Đông Nhi

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Đông Nhi
Background information
Birth name Mai Hồng Ngọc
Born (1988-10-13) 13 October 1988 (age 29)
Hanoi, Vietnam
Origin Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Genres V-pop
Occupation(s) Singer
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels 6th Sense Entertainment JSC

Mai Hồng Ngọc (born 13 October 1988), better known by her stage name Đông Nhi, is a Vietnamese singer.[1] She studied at the Marie Curie High School, Ho Chi Minh City.

Life and career[edit]

1988–2007: Early life and career[edit]

Mai Hồng Ngọc was born in Hanoi but her family moved to Ho Chi Minh City when she was 2 years old. Đông Nhi developed her music ability at a young age, and won many awards in high school.[citation needed] Đông Nhi enrolled as a student at Ho Chi Minh National University, but left to pursue her a career in music. Đông Nhi failed at many singing contests like Vietnam Idol, before officially being signed to be a singer for a recording company. She was dropped after a few months.

2008–2011: First singles and success[edit]

In 2008, Đông Nhi independently released her first single, "Khóc" (Cry). The song became a minor hit which helped her to become known and later get signed to Tinu Production Company. She began making teen-pop songs and achieved much success. Some noticeable songs from Nhi at this time include "Khóc", "Bối Rối", "Bí Mật Của Hạnh Phúc", "Lời Thú Tội Ngọt Ngào",... She also starred in a few movies and films like Giải cứu thần chết, Thứ ba học trò, Công chúa teen và ngũ hổ tướng.

Nhi announced her hiatus from music in 2009. She eventually returned with her official debut album, The First Step, which won a prize on HTV Favorite Albums. The album also reached the top 10 on Zing Music Awards. The same year, Đông Nhi song "Từng Thuộc Về Nhau" became a big hit and received positive reviews from the social media.

In September 2011, Đông Nhi released the EP The Singer, collaborated with many popular musician of Vietnam. She then won Zing Music Awards' prize for the Best Female Singer, and the EP The Singer made it to the top 10 Album of the Year.

2012–2013: Getting more public recognition[edit]

In 2012, Đông Nhi debuted her MV Sau Mỗi Giấc Mơ, which featured 80% of scenes underwater. The song and music video topped many music charts of Vietnam and gained her another award for "Favorited Female Singer" of the Zing Music Awards. In 2013, her music video Tìm Về was the first in Vietnam that featured 3D scenes and technology.

2014–2015: I Wanna Dance and The Remix[edit]

In 2014, Đông Nhi released her second album I Wanna Dance, featuring pop-electronic songs like I Wanna Dance, Bad Boy. The album's lead single, I Wanna Dance, topped many music charts in Vietnam as well as China, Spain... and won "Favorite Pop- Electronic Song" of Zing Music Awards 2014. Đông Nhi also won the Favorite Female Singer award for the 4th time.

In early 2015, she competed in the first season of The Remix, a contest between popular singers which focused on renewing and remixing songs. Đông Nhi eventually won the competition after weeks leading the votes. Đông Nhi was praised for her consistent performances throughout the show.

On December 2, 2015, Đông Nhi became the youngest Vietmanese singer to win an award of Mnet Asian Music Awards.

2016–present: The Voice Kids, first liveshow and The Voice of Vietnam[edit]

On April 8, 2016, Đông Nhi confirmed to team up with her boyfriend Ông Cao Thắng to become a duo of coaches in the fourth season of The Voice Kids of Vietnam. Đông Nhi and Ông Cao Thắng's final team member Trịnh Nhật Minh won the show, making her the winning mentor. In January 3, 2017 Đông Nhi confirmed to join The Voice of Vietnam as a solo coach for its 4th season, alongside Thu Minh, Tóc Tiên and The Voice Kids fellow coach Noo Phước Thịnh.

On October 2, 2016 Đông Nhi had her first liveshow in 8 years, called It's Showtime - Dệt Giấc Mơ Bay. On November 6, 2016, she became the Best Asian Artist of MTV EMA 2016.