Olivia Ong (born (1985-10-02)2 October 1985) is a Singaporean singer and actress. Most of her works are in English, but she has recorded songs in Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese and Japanese. In her early career, she focused on singing jazz. Now she has moved on to Mandarin pop.

Olivia Ong
Ong performing at Taichung Fiesta Tourism Carnival in 2012
Born (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985 (age 37)
Alma materDamai Secondary School
  • Singer
  • actress
Years active2005–present[1]
AwardsStar Awards 2009 : Best Theme Song
Musical career
Formerly ofMirai
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese王儷婷
Simplified Chinese王俪婷
Hanyu PinyinWáng Lìtíng

Early life Edit

Upon her completion of O-Level examinations at Damai Secondary School in Singapore,[3] 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.[4] Her music influences include Nat King Cole and Nina Simone.[5]

Career Edit

Ong formed the J-pop group Mirai in Singapore at the age of 15 and with two other Singaporean girls.[6] Their first single, "Open Up Your Mind", was one of the theme songs in the Japanese anime Gensoumaden Saiyuki.

Her début A Girl Meets Bossa Nova was released when she was 19.[7] Tracks include a reinterpretation Frank Sinatra's hits such as Antônio Carlos Jobim's "Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars", among other jazz and pop numbers.[4]

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 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. 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.[9]

In 2011, Ong also appeared in the film It's a Great, Great World (大世界) as Ah Min,[10] a young fashion photographer who stumbled across a set of old photographs taken by her late grandmother (Yvonne Lim). She took the photographs to her grandmother's old friend, Ah Meng (Chew Chor Meng) who might have had 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.[11]

In 2012, Ong has been appointed Music Ambassador of the Global Chinese Music Awards, the second Singaporean artiste to be appointed the role after Joi Chua. In the same year, she also sang the 2012 National Day Parade theme song, "Love at First Light".

Ong appeared on the Mediacorp drama Crescendo in 2015 where she was cast as a singer Alixia.[12] She may also be releasing a new album.[13]

In 2023, Ong performed the 2023 National Day Parade theme song, "Shine Your Light", alongside 53A and ShiggaShay.

Discography Edit

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 (Feat. Natanya Tan) National Day Parade 2012 Official Theme Song
2015 梦里家园 The Journey: Our Homeland Opening Theme Song
2015 梦想起飞 Crescendo Sub-theme Song
2023 Shine Your Light (feat 53A, ShiggaShay) National Day Parade 2023 Official Theme Song

Awards and nominations Edit

Year Award
  • 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[14]
    • Top 20 Hits of the Year(海枯石烂)
    • Outstanding Regional Artiste Award (Singapore)

Star Awards Edit

Year Award Nominated work Result
2009 Best Theme Song The Little Nyonya Won
2013 Best Theme Song Yours Fatefully Nominated
2016 Best Theme Song The Journey: Our Homeland Nominated

References Edit

  1. ^ Lee, Jian Xuan. "HK actor Anthony Wong for Huayi Festival". Straits Times. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Taking it Easy with Olivia Ong". Archived from the original on 12 December 2011. Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Olivia Ong's first full-length Mandarin album". www.asiaone.com. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  4. ^ a b "S2S Pte Ltd". Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ Kek, Xabryna. "On the right note: Olivia Ong on jazz, acting and talking to herself". ChannelNews Asia. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  6. ^ Goh, Samantha. "7 things in her bag: Olivia Ong". Straits Times. Archived from the original on 25 May 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  7. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography: Olivia Ong". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 June 2010.
  8. ^ AFC second round – Japan vs Singapore
  9. ^ (in Chinese) HIM International Music The Next Me album info 25 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2011
  10. ^ Hon, Jing Yi. "Olivia Ong to star in Channel 8 drama". Today. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  11. ^ "Celluloid time machine: "It's a Great Great World"". Channel NewsAsia.
  12. ^ Foong, Woei Wan. "Thank you for the xinyao". Straits Times. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  13. ^ Hon, Jing Yi. "Olivia Ong: Ageless Beauty". Today. Retrieved 4 December 2015.
  14. ^ "Global Chinese Music Awards 2012 Winners List unveiled".Archived 13 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "The Singapore Hit Awards 2013: The winners". TODAYonline.

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