Myra Molloy

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Myra Molloy
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Background information
Birth nameManeepat Myra Molloy
Born (1997-09-18) September 18, 1997 (age 22)
Bangkok, Thailand
GenresPop, classical crossover
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Websitehttp://www.myramolloy.com

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Maneepat Myra Molloy (Thai: มณีภัสสร มอลลอย; RTGSManiphatson; born 18 September 1997), nicknamed Myra (ไมร่า), is a Thai of American descent singer and actress, soprano, classical crossover and pop artist. In 2011 at age 13, Myra won the premier season of Thailand's Got Talent with her performances of a combination of cross-over classical and Broadway songs.[1] In August 2014 at age 16, she placed Top 6 on ABC television's Rising Star[2] USA.

Background[edit]

Myra was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and an American father. She has a younger sister, Nina. From an early age, Myra made frequent trips to New York City where she fell in love with Broadway. She was fascinated by The Phantom of the Opera, more than once standing through the entire performance with her $26 standing-room ticket. She still tries to attend every musical that she possibly can.[3]

Myra started playing violin when she was 5, later switching to the viola. She was a member of her school orchestra, as well as Senior and Chamber Choirs. Myra was the first vocal scholar at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok at age 9.[4]

Myra began singing lessons at age eight. After two months, her teacher entered her for her first singing contest, representing her school in a nationwide competition, and she won first place. Her father posted a clip of her performance on YouTube and it went viral, receiving 3,000,000 views and ranked fourth place in jazz globally in 2009. Myra went on to win several prestigious Thai music competitions including a prize from the Princess of Thailand.

In 2011 when Myra was 13, she decided to enter the first season of Thailand's Got Talent. A big fan of the show in the U.S. and the UK, she enthusiastically went to the Thai auditions only a few miles from her home. In the competition she sang Time to Say Goodbye, Think of Me, Pie Jesu, and the Thai pop song "Star".[5] Myra wowed Thai audiences winning the first season of Thailand's Got Talent and creating a national fascination with Western classical-crossover music. The founder of Bangkok Grand Opera said he opened his new production company based on the increased interest in Western classical music as a direct result of Myra's performances.[6]

Since winning the competition in 2011, Myra has performed regularly with the Siam Sinfonietta Orchestra and Bangkok Opera.[7] She regularly sings at major events including The Thai National Film Awards, The British Embassy Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, The Asia-Pacific ICT Awards, numerous music festivals and concerts, and regularly at corporate events for major international companies including Rolls Royce, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Shiseido and many more.[8]

Myra has performed in Paris,[9] China, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States singing in different languages including English, Thai, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Latin. She enjoys singing classical, pop, musicals and Jazz.

In 2012 she landed her first major theatrical role, playing the young Reya in Reya the Musical, based on a popular work of Thai fiction by Thaithow Sucharitkul, music by Somtow Sucharitkul. Every performance of the musical sold out.[10]

In late 2012, Myra sang from the audience at a David Foster concert in Bangkok, impressing him with her clear soprano voice.[11] Later in the concert David invited Myra on stage to sing a duet with tenor Fernando Varela. David auspiciously commented, "I'm sure I will be seeing a lot more of you." Then in April 2013 David invited Myra to perform with him in Malibu, California USA at the 65th anniversary of Israel.[12]

Deciding to pursue her singing and acting career more seriously, Myra decided to move to Los Angeles on July 4, 2013. Myra started her junior at Beverly Hills High School in August 2013. (She already received her high school diploma from her English school in Thailand.)

In March 2014, she saw the Rising Star open call on the web. Myra decided to apply online and went to the audition in Los Angeles on April 15. After her callback audition, she made it to the final 32 contestants and was one of the 10 performers on the premiere episode of Rising Star on ABC on June 22, 2014. Myra placed sixth in Season 1 of Rising Star on August 17, 2014 at age 16.

