Asian Ed Sheeran: Fall in love with Lewis Loh, Hong Kong’s rising singer-songwriting star

There’s a common running joke that no matter what you do, there’ll always be someone in Asia who’ll do it better. That’s certainly known to be true in Hong Kong’s academia and finance fields, but that’s not all our city excels at. Although perhaps still in its infancy, Hong Kong’s music talent is not to be overlooked.

Meet Lewis Loh, a genuine Hong Kong up-and-comer, making gentle waves among the city’s young folk with his soothing self-written tunes and soulful covers. Check out his latest offering – we couldn’t tear our ears away from it.



Going simply by LEW, this 18-year-old student first discovered his voice aged 11 when he was cast for a solo performance in a production of The Lion King. Loh has worked hard on his own sound since then, and lists the likes of Ed Sheeran, Birdy and Passenger among the influences that helped develop his unique folk-indie style with an acoustic based foundation.

With dedication and a ‘practice makes perfect’ philosophy driving him along the way, LEW’s musical highlight so far was performing at Clockenflap 2013 in a duet with the internationally renowned Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt.

Despite being overrun with Cantopop and electronic dance music at present, Hong Kong will eventually embrace the indie-folk craze taking the Europe and the United States by storm, insists LEW.

“Right now, I feel like Hong Kong’s music scene is still quite closed, and younger potential musicians are not exposed to enough genres of music. However, I do believe that as time goes on, eventually, different kinds of music will flood into Hong Kong, especially since Hong Kong harbours such a multicultural society.”

However, like any other Hong Kong teenagers, LEW must consider the cost of chasing his dream.

“There’s always that complication between choosing a career path I’m passionate about, versus what will guarantee me a decent paying job. I want to continue singing and writing music and, if I do, I will most likely study music performance and writing in the US.”

If he does make it to the US, the Billboard Charts better watch out. This Hongkonger is surely heading for the top.

Be sure to check out his Facebook page, YouTube channel and Soundcloud!

Photo: Lauren Loh

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