Friday, April 23, 2010

Olivia Ong - Little Nyonya Makes It Big In Japan

Above You Tube video from: nytatai

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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!

Image: Google
Information/ Video: Wikepedia/YouTube/Yahoo
Original Article: Andy Lim.


Teoh said...

I have just listened to Olivia Ong's listed at the side-bar. Beautiful voice.

Singapore Got Talent!

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks BC. I never knew about Olivia Ong until a well-known 60s music DJ Larry Lai sent me an article about her.

The attraction for me is that this pretty young lady can sing 60s music with much feelings and flavour.

Teoh said...

Andy, this singer reminds me of another young female Singapore singer, Corrinne May, who wrote and sang her own songs.

I own Corrinne May's album, Fly Away, and I love this album very much.

You can listen to Corrinne May's songs from her website,

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Thanks BC,
I shall certainly look her up. We need to support these young people who have many years ahead of them to showcase their talents.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for writing about our generation.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

This posting has been updated today, the 3rd of August, 2012.

Olivia's You Tube video is only temporary and will be removed after National Day 2012.

Hers is one of the most popular postings on this blog. I have put it up because she sings 60s music too.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Olivia Ong sings this year's National Day song, "Love At First Light."

Lots of sweetness and goodness as she shares the stage with Natanya Tan.

But I feel the lyrics is too full of cliches. We need an imaginative soul to think of next year's song.