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Frederick "Fred" Cheng (Chinese: 鄭俊弘; born 10 November 1983) is a Canadian-born Hong Kong actor and singer. He rose to fame after competing and winning the 2013 Hong Kong singing competition, Voice Of The Stars.[1] He is currently signed as an actor to TVB management and a singer under Voice Entertainment.

Fred Cheng
Frederick Cheng in May 2014.JPG
Fred Cheng in May 2014
Born
Frederick Cheng

(1983-11-10) 10 November 1983 (age 35)
OccupationActor, singer
Years active2001–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese鄭俊弘
Musical career
Also known asfred, freddie, freddy, panda baby, panda fred
OriginHong Kong
GenresCantopop
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, electric bass, piano
LabelsVoice Entertainment
Associated actsHOME

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Early life and career beginningsEdit

Cheng was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He lived with his mother, older sister, and younger brother. From his uncle's influence, at an early age he developed a love and interest for music, singing, and playing the guitar. Since the age of six, he has also been learning Choy Li Fut and picked up martial arts and boxing in high school. Upon graduating from Eric Hamber Secondary School, he returned to Hong Kong for the summer.

In 2001, Cheng's mother persuaded him to compete in the TVB New Talent Singing Awards,[2] in which he won second place.[citation needed] Cheng was offered a contract to the record company Capital Artists, but after two months of training, the company stopped producing music, abruptly ending his singing career.

Acting career and return to singingEdit

In 2003, TVB offered Cheng an artist contract and offered him a major role in the TVB drama Shine On You .He has starred in numerous Hong Kong series including Shine On You, Love Bond, The Charm Beneath, and Forensic Heroes.

In 2011, Fred signed a management contract with TVB.

In July 2013, Fred was encouraged by friends and family to compete in the inaugural season for the singing competition, The Voice of the Stars. Fred appeared on the first episode, performing Eason Chan's "Song of the Era" (時代曲). Fred earned 174.9 points, delivering the highest performance points on the show. On the second episode, Fred performed "Angels" by Robbie Williams and earned an even higher 179.9 points. The Voice of the Stars judge, Eric Moo, took Fred in as his student and offered him to appear on his Hong Kong concert as a guest performer. Throughout the season, Fred consistently stayed in the top two places.

Fred went on win the competition, winning 68% of the votes. Immediately after winning, Fred was announced that he would be singing the theme song with Kristal Tin for the upcoming Hong Kong drama, Return of the Silver Tongue.

On 15 November 2013, he signed with TVB's newly established record company Voice Entertainment and released his debut solo album in the summer of 2014.[3] He released his first single, "Nobody", on 24 March 2014 and within 5 hours it became the top selling single on Hong Kong iTunes and held the record for seven days. Subsequently, he was given a chance to sing another two theme songs for TVB Drama, The Ultimate Addiction and Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain. He also won many best new artist awards in 2014.

In March 2017, he acted as second male lead along with experienced and well-known actor, Gallen Lo in TVB drama 'Provocateur'.

After winning Voice Of The Stars (VOS)Edit

After winning the VOS, Fred has been given more job opportunities by TVB in acting, singing and commercial advertisements. Due to his sudden rise in popularity, Fred has a group of fans ranging from age 5 to 80. Fred also has fans in Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and USA. Many big companies such as Towngas, Hopewell Holdings, New World Development, Shanghai Commercial Bank, AIA Group Limited, Swatch Group, Grand Lisboa, P&G and many more invited him to perform in their companies’ events.

Besides that, Fred has taken part in the filming of a number of commercial advertisements of companies such as Wellcome, P&G and Magic Smile B1. His first commercial is Wellcome where he filmed with Wu Fung, Yao Bin, Corinna Chamberlain and Hoffman Cheng which aired on 5 January 2014. Subsequently, Fred was selected by P&G to work with Jin Au-Yeung (MC Jin) in the P&G advertisement which was aired 19 March 2014. Both commercial advertisements received good responses from the public. As a result, Fred was chosen to partner with Sisley Choi to appear in a new series of commercial with veteran TVB artistes such as Wu Fung and Law Lan in a new commercial for Wellcome. In the commercial Fred and Sisley Choi portray the younger versions of Wu Fung and Law Lan, an elderly couple.

On 15 September 2014 Cheng released his first album "Story of Panda". It reached number one on multiple sales charts within one week. On 1 November 2014 he held his first concert 'Welcome To My Dreams' at the Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre. On 5 September 2015, he held his second concert 'The Red Concert'. He held his first international concert in his hometown, Vancouver on 12 March 2018 and second in New York on 18 March 2018. He has mentioned in many interviews that his ambition is to have a world tour concert.

He is also currently studying an online music degree at Berklee College Of Music.

