Kyo York from the US and Lee Kirby from the UK were highly applauded for their renditions of songs by the late famous songwriter Trinh Cong Son at a Hanoi show commemorating his death last Friday night.
Many among the audience said they were impressed by their sweet performance of the Vietnamese songs, which have attracted the interest of Vietnamese and foreigners alike, due to their profound lyrics about love and life.
The men also sang one song with Anh Tuyet, a leading Vietnamese female vocalist, at the show which was organized by the songwriter's family in conjunction with the Thanh Nien Media Corporation.
Kirby became popular in Vietnam when he posted videos of himself singing songs by Trinh Cong Son and others on YouTube back in 2004. He can sing more than 20 songs in Vietnamese but he has not learned enough of the language to speak fluently or make conversation.
"I have been lucky enough to taste Vietnamese food, to travel through your fantastic country, and through that journey, I had the great opportunity to obviously become closely connected to Vietnamese music," the faculty member of the London-based Ashbourne Independent College said during a Lunar New Year wish broadcast on YouTube in 2010.
Meanwhile, York fell in love with Trinh Cong Son's ballads after he traveled to Vietnam as a volunteer English teacher of children as part of a Princeton University program in 2009.