Nathan Hartono

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Nathan Hartono
Born Nathaniel Hartono
(1991-07-026) 26 July 1991 (age 25)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actor
Years active 2005–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Nathan Hartono

Nathaniel "Nathan" Hartono @ Nathaniel Xiang[1] (born 26 July 1991) is a Singaporean singer and actor. Nathan made his debut as a singer after he won the Teenage Icon singing competition in 2005 and released his debut album, LET ME SING! Life, Love and All That Jazz in 2006.[2] Nathan also ventured into acting and starred in his first television series, Halfworlds in 2015.[3] He is also the first runner-up in the first season of Sing! China.

Personal life[edit]

Born to Chinese Indonesian parents, Nathan was raised in Singapore. He has an older brother, Norman Hartono, and a younger sister, Nydia Hartono. His father, Thomas Hartono, is the managing director of PT Anandini Vimala, while his mother, Jocelyn Tjioe, is the senior vice president of Singapore-based Tung Lok group, which was founded by his grandfather.[4]

Nathan completed his primary school education at Nanyang Primary School and continued to Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) for his secondary education before graduating from Anglo-Chinese Junior College.[5] In 2009, he was conscripted into the Singapore Armed Forces for national service.[6] He subsequently studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music majoring in Music Production & Engineering in Boston, and has taken a break from school since 2014.[7]

He has also spoken of how he is influenced by Frank Sinatra.[8]


2005-2009: Teenage Icon and music debut[edit]

After winning the 2005 Teenage Icon singing competition, Nathan made his debut as a singer in 2005 and released his first album, LET ME SING! Life, Love and All That Jazz, in 2006 which consisted of 11 tracks. The album charted as the number one album on HMV’s Jazz Chart for two weeks after its release.[6]

In 2007, Nathan performed at the Mosaic Music Festival[9] and released his second album, Feeling Good with Nathan Hartono, which was recorded live during his sold out shows in June the same year at the Esplanade. The album has a total of 12 tracks, with most of the songs covered by Nathan such as "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "Everybody's Changing", "Moody's Mood for Love", "Seven Nation Army" during his concerts.[10]

Nathan had also performed "Where I Belong" at Singapore's annual National Day Parade celebrations in 2008[11] and in 2009, he sang the theme song, Asia’s Youth, Our Future at the Asian Youth Games and also released a new album, Realise, which is a repackaged album of his first two albums.[12] In that same year, he performed at Stephanie Sun's concert as a guest performer.

2010-present: Nathan Hartono, Indonesia debut and Halfworlds[edit]

In 2011, Nathan made his debut in Indonesia under Aquarius Musikindo, and released his first single, Terlanjur Sayang. He also took part in Pangdemonium's production of the rock musical, Spring Awakening opposite Julia Abueva.[13][14]

In 2012, Nathan was nominated for an ELLE Award 2012 for his performance.[15] He released his first EP, Nathan Hartono, which consists of 5 tracks, was a departure from his usual jazz work, exploring acoustic pop and folk style[16] In December 2012, he released a Christmas single titled, I'll Be Home For Christmas and also recorded a track titled, "Layu Sebelum Berkembang" for the official soundtrack of Indonesian feature film Langit Ke 7.

On June 30, 2013, Nathan released an original single on his official YouTube channel titled, Thinkin Bout Love, which is only available digitally. In 2015, he released his second Indonesian single, Pasti Ada Jawabnya, three years after his first Indonesian album.[17]

On 16 June 2016, Nathan acted in a web series drama called Can You Not?! produced by youtube channel TreePotatoes. It was a 10 episode web drama. Beth (Janice Chiang) is an ambitious, cutthroat producer. Jason (Benjamin Kheng) is a brilliant, but cocky director. Dave (Nathan Hartono) is a charming, handsome gentleman who happens to be their client. Put them together, toss in a high-stakes corporate film project and you get a recipe for mayhem!.[18]

2016: Breakthrough at Sing! China[edit]

In 2016, Nathan's breakthrough showing at the first season of Sing! China made him more famous in Singapore as well as in other Mandarin-speaking countries. He had become the first Singaporean to pass the blind auditions (all three of Singapore's previous entries to the show's predecessor, The Voice of China, had failed to do so). Upon catching the attention of all four judges who participated in the show: Jay Chou, Wang Feng, Na Ying, and Harlem Yu, he selected Chou as his mentor.[19]

Under Chou's tutelege, he then worked his way to becoming the first Singaporean to make it to the semi-finals of both this show and The Voice of China. There, he was given 47 votes from the judges and 333 votes from the audience miraculously, thus finishing first in the semi-finals and successfully advancing to the finals - again as the first Singaporean contestant to do so. By then, his opponents were Chinese nationals Xu Geyang, Jiang Dunhao, Yang Meina and Wang Chenrui, as well as teenager Jeryl Lee of Malaysia.[20]