Achievements in The Voice of the Stars (VOS)Edit

Episodes Name of Songs & Scores
Episode 1 Song of Era by Eason Chan – 174.9 (Highest score)
Episode 2 Angels by Robbie Williams – 179.5 (Highest score)
Episode 3 Root of Love by Alan Tam – 175.6 (Highest Score)
Episode 4 If I Fell by The Beatles – 172.1 (Highest Score)
Episode 5 Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman – 185.6 (Highest Score)
Episode 6 & 7 Youth Song by Alfred Hui – 178.3 (Highest Score)
Episode 8 Trust by Jacky Cheung – 173.2 (2nd Highest)
Episode 9 Years Are Like A Song by Eason Chan – 169.2 (2nd Highest)
Episode 10 Come Together by The Beatles – 180.9 (Highest Score)
Episode 11 I Should by Jacky Cheung – 84.7 (3rd Highest)
Episode 12 Crazy Little Thing Called Love by the rock band Queen - 97.0 (Highest Score)
Episode 13 Chase by Leslie Cheung
* Champion of 2013 Voice of Stars
* Professional Performance Award (161,046.00 votes)

Drama songsEdit

Year Song Drama Type
2013 Two Words (duet with Kristal Tin) Return of the Silver Tongue theme
2014 Challenge The Ultimate Addiction theme
Way Back Home Ghost Dragon of Cold Mountain theme
Place Overachievers sub
Surrender ending
Rebel Officer Geomancer theme
2015 Walk With Love Come Home Love 2 theme
Sailing Captain of Destiny theme
2016 Line Of Fire My Dangerous Mafia Retirement Plan theme
2017 Lost Destination Nowhere ending
The End Of The World Provocateur ending
With All My Heart (duet with Stephanie Ho) Married But Available theme
The Night You Leave My Dearly Sinful Mind ending
Payback Bet Hur theme
Conquer A General, a Scholar and a Eunuch theme
2018 Turn Over Daddy Cool theme

Songs with other artistsEdit

  • 2013 TVB 46th Anniversary Celebration Theme Song - "Always Getting Better"[citation needed]
  • 2014 FIFA World Cup Theme Song - "We Are the Only One" (Various Artists Chorus)
  • 2014 TVB J2 Channel Song - "Vibrant Heart"

AwardsEdit

Jade Solid Gold Top 10 AwardsEdit

The Jade Solid Gold Songs Awards Ceremony(十大勁歌金曲頒獎典禮) is held annually in Hong Kong since 1984. The awards are based on Jade Solid Gold show on TVB.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2014 Jade Solid Gold 1st Half Season Selection 2014 - Top 20 Best Songs - "Nobody"
Won
Jade Solid Gold 2nd Half Season Selection 2014 - Top 20 Best Songs - "Panda"
Won

Hong Kong TVB8 AwardsEdit

The Hong Kong TVB8 Awards (Chinese: TVB8金曲榜頒獎) are given annually by TVB8, since 1999, a Mandarin television network operated by Television Broadcasts Limited.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2014 TVB8 Awards Presentation 2014 - Top 10 Best Songs - "Panda" (Mandarin)
Won
- Best Newcomer
Gold

TVB Star Awards 2014Edit

TVB Star Awards Malaysia (Traditional Chinese: TVB 馬來西亞星光薈萃頒獎典禮), organised by TVB to present awards to actors and actresses for their achievements.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2014 TVB Malaysia Star Awards 2014 - Malaysia Most Rising Star
Won

Commercial Radio Hong Kong Ultimate Song Chart AwardsEdit

The Ultimate Song Chart Awards Presentation (叱咤樂壇流行榜頒獎典禮) is a cantopop award ceremony from one of the famous channel in Commercial Radio Hong Kong known as Ultimate 903 (FM 90.3). Unlike other cantopop award ceremonies, this one is judged based on the popularity of the song/artist on the actual radio show.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2015 Commercial Radio Billboard Ultimate Music Awards 2014 - Best Newcomer
Bronze

RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs AwardsEdit

The RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards Ceremony(zh:十大中文金曲頒獎音樂會) is held annually in Hong Kong since 1978. The awards are determined by Radio and Television Hong Kong based on the work of all Asian artists (mostly cantopop) for the previous year.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2015 37th Top Ten Chinese Gold Songs Awards 2014 - The Most Promising Newcomer
Gold

Metro Showbiz Hit AwardsEdit

The Metro Showbiz Hit Awards (新城勁爆頒獎禮) is held in Hong Kong annually by Metro Showbiz radio station. It focus mostly in cantopop music.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2014 Metro Music World Hit Awards 2014 - Ultimate Best Newcomer Male
- Ultimate Best Newcomer of the Year
- Metro Radio Original Song "Panda"
Won
2015 Metro Radio Station Children's Songs Awards 2014 - Top Ten Song "Nobody"
- Best Song "Nobody"
Won

Metro Radio Mandarin Music AwardsEdit

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2014 Metro Music Mandarin Hit Awards 2014 - Ultimate Newcomer, Hong Kong
Won

IFPI Hong Kong Sales AwardsEdit

IFPI Awards is given to artists base on the sales in Hong Kong at the end of the year.

