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Tata Young: อมิตา มารี ยัง

Amita Marie Young (born Su Min Ta Marie Young, December 14, 1980), better known under her stage name Tata Young, is a Thai singer, model actress and dancer. She gained prominence when she placed first in a national singing contest at age 11, subsequently signing a record deal and releasing her first album Amita Tata Young in 1996. 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 on August 25, 2009.

She has acted in three films, The Red Bike Story (Jakkayan See Daeng), O-Negative and Plai Tien as well as the TV drama The Candle (Plai Tiean). She sang “Reach For The Stars” at the Bangkok opening ceremony for the 13th Asian Games in 1998 and also sang the English part of the title song for the Bollywood movie, Dhoom. Tata was born to a Thai mother and an American father in 1980 and by the age of eleven had won her first national talent contest, the Thailand Junior Singing Contest. By the age of fourteen she had signed her first professional contract and released her debut million selling album in 1995. This led to her winning multiple awards at the Thai Radio Vote Awards in 1996.

In 2004, Tata released her English-language debut album, I Believe on Columbia Records. The first single taken from the album was “Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy”, which was controversial in Thailand. In Malaysia, she had to change the name of the tune to “Sexy, Naughty, Cheeky”. Further single releases from the album included ‘I Believe’ and ‘Cinderella’ She expanded her reach to India, recording the song, Dhoom Dhoom, for the soundtrack to a Bollywood movie, Dhoom. Dhoom, whose OST album sold over 800,000 units in India, was a phenomenal success for a soundtrack. Later, she embarked on her Dhoom Dhoom tour. In Taiwan, Tata became the first Thai artist to be invited to perform at the Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s equivalent of the Grammy Awards. In Hong Kong, China and Japan, “Sexy, Naughty, Bitchy” and “I Believe” climbed to the top of the charts.

Her second English-language album, Temperature Rising was released in August 2006; its first single was “El Nin-YO!”. The album includes songs composed by Diane Warren, Paul McCartney and Natasha Bedingfield. In 2007, she recorded her single “Zoom” in Simlish for the top-selling PC game The Sims 2: Seasons.Tata has also 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. In early 2008, Tata Young released her sixth Thai album. The headline single “One Love” was released on Valentine’s Day.

-Condensed from Tata Young’s Wikipedia biography


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