Hady Mirza (born January 28, 1980) (Jawi:ميرزا حدي ) is a Singaporean singer of Bugis descent, with his grandparents hailing from Sulawesi. He is the winner of the second season of the reality TV show Singapore Idol. He was crowned the winner on 25 September 2006 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium after garnering 70% of about one million votes cast by television viewers.
He was also the winner of the world’s first Asian Idol competition held on 16 December 2007 in Jakarta, Indonesia. Asian Idol is a competition between six Idol winners from several different Asian countries, namely Singapore Idol, Malaysian Idol, Indonesian Idol, Indian Idol, Philippine Idol and Vietnam Idol.
Hady is most known for his smooth R&B voice and charming personality. He is the second male winner, following in the footsteps of his favorite idol, Taufik Batisah.
Hady started singing at the age of 18 and instantly fell in love with it because of the variety of genres he could get involved in. On the show, Hady was known for his versatility, singing not only R & B hits, but Pop, Emo Rock, and Heavy Metal.
Hady studied engineering at the Temasek Polytechnic. He was a pub performer but wanted to be a professional club entertainer when he was growing up. The song that would describe him best is “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen because of the conflicting themes present in the lyrics.
His favorite singers include Michael Jackson, Babyface, Boyz II Men and Jamie Cullum.
Hady’s debut album, self-titled Hady Mirza, was released in Singapore on 13 November 2006 and achieved Platinum status within 4 days of its release. The album is due to be re-released in 2008 with additional material.
In June 2007, Hady was awarded with two major awards in Anugerah Planet Muzik 2007, a yearly Malay music award show awarding the best musicians in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Hady was voted “Most Popular Artiste (Singapore)” and his self-penned Malay single Merpati was voted “Most Popular Song (Singapore)”.
Hady was also chosen to sing an exclusive song You and I for the Police Week 2007 which was held in conjunction with the Police Day Parade 2007. In October 2007, to coincide with the grand opening of the KPE Tunnel, a special compilation album Sounds of the Underground was recorded, and Hady was featured on the track Jangan Memandu di Pinggir Jalan (Don’t Drive on the Side of the Road).
One year after his Singapore Idol win, Hady won the world’s first-ever Asian Idol, featuring Idol winners from six countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and India. With his unique soulful voice and charming looks, Hady will now represent Asia to promote the diversified Asian music to the world. Hady’s two performance choices were: Berserah (Surrender), composed by Taufik Batisah, and Beautiful Day by U2.