He finished second overall in the final round that took place on October 7 at the Beijing National Stadium, after singing a mashup of classic hits "Moonlight Under The City" and "Women's Flower". [21] This result was, nevertheless, the best a Singaporean (and any contestant who is not a Chinese citizen) has done in the competition since it went global in 2014.[22]

This was amid controversy over the media voting process at the end of the finals. While there was supposed to have been 81 judges, 92 votes were cast – 45 of which were for Hartono and the remaining 47 for eventual champion Jiang Dunhao. Notwithstanding, amid speculation among netizens that the contest was rigged,[23] Hartono had expressed that he was not at all disappointed by the results.[24] He returned to Singapore on Oct 9 to fans who received him at Changi Airport.[25]


Studio albums[edit]

Album information Track listing
LET ME SING! Life, Love and All That Jazz[26]
  • Released: January 1, 2006
  • Label: Yellow Music
Feeling Good with Nathan Hartono[27]
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Yellow Music
  • Released: January 1, 2009
  • Label: Yellow Music


Album information Track listing
Nathan Hartono[29]
  • Released: September 1, 2012
  • Label: Nathan Hartono


Album information Track listing
Terlanjur Sayang
  • Released: August 15, 2011
  • Label: Aquarius Musikindo
I'll Be Home For Christmas
  • Released: December 20, 2012
  • Label: Aquarius Musikindo
Layu Sebelum Berkembang[30]
  • Released: December 20, 2012
  • Label: Aquarius Musikindo
Thinkin Bout Love
  • Released: July 5, 2013
  • Label: Nathan Hartono
Pasti Ada Jawabnya
  • Released: March 5, 2015
  • Label: Aquarius Musikindo
  • Released: July 22, 2016
  • Label: Nathan Hartono


Album information Track listing
"Layu Sebelum Berkembang"
  • Official soundtrack for Indonesian feature film Langit Ke 7
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Aquarius Musikindo


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Network
2015 Halfworlds Coki HBO Asia

Other work[edit]

In 2012, Nathan was the Ambassador of the Singaporean Eco Music Challenge.[32] He was also the Opinion Leader (Music) of Puma Faas Beats Campaign 2012.[33] In 2017, Nathan was selected as Ambassador for the committee to promote Chinese Language (CPCLL). [1]


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  2. ^ "Celebrity Chow with Singapore-born singer-actor Nathan Hartono". Lollipop SG. July 18, 2014. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Nathan Hartono turns loverboy for Halfworlds". Today. December 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Wee, Marie (March 7, 2013). "Power Pairings, Part 4: Treasuring Time Together". Singapore Tatler. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Close up and personal with Nathan Hartono". Hturdekan. September 9, 2008. 
  6. ^ a b Chee, Kenny (September 8, 2009). "Teen jazz sensation Nathan Hartono is looking forward to NS". AsiaOne. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hon, Jing Yi (May 30, 2015). "Nathan Hartono and his "fat kid syndrome"". Today. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  8. ^ Lam, Kenneth (August 13, 2007). "The Email Interview: Nathan Hartono". 
  9. ^ "MOSAIC Music Festival 2007 • 9 - 18 Mar 07". Mosaic Music Festival. March 18, 2007. Archived from the original on July 15, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Feeling Good with Nathan Hartono". The UrbanWire. October 2007. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Singapore Guide Music – Nathan Hartono". Actually. December 20, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Realise". Newspaper SG. July 16, 2009. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Spring Awakening". Pangdemonium's. 2011. 
  14. ^ "Spring Awakening". Justified. February 15, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Elle Magazine Elle Awards 2012 Nominees". XinMSN. 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nathan Hartono EP". CD Baby. 
  17. ^ "Pasti Ada Jawabnya". Aquarius Music. 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Can You Not?! - The Full Webseries (TreePotatoes)". YouTube. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  19. ^ Lee, Venessa (July 16, 2016). "Singer Nathan Hartono shines in Sing! China". The Straits Times. Retrieved July 17, 2016. 
  20. ^ Hon, Jing Yi (7 October 2016). "Meet Nathan Hartono's competition". Today. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Singer Nathan Hartono shines in Sing! China". Channel NewsAsia. October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Live updates on Nathan Hartono's finals in Sing! China". Today. 7 October 2016. Retrieved October 24, 2016. 
  23. ^ "Netizens debate how 81 judges cast 92 votes in Sing! China final". AsiaOne. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 8, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Nathan Hartono - Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Nathan Hartono returns to Singapore on Sunday night". The Straits Times via Kopitiam Bot. October 10, 2016. Retrieved October 12, 2016. 
  26. ^ "Let me sing! : life, love & all that jazz (Musical CD, 2006)". WorldCat. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  27. ^ "Feeling Good". All Music. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Realise". iTunes. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  29. ^ "Nathan Hartono". iTunes. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  30. ^ "Layu Sebelum Berkembang". iTunes. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  31. ^ "Electricity". iTunes. Retrieved October 25, 2016. 
  32. ^
  33. ^ Goh, Gerald (9 April 2012). "Singapore jazz singer Nathan Hartono loves to play games". AsiaOne. Retrieved 2 April 2016. 

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