Tue, Sep 08, 2009
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Teen jazz sensation Nathan Hartono is looking forward to NS
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By Kenny Chee

SINGAPORE-BORN jazz crooner Nathan Hartono, 18 (above), has come of age and he'll be doing his national service next year.

After winning the 2005 Teenage Icon singing competition, Hartono - whose parents are Indonesian- Chinese - released two albums that have sold over 8,000 copies.

He's performed at the prestigious Mosaic Music Festival and at last year's National Day Parade. In June, he sang the theme song of the Asian Youth Games and put out Realise, a re-release of his first two albums with a new selfpenned pop tune.

And he also performed as a guest at Stefanie Sun's concert in July.

Hartono spoke with my paper in a recent phone interview about national service and his music.

Are you looking forward to doing national service?
Definitely. No matter how difficult or tiring it might be, I know it will be worth it. It'll be something different, an interesting break in my daily routine. Plus, my brother has served national service and I'd like to follow in his footsteps.

Any plans for a new album?
After my A levels, I'd like to pursue a third album because I feel that I've grown musically in the last few years. I'll have more musical control over this new album.

Which is your most memorable song in your latest release, Realise?
I really like the live recording of the rock song Seven Nation Army. I'd never done rock in front of a live audience until then, so it was really fun to do something that departed from jazz and pop.

Realise is out in stores.


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