Ning Baizura Biography
Ning Baizura (Ning Baizura binti Sheikh Hamzah) is a Malaysian pop and R&B singer and actress born on 28th June 1975 in Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia. She sings in Malay, English, Japanese, Italian, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.
Ning Baizura parents are of Arab, Chinese, Indian, Dutch, Malay and Javanese ancestry. Her father is Sheikh Hamzah Sheikh Mohammed and mother isSatillah Abdullah.
Ning Baizura Career
Ning Baizura began her career in singing when she was six, she recorded radio and television jingles. At the age of nine he began formal studies in voice under the renowned Indonesian opera linguist and soprano Siti Chairani for five years.
She sang with the National Choir at the Akademi Seni Kebangsaan, and was offered a full scholarship in music at the prestigious Vienna Conservatoire, which she turned down).
At the age of 16 Ning Baizura had won ‘Best Artiste Development’ award at the prestigious Voice of Asia Competition.
In 1992 she became a professional recording artiste under various international labels (Sony, BMG, AMS Records Japan, and currently Warner Music Group). She has won various industry awards and prizes, and has performed in the UK, Italy, France, China, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Pakistan and Monte Carlo, Monaco.
In 2006 Ning Baizura established her own recording company, ‘Artiste United Records (AUR)’. Her stable of artistes are her proteges, Nicolette Palikat or ‘Nikki’ from Malaysian Idol Season 1) and Siti Surianie Julkarim (Yanie) (from Mentor Season 1).
Ning Baizura Husband
On 19th July 2007 Ning Baizura got engaged to Omar Shariff Christopher Layton Dalton, from Nottingham, United Kingdom a Consulting Director for Landmark Graphics for Asia Pacific Region. In 2008 they got married. They have one child Ryan Sky.
Ning Baizura Albums
- 2011: 3 Suara
- 1994: Ning
- 2007: Selagi Ada…
- 2011: Dewa
- 2013: Kekal
- 1993: Dekat Padamu
- 2006: Erti Pertemuan (Limited Edition)
- 2006: Ke Sayup Bintang
- 2001: Natural Woman
- 1999: Pujaan Ku
- 1995: Teguh
- 1997: Always
- 2009: Asal Kembali Cantik
- 2014: Fairuz Hussein Hits Terbaik Ning Baizura & Fairuz Hussien
- 2016: The Essential Ning Baizura
Ning Baizura Songs
- Awan Yang Terpilu
- Bukan Wanita Sempurna
- Joget Aidilfitri
- In Another Life
- Ku Kesali
- Selamat Hari Raya
- Kau Dan Aku
- Selagi Ada…
- Hargai Cinta
- Syawal Ini
- Kepulangan Yang Terindah
- Bukan Sebarangan
- Senang Tari
- Penjara Kasih
- Menu Minggu Ini
- Ini Yang Dikata Cinta
- Kata Hati
- Warna Hati
- Erti Pertemuan – Duet Bersama Jay Jay
- Kau & Aku
- Di Sisimu
- Pada Aksinya
- Satu Fantasi
- Antara Kita
- Sayang Di Sayang
Ning Baizura Movies
- 1997: Gemilang as Rita
- 1998: Maria Mariana II as Rina
- 1999: Bara as Zety
- 2000: Mimpi Moon as Nona Mansoor
- 2005: Lady Boss as Sheila
- 2007: Diva as Kartika
- 2008: Muallaf as Datin
- 2010: Magika as Puteri Gunung Ledang
- 2011: Cun! as Candy
- 2003: Azura 2003 as Azura
Ning Baizura Interview
Share with us about that one defining moment when you knew you wanted to be a singer?
I wish I had known the moment I was born, but I didn’t. I think at one stage when I was 16, there was this time when my parents made me decide whether I wanted to be a vet or a singer, and I knew at that time that I wanted to be a singer, but my whole purpose was just to be a recording artist, just to sing and make myself happy. Then I just realised that I love doing it and I really wanted to make a change and move people with the thing that I can do on stage.
In your own opinion, which female celebrities you believe are the most influential, and what have you learned from them?
Back then it was people like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton who influenced me most. I was also listening to a lot of jazz singers and my influences came from everywhere. I was also inspired by Michael Jackson and the Motown singers. I realised that if they can do it, I can do it too. I had big dreams then, I just wanted to go out there, travel overseas, go to the States and just sing.
You out of all people know what it is like to hit rock bottom and get up again. How did you manage to rebrand yourself in showbiz?
My career went through many ups and downs. When I started singing in 1993, there were very few people whom I could trust. During those early years, I was really young and I had some mismanagement problems. Having achieved fame at such young age, many people took advantage of me when all I wanted to do was just sing.
Your mum has always been a big part of your career. Can you share with us an instance when she started having a strong influence on the decision making in your career?
My mom has always been my backbone and my inspiration since the very beginning. Without her presence; where she taught me music, sent me to music school, and waited for me under an old tree while I was learning my violin classes – I wouldn’t be where I am today. She was only a music teacher with minimal salary. She was also teaching tuition and music so that her children could learn music. I have always believed that she was and still is my biggest fan.
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The industry has seen you blossomed from just a teenage singer to singer-manager, and now to a successful businesswoman with a family of your own. What was the transition like?
It was a crazy transition from just being a singer. I had to work with many different people. Travelling made it easier for me to understand myself better and I was able to project my true voice; which has led me to discover after those years that I am not just Ning Baizura, but Ning the Brand.
What is it like being a woman in show business in Malaysia today, compared to when you first started?
It is tough. A lot of youngsters out there think it is so easy to become a star. Of course it is, but you have to have the substance in the industry. People don’t want just to see you sing and buy your records. They also want to see you doing something else. That’s it! What is that it? You have to discover it yourself.
Having dabbled in acting before, do you have any personal ambitions yet unattained, like directing and producing?
I like writing music and making music – something I like to explore during my concerts. But when it comes to directing and producing, I leave it to the producers and directors.
Can you tell us more about the inspiration behind the establishment of your company “HappeNing”?
The inspiration behind my company HappeNing Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. came straight out of my name. We wanted to create a brand that helps to nurture new talents; something that I was once before. Besides organising my performances, my company also manage events, marketing, and everything in between.
Apart from the upcoming Queen of the City concert in conjunction with Secretaries Week in April, what other projects are you working on?
My company has been doing a lot of festivals and happenings lately, like the KL Kids Festival, and the Lake Fest. The next one will be the Literary Fest, which we will be working closely with the Ministry of Education; so I am not just into education, but I want to make a difference.
Tell us more about Ning Baizura, the Brand.
Branding myself or rebranding myself was not part of the plan, but what I realised was as a performer and singer, you need to rebrand yourself. I realised that I need to always come up with something new – a new image, a new package, everything new. Now, I have a team of people whom I can talk to and share ideas. After 22 years of singing, I realised I am not just a public figure, but also a “brand”. As a public figure, I have to play a very important role and not just as a performer. I want to help kids and college students become better by motivating them to go after their dreams. That’s why now I am into motivational public speaking too.