Joel Tan will officially be retiring Gentle Bones.
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The surprising announcement was shared on the singer-songwriter's Instagram, followed by what is now the “last ever concert” under the Gentle Bones moniker, on 22 July at the Marina Bay Sands Theatre. The event was done for charity, in collaboration with the RHT Rajan Menon Foundation, and Singapore stars who have collaborated with Joel such as JJ Lin, Charlie Lim, Linying, and Tay Kewei made appearances at the show.
In the Instagram post, the artist looked back at the project’s beginnings, and how far it has come since his Youtube acoustic cover days in 2010. Since then, the artist has released several noteworthy projects, including a full-length album, collaborations with local artists like MYRNE, Benjamin Kheng and most recently, a duo project EP with lullaboy titled ‘Bones & The Boy'.
Joel also founded Yung Lee Records in 2020, through which he released Gentle Bones' recent music, as well as collaborations and projects by Dru Chen. Through all that he's done, Gentle Bones became a mainstay icon in the Singaporean pop music scene in the little more than a decade that his career has spanned.
Joel confirmed that after 2022, Gentle Bones “will no longer be performing or participating in any activities locally”, as he thanked concert attendees, listeners, concert organisisers and the guest-of-honor Minister Edwin Tong.
Fans of the act can take solace in the star re-assuring that there’ll “still be more music to be made”, as Joel enters a new era of his music.