Monday, May 19, 2008
Hannah Tan (born October 25, 1981 in Penang), also known as Hannah T or Hannah Sarah Tan, is a Malaysian singer-songwriter and television personality. She is half Chinese, half Kelabit.
A Valedictorian and graduate in Information Systems, Tan acquired her first of two music Diplomas at the age of 13. In 2002, Tan represented Malaysia in the 2002 Miss Global Petite World Finals in Montreal where she won Second Runner Up and the “Miss Congeniality” subsidiary title. In 2006, she was voted by FHM as Malaysia’s sexiest woman.
Tan has appeared in a number of advertisements, including an advert for Lux in which she appeared alongside Karen Mok. She has hosted numerous Malaysian television shows, including What Women Want on 8TV, Motorsports@Petronas on Astro Super Sports, Ringgit Sense on TV3, Girls’ Club on NTV7, Looking Good Feeling Good on NTV7 as well as being part of the cast for Sketches also on NTV7.
Tan's debut music album is Crossing Bridges, which she collaborated with internationally-acclaimed composers/writers Jorgen Elofsson, Phil Thornalley, Andrew Fromm and Chris Rojas. The album also contained three songs Tan personally wrote and composed. The first single off the album is In Between, which won the Best Pop/Dance category at the 2006 Hitz.fm MET10 Awards. She is currently working on her 2nd album, scheduled for release in 2008.
Sony Pictures has appointed Hannah as the ambassador for Animax Asia, effective November 2007. MDeC has also recently appointed Hannah as the ambassador for the upcoming World Congress on Information and Technology (WCIT) 2008 which is scheduled to be held in Malaysia for the very first time.
Hannah also appeared on the Live Earth stage at Live and Loud KL 2007 before acts such as Elliott Yamin, Shaggy and Whitney Houston.
In January this year, she made her debut into the Malay entertainment scene by playing the lead role in her very first Malay tele-movie, BEZANYA CINTA, directed by the infamous Zulkifli M. Osman. To add on to that, some of her own songs were also featured in the movie, adding to the memorability of her dynamic introduction into an entirely new market segment and proving that racial indifferences should never be used as an excuse in a country like Malaysia.