|2007 has been a wonderful year for us at Wedding
Harmony. Despite the challenges of time and resources, we have managed
to propel ourselves forward in developing the creative wedding music
industry, as well as further strengthening our commitment in bringing
top quality music performances to weddings.
For the period April 2006 – December 2007, we performed in
70 weddings and wrote 36 original wedding songs (of which 5 were
tribute songs written by wedding couples for their parents).
Original wedding songs
36 original songs is by no means a small achievement – that
is enough songs for 3 commercial albums! In this aspect, I must extend
my sincere gratitude to our 2 close friends and professionals in the
music industry – Charles from Two Rooms studio for his unwavering
support and Chris G for his expertise in vocal recording.
We are also extremely honoured to be able to write 5 songs of tribute
for couples, dedicated to their parents. Nothing is more touching
and meaningful than a gesture like this on a wedding day –
a display of love for our parents.
Wedding Day Performances
The bulk of our 70 wedding performances were done with our Harmony
in Concert group which consists of either 5-piece or 6-piece music
groups complete with professional sound crew and engineering support
Instead of clinching multiple performances using
small sub-groups, our vision is firmly set on bringing as much high
quality concert-styled music to weddings. We believe this distinguishes
us from other groups.
The challenge in putting up concert groups is always
apparent – the higher costs, increased demands on logistics,
and the simple fact that it is harder to find 6 top notch musicians
than to find 2.
The response has been awesome, and we are excited
about bringing even more vibrant music to our wedding couples in
Wedding Harmony continues to attract discerning couples who insist
on nothing short of the best in terms of wedding music. Mature,
professional and classy, we seek to add a sense of occasion to all
weddings. Be it in a cosy lounge or a grand ballroom, ensuring good
music has been our philosophy.
As demand for our original song services picks up,
we are careful to maintain our creative standards and niche positioning.
It is a fine balance between over-doing and under-doing original
songs. On one hand, we wish that as many weddings can be graced
with our music, but on the other, we certainly recognise that many
couples come to us for original music simply because they desire
an extravagance that sets their wedding apart; something that their
family and friends will talk about for years to come, something
that even other wedding couples will talk about.
Our New Look for 2008
We have spent considerable time and thought in re-designing our
website for 2008. Replacing the previous warm and cosy website,
viewers are now treated to a display of striking colours and brilliant
pictures, set against a backdrop of an opulent, powerful and emotional
mood. This is firmly in line with our corporate vision – strength
in depth, vibrancy in delivery, and exclusivity in ownership. Engaging
Wedding Harmony must remain the benchmark for a uniquely special
and memorable musical experience.
Lorraine in Original Love Stories: Vol
Work on our 2nd album is in full swing and we expect a launch date
not too far in the future. It will feature a collection of some
of our works in 2007. Some songs will be brought forward to Vol.
3, which we hope will materialise in 2009.
What makes the music of Wedding Harmony
Music is always about melodies and voices. The cornerstone of our
sound has been in the crystal clear and soothing vocals of Lorraine
and the warm and textured tone of Lizhang. The strong instrumental
fundamentals provided by Ruth (keyboards piano), Micah (bass), Fabian
(saxophone) give the support. (I would like to believe my supporting
role as drummer helps!)
I remember vividly the day a guest came to us and
said “it has been a long time since I heard such good music”.
Flattered as we were, it further cements my belief that music is
in every one of our hearts – beating in tandem with our spirits,
our feelings, our thoughts. I also like to believe that good music
can move people, and through our music, we can bring joy and peace
to those who lend us their listening ears.
In this regard, we are reluctant to become a “wedding
band co-ordinator”, and over committing ourselves such that
we need to outsource our services to other vocalists or musicians.
Good as they may be, but if they are not synchronous with the musical
identity of our company, I would rather not make the commitment
to our couples.
I would also like to thank a few friends who have
helped us put together a second concert group on 2 occasions last
year - Juliet (vocals), Du Xin (vocals), Victor (bass), Luke (drums),
Mei Mei (keyboards) and Mitch (keyboards).
It really is of no meaning to me to have 30 musicians
and 10 vocalists performing in several hundred weddings a year.
That is not, and will never be, the philosophy of Wedding Harmony.
We value each and every one of our team as an asset
to our growth and identity, and like any good football team –
playing together and sticking to a constant formula is the best
method of ensuring our music will only get better and better. Our
strength is in depth, not in numbers. Because fine things I do realise,
are truly hard to find.
Perhaps, this is what sets us apart. And in my capacity
as Music Director, I hope to pursue this dream so that couples who
come to us will continue to enjoy a performance of unsurpassed quality
on their wedding day.
A big thank you to all our wedding couples, because
without their support, we would not be where we are today.
Cheers to a wonderful 2008!
Wedding Harmony Pte Ltd