Chinese teen singer-songwriter releases debut int'l album

By Zhang Rui
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Cammy J, a 15-year-old musical prodigy and the first Chinese artist signed under the Republic Records label owned by the world-leading music giant Universal Music Group (UMG), released a new original album in Beijing on Nov. 18.

Cover art for the album "Dreaming in Outer Space." [Image courtesy of Universal Music Group]

Born in Beijing in 2007 as Jia Ziye, the young artist is the daughter of famed musician Jia Yinan who has produced records for such iconic Chinese singers as Wang Feng and Na Ying. Her father produced her new album titled "Dreaming in Outer Space."

Cammy J wrote and composed seven of the 10 songs on the new album, including "Regret" and "12 hours & insomnia." Her father wrote or co-wrote with her on the rest of the songs, such as "Hope u know" and "frOm nOw On."

The album was created while the young singer was busy preparing for her junior high school graduation exams.

She said that creating music is a way for her to release pressure and emotions, and she wrote about her own difficulties, feelings, emotions, stubbornness, expectations and dreams for the album.

"'Dreaming in Outer Space' is like a series of wonderful pictures. With montages changing, the album plays out a fantasy in my mind," Cammy J said, inviting the audience into her world. "Follow the crisp rhythm, close your eyes, shake yourself, and travel with me on this mysterious journey about growth and the unknown."

According to her producer and father Jia Yinan: "The album was jointly completed by her and me, but in fact, she added more production ideas. She devoted a lot of thinking and efforts to the arrangements and sound design. In addition to simple and pure original folk songs, the album has rock, electronic, retro and Latin music styles, as well as traditional ballads and other musical elements. You can clearly see the collisions and sparks between our two generations in terms of artistic creation."

"Dreaming in Outer Space" is available now on various music platforms in China. Music fans can listen to a special version utilizing Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music, or the stereo version on QQ Music, NetEase Cloud Music, KuGou Music and elsewhere.

To help create the Spatial Audio version, Grammy-winning engineer Ken Lewis was invited to participate in the immersive audio mix process. "Spatial audio and immersive sound are the future of music. With an album titled like 'Dreaming in Outer Space,' I knew that the spatial audio mixes needed to allow the listener to escape into the music and go on a journey with Cammy J," he said via a video message sent to the album launch event in Beijing.

Nicolas Zhang, solutions engineering director of Dolby Laboratories, expects that the fans can totally immerse themselves in the musical world constructed by "Dreaming in Outer Space" through Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, which goes far beyond the average listening experience with its incomparable definition and rich details.

Cammy J started to learn piano and create music when she was just four years old. While in August 2021, UMG announced a significant expansion of its recorded music operations in China, marking an acceleration of its investment in local artists through the establishment of several distinct labels, including Republic Records China. Soon after, Republic Records China discovered Cammy J and signed her in October 2021 at the young age of 14. Since then, she has released more than a dozen hit singles as well as an EP.

(Left to right) Renowned radio DJ Yang Yue, musician and producer Jia Yinan and his wife Liu Yuhong, singer-songwriter Cammy J, managing director of Republic Records China Tony Wen, and solutions engineering director of Dolby Laboratories Nicolas Zhang pose for a group photo. [Photo courtesy of Universal Music Group]

Tony Wen, managing director of Republic Records China, called Cammy J "a musical gem" and said the label will fully support her on her future musical journey. Adam Granite, CEO for Africa, Middle East and Asia regions at UMG, sent a congratulatory message for her new album release, expressing his belief that the future of Chinese music will be defined by musicians like Cammy J and sharing his excitement about presenting her in the international market.

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