Posted on: May 28th, 2018 11:28 am
Anggun was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, as the second child and first daughter of Darto Singo, a Javanese writer and Dien Novita, a housewife. At the age of 7, Anggun started receiving highly disciplined singing instruction from her father.
She trained on a daily basis, learning various vocal techniques. To help further develop her career, her mother began serving as her manager, accepting singing offers and handling business concerns. Later on, at the age of 9, Anggun recorded a children’s album, Kepada Alam dan Pencinta-Nya.
Her best-known album is Snow on the Sahara, which has been released in 33 countries across the world, including the US; this album also spawned her biggest worldwide hit to date, “Snow on the Sahara.”
In 1992, Anggun began a relationship with Michel Georgea, a French man, whom she had met the year before in Kalimantan while touring. The couple married, despite their age difference and a rumored objection by Anggun’s family (reportedly because they felt Anggun was too young to get married). After the marriage, Anggun founded a record company, Bali Cipta Record, (making her the youngest Indonesian singer to do so) and released what would be her final Indonesian studio album, Anggun C. Sasmi… Lah!!! in 1993. She attempted to shed her tomboy image with the video for the album’s first single, “Kembalilah Kasih (Kita Harus Bicara)”.
Meanwhile, it became the first music video by Indonesian artist to appear on MTV Asia. The album was another smash hit for Anggun, but she began to feel unsatisfied with the success in her own country and started thinking about an international music career. Previously, in 1992, Anggun had signed a deal with a renowned Japanese recording company in Singapore, Pony Canyon, to record an English album which would be released in Asia. But later the project was cancelled, as Anggun wanted to bring her talent to the West instead.p>
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