Pastor’s song a world number one hit

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 04 Jun 2006

IT is a rare achievement for a Malaysian songwriter to have a world No.1 hit, but that is what Chan Kok Beng has managed to do with his song Daddy, You’re My Hero (Father’s Day Song).  

The track reached the top position on the Pop–Contemporary Christian Chart section of international music website SoundClick last Friday, much to Chan’s delight. 

Chan was inspired by a story in The Star years ago.

“I certainly didn’t expect this,” said the 60-year old pastor from Penang, who had both his kidneys removed in 2003 after the renal failure he was suffering from became life threatening.  

“I wrote this song for Father’s Day some years back, after reading a story in The Star about children dedicating their writing to their fathers.  

“We tend to celebrate Mother’s Day on a large scale but not so much about the fathers in our lives, so I decided to write a song for them.” 

The song, which was written in 2002, took Chan only half an hour to compose.  

“It was written on the morning of Father's Day, and the lyrics include some of the children’s words contained in the story.  

“Ever since it has been on the SoundClick site, people from all over the world have been writing in, saying how the song had touched their lives. I’m glad that it means so much to them.” 

Chan is not the only Malaysian composer-performer on SoundClick.  

Many other Malaysians also showcase their works on the site, which is seen as a premier destination for many music communities and artistes to display their original works.  

Statistics taken from the SoundClick site list a repository of 1,748,913 songs in total, with 250,362 accepted bands and 2,166,466 verified members. More than 400,000 unique users visit the site daily. 

The track’s climb to the No.1 position is special indeed, because it is only the third Malaysian composition to have achieved that ranking.  

“It is great that Malaysians are able to showcase their music on SoundClick. If anything, it will encourage them to try and achieve more musically. 

“Previously, there have been few outlets to do so or not enough encouragement to spur them on,” Chan said.  

“I’ll continue to compose as long as the songs come and what I do means something to people,” he added. 

To listen to the song, go to ChartsSub.cfm?Genre=Pop&Subgenre=128

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