Jaclyn Victor Biography
Jaclyn Victor (Jaclyn Joshua Thanaraj Victor) is a Malaysian singer and actress born on 4th December 1978 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2004 she won the Malaysian Idolwhich earned her a recording contract with Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
She is the only daughter of Maggie Victor, a single mother of Tamil Indian descent. Jaclyn’s father died when she was nine years old, prompting her mother to take on three jobs simultaneously to support her
and her three younger brothers.
Jaclyn Victor Music Career
At the age of eighteen Jaclyn Victor started singing in clubs and hotel lounges. Jaclyn together with her friend Ravi recorded an album ‘Dream’. They attempted to promote the album and even appeared on the 8TV television show Lattee @ 8.
In 2004 Jaclyn Victor auditioned for Malaysian Idol and was put throught the next round at a final thirty-third spot. She performed “Superwoman” live, becoming the seventh person to reach the top twelve.
In the first spectacular show, the theme for the week was “Song from your Pop Idol”. Jaclyn choose a song by the Indonesian diva Ruth Sahanaya, “Keliru”. Coached by Aubrey Suwito, Juwita Suwito along with Elaine Pedley, her performance took her through to the next round.
The second theme was “Song from your Classic Idol”. Jaclyn’s choice was “When I Fall in Love” and Michael Xavier Voon joined in as performance coach. Her performance gained resounding praise. After another double elimination sending off Fahmy and Rydee, Jaclyn was back the following week performing a “Song from the 80s”, Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You”. She went on to the “Rock Show” with a performance of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
Jaclyn Victor performed an effortless “Lady Marmalade”, but received a less favourable comment from Roslan, who said that “she is a super singer but not an idol”, and he felt bored week by week of her performances thus far. On the results show, she found herself in the bottom two for the first time (with Nikki, who performed “Emotion”), but she survived the elimination. After reaching the last three, her chances were improved by her performance of Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You”.
On 9th October 2004 she won the title of Malaysian Idol with 76% of audience votes. She performed the ballad “Gemilang” (Glory), the song written for the winner of Malaysian Idol, which subsequently appeared on her first album Gemilang.
Jaclyn Victor won a recording contract with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. She released her debut album ‘Gemilang’ in 2004 and won the “Best Pop Album” & “Album of the Year” awards in Anugerah Industri Muzik 2005, while her titular single won the Anugerah Juara Lagu in 2005. Her previous album ‘Dream’ sold out within days, despite the sudden increase in price.
On 28th October 2005 she won her first international award, she won gold at the Asia New Singer Competition at the Shanghai Music Festival in China after emerging as the champion with her winning song, “Gemilang”.
On 21 January 2006, Jaclyn Victor received RTM Hits 1 Best Song and Best Performance awards for “Gemilang”.
On 5th February 2006 “Gemilang” earned her and its composer Aubrey Suwito and lyricist Azmin Mudin the “Juara Lagu” (Champion of Songs) and “Best Ballad Song” awards in TV3’s 20th edition of the Anugerah Juara Lagu.
On 24th March 2006 she won the Best Female Artiste award at the Anugerah Planet Muzik (Music Planet Awards) in Singapore. On 29 April 2006, Victor won four of seven nominations from the Malaysian music scene’s biggest night, the 13th Anugerah Industri Muzik. They were Best New Artist, Best Musical Arrangement in a Song, Best Pop Album and Best Album.
On 25th August 2006 she released her second album ‘Inilah Jac’. In November 2006, she made her first proper music video (previously her videos were clips from studio recording sessions or footage from Malaysian Idol) when she filmed “Ceritera Cinta” with the male crooner Rio Febrian in his homeland in Indonesia.
In 2007 Jaclyn Victor competed in the ‘Ikon Malaysia’ (solo category), competition, getting to the final round with Dayang Nurfaizah and Mawi. In the final, she sang a medley of songs: “Impian” (hope) from her first album, “Cepat-cepat” from her second album and “Gemilang”, to win the title.
Later in 2007 she competed in Ikon Asean and was defeated by the Philippines’ Vina Morales. She also participated in the first Asian Idol which was won by Hady Mirza of Singapore Idol.
On 28th April 2007 at the 14th Anugerah Industri Muzik (AIM) Malaysia Jaclyn Victor won the “Best Female Vocal Performance in an Album” award. Jaclyn’s music was used on the Special Edition of Disney studio’s High School Musical 2 soundtrack. She sang the duet “You Are The Music in Me” in both English and Bahasa Malaysia with Vince Chong.
On 27 January 2008, the finals of the annual Anugerah Juara Lagu were held in Kuala Lumpur. After a long and difficult competition, Jaclyn won the Best Vocal Award with Lah from VE for their rendition of Jaclyn’s duet “Ceritera Cinta” (originally with the Indonesian singer, Rio Febrian).
Two of her songs have been used as opening themes for Malaysian television series, “Cepat-Cepat” for sitcom Fara and “Satu Harapan” for the TV drama Manjalara.
In 2008 Jaclyn Victor released her third official album ‘Jaclyn Victor III’. In 2011, she released a collaborative album with Ning Baizura and Shila Amzah entitled “3 Suara”, they won “Best Vocal in a Song” at the 18th Anugerah Industri Muzik and “Most Popular Group” in “Anugerah Bintang Popular 2011”.
In 2012, Jaclyn Victor signed a recording deal with KRU Music and recorded a Malay language album entitled “Ikut Rentakku”. After winning a number of awards, she signed a new agreement with KRU Music and released an English language EP entitled “Unleashed” in 2014.
In 2015, Jaclyn Victor released the Malay version of her song “Sweeter than a dream” entitled “Seindah Mimpi” as a single.
Jaclyn Victor Career in Acting
In 2009 she starred in the film ‘Talentime’ which earned her an award for Best Promising Actress at the 22nd Malaysian Film Festival.She made a cameo appearance in a local horror fiction, Susuk. She also appeared in a local Tamil film, ‘Appalam’. In 2010 she appeared in the musical theatre, in Cuci The Musical Season 2.
Jaclyn Victor Husband
Jaclyn Victor married Shawn Rivera, a Puerto Rican singer, on 19th July 2014. They have two children together a son, Jonah Josiah Rivera, born 24 August 2015 and a daughter Molly Marguerite Rivera, born on 24th August 2017.
Jaclyn Victor Albums
- 2002: Dream
- 2004: Gemilang
- 2006: Inilah Jac
- 2007: Inilah Jac – Edisi Terhad
- 2009: Jaclyn Victor III
- 2011: 3 Suara
Jaclyn Victor Songs
- In a Dream
- Di Bawah Pohon Asmara
- Tiada Lagi Indah
- Cuma Setia
- Getaran Rinduku
- Cepat Cepat
- Ceritera Cinta
- Without You
- Satu Harapan
- Cinta Tiada Akhirnya
- Kau Muzik di hatiku
- You’re the Music in Me
- Dambaran Cinta
- Bertamu Di Kalbu
- Cinta Ada
- Inilah Malaysia
- Ku Tak Bisa
- Di Mana Di Mana
- Beribu Sesalan
- Semua Isi Hatimu
- Counting days
- Sebelah Jiwaku
- Jagalah Diri
- Ikut Rentakku
- Seindah Mimpi
- Sweeter than a Dream
- Nisan Cinta
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