Wing Han Tsang (Chinese: 曾咏韓; pinyin: Zēng Yǒnghán; b. 1960), popularly known simply as Wing, is a New Zealand singer of Chinese origin. She is known for her unique singing style, which has drawn comparisons to Florence Foster Jenkins and Mrs. Miller. She is an example of outsider music.
Wing Han Tsang
c. 1960 (age 58–59)
|Instruments||Vocals, electronic keyboard|
Having taken up singing as a hobby after immigrating to New Zealand, Wing gained an audience by entertaining patients at nursing homes and hospitals in and around Auckland. This prompted suggestions that she release a CD; the result was a debut titled Phantom of the Opera, featuring the title song from the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, and a selection of other popular tunes to the accompaniment of a programmed electronic keyboard.
She has appeared on such shows as SportsCafe and Rove Live. She guest starred on South Park in an episode named after her that was first broadcast in March 2005. On the DVD commentary for this episode, series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone explain that she had to approve her cartoon likeness before allowing her music to be used. Parker also says he received a letter of thanks from her for the sales boost she enjoyed as a result of the episode.
On 11 May 2008, she performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend, singing versions of ABBA's "Dancing Queen" and "Mamma Mia" and Elton John's "Candle in the Wind". DJ Scott Mills, who had played Wing during his Radio 1 drivetime shows, had to personally pay to fly her over so she could sing at the festival, in Maidstone.
Wing toured the United States in the fall of 2009. On 25–26 October 2009, she appeared at the Birdland Jazz Club in New York City. On 2 November 2009, she performed at RAZZ[where?] in San Francisco.
In 2015, Wing announced that she retired from the musical business via her official website.
- Phantom of the Opera
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- The Sound of Music and the Prayer
- Wing Sings The Carpenters
- Wing Sings All Your Favourites
- Everyone Sings Carols with Wing
- Wing Sings the Songs You Love
- Beatles Classics by Wing
- Dancing Queen by Wing
- Wing Sings Elvis
- One Voice
- Too Much Heaven
- Wing Sings For All The Single Ladies And Raps For All The Safe Parties
- Television Radio Heroes (2012)
- Carols – rap and sing a beautiful Christmas (5 songs)
- Beat It (4 songs)
- Stop The Nonsense (featuring Rappy McRapperson) (4 songs)
- Wing Sings More AC/DC (4 songs)
- Wing Sings AC/DC
- Safe Computer (featuring Rappy McRapperson)
- Santa Claus on a Helicopter
- "Wing wows New York's Birdland Jazz Club". TVNZ. ONE News/NZPA. 27 October 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "5 People Who Became Famous By Singing Badly". 12 August 2016. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- "Joy Behar New Year's Eve Live: with special Guest: Wing". SFStation.com: SF Station. December 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- ""wing sings" – YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- Wing, a SXSW 2008 Showcasing Artist Archived 2008-03-31 at the Wayback Machine from the SXSW website (includes an MP3 of her cover of AC/DC's "Hell's Bells")
- Mills, Scott. "Wing the UK" Archived 2010-02-16 at the Wayback Machine #1, BBC Radio 1, accessed June 3, 2011.
- "Wing Music – Official Web Site". Archived from the original on 30 January 2011. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
- "Scott Mills: Wing in the UK Archived 2010-11-14 at the Wayback Machine" #12, BBC.co.uk: Radio 1, accessed 09:16, 10 August 2011 (UTC).
- International performances Archived 2005-03-25 at the Wayback Machine, Wing Music, accessed June 3, 2011.[dead link]