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2015 IFPI Awards Presentation 2014 - Top Selling Cantonese Album
- Best Selling Male Newcomer Album
- Top Ten Digital Single Sale - "Panda"
Won

Other awardsEdit

Year Award Programme Name of Award Result
2013 Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards Ceremony 2013 King of Popularity 2013
Won by 1,000,625 votes
Sexiest Man Alive in China 2013
(Organized by Jaynestars.com)
The Most Sexiest Man Alive in China 2013
Won by 5,483 votes (22%)
2014 Sina Weibo Awards Presentation 2013 Weibo Newcomer Award
Won
Yahoo Asia Buzz Awards Ceremony 2014 Music New Force Award 2014
Won
Music Pioneer Billboard Annual Awards Ceremony 2014 Pioneer Best Newcomer, Hong Kong
Won
10th Global Chinese Music Festival Ultimate Newcomer 2014
Won

FilmographyEdit

Television dramasEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2005 My Family Director's assistant
Love Bond Kei Chung-ming
The Academy Miki's friend
The Gentle Crackdown Siu Chuen
The Herbalist's Manual (extra)
Women on the Run (extra)
Life Made Simple Student
The Charm Beneath Ning Tin-long
When Rules Turn Loose Chung Ka-ming
Guts of Man (extra)
Riches and Stitches (extra)
2006 Forensic Heroes Leung Siu-gong Supporting Role
The Master of Tai Chi Siu Kwong
Welcome to the House DHL employee
2007 The Brink of Law Nurse
Ten Brothers Photographer
On the First Beat Chiu Tai-lui
The Green Grass of Home Danny
Fathers and Sons Law Tin-fu
The Ultimate Crime Fighter CID
The Building Blocks of Life Alan
Survivor's Law II Forensic pathologist
2008 Forensic Heroes II Leung Siu-gong Supporting Role
When Easterly Showers Fall On The Sunny West Trickster
2008-2009 Pages of Treasures Yuen Yat-hei
2009 Off Pedder David Yeung Episodes 126 & 127
The Threshold of a Persona Gary Lam Ying-tin
E.U. Chiu Tai-lui
A Watchdog's Tale Kwok Wing
2010 Cupid Stupid Samuel Mak Chiu-jun
When Lanes Merge Alex Cheung Yiu-ming
Ghost Writer Sung Chuen
Mysteries of Love Hui Jun-bong Episodes 16 & 17
Can't Buy Me Love Wing On
Some Day Jun Jai
2011 Relic of an Emissary Lau Chung-leung
Yes, Sir. Sorry, Sir! Cheung Hau-ming Episodes 9, 11
Only You Heung Wai-ho Episodes 20 & 21
Grace Under Fire Ma Sum
Gloves Come Off Liu Fat
The Life and Times of a Sentinel Bugino Yan-jaak
River of Wine Shun
Til Love Do Us Lie Guitarist Episode 75
When Heaven Burns Guitarist and vocalist
2012 The Greatness of a Hero Cho-hon Episodes 4 & 5
Three Kingdoms RPG (extra)
The Confidant Lee Wing-ling
2012-2013 Missing You Sam Yeung Hok-lai Episodes 13, 16-20
2013 The Day of Days Kwok Chi-him Guest star
Beauty at War Master Leung Guest star
Karma Rider Sai Chui
Triumph in the Skies II Water Yau Tin-hing Cameo Appearance
2013-2014 Return of the Silver Tongue Choi Dor-wah Performed theme song with Kristal Tin – "兩句" (Two Words)
2014 Ruse of Engagement Eric Lee Kam
Swipe Tap Love Background singer Cameo Appearance
Come On Cousin! Fred Cheng Guest Appearance
Overachievers Happy Ko Minor Supporting Role
2014-2015 Officer Geomancer Che Kwai Kwan Minor Supporting Role
2017 Provocateur Ringo Poon Siu-kit Main role
Filming Forensic Heroes IV Major Supporting Role

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "《星夢傳奇》鄭俊弘成雙料冠軍 亞軍鄭世豪". IHKTV (in Chinese). 13 October 2013. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  2. ^ 2001全球華人新秀歌唱大賽 (in Chinese). Television Broadcasts Limited. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Fred Cheng to be first Voice Entertainment artiste to release new album". HK Yahoo! News (in Chinese). 16 November 2013. Retrieved 18 December 2013.

External linksEdit

  1. Fred Cheng’s Weibo [1]