Ferren Lee-Kelly ( 李美琳
Lee ( 李玟
Step-Dad, Two sisters (Nancy & Carol)
citizen of Chinese descent;also has citizenship in HK
of California, Irvine (biology)
Wallenburg Alternative High School (San Francisco)
Cantonese, French and Mandarin
Skeletons (biology), drawing, singing, poetry, dancing,
choreographing, listening to music (R&B & Soul)
Natural, Energetic, Modest, Obedient, Hardworking, Respectful
Lee, née Ferren Lee, was born in Hong Kong on the 17th of
January 1975. Although she was born in Hong Kong, CoCo was raised
in San Francisco where she grew up with her mother, stepfather
and two older sisters (her father passed away when she was young).
She shared her singing talent with her two older sisters and her
mother, who was a doctor. Although the mother of the Lee sisters
wanted her daughters to pursue more practical careers, the youngest
CoCo knew at a young age that she would become a singer.
During her free time, CoCo would practice her singing abilities
by singing material from her favorite pop artists, such as Madonna,
Whitney Houston, George Michael and Debbie Gibson.
Despite their mother's former disapproval, the elder Lee sisters
put their musical talent to the test by entering local singing
competitions, which proved to be successful. Being the youngest
sibling, Lee followed in her sisters' footsteps and entered singing
competitions as well, since she looked up to them. Her winning
performances at the local singing contests are what eventually
paved the way to her musical career.
Her success at singing competitions was not the only thing that
fueled her desire to pursue a singing career: She performed for
her class in junior high and received a standing ovation, and
sang at a local karaoke place at Fisherman's Wharf. Her karaoke
singing was what really proved to Lee how well she can sing,
after her friend started playing the tape of Lee's karaoke performances
in the restaurant she worked at and people wanted to buy the
After CoCo graduated from high school, she went on a vacation
to Hong Kong and enterred an annual singing contest, which is
where most of the country's stars got their breaks in the industry.
CoCo entered the contest just for fun but ended up winning second
place with her version of "Run To You" by Whitney Houston.
The next day, a local record company approached CoCo, asking
her to sign with their label. Not only was she the only performer
to sing in English at the competition, but the record company
noticed that her voice stood out compared to the rest of the
In 1995, CoCo released her album entitled Brave Enough To Love
English as well as Woman In Love, an album in Mandarin. She was
also named one of Taiwan's best artists. One year later, CoCo
signed a contract with Sony Music Taiwan. Her CoCo Lee (Former
Day's Love) Mandarin album was also released in 1996, as was
her English album CoCo's Party. The Channel (V) Chinese Top 20
and the Golden Dragon Chart Awards in Taiwan both awarded CoCo's
hit single "Former Love".
In 1997, CoCo released her third Mandarin album entitled Each
Time I Think Of You as well as a Cantonese album called Be Careful
Next Time. She was again awarded Best Female Artist by the Best
10 Artists Awards.
1998 was an even bigger year for her. Her Mandarin albums DiDaDi
and SunnyDay: Feeling Good were released. It was also the year
CoCo's DiDaDi won the MTV Asia Music Award for Best Album and
Best Music Video.
In August of the same year, she performed in Taiwan to a concert
audience of more than 30,000 fans, the second largest concert
audience in Taiwan (a feat that only Michael Jackson has claimed
in the past). CoCo was the voice behind Mulan, the title role
of the Mandarin version of Disney animated feature, co-starring
Jackie Chan. She also sang the Mandarin theme song of the film.
After having enjoyed huge success in Asia, CoCo's newest album
release is the English album Just No Other Way, under the record
label 550 Music. Released this year, the album has already spawned
hits such as "Do You Want My Love" and "Can't
Get Over You" and features R&B sensation Kelly Price.