Myra has performed for Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York (December 2015) and in the New Year countdown at Wat Arun in Bangkok Thailand (2015–16). Concerts include A Magical Night with Andrea Bocelli (2015), singing with Kenny G at the Kenny G River Jazz Festival (2014), and performing with David Foster at several concerts and events (2013–16).

Myra played the character Wish in HBO Asia's original series Halfworlds II (2016). She also co-wrote and performed several songs for the series.[13] In November 2016, Myra performed the songs and voice of Moana in the Thai version of the Walt Disney Studios animated film.[14] Myra recenly graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts majoring in singing and song writing. She was a merit scholarship student.

Myra is playing Kim (Alternate) in the 2018-19 US Tour of "Miss Saigon".

Rising Star[edit]

Stage Song Original Artist Result
Audition Week 1 "Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Safe (73% / 75%)
Duels Week 6 "Gravity" (vs. Morgan Higgins) Sara Bareilles Safe (66% / 66%)
Top 13 Week 7 "Stars" Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Safe (68% / 70%)
Top 8 Week 8 "Your Song" Elton John Saved (46% / 55%)
Top 6 Week 9 "Chandelier" Sia Eliminated (27% / 34%)

Work[edit]

Performances[edit]

2011
  • Elle Fashion Week @ Central World
  • Bangkok British Embassy 2011 celebration of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's birthday
  • Asia-Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA)
2012
  • City of Bangkok New Year Concert with Siam Sinfonietta
  • Silverlake Jazz Fest 2012
  • Paris-Bangkok, A Tout Jamais
  • Thailand's Got talent, Show on Stage
  • Chanel 3 Mother's Day concert
  • Rolls Royce VIP Dinner / Product Launch (Singapore)
  • River Jazz Festival 2012
  • Shiseido 40th Anniversary in Thailand
  • Boots Thailand, 200th Store Opening Celebration
  • Day Day Up Hunan TV, number 2-3 ranked TV show in China
  • Performed HM the King Bhumibol's compositions, translated into French, at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France in the concert A Tout Jamais.[15]
  • Samsung South East Asia Forum 2012
  • Gitasiravadha concert in front of HRH The Thai Princess and the Prime Minister
  • Beauty Gems 48th Anniversary
  • Chanel 3 Children's Day concert
2013
  • Second Annual City of Bangkok New Year Concert with Siam Sinfonietta
  • British Embassy Bangkok Celebration HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival
  • Performed with David Foster at the event "The Israeli Consulate Celebrates Israel's 65th Independence Day: Celebrates Flavors of Israel, Honors Larry Ellison" on April 11, 2013 at Nobu Malibu, Los Angeles
  • Suphannahong National Film Awards
  • Covidien Asia-Pacific Gala Dinner
  • Press launch Maya Chiang Mai
  • Mahler Titan Concert
  • Chevrolet Dealer Awards
  • Singha 80th Anniversary Celebration Concert
  • Magnum Cafe Siam Center Opening
2014
2015
  • The Masterpiece Koh MrSaxman Concert
  • Portland State University Cultural Night
  • A Magical night with Andrea Bocelli
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • City of Bangkok New Year Concert IV
  • Thailand Countdown at Wat Arun
2016
  • The Thai dub of Moana, a Walt Disney Studios animated feature film [21]
  • Halfworlds II, an HBO Asia original series[22]
  • Dracula, Blood is Life theatrical production

Recordings[edit]

  • 2016: How Far I'll Go (Thai version) on Walt Disney Records
  • 2016: Blood Is Life on Ewing Entertainment
  • 2015: Could It Be You on Chillin' Groove Records
  • 2014: Time to Say Goodbye on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Gravity on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Stars on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Your Song on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Chandelier on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2012: Why Can't I Dream from Reya The Musical
  • 2011: Serment au Clair de Lune from the concert A Tout Jamais, a collection of H.M. The King of Thailand's songs translated into French.

