Taiwan countless times. I’m felt even worse that with the amount of free time I have, I can do a lot of things for the church but I didn’t.