Olivia Ong

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Olivia Ong
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Olivia performing at Taichung Fiesta Tourism Carnival, 2012.
Background information
Birth name Olivia Ong
Also known as オリビア・オン (Japanese)
Born (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 30)
Origin Singapore
Genres Bossa nova
Easy listening
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2005–present
Labels S2S Pte. Ltd. (Japan)
H.I.M Music (Taiwan)
Associated acts Mirai
Website blog.livedoor.jp/oliviaong/

Olivia Ong (born on (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 30) in Singapore) is a Singaporean singer and actress. The majority of her works are in English, but she has also recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Japanese.

Early life and education[edit]

After completion of her O-level examinations at Damai Secondary School in Singapore, Ong moved to Japan to further her studies as well as her career as a solo artist. Ong, by then likened to Seiko Matsuda, had won a singing contest and was signed to Japanese recording company S2S Pte Ltd at the age of 15.[2]


Music career[edit]

In Singapore and with two other Singaporean girls, Ong formed the J-pop group Mirai. Their first single, "Open Up Your Mind", was one of the theme songs in the Japanese anime Gensoumaden Saiyuki.

She released her best-selling début, A Girl Meets Bossa Nova at only 19.[3] With her sultry, soulful, pristine and innocent vocals, she reinterprets Frank Sinatra's hits such as "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars", among other jazz and pop numbers.[2] She is one of the new wave of Singaporean talent being exported internationally. So far, Ong is the only pop sensation exported exclusively to Japan; previous stars such as Mavis Hee, Kit Chan, Tanya Chua, Joi Chua, Stefanie Sun, Michelle Saram etc., have been promoted mainly in the Greater Chinese market.

In 2009, Ong was signed to Taiwanese record company HIM Music and became a big hit back in Singapore after she sang the theme song of the Peranakan-themed drama serial, The Little Nyonya. She has stated that her paternal grandfather is Peranakan.

Her first record under HIM Music was released on 5 March 2010, entitled Olivia. In 2011, Ong recorded a duet, "最後一眼" (Just One Look), with label mate Aaron Yan of Fahrenheit, which was released in his debut EP The Next Me.[4]

Acting career[edit]

Olivia appeared in the movie It's a Great, Great World (大世界) as Ah Min, a young fashion photographer who stumbled across a set of old photographs taken by her late grandmother (Yvonne Lim). She brought the photographs to her grandmother's old friend, Ah Meng (Chew Chor Meng) who might have connections to the people in the photographs.

Ah Meng then proceeds to tell 4 different stories based on each photograph, each telling a story from different generations.[5]


Studio albums[edit]

Date of release Title Alternate titles Remarks
24 March 2005 A Girl Meets Bossanova
26 October 2005 Precious Stones
9 August 2006 Tamarillo
22 November 2006 A Girl Meets Bossanova 2
6 July 2007 Fall in Love With
21 November 2007 Touch in the Sky
20 March 2008 Kiss in the Air
5 March 2010 Olivia CD
11 May 2010 SACD
1 November 2010 Just for You
22 July 2011 Romance
17 May 2013 Waiting 等等

Compilations and live albums[edit]

Date of release Title (English)
20 August 2008 Best of Olivia
11 August 2010 夏夜晚風Live影音專輯

As lead singer[edit]

Year Title Name of series Remarks
2008 如燕 The Little Nyonya Opening Theme Song
2012 Love at First Light National Day Parade 2012 Official Theme Song
2015 梦里家园 The Journey: Our Homeland Opening Theme Song


Years Awards
  • KKBOX Digital Music Charts Awards
    • [International Album Charts] – "Olivia"
    • [International Album Charts] – "夏夜晚風Summer Night LIVE"
    • [International Single Charts] – "You and Me"
  • Top 10 Foreign Album in China, "Olivia"
  • Yahoo! Singapore 9 Youth award
  • Singapore Hit Awards 2011, Best Local Artiste Award[4]
  • 17th Compass Awards Presentation 2012, Top Local English Pop Song Award (You and Me)
  • Global Chinese Music Awards 2012[6]
    • Top 20 Hits of the Year(海枯石烂)
    • Outstanding Regional Artiste Award (Singapore)

In popular culture[edit]

On 17 November 2004, Olivia sang Majulah Singapura at the 2006 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifying rounds (Japan vs Singapore)[8] at Saitama Stadium 2002 before the kick-off.

In 2012, Olivia has been appointed Music Ambassador of the Global Chinese Music Awards, the second Singaporean artiste to be appointed the role after Joi Chua.[9] She also sang the 2012 National Day Parade theme song, "Love at First Light".


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