With the combination of CoCo's unique voice and R&B tinged
music, it's clear that her Asian and American fans will not be
getting over the former Miss Chinese America any time soon.
|| Hip-Hop grooves
Carey, Madonna, George Michael, David Huang, Whitney Houston
Is To Be Relax And Be Happy!!!
Chocolate, Watermelon, Mangoes, McDonald Fries, Japanese Food, and
In The Name Of The Father
||Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan,
and Colors that stand out
| Songs by Herself:
Perfect In Everyway, °T®§
how cute she Is
Number: Number 3
Bad Habits: Loves To Sleep, indecisive
People CoCo is scared of: Her Two Sisters
What CoCo likes best about
herself: Her Smile =) /d^_^b\
CoCo thinks her best facial
features are her: Lips
Preferred Occupation: Doctor (just like her mom)
Role Models: Her mother and Mariah Carey
Most Memorable Moment: When her mom didn't sleep for one whole night
just to fix up CoCo's dress for beauty pageant
Most Interesting Experience: Being Student Council President
for 4 years in a row
Things CoCo Likes To Do: Taking care of dogs or little kids, helping
When CoCo Gets Bored She: Likes to look at herself in the mirror
When CoCo Gets Upset She: Listens to music, especially listening
to her makeup artist sing
Dreams & Goals: Gain recognition as an international artist, work
in the medical field and find cure to cancer
Most Hated Places: Public Washrooms
Beauty Secrets: Eat lots of vitamin C and get lots of exercise!
entered the "New Talent Singing Contest" (新秀歌唱比賽)
on the advice of her mother back in 1993, when
going back to HK for a vacation and she won
second prize! She had entered singing contests
originally because she had wrecked her mother's
car and used her prize money to pay off the
never intended to be a singer, but she was
offered a recording contract by Capital Artists
after her runner-up placing in the New Talent
Singing Contest and took the opportunity
was majoring in Biochemistry and Bioscience at
University of California Irvine as a pre-med
prior to entering the music business and managed
to maintain a GPA or 3.8 (nerd alert!!! :P)
is not the only singer in her family, apparently
her mother and 2 sisters can sing as well!
father passed away when she was quite young unfortunately.
But however, CoCo has a step-father right now!
owns a white Maltese name Milky
was the volleyball team captain for most of her
years in high-school
mother owns a medical clinic in San Francisco
but has put aside that occupation to focus on
being her daughter's assistant
to popular belief, CoCo is NOT an "American Born
Chinese", she came to the U.S. when she was 9
CoCo was studying at the University of California
at Irvine she had to read at least 100 pages
of readings everyday..hehehe...she tried her
best to disguise herself from students, but was
recognized easily as 1/3 of the population at
U of C at Irvine is Chinese- as a result, CoCo
was constantly hassled for autographs and on
Valentine's Day (1997) she found a bouquet of
roses on the windshield of her car...that freaked
her out as she didn't know what to expect from
prefers to do her own make-up, because she feels
that she knows her face best....
first starting out, CoCo sang back-up on Andy
song called "Let Me Treat You Better" (Åý我對待你好一點)
and also did a duet on Edmond Leung's (梁漢文) "First
Greatest Hits Compilation CD
believes in "love at first sight"!
mother made CoCo take Tahitian dancing lessons
to incorporate "butt-shaking" into her dancing
who have *partied* with CoCo in Taiwan tell me
that CoCo prefers to be called "Ferren",
not receiving so much "star attention"
drives a silver Mercedes Benz sedan apparently
and keeps a volleyball in her car:)
does not have a license in Taiwan
was once considered for the role of "Snow" in
Jacky Cheung's "Snow Wolf Lake" musical...(the
part subsequently went to diva extraordinaire
Sandy Lam)...CoCo however was too busy at that
time so she turned down the offer
have it that CoCo's mom put out an estimated
6 digit figure USD to end CoCo's contract with "Fancy
Pie" and to go with Sony, but it has also been
rumoured that Sony hired top lawyers to ensure
CoCo's move to Sony was seemless
mom and step-father have rented a condominium
in L.A. to live with CoCo while she is studying....CoCo
also has a home in HK as well
from staff in HK is that CoCo is quite "fussy" about
how she wants things done and has "stepped on
quite a few people's toes" back in HK as CoCo
is known to be quite the perfectionist. Other
sources claim that CoCo is actually quite sweet
and is just being professional behind-the-scenes
surfs the internet every chance she gets...
