Formerly known as … Gentle Bones, his stage name will be retired by the end of the year, Entertainment News

SINGAPORE — Singaporean singer Joel Tan announced on Instagram that he will no longer perform as Gentle Bones and will retire the stage name by the end of 2022.

Gentle Bones is one of Singapore’s most popular local English pop artists. He was the second most streamed Singaporean artist on Spotify in 2021, behind Mandopop star JJ Lin.

Tan, 28, wrote that his performance at the Sands Theater in Marina Bay Sands on July 22 was his “last concert in Singapore”.

The charity show was a collaboration with the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, with proceeds going to organizations including Lions Befrienders Service Association Touch Community Services Limited and Dementia Singapore.

“I would be lying if I said that the successes that came with it hadn’t rubbed off on me ineffectively for all and so I think it’s time for me to no longer be involved in Singapore as Gentle Bones, a recording artist,” he wrote.

“By the end of the year, GB will no longer be performing or participating in any local activities, and I will be officially retiring from Gentle Bones in Singapore.”

Tan added that “there will be even more music to be made,” without giving further details. He also runs Yung Lee Records, a music company that released his music, as well as works by other singers such as Dru Chen.

Tan launched Gentle Bones as a YouTube channel in 2010, posting cover videos. In 2013, he released his hit Until We Die, and the following year, a first eponymous EP.

He has since racked up other hits such as I Can’t Know Better Than You (2018), which has 44.4 million streams on Spotify and 5.7 million views on YouTube.

In June, he released his latest EP, Bones & The Boy, featuring duets with Singapore-based singer-songwriter lullaboy.

MBS’ concert featured appearances from other local singers he has collaborated with in the past, including JJ Lin, Charlie Lim and Linying.

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