Monday, July 13, 2015

Kieu Nga

Kieu Nga (1960-    ) is a Vietnamese-American singer most known for her interpretations of French love songs in the 1980s.  Born on May 22, 1960, Kieu Nga grew up in Saigon and left her native homeland for the United States in 1983.  She first rose to prominence with her recordings for the label, Asia Productions, during the 1980s.

After Kieu Nga had made numerous recordings for Asia Productions, Giang Ngoc, Da Lan and Kim Ngan, she had yet to make her first live performance until 1986 when she performed alongside another fellow overseas Vietnamese diva, Ngoc Lan, in Houston.  On that very first live performance, Kieu Nga thrilled audiences with her live interpretations of songs such as Ngo Thuy Mien's Giang Ngoc, Duc Huy's Bay Di Canh Chim Bien and French popular songs such as Lui and Il Te Parle D'amour.  Although she was quite nervous, she managed to receive one thunderous applause to another from her live audience.  From then on, her career as a live performer took off.  Kieu Nga would later perform at live shows for overseas Vietnamese audiences all across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.  She would become dubbed as the Vietnamese Queen of French Love Songs by Vietnamese audiences worldwide.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Kieu Nga recorded a series of studio solo albums.  Her first solo studio album was released by Asia Productions in 1985, Tinh Khuc ABBA, a compilation of songs made famous by the Swedish group.  Kieu Nga later collaborated with Lang Van which produced several of her most successful solo studio albums in the 1980s such as Nhu Giot Sau Roi (1987), Chuyen Lo Muoi Nam Tinh Cu (1988) and Tinh Khuc Carpenters (1989).  Kieu Nga also enjoyed tremendous success with several duo studio albums recorded with Ngoc Lan for the Nguoi Dep Binh Duong music production label.  She along with Ngoc Lan and Nhu Mai were considered the three most successful overseas Vietnamese female singers of the 1980s.

Ngoc Lan and Kieu Nga
in their music video of Anh Thi Khong (Toi Jamais) for May Productions
Kieu Nga has rarely appeared on music videos.  In 1990, Kieu Nga had appeared on Asia Productions Volume 1, Tinh Yeu va Tuoi Tre, in a music video made for her recording of Xin Con Goi Ten Nhau.  In 1994, Kieu Nga appeared on Ngoc Chanh's Shotguns Productions music video showcase with her performance of Vi Em Yeu Anh.  Her most popular music video appearance to date was for May Productions in which she appeared alongside Ngoc Lan in their duet version of Sylvie Vartan's Toi Jamais, entitled in Vietnamese as Anh Thi Khong.  Most recently, Kieu Nga had appeared on Asia Productions performing in a duet rendition of May Lang Thang with Trish Thuy Trang.

Her brother is legendary Vietnamese singer Elvis Phuong.  She is also the aunt of singer Phuong Hung.  Kieu Nga has returned to Vietnam on several successful concert tours since the 1990s.  She continues to perform occasionally at live shows for Vietnamese audiences worldwide.  Aside from her singing career, Kieu Nga devotes much of her time as a single mother of a teenager child.  

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