her high-school for Miss Teen Chinatown Pageant winning
first place for a local karaoke contest in San Franciso,
| entered "New
Talent Singing Contest" hosted by Hong Kong TV
Station "TVB" and won second place out of
the 10,000 contestants involved
| released "火熱動感 LaLaLa" compilation
album with artists under "Capital Artist" label
debut Mandarin album "愛就要趁現在?/font> under
Fancy Pie label
|| released "火熱動感﹐戀愛Party" compilation
duets compilation "愛情宣言﹐情歌對唱"
Christmas compilation "聖誕譖禮"
sophomore Mandarin album "答應我"
|| received "1994
Top 10 Most Popular Idol" and "Best New Artist" awards
debut English album "Brave Enough to Love" as
well as being the first artist in Taiwan to have sold
13,000 copies of an English language album in one month
3rd Mandarin album "被愛的女人".
her very first concert in Taipei
spokesmodel for "Elizabeth Arden" and "Wella" and
did various commercials for both
with Sony Music
her first concert album
in Chi Lam Cheung's video "忽然覺得好想你" first
time as an Sony Music artist
her first Mandarin album under Sony Music label "CoCo 李玟" and
the album became the best selling album of 1996
English album "CoCo's Party" followed by "CoCo's
Camp Workout Video"
commercials for "Yogo" drinks, "Nivea" and
Mandarin album "每一次想你"
first Cantonese album "CoCo 李玟"
|| released "CoCo
in Italy" VCD/VHS/Picture Book
Mandarin album "DiDaDi 暗示,
1 million copies were sold in a span of 3 months
CoCo" fan club established
|| released "Di
Da Di" remix single
appearance in the opening of the World Cup
Mandarin album "Sunny Day 好心情"
was held in Taipei, the success of the concert drew
attention to Sony Music US and Tommy Mottola
|| released "碰碰看愛情?/font> CD
?/font>萬人迷" concert CD
signed with Sony Epic US
an award to Jennifer Paige at "World Music Awards
Mandarin album "今天到永遠".
appearance at "Micheal Jackson and Friends" charity
concert in Korea
Bride" OST released, CoCo's track "Before
I Fall in Love" appears on the soundtrack
debut American album "Just No Other Way" (Asian
Release) CoCo was the executive producer for the album
|| released "The
Best Of My Love" greatest Mandarin hits compilation
No Other Way" American debut officially released
was listed on Maxim Magazine as one of "World's
Top 100 Sexiest Woman" placing 47th
Tiger, Hidden Dragon" OST (Asian Version) released,
theme song by CoCo "A Love Before Time" appears
on the soundtrack in both English and Mandarin
received "Best New Artist" and "Best
Love Song of the Year" from "Singapore
Radio Music Awards"
|| released "真情人 ,
You & Me" Mandarin Album
concert tours throughout China
spokesman/spokesmodel for "Cartier"
|| received "Asian-Amercian
of 2000" & "Best Peformer of 2000" from
Yale and Harvard Universities
as guest of honor at Ricky Martin's Asia leg of his
World tour singing a duet version of "Private
wins "Best Mandarin Female Artist" and "Top
10 Artist of the Year" awards in Hong Kong
performed "A Love Before Time" at the 73rd
Annual Academy Awards (Oscar 2001)
Wants To Be Lonely" duet with Ricky Martin @ "Live
and Loaded MTVAsia Mini concert"
Outstanding Female Artist of Asia" award from
MTV Chinese Awards 2001
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