Biography

Multi-talented Dick Lee has firmly established himself as a performer and composer, often recognised through his works as the spokesperson for the New Asian generation.

The Dick Lee phenomenon started in 1971 when, at age 15, Dick participated in various talent contests with the group, Harmony, and Dick and the Gang (teaming with his siblings). His first album, LIFE STORY, feauring his own compositions, was released in 1974.

Throughout the 70s and 80s, Dick championed the inclusion of Asian elements in pop music. His pioneering album, LIFE IN THE LION CITY (1984), won acclaim for just that but the album that shot him to regional prominence was his 1989 release, THE MAD CHINAMAN, which achieved platinum status in Singapore for 3 months.

In 1990 Dick moved to Japan where he continued to develop the new Asian identity through his solo work, as well as collaborate with top Asian artistes like Sandy Lam from Hong Kong and Japanese group Zoo. He has to date, written countless songs for the top singing talents in Asia including Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng, Anita Mui, Miyazawa of the Boom and Stephanie Sun amongst others.

The song he is proudest of writing is one of Singapore’s most popular national songs, HOME, composed in 1997, and sung by all Singaporeans to this day, being unofficially chosen as the song that represents Singapore most. Besides HOME, Dick has written two other songs for National Day: WE WILL GET THERE, and SG50’s signature song, OUR SINGAPORE.

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Projects
Musicals

  • Beauty World (1988)
  • Fried Rice Paradise (1991)
  • Nagraland (1992)
  • Mortal Sins (1993)
  • Hong Kong Rhapsody (1993)
  • Kampong Amber (1994)
  • Fantasia (1994)
  • Sing to the Dawn (1996)
  • Hotpants (1997)
  • Snow.Wolf.Lake (1998)
  • Remix (2002)
  • Man of letters (NUS Commission 2006)
  • Puteri Gunung Ledang (2006)
  • P.Ramlee The Musical (2008)
  • Fried Rice Paradise (PA Commision 2010)
  • Forbidden City (2013)
Fashion

  • Midteen
  • Carrie Models
  • Ping Pong
  • Celia Loe
  • Island Shop
  • Tangs
  • Female Magazine (1986)
  • Society of Designing Arts (SODA)
  • Hemispheres (1986)
  • BEAUTY KINGS
  • Family Trilogy, Rising Son
Others

  • Runway Productions
  • Fashion Connections
  • Singapore Fashion Week
  • Music & Movement
  • Boom Boom Room
  • Dick Lee’s Sunshine Project
  • Singapore Idol
  • Singapore Pop Orchestra
  • "Imperfect Memory"
  • Dick Lee Concepts
  • Dancing Crab
  • Dick Lee Entertainment
Awards
1995
  • Perfect 10, The Perfect 10 Music Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in the Singapore Music scene
  • Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Original Movie Theme Song in the 1994 film, “She’s A Man, He’s A Woman” ( 《金枝玉葉》) for (《追》)Search of myLife
1998
  • Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) Award, Top Local English Pop Song
  • Composers and Authors Society of Singapore (COMPASS) Award, Top Local Composer fo the Year
1999
  • Hong Kong Film Awards, Best Original Movie Theme Song in the 1998 film, “City of Glass” ( 《玻璃之城》) for ( 《今生不再》)
  • COMPASS, Composer of the Year Awards
2003
  • COMPASS, Composer of the Year Awards
2003
  • Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize- Arts & Culture Prize
2004
  • Compass Award for Best Malay Pop Song “Sandarkan” LIFE! Theatre Awards, Best Music for “Forbidden City”
2005
  • Singapore Cultural Medallion
  • COMPASS, Composer of the Year Awards
2006
  • Community Chest Silver Award for Individual Fund-raiser
  • COMPASS, Composer of the Year Awards
2007
  • Boh Cameronian Arts Award, Best Music for “Puteri Gunung Ledang”
2008
  • Boh Cameronian Arts Award, Best Music for “P.Ramlee the Musical”
  • Community Chest Silver Award for Individual Fund-raiser
2009
  • COMPASS Wings of Excelence Award
  • COMPASS Award for Top Local English Pop Song
2010
  • Singapore Tatler Leadership Award for Culture Community Chest Bronze Award for Individual Fund-raiser
2011
  • Elle Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award Community Chest Bronze Award
2012
  • COMPASS Award for Top Local English Pop Song
2013
  • COMPASS Award for Top Local English Pop Song
  • Named a Steinway Artist by Steinway & Sons.
2014
  • COMPASS Award for Top Local English Pop Song
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