Olivia Ong is a Singaporean singer and actress. Although Ong has sung in English and Japanese, a majority of her works are in English. She had mainly been pursuing her singing career in the Japanese market and was a big hit back in Singapore after she sang the theme song of the Peranakan-themed drama serial, The Little Nyonya.
It is extraordinary that Singapore, being commonly dubbed as a culture which prizes academic results above all else and hence stifling the arts and culture in the process, being able to produce such a renowned talent. According to her biography, she has received a repertoire of awards, such as the Best Local Artiste 2011, Singapore 9 Youth Award. Moreover, her greatest hits such as Kiss in the Air have propelled her into the international arena.
I enjoyed the 'Great Great World', which shows her as Ah Min. Whilst she does not portray the level of acting experience when compared to veteran actors such as Chew Chor Meng, she definitely shows potential!
A promising, fast rising star!
Later on I found out that Olivia Ong is actually my mom's friend's god daughter - Singapore is such a small place. My Mum's friend must be proud of have such a talented god daughter - I'm sure I would be too.
I first heard her at a concert back in 2010, and since then, I've been a great fan of her music. Even though she's widely known for singing the theme song for local drama The Little Nyonya, as well as the NDP 2012 theme song, Olivia's also produced many albums on her own. I'll admit that as a young jazz fan, I tend to head straight to the Western world to get my daily music fix.
Olivia however, has proved to me that the local scene is not one to miss out on, doing justice to great classics time and time again, in addition to writing her own music. My personal favourites by her are You and I, Sweet Memories, as well her cover of Ain't No Sunshine. The last I checked, her albums are still available at HMV (and YouTube), so do check her out!
My only question is: Why isn't she even more popular?
She can really portray the emotions and lyrics of the song. Simple, yet heartfelt. I don't really like her Chinese songs though. Part of it is because my Chinese is poor I guess.
I was not surprised that Olivia was a Singaporean because it would be unthinkable if we ever need to use a foreigner to sing our National Day theme song. My only surprise was that she was already quite famous in Japan and as a Singaporean, I had never heard of her. It was also fortunate that she was chosen to sing this theme song, this at least introduce her back to Singaporeans. Thanks a lot to whoever scouted her to sing this theme song.
Olivia's Chinese songs are by best, average. Her poor pronunciation of (mandarin) words is probably the main reason why. And later on, I found out that shows that she's a true blue typical Chinese Singaporean. (Although I hope there would be some improvement)
When I first heard her newly released English songs, I almost fell asleep. Not doze off, I'm talking about peaceful, deep slumber. Something that is rare for me as an insomniac. Her voice was so soothing, as smooth as wine. When I went on to listen to more of her English songs I fell in love in her! There's this blues/jazz aura in her voice that calms hearts.
The first English song of hers that I listened to! (Fly me to the moon)
My favourite song (and MV!) (A Love Theme)
I am still youtube-ing her videos even after so many years. I will stay a loyal fan no matter what.
She was even called the silent killer as she could eliminate the other contenders with her slow-paced songs. Nevertheless, I am glad to share that another Singaporean has done our country proud in the Chinese Pop market. Her bassonova songs are one of a kind in this decade.
Every episode, I would sit down with my family and listen to the pureness and innocence in the theme song, marvelling at how well it reflected the mood of that era.
Last year, she also sang the theme song for Singapore National Day and while it was not as good, the pristine quality of her voice shone through still.
She has not sang much songs though, and I guess time will tell whether she can succeed as a singer.
I love Olvia Ong's sultry voice and I think it fits the Bossanova genre perfectly. Her "A Girl Meets Bossanova" album which was her first is still my favourite and its full of covers reinterpreted in her own jazzy style. She also sang The Little Nonya's theme song. I did not really like it - that was like her one chance to hit the mainstream market and she did alright I guess, but nothing spectacular.
Will definitely keep rooting for her!