Steven Liu Wen Zheng

Profile:
Liu Wen Zheng (Traditional Chinese 劉文正; Simplified Chinese 刘文正; Cantonese: Lau Man-ching; Mandarin pinyin: Liú wénzhèng, born 12 November 1952) is a former Taiwanese celebrity.

Liu is the youngest son of a well to do family and a favorite of his mother. He had initially planned to follow the path of his siblings, a brother and two sisters, to further his education overseas after college. However, this was shelved after he won the singing contest which led to a contract with the Taiwan TV station, Tai Shi at the age of 17.

Liu first started performing with his band - Zheng Wu in Xu Hui Zhong Xue, a Catholic school he attended. According to Liu, his interest in music was encouraged by a priest who was a fan of pop music there.

His first album Nuo Yen (The Promise), released in 1975, launched his singing career when it became an instant hit. Liu’s path to super-stardom was smooth, due to his distinctive vocal styles and good looks. Early in his career, he often wore a white scarf when performing and this evolved into his signature look.

He won the prestigious Jing Zhong Jiang for Best Male Singer three times, in the year 1980, 82 and 83. At the height of his career, Liu commanded an appearance fee of NT$240,000 per night. He released close to 40 albums and acted in over a dozen movies,[1] in which he co-starred with some of the most popular female actresses like Brigitte Lin, Shirley Lu and Sylvia Chang.

In 1983, the then 30-year old Liu announced unexpectedly that he would give up the limelight and focus on developing his career backstage. In numerous interviews, Liu explained that he could see no further breakthroughs and wished to retire at the peak of his career. He wanted to expand his horizons and not limit a lifetime to entertainment business.

He subsequently set up a production company "Fei Ying" to groom young talents but the company was wound up in 1991 when he immigrated to the United States.

In 1991, he consented to a rare phone interview with a Singapore radio station during which the usually private Liu talked briefly about his personal life. He described his childhood as happy and himself as an easy going and optimistic child who was quite oblivious to his future career as a singer as he had no interest in music till he was in college. As to why he remained unmarried, Liu attributed it to his independent character and a reluctance to settle down. He felt that a long term relationship required a level of commitment and responsibility that were difficult to maintain in the entertainment industry. Despite his then 30 odd years, he felt that he has yet to achieve a level of maturity necessary to play the role of a husband and father. Asked if it was due to that fact that he loved himself so well that he did not require love from another, he laughingly replied, "It appears to be a little problem there"

Though Liu is known for his glamourous image, he revealed that the glittering outfits and flashy stage performances were part of the deliverables as a celebrity. Now retired from show biz, he confessed to a preference for comfortable and simple clothes. His taste for food is also undemanding and is happy with a bowl of Zha Jiang Mien and dumplings. His first love is travel, especially to big, modern cities that offer arts and culture like New York and Tokyo. He once said that he doesn't like staying in hotels when he travels and his dream is to have a "small apartment in every city I love".

Despite his superstar status, Liu maintains an impeccable reputation in the entertainment industry. Insiders describe him as gentlemanly, quiet and reserved off stage.

Liu now resides in New York. He is said to be a savvy property investor with assets spanning many countries. He has no plans to return to show business.
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Albums

