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Jason Jonathan Lo
27 April 1975
|Other names||Lo, J Lo|
|Alma mater||University of Hull|
|Occupation||Singer, musician, music producer, DJ, entrepreneur|
|Labels||Fat Boys Records|
Lo was born in Kuching, Sarawak, to a Chinese father and Irish mother. He was educated in Singapore and the United Kingdom. He graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc in Accounting, and then did an MBA in Finance at Webster Graduate School in London, before returning to Malaysia to pursue a career in the music industry.
In 1996, Lo recorded a ten-track demo in England with his band 'Sunday Man'. In 1997, he recorded another ten-track album with his renamed band 'Drop Circle'. In 1998, the band went their separate ways and Lo returned to Malaysia. His first Malaysian album, the self-financed Days Without Dawn, was released in Malaysia at the end of 1999. Since then, he has released two further albums – Firefighter (2002) and The Fall (2005).
Lo was the first Southeast Asian artist to reach the top 3 on Pepsi Top 20 international chart. His songs 'Evening News' and 'So Julie' were No. 1 on the Malaysian Top 10 for 7 and 5 weeks respectively. 'Evening News' was also included as a pre-loaded track on Creative Labs' original Creative NOMAD Jukebox for release in the US Lo's music videos have had regional airplay on both MTV Asia and Channel V. He has been a winner of the Asian People's Choice Award for Much Music Asia, and at the Malaysian MTV Music Video Awards. He has been nominated for six AIM Awards (local Malaysian music awards), and for MTV Viewers' Choice Awards. He has headlined live events in Malaysia, and also been an opening act for top international touring bands including Deep Purple, Good Charlotte and Big Country.
Lo is also the CEO of his own record label and event promotion company, Fat Boys Records. He has produced albums for Malaysian bands including Disagree and SingleTrackMind, and organised a series of successful concerts called 'Rock the World', which showcased Malaysian talent.
In 2006, Lo teamed-up with the Malaysian politician Khairy Jamaluddin (who he attended high school with in Singapore at the United World College of South East Asia) to produce the reality TV show MyTeam. The show, which was televised on TV3, brought together a squad of unknown soccer players selected at trials held around Malaysia to form a team to take on the Malaysian national football team in an exhibition match. The event drew much publicity, and MyTeam put up a creditable performance in losing 2–1 against the national side. MyTeam were invited to enter the Malaysian Premier League in 2007. The team merged with an existing club, Perak UPB FC, to form UPB-MyTeam FC, at which Khairy Jamaluddin became the President and Lo the Deputy President. After finishing runners-up in the Premier League in 2007, the club was promoted to the Malaysian Super League for the 2008 season. A second season of the show, MyTeam2, was broadcast in 2007
In December 2007, Lo was appointed the chief executive officer of Tune Talk, a no-frills mobile virtual network operator, owned by Tune Ventures Sdn Bhd, in which AirAsia Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes holds a 40% stake. He was later replaced by Ameen Amaedran Abdullah on 12 January 2018.
|Days Without Dawn (1999)|
|5.||"This Is Where I Live"|
|6.||"I'm Not There"|
|7.||"Days Without Dawn"|
|1.||"Grade 'A' Student"|
|3.||"Not My Problem"|
|6.||"Rise And Fall"|
|7.||"The End of the Universe"|
|10.||"Rock N' Roll"|
|The Fall (2005)|
|1.||"Feel No One"|
|2.||"Operator, the Line is Dead"|
|5.||"Do You have a Light?"|
|7.||"In My Way"|
- Lo's biggest hit is "Evening News" from the album, "Days Without Dawn". The album sold over 10,000 copies to date.
- Meanwhile, "The Fall" sold 5,000 copies despite rampant digital downloads.
Awards & accolades
- Sarawak Youth Icon and Sports Award 2011
- Youth Icon – Entrepreneurship
- Goh, T.E., Jeeva A. (4 December 2007). "Tune Talk, Celcom team up". Business Times. Archived from the original on 22 February 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
- "Local celebrity appointed Tune Talk CEO". The Edge Daily. 3 December 2007. Archived from the original on 19 February 2008. Retrieved 11 March 2008.
- "Jason Lo to whip up a storm with 'Hurricane'". thestar.com.my. 14 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
- "State News". bernama.com. 30 July 2012. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2017.