Tanya Chua

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Tanya Chua
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Tanya Chua at the Golden Melody Awards in Taipei, June 2006
Background information
Chinese name 蔡健雅
Pinyin Cài Jiànyǎ (Mandarin)
Born (1975-01-28) January 28, 1975 (age 42)
Singapore
Ethnicity Han
Alma mater Singapore Polytechnic
Occupation Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active 1997–present
Nationality Singapore
Genre(s) Pop
Instrument(s) Vocals, piano, guitar, drum, harmonica
Voice type(s) Contraltos
Label(s) Universal Music
Manager(s) Crystal Resonance

Tanya Chua (Chinese: 蔡健雅; pinyin: Cài Jiànyǎ; born 28 January 1975) is a Singaporean singer and songwriter. She debuted her singing career by releasing her debut studio album Bored in 1997.[1] Her albums, Amphibian (2005), Goodbye & Hello (2007), and Sing It Out of Love (2011), each won her a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer.

Life and career[edit]

1975–1996: Early years and career beginnings[edit]

Chua was born in Singapore on 28 January 1975. She attended CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls' School,[2] and achieved a diploma in business administration at Singapore Polytechnic in 1996.

1997–2002: Universal Music[edit]

In 1997, Chua signed a recording deal with Singaporean management company Music & Movement, and debuted her singing career by releasing an English album titled Bored.[3] In 1998, she attended the electric guitar classes at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. In 1999, Chua signed a recording deal with PolyGram, and released her first self-titled Chinese album. In the same year, she released her second English album Luck. The song "The Wicked Signs of Trying to Be a Superstar" was written by Taiwanese singer-songwriter David Tao. In 2000, Universal Music Group acquired PolyGram. In the same year, Chua released her second Chinese album Remember. The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best New Artist. In the same year, she wrote the theme song of the Singaporean film Chicken Rice War, and appeared on the film. In 2001, Chua released her third Chinese album I Do Believe. The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she performed in the Singapore National Day Parade with the theme song titled "Where I Belong".[4] In 2002, Japanese record label S2S released an English album titled Secret Lavender contains seven songs from Chua. Her composition "Wrong Number" for Chinese singer Faye Wong earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Composer.

2003–2006: Warner Music[edit]

In 2003, Chua signed a recording deal with Warner Music Taiwan, and released her fourth Chinese album Stranger.[3] The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she released her fourth English album Jupiter. In 2004, Chua helped produce Hong Kong singer Gigi Leung's album Belongingness. In 2005, Chua released her fifth Chinese album Amphibian. The album earned her three Golden Melody Award nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album, Best Mandarin Female Singer, and Best Album Producer, and she won a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer.[5] In 2006, Chua moved to Taipei, and launched her own music production company Tengy Music.

2007–present: Asia Muse Entertainment and Universal Music[edit]

In May 2007, Chua signed a recording deal with Taiwanese record label Asia Muse Entertainment.[6] In June 2007, she featured background vocals in the Taiwanese singer Chang Chen-yue's song "Yearning Is a Kind of Sickness". In October 2007, she released her sixth Chinese album Goodbye & Hello. The album earned her seven Golden Melody Award nominations, and she won two Golden Melody Awards for Best Mandarin Female Singer and Best Album Producer.[7] In 2008, she released her seventh Chinese album My Space. The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In 2009, Chua released her eighth Chinese album If You See Him. The album earned her four Golden Melody Award nominations, including Best Mandarin Album, Best Mandarin Female Singer, Best Album Producer, and Best Composer. The album also won her an Hong Kong Top Sales Music Award for Ten Best Sales Releases Mandarin.[8] In 2010, Chua produced Chinese singer Na Ying's album So What. In 2011, Chua released her ninth Chinese album Sing It Out of Love. The album earned her seven Golden Melody Award nominations, and she won a Golden Melody Award for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she also released her fifth English album Just Say No.[9] In 2013, Chua released her tenth Chinese album Angel & Devil. The album earned her a Golden Melody Award nomination for Best Mandarin Female Singer. In the same year, she became one of the judges in the Chinese singing contest Sing My Song with Liu Huan, Yang Kun, and Emil Chau. In 2015, Chua released her seventh Chinese album Aphasia. The album earned her six Golden Melody Award nominations. In the same year, she became one of the judges in the Chinese singing contest Sing My Song (season 2).[9][10]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Mandarin-language albums[edit]

  • Tanya (1999)
  • Remember (2000)
  • I Do Believe (2001)
  • Stanger (2003)
  • Amphibian (2005)
  • Goodbye & Hello (2007)
  • My Space (2008)
  • If You See Him (2009)
  • Sing It Out of Love (2011)
  • Angel & Devil (2013)
  • Aphasia (2015)

English-language albums[edit]

  • Bored (1997)
  • Luck (1999)
  • Secret Lavender (2002)
  • Jupiter (2003)
  • Just Say So (2011)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Tacit Understanding (2001)
  • T-time (2006)

Singles[edit]

  • All Right (1999)
  • Where I Belong (2001)
  • Treasure the World (2003)
  • Purple (2017)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1998 Asia Song Festival Best Composition "Hear Me" Won
1999 Singapore Hit Awards Best Local Composition "Bored" Won
2000 "Remember" Won
2004 "Night Blindness" Won
Best Local Arrangement "Deep" Won
2005 Best Singer-Songwriter Amphibian Won
2006 Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Female Singer Won
2008 Goodbye & Hello Won
Best Album Producer Won
Singapore Hit Awards Best Local Artist Won
Best Singer-Songwriter Won
2009 Best Local Artist Won
Best Lyrics "Missing" Won
2012 Golden Melody Awards Best Mandarin Female Singer Sing It Out of Love Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yu, Aitong (2009-06-20). "Q&A: Tanya Chua". Singapore: SCMP. 
  2. ^ "Singer Tanya Chau on her music". CNN.com. 2000-08-17. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Chua Goes Hip-hop in Cover Version". New Straits Times. 16 September 2003. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "National display of joy". Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Tanya Chua, Leehom Wang win top music awards". The China Post. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  6. ^ "MTV Asia artist profile". MTV Asia. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Singaporean Tanya Chua scoops top honours at Taiwan's Golden Melody Awards". Channel NewsAsia. 6 July 2008. Retrieved 20 January 2010. 
  8. ^ IFPI Hong Kong 2009 IFPI Hong Kong Album Sales Awards winners list Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 19 April 2011
  9. ^ a b "Tanya Chua Too Busy for Mr Right". Singapore: The New Paper. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  10. ^ Adam, Ariani Bte (2015-02-02). ""Sing My Song" garners 33.75 million web hits". Shanghai: Television Asia. 

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