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TODAY'S NEWS/60's MUSIC:
Oo! Initials for a pretty package from our shore. The younger lot will know her. It's Olivia Ong, a Singapore Chinese, who's made it big singing the theme song, Like Swallows from one of the most successful TV drama from Media Corps called, The Little Nyonya. Together with two other Singaporean girls she is a member of a Japanese-Pop group called, Mirai. And they are a hit in the land of the rising sun.
Now what's her connection with 60s music? Looking at her repertoire, Ong sings evergreens like:
Fly Me To The Moon
Quiet Nights And Quiet Stars
Have I Told You Lately That I Love You Sometimes When We Touch
One Note Samba
Close To You
First Of May
My Favourite Things.
After Japan, she was in Taiwan and goes to Hong Kong and China to promote her English album Olivia in April and May. It has been tough going for her without her family around but ultimately persistence and hard work prevailed. She realised that it takes more than one song to make an artiste famous and that there are many more hurdles to face.
The information from Wikipedia describes her singing as "sultry, soulful, prestine and innocent" and that she's one of a "new wave of Singaporean talent exported internationally".
This young lady, who sings Bossa Nova in her debut album is only 24 years young. And she's been lucky to have a guitar master to tutor her on the instrument; he's one of Singapore 60s most reputable bass-guitarist, Henry Chua of The Quests.
Latest: July: 2012
Olivia Ong will sing the 2012 National Day Parade theme song, Love at First Light with 7 year old Chen Hui Yi. Countdown with Olivia to Singapore's 47th birthday!
Original Article: Andy Lim.