Nguyễn Tuấn Anh was a model for many teen publications and starred in many ads for teens. At that time he started his singing career with his self composed hits like “For you,” and “Everyday.” Tuan Anh is pursuing a career in both singing and writing. He is just over 20 years old with good looks and, due to his warm voice, he is popular among the teen online community with the nickname of “Wanbi” and “the prince of ballads.”
His first album Vol. 1 “Wanbi 0901″ was released in 2008 and was extremely popular with the young listeners, especially for teens. The song “Eyes” with a R & B style became a phenomenal hit that year.
He released two albums in 2009 and was honored with the award for artist of the year in 2009.
At the moment he is working on the album Vol. 2, which is expected to be completely new style and more mature.
Besides his self-composed songs he has also been supported by many friends and young musicians like Nguyen Hai Phong, Nguyen Hong Thuan who composed songs specifically for his voice.
Jesica McDonough (MA Asian Studies 2009 – Thai) is living in the province of Nakhon Phanom, which is on the northeastern boarder of Thailand, a stone’s throw from Laos. She describes her home as a relatively undeveloped but very safe and lovely city. She is currently the Field Director for World Teach’s program in Thailand, which has 14 volunteer teachers from America working in this province this year.
Congratulations to Jesica and our best wishes on her future endeavors!
Dengue Fever is Chhom Nimol – who sang regularly for the King and Queen of Cambodia – Ethan Holtzman (keyboards), Zac Holtzman (guitar), David Ralicke (horns), Senon Williams (bass) and Paul Smith (drums). The band’s music has been featured in a number of film and television shows including CITY OF GHOSTS, MUST LOVE DOGS, BROKEN FLOWERS, HBO’s hit series TRUE BLOOD and twice on Showtime’s, WEEDS. They have released three albums, Dengue Fever, Escape From Dragon House, Venus On Earth, and released their DVD/CD soundtrack to the documentary Sleepwalking Through The Mekong on April 14, 2009.
The band’s eponymous debut was mostly covers of Cambodian classics. Their second album, Escape From Dragon House, written almost entirely by the band, was more psychedelic, freer, looser and more experimental than the debut. Their next release, 2008′s Venus on Earth, consisted entirely of original material, with several songs performed in English, furthering the band’s overall goal to fuse American and Cambodian styles. In 2009, the band earned kudos for the DVD/CD soundtrack release of the documentary film Sleepwalking Through The Mekong, which chronicled their 2005 trip to Nimol’s homeland during the water festival. They also wrote and performed in front of live audiences a commissioned soundtrack for the 1925 silent film classic The Lost World.
Earlier this year, the band curated a collection of classic Cambodian rock songs from the pre-Khmer Rouge era called Dengue Fever Presents: Electric Cambodia. (taken from the band’s MySpace page)
VIERRA is a new player/band in the Indonesian music industry, manged under the Musica Studio label. Produced by the reliable producers who succesfully launched Peterpan, Nidji, d’Masiv, Noey and Capung, the first single of their debut album is “Dengarkan Curhatku” (Listen to my ‘curahan hati’ku). The band is a fusion between pop and alternative, and are inspired by Disney / Powerpop / emo songs.
Kevin Aprilio, is the founder of Andante which later in 2008 morphed into (to become) VIERRA. On vocals there is Widy, a third year high school student of Bakti Mulya High School 400. She has a soft and sweet vocal character and brings a dominant element of pop. The guitarist who also assists in music arrangement is Raka Cyril, who like Kevin, is also enrolled at Universitas Pelita Harapan (Entering class of 2007). Satrianda Widjanarko fills the drummer position, a Political Science major at the University Of Indonesia. He gave the name VIERRA and also arranges many of Vierra’s songs.
Bodyslam is a popular Thai rock band. The band is best known by the unique voice of the leading vocal, Athiwara Khongmalai, and the band’s live performance. As of 2010, Bodyslam has released five albums, the latest one is Kraam.
Current members are (Thai and nickname in parenthesis):
à¸ºBodyslam was originally called La-On (à¸¥à¸°à¸à¹ˆà¸à¸™) which means kids or younger people in Northern dialect of Thai language. In 1996, the band entered a band competition for high school students called “Hot Wave Music Awards” and won top prize beaten out nearly a hundred other bands. La-on was quickly signed a record deal with Music Bugs, a record company, and released self-titled pop-rockalbum in 1997 with Dai Rue Plao (à¹„à¸”à¹‰à¸«à¸£à¸·à¸à¹€à¸›à¸¥à¹ˆà¸²) became the most recognized song. The band members portrayed roles of themselves in lakorn (Thai TV series) Thep Niyai Nai Sano (à¹€à¸—à¸žà¸™à¸´à¸¢à¸²à¸¢à¸™à¸²à¸¢à¹€à¸ªà¸™à¸²à¸°) and later released the series’ soundtrack in the same year.
The band returned in 2002 with the new name Bodyslam shifting to heavier rock music with only three of the original six members remained. The first self-titled album under the new name as a three-pieced band was successful. The second album Drive had followed in 2003 earning an equal success to the previous one. They won Channel [V] Thailand Music Video Awards for “Favorite Group” for the music video Plai Thang.Â After the second album, the band went through many changes. They left Music Bugs and later signed a deal with Genie Records, subsidiary of GMM Grammy, Thailand’s largest records company. Ratthapol “Pao” Pannachet left the band for a solo career (with an album in November 2005). Bodyslam then became a four-piece band. Bodylsam‘s long-time supporting drummer, Chad, was finally announced as an official member and had appeared in MV, posters and album covers. The fourth member was Thanachai “Yod” Tantrakul, the new guitarist who was brought to replace Pao.
Bodyslam‘s third album Believe was launched in April 2005 and made them one of GMM Grammy’s premier bands. The success of this album rocketed the band to stardom and took them on a long national tour taking up most of 2005 and some parts of 2006. They won 4th Fat Awards for “Favorite Album” and Khwam Chuea became “Song of The Year”.
On 15th September 2007, Bodyslam released the fourth album “Save my life” with a major concert in Bangkok followed in early October the same year.Â The success of the new album had brought them a bigger fan base. They became one of the most popular bands in Thailand. “Save My Life” won Season Awards for “Best Rock Group”, “Best Rock Album” and “Best Rock Song” for Yahpid in March 2008. -taken from wikipedia.org