Đỗ Mỹ Linh (b. Hanoi, August 19, 1975), who uses the stagename Mỹ Linh, is a Vietnamese pop singer. Best known for her vocal power and melismatic skills, she is considered by the public and critics as one of the four divas in Vietnamese music industry, besides Thanh Lam, Hồng Nhung and Trần Thu Hà.
Early life and education
My Linh was born in a working-class family in Hanoi on August 19, 1975. Her father was a literature school-teacher, then worker and building constructor. Her mother was a worker in a pharmaceutical factory. She has an older brother and a younger sister.
My Linh exhibited musical and performing talents at a very young age, gathering awards at various local children music contests. She attended Elementary and Middle School in Hai Bà Trưng District, Hanoi. In 1994, she graduated from Bạch Mai High School and came first in the entrance exam to the Hanoi Conservatory of Music. She graduated in 1997, having become a famous pop singer.
In August 1993, My Linh and the Hoa Sữa band won second place at the National Pop Music Festival. Mỹ Linh herself won the Best New Artist award with the song Thì Thầm Mùa Xuân written by Ngọc Châu. My Linh started her professional music career after the Festival and became one of the best-loved Vietnamese singers.
In 1998, My Linh married composer and producer Anh Quân. This was an important step in her music career. She began to perform Soul and Funk music. She went on a Vietnam tour Tiếng Hát Mỹ Linh in 1998, performing in Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Following the success of the tour, in 1999, she released Tóc Ngắn album, which has become her trademark.
In 2003, My Linh signed a contract with the American record company, Blue Tiger, to release an English-language album, attracting wide media attention in Vietnam. Coming to America was released in 2004.
In 2006, My Linh was one of the judges for Sao Mai Điểm Hẹn, a singing contest hosted by Vietnam Television to discover young music talents.
My Linh has performed in many countries, including China, Thailand, Korea, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Cuba, United States, Canada and Australia. In 2006, she is the only Vietnamese artist performing in Asian Divas night in Nagoya, Japan.
My Linh married composer and producer Anh Quân in 1998. They have two children, Anh Duy and Mỹ Anh. Anna (Vietnamese name Mỹ Hà) is Anh Quân's daughter from his first marriage. Her favourite singers are Thanh Lam, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Brian McKnight and Babyface.
In 2004, My Linh recorded a public service announcement about the threats people's consumption of bear bile posed to wild bear populations and to the welfare of bears that are farmed for their bile. The , which was broadcast on several Vietnamese TV stations, and included footage shot at bear farms in Hanoi. The film was produced by Education for Nature Vietnam, the country's first non-governmental organization to focus on conservation, with assistance from the London-based Environmental Justice Foundation.
My Linh has released 12 albums:
- Xin Mặt Trời Ngủ Yên (1994)
- Trịnh Công Sơn - Còn Mãi Tìm Nhau (1995)
- Vẫn Hát Lời Tình Yêu (1996)
- Chiều Xuân (1996)
- Cho Một Người Tình Xa
- Tiếng Hát Mỹ Linh (1997)
- Mùa Thu Không Trở Lại (1998)
- Tóc Ngắn (1999)
- Tóc Ngắn 2 - Vẫn Hát Lời Tình Yêu (2000)
- Made In Vietnam (2003)
- Chat với Mozart (2005)
- Để Tình Yêu Hát (2006)
- Một Ngày (Tóc Ngắn Acoustic) (2011)