Saksit Vejsupaporn

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Saksit Vejsupaporn MTV 2006.jpg
At MTV Asia Awards 2006
Background information
Birth name Saksit Vejsupaporn
Also known as To
Born (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 33)
Origin Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, pianist
Instruments Piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Bakery Music, Sony BMG
Associated acts B5
Website www.torofficial.com

Saksit Vejsupaporn (Thai: ศักดิ์สิทธิ์ เวชสุภาพร, rtgsSaksit Wetsuphaphon, pronounced [sàksìt wêtsùʔpʰaːpʰɔːn]), popularly known by the nickname Tor (stylized ToR+; โต๋, rtgsTo,  [tǒː]), is a Thai pop singer and pianist.

Biography[edit]

Saksit was born on 20 January 1984. His father, Nakorn Vejsupaporn, was lead and guitarist for the Thai band Grand Ex', which was active during the 1970s and 1980s. Saksit began playing the piano at the age of three, and played for church from the age of nine. (He is a Protestant.) His early accomplishments include winning the Trinity College Awards Thailand in 1999. He attended primary school at Bangkok Adventist Church School and secondary school at Ekamai International School, and graduated BBA with honours from Assumption University.

Saksit began working with Boyd Kosiyabong, playing piano accompaniment in Boyd's Million Ways to Love Part 1 concert in 2003, and releasing a piano instrumental album of Boyd's compositions under the Bakery Music label in the same year. In 2004, Saksit and four other members of the group B5 (which debuted at the 2003 concert) released their Event album, which featured Saksit singing "Khon Mai Phiset" (คนไม่พิเศษ, literally non-special person) and playing piano for all songs. He released another instrumental piano album titled Piano & I the same year.

Saksit released his first solo vocal album, Living in C Major, in February 2007. The song "Rak Ter" (รักเธอ, also Ruk Tur, lit. love you) became an instant hit, placing at number one on Seed 97.5 FM's charts for five weeks. He also released Piano & I Part II, an instrumental album, that November.

Saksit won numerous national awards in 2007 and 2008, including the Favourite Artist of Thailand title at the 2008 MTV Asia Awards held in Genting, Malaysia, in August 2008. This was followed the same month by the release of "Munk?" (มั้ง?, lit. maybe), a single from the upcoming ToR+ Munk? album, which rose to number one on Seed FM and EFM within two weeks.

Since 2007, Saksit has been a presenter for Brand's chicken soup (a product family of Cerebos Thailand), and appears on a number of advertisement campaigns for the product. He usually asked about absolute pitch when he appear on TV shows.

Discography[edit]

  • ToR+ Vejsupaporn Plays Boyd Kosiyabong Songbook (5 July 2003, instrumental)
  • B5: Event (30 March 2004, with B5)
  • Piano & I (28 October 2004, instrumental)
  • Living in C Major (February 2007)
  • Piano & I Part II (November 2007, instrumental)
  • ToR+ Munk? (21 October 2008)
  • Piano & I Asian Edition (2008, instrumental)
  • Piano & I Part III (19 February 2010)
  • Where Is Love? (27 April 2011)
  • Add 9 (2014)

References[edit]

  • Bangkok Post (13 August 2003), "Hip pianist could be next big virtuoso", Bangkok Post .
  • Bangkok Post (13 August 2003), "The makings of a maestro", Bangkok Post .
  • Bangkok Post (2 June 2004), "On their way up", Bangkok Post .
  • MTV News Desk (2 August 2008), 2008 MTV Asia Awards Honors The Best From The East And West, MTV, retrieved 2009-01-11 .
  • Nation (13 May 2004), "A new breed", The Nation, Bangkok .
  • Seed 97.5 FM, SEED Chart Top 20, MCOT, retrieved 2007-03-14 . Archived March 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine..

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