Theater and opera[edit]

  • 2018-2019 Kim (at certain performances), Miss Saigon US national tour
  • 2016 Dracula, Blood is Life. Myra played Lucy in the Bangkok theatrical production.[23]
  • 2016 The 33 Gods, an opera by Somtow Sucharitkul.[24]
  • 2012 Myra as the young Reya in Reya the Musical. The play is based on the book by famed Thai writer Thaitao Sucharitkul. Music by Somtow Sucharitkul.[25]
  • 2012 Myra as Tiger in "A Boy and a Tiger" by Bruce Gaston at Impact Arena
  • 2006 Myra sang in the children's choir in the Bangkok Opera production of Ayodhya by Somtow Sucharitkul

Awards[edit]

  • 2014 Top 6 in America's ABC "Rising Star"
  • 2011 Winner premier season Thailand's Got Talent
  • 2008 First prize trophy from HRH The Thai Pricness Future Park Junior Talent Award 2008
  • 2008 Winner Dutchmill Kids Star Talent Contest 2008
  • 2008 Winner Fairbairn Exhibition Scholarship (Shrewsbury International School)
  • 2007 Winner Nescafe My Cup Fantasia 2
  • 2006 Winner MIFA Singing Contest 2006 (at age 8)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bangkok Post,"Thailand's Top Talent is Only 13" June 1, 2011.
  2. ^ "Entertainment Weekly" August 18, 2014.
  3. ^ Myra Molloy - World Exposure Interview with Cher Dial, August 12, 2014
  4. ^ PRLOG, "Shrewsbury International School Bangkok Music Scholars Concert featuring Myra Molloy and Ex-Cathedra," August 31, 2011.
  5. ^ Bangkok Post, "Thailand's Top Talent is Only 13", May 31, 2011
  6. ^ Thailand Tatler, Grand Apparence, 23 March 2014 http://www.thailandtatler.com/tag/stefan-paul-sanchez/
  7. ^ TopTen Bangkok, BMA presents Siam Sinfonietta's New Year Concert, Dec 2012
  8. ^ Prestige (Singapore), The Phantom Family. A New World, August 13, 2012, http://prestige-singapore.com.sg/2012/08/phantom-family-new-world#.U19m-a1dVRd
  9. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand, Social & Cultural News : Concert featuring His Majesty the Kings Songs Set to French Lyrics Debuted in Paris, March 22, 2012, http://www.mfa.go.th/main/en/media-center/30/5365-Concert-featuring-His-Majesty-the-Kings-Songs-Set.html
  10. ^ The Nation, Chompoo gets her own mini-me, March 16, 2012
  11. ^ Hayley Westenra forums, David Foster & Friends Asian Tour: Singapore, Thailand, Jakarta, & China, 11-06-2012 http://hayleywestenra.forums.umusic.co.uk/t/1936.aspx?PageIndex=3
  12. ^ Consulate General of Israel, Los Angeles, ISRAEL'S 65TH INDEPENDENCE DAY, April 12, 2013, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2014-04-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ The Hive - Asia, First look at HBO Asia's "Halfworlds" season 2
  14. ^ Disney Video, "ห่างเพียงใด" ("How Far I'll Go") - Disney Moana Music Video
  15. ^ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom of Thailand, March 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Entertainment Weekly" August 18, 2014.
  17. ^ "Billboard Magazine" August 11, 2014.
  18. ^ "ABC News" August 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Entertainment Weekly" July 28, 2014.
  20. ^ "Billboard Magazine" June 23, 2014.
  21. ^ Cinema Bravo, November 13, 2016
  22. ^ IMDB, Halfworlds
  23. ^ Bangkok Post, Lifestyle, Blood is life, Feb. 2016
  24. ^ The Nation, Somtow's chariot halfway to Heaven, July 18, 2016
  25. ^ The Nation, "Chompoo Gets Her Own Mini-me," March 16, 2012

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