Tata Young

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Tata Young
Tata Young.jpg
Tata Young in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAmita Marie Young
Born (1980-12-14) 14 December 1980 (age 38)
Bangkok, Thailand
GenresDance-pop, electropop
Occupation(s)Singer, actress, dancer, entrepreneur
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1991–present
LabelsGMM Grammy
(1995-2000)
Sony BEC-TERO Music
(2001-2003)
Sony Music Thailand
(2004–present)
Spouse(s)
Chatadul Seenapongpipit (m. 2014)
Children1

Amita Marie "Tata" Young (Thai: อมิตา มารี ยัง; born 14 December 1980) is a Thai-American singer, actress, model and dancer who gained prominence in Thailand when she placed first in a national singing contest at age 11[1], subsequently signing a record deal and releasing her first album Amita Tata Young in 1996.[1]

Within five months, the album had sold over one million copies. Since then, Young has released eight studio albums, three in English and five in Thai. Her most recent album is Ready for Love, released in 2009.

Young has acted in three films, The Red Bike Story (Jakkayan See Daeng), O-Negative and Plai Tien a TV drama Wick of the Candle. She sang "Reach for the Stars" at the Bangkok opening ceremony for the 13th Asian Games in 1998 and also sang "Dhoom Dhoom", the English version of the title song for the 2004 Bollywood movie Dhoom.

Throughout the 2000s, Young enjoyed widespread mainstream popularity across Southeast Asia, East Asia and South Asia winning multiple national and international awards and was often lauded as "Asia's Queen of Pop" and the "Britney Spears of Asia".[2][3]

Early life and career[edit]

Young was born Amita Marie Young in Bangkok in 1980 to a Thai mother and American father, Tim Young from Zanesville, Ohio. She went to Bangkok Patana School. At age 11, she won at her first national talent contest, the Nissan Awards Thailand Junior Singing Contest[1].

She made her film debut in 1997 in the youth drama 'The Red Bike Story', which broke records for audience-attendance for the Thai film industry. Her debut earned her the "Best Actress Award (Thailand)" presented at the Fourth Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997. She followed that up with two other hit films, O-Negative and Plai Tien.[1]

She sang "Reach for the Stars" at the Bangkok Opening Ceremony of the 13th Asian Games in 1998.[1]

2004-2007: Asian star[edit]

Tata has lent her voice to humanitarian causes, including the AIDS program of Father Joe Maier's Human Development Foundation and MTV's Exit campaign to end human trafficking.[4][5]

2008–present: Health and professional struggles[edit]

In September 2011, Young premiered "Let's Play", believed to be her upcoming single, which was written and produced by Jeliah, and co-written by singer-songwriter VASSY and Young herself, it was performed live at the True Academy Fantasia Season 8's Grand Finale Concert as her comeback.[6]

Discography[edit]

Over the course of her career, Young has released nine studio albums, five compilation albums, two EPs and one remix album. Two of her studio albums are in English rather than Thai.

She has embarked on eleven tours, the first starting in 1995, the last ending in 2009. Also, she has released sixteen VCDs and DVDs: ten of them featuring karaoke to her songs, six documenting her concerts.

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label
2004 Dhoom Dhoom Saregama
2005 Life is Action Suzuki Thailand
2008 Here Today Ford Thailand
2010 My Bloody Valentine (Thai Version) Sony Music Entertainment
2010 Ready for Love (Thai Version) Sony Music Entertainment
2011 Shot (Montonn Jira's Smirnoff BKK REMIX) Smirnoff Thailand/Sony Music Bec Tero Records
2011 Let's Play
2012 Where Do We Go (duet with Thanh Bui)

Filmography[edit]

  • 1997 - The Red Bike Story
  • 1998 - O-Negative
  • 2009 - Bitter/Sweet

Television[edit]

  • 2002 - Wick of the Candle (ปลายเทียน)
  • 2011 - Academy Fantasia (True), Judge (Season 8)
  • 2012 - Academy Fantasia (True), Judge (Season 9)
  • 2018 - The Next Boy/Girl Band Thailand, Producer

Awards[edit]

Years Awards
1992
  • Nissan Award
    Best Singer
1995
  • Vote Award
    Favorite Singer
    Best Album
    Best Music Video
1997
  • 1997: ELLE magazine
    One of Thailand's 10 Most Influential People
1998
1999
  • Thai Music Organization
    Favorite Singer
2000
  • Cosmopolitan Magazine Award
    For Fun, Fearless, Female Award 2000
2004
  • 95.5 Virgin Hitz Awards
    Album of the Year I Believe
    Favorite Artist of the Year
  • MTV Immies: Indian Music Excellence
    Best International Female Pop Act
2005
  • Japan Golden Disc Award
    New Artist of the Year
  • FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005 (Thai Edition)
    Sexiest Singer in Thailand
  • Channel [V] Thailand Music Awards
    Most Popular International Female Artist of the Year
    Most Popular Music of the Year
2006
  • MTV Asia Awards
    Favourite Artist Thailand
  • FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006 (Thai Edition)
    Sexiest Singer in Thailand
  • 95.5 Virgin Hitz Awards
    Fastest Chart Climber 2006 (El Nin-Yo!)
    Popular Vote International Artist 2006
2007
  • FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2007 (Thai Edition)
    Sexiest Singer in Thailand
2009
  • The Hot Awards 2009
    Queen of Hot 2009
2010
  • Mademan.com
    Best Thai Female Singer[7]
2010
  • U.S. EPA Montreal Protocol Award for Tata Young
    Ambassador for the

United Nations Environment Programme[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Tata Young : Are You Ready?". nationmultimedia.com. 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ https://www.pressreader.com/philippines/manila-times/20091006/281861524557674
  3. ^ http://siouxcityjournal.com/entertainment/tata-young-asia-s-britney-spears/article_13d99c15-035a-532c-b734-6966d5c662be.html
  4. ^ Tata Young talks about MTVs EXIT campaign Archived 2007-09-17 at the Wayback Machine, The Nation, 27 August 2007, retrieved 2007-09-18.
  5. ^ MTV Turns Spotlight on Human Trafficking Archived 2007-09-11 at the Wayback Machine, Inter Press Service, 5 September 2007, retrieved 2007-09-18.
  6. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_zzOJmW5qM
  7. ^ Mademan.com 10 Best Thai Female Singers
  8. ^ [OzonAction Programme for the United Nations Environment Programme, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific]

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