She is Asia’s answer to Britney Spears and she stole the thunder in India with her vocals in Dhoom. Thai singing sensation Tata Young speaks to HT City on her latest album, Temperature Rising (Sony BMG), and her plans on doing more with Indian music.
Here are the excerpts…
You have done a version of Paul McCartney’s Come Rain Come Shine. How was it working with him?
It was simply great. Though it has been sung by many, this song is remembered as McCartney’s. We recorded the song in NY after Paul’s approval. He appreciated my version and was there all through the recording.
Indian composer Sandeep Chowta does the music for Mila Mila in this album.
Sandeep is a world-class musician and I always had plans to work with him after I recorded Dhoom Dhoom with him. He has given the album a new look. This song has both Hindi and English lyrics and yes, I have sung in Hindi this time too. You have collaborated with a number of songwriters for this album… Natasha Bedingfield and Diane Warren are two big names. This album has variety but I would say it’s a popular hip-hop album because of the music.
What was the idea of releasing the Dhoom video with this album?
Though it was a Hindi song…very Bollywoodish, it gave me international fame, so I thought of releasing its video. Has your European origin helped you build a career?
I am thankful to my American father because of whom I am conversant in English.
Being a Thai it’s tough to get in ternational success because of the language barrier.
Any Bollywood plans?
I know the Hindi film industry to some extent and will surely consider Bollywood. You have been to India and know about Indian music. Who are your favourite musicians?
That’s a tough one. Though I listen to a lot of them I don’t know most of the names. I love the Indian religious songs, aartis of Lord Shiva and Ganesha. The buzz is that you are engaged to Thai kick-boxing champion Prem Busarakhamwong. Is it true?
It’s very funny. I am very much single and not engaged to anyone... at least not to a kickboxing champion!!