KL-1126 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 閃亮的日子 album art 劉文正* 閃亮的日子 (Album) Kolin KL-1126 Taiwan 1977 Sell This Version
TONY LP-57 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 台北77 = Taipei 77 album art 尤雅*鳳飛飛*劉文正*蕭孋珠*劉家昌 尤雅*鳳飛飛*劉文正*蕭孋珠*劉家昌 - 台北77 = Taipei 77(LP, Album) Tony Wong TONY LP-57 Singapore & Malaysia 1977 Sell This Version
TONY LP-457A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 蘭花草 album art 劉文正* 蘭花草 Tony Wong TONY LP-457A Singapore 1979 Sell This Version
TONY-478A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 阿美!阿美!外婆的澎湖灣 電動玩具 album art 劉文正* 阿美!阿美!外婆的澎湖灣 電動玩具 (Album) Tony Wong TONY-478A Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1980 Sell This Version
TONY LP-497A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 俏姑娘 album art 刘文正* 俏姑娘(LP, Album) Tony Wong TONY LP-497A Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1980 Sell This Version
36746858 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 刘文正 金曲 album art Liu Wen Cheng* 刘文正 金曲(LP, Album) TONY 東尼機構 36746858 Singapore 1980 Sell This Version
TONY LP-598A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 西洋譯曲精粹 album art 劉文正* 西洋譯曲精粹(LP, Album) TONY 東尼機構 TONY LP-598A Singapore 1981 Sell This Version
TONY LP-604A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 卻上心頭 album art 劉文正* 卻上心頭(LP, Album) TONY 東尼機構 TONY LP-604A Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1981 Sell This Version
TONY LP-546A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 三月裡的小雨 album art 劉文正* 三月裡的小雨(LP, Album) Tony Wong TONY LP-546A Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1981 Sell This Version
TONY-LP-014 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 卻上心頭  album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng 卻上心頭 (LP, Album) TONY 東尼機構 TONY-LP-014 Taiwan 1981 Sell This Version
TONY LP-664 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 浮雲遊子 / 憶童年 album art 劉文正* 浮雲遊子 / 憶童年(LP, Album) TONY 東尼機構 TONY LP-664 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1982 Sell This Version
811 042-1 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 太陽一樣 album art Liu Wen Jeng* 太陽一樣 (Album) Philips 811 042-1 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1983 Sell This Version
HR-1010 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - Dan Shen Han album art 劉文正* Dan Shen Han(LP) PolyGram, Himalaya Records HR-1010 Taiwan 1983 Sell This Version
NSR 52657-2 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 秋蟬 album art 劉文正* 秋蟬 (Album) New Southern Records Sdn Bhd NSR 52657-2 Singapore & Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
NSR 52654-2 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 風 album art 劉文正* (CD, Album) New Southern Records Sdn Bhd NSR 52654-2 Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
NSR 52644-2 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 阿美!阿美!外婆的澎湖灣 電動玩具 album art 劉文正* 阿美!阿美!外婆的澎湖灣 電動玩具(CD, Album) New Southern Records Sdn Bhd NSR 52644-2 Singapore, Malaysia & Hong Kong 1990 Sell This Version
NSR 52647-2 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 卻上心頭  album art 劉文正* 卻上心頭 (CD, Album) New Southern Records Sdn Bhd NSR 52647-2 Malaysia 1990 Sell This Version
TCD 263 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 恭喜恭喜 album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng, Tanny Tian Niu Steven Liu Wen Zheng, Tanny Tian Niu - 恭喜恭喜(CD, Album) Tony Wong Magnetic Media Pte Ltd. TCD 263 Singapore 2001 Sell This Version
CD Hall-0010 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 讓我告訴你 album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng 讓我告訴你(CD, Album) Tony Wong Magnetic Media Pte Ltd. CD Hall-0010 Singapore 2001 Sell This Version
KL 1064 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 門裡門外 album art 劉文正* 門裡門外(CD, Album) Kolin KL 1064 Singapore 2007 Sell This Version
KL-1177 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 情奔 album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng 情奔(CD, Album) Kolin-Denon Entertainment Inc. KL-1177 Singapore 2007 Sell This Version
KL 1065 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 曠野中的人 album art 劉文正* 曠野中的人(CD, Album) Kolin KL 1065 Singapore 2007 Sell This Version
TONY LP 390A Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 風 album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng (HDCD, Album) Tony Wong Magnetic Media Pte Ltd. TONY LP 390A Singapore 2011 Sell This Version
50098-2 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 她像個孩子 album art Steven Liu Wen Zheng 她像個孩子(CD, Album) Warner Music Singapore 50098-2 Singapore 2011 Sell This Version
KL 1047 Steven Liu Wen Zheng - 諾言 album art 劉文正* 諾言 (Album) Kolin KL 1047 Singapore 2007 Sell This Version