“Whether people think of me as a singer, actress, or tv host, my wish is to be associated with work that has integrity and quality.”
A familiar face in Singapore’s entertainment scene, Joanna is a bilingual multi-hyphenate who sings, acts and hosts. Primarily a jazz vocalist, Joanna—the first artiste signed to Singapore label, Red Roof Records—is passionate about sharing her love for the genre with Mandarin-speaking audiences.
A Mandarin Jazz artiste, Joanna’s creative musical dabbling has seen her rearranging Hokkien songs into contemporary jazz styles with the Peace Kopitiam Jazz Band (2012–2014). She has also cheekily reworked dirty lyrics into Christmas ditties with alternative Christmas band, Naughty “Noor” Nice (2010–2015). In 2015, Joanna collaborated with fellow Singapore Idol alum, Sezairi Sezali, on the first Mandarin and Malay pop track, ‘Starlight’, for Sing, Love, a SG50 musical project by Red Roof Records. In July 2016, Joanna released ‘独当一面’ with the label. Joanna became the pride of Singapore after a stellar performance at Sing! China, coming in 2nd runner up under Jay Chou’s team in the popular Chinese singing competition. In 2018, she released her EP ‘我是真的’ alongside 2 near-sold-out shows at the Esplanade Concert Hall and a 7-city tour. She was also featured as an artiste in the 2018 Singapore National Day Parade
Apart from singing, Joanna has also performed in various theatre productions, such as ‘Liao Zhai Rocks!’ in 2016. In 2007, she landed the principal role of Rose in ‘If There’re Seasons...’, a musical based on the music of Xinyao pioneer, Liang Wen Fook, and won Best Supporting Actress in the ST Life! Theatre Awards for her performance.
Joanna’s pursuit of growth has proven to be rewarding. Joanna has hosted various popular Channel U infotainment programmes, such as ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Life Extraordinaire’, and ‘Unique Towns’. Joanna's hosting skills were recently recognised through a nomination for best female host at the Macau Rainbow TV awards in November, 2016. The whimsical and cheeky artiste is fast becoming a household name as she seeks to grow and constantly rediscover herself.