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- Hannah T Hannah Sarah Tan
- Hannah Tan
- Penang Malaysia
- Actress Singer Model TV Personality
- Asian Baeuty
Hannah Tan could be the poster child of the 21st century woman who has everything - brains, beauty and a great personality. While her Kelabit-Chinese parentage has produced beauty that is only too evident, all we need to do is to scratch the surface just a little to reveal a plethora of achievements - academic or otherwise - that is pretty impressive for the unassuming Penang-born girl. Voted by FHM as Malaysia's sexiest woman in 2006, Hannah was catapulted into the limelight when she represented Malaysia in the 2002 Miss Global Petite World Finals in Montreal where she won Second Runner-Up and the "Miss Congeniality" subsidiary title.
A Valedictorian and graduate in Computer Science, Hannah acquired her first of two music Diplomas at the age of 13 and has also appeared alongside Hong Kong star Karen Mok in a popular Lux TV commercial besides other advertisements for Epson, Nescafe, Maybeline, Panasonic, Digi and Maxis, among others. She can also be seen on the covers of magazines such as Her World, Female, FHM, Newman, Stuff, Health Today, Hot!, Hypertune, KL Lifestyle and Off The Edge.
Hannah has also proven her versatility on television by hosting “What Women Want” (8TV), “Motorsports@Petronas” (Astro Super Sports), “Ringgit Sense”* (TV3), “Girls’ Club” (NTV7), “Looking Good Feeling Good” (NTV7) as well as being part of the cast for “Sketches” (NTV7). Being the first Malaysian celebrity to appear on the cover of Lime and Shape magazine, it is evident that this multi-talented lady is making waves even beyond our local shores.
As reflected in CD sales in 2007, her first album, Crossing Bridges created a buzz even right up to the United States. Being woman of vision, she intends to work towards putting Malaysia on the global map as an Asian hub for music and has initiated it by unconventionally positioning herself as a brand, instead of merely being a singer-songwriter. By collaborating with the same internationally acclaimed composers/writers that wrote chart-topping songs for Natalie Imbruglia, Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, Hannah has created a gateway for Malaysia’s visibility among the global major players within the industry.
In addition to the three songs Hannah personally wrote and composed, Crossing Bridges which was mastered in the United States included seven original songs contributed by big names like Jorgen Elofsson, Phil Thornalley, Andrew Fromm and Chris Rojas. Having an international flavour topped by an all-star team of producers and writers, the album employed a fresh concept which was never before been done by a local artiste. Her first Single In Between was already fourth on the Hitz.fm and No. 1 on the X-Fresh charts during the first week of its release before finally winning an award in the Best Pop/Dance category at the 2006 Hitz.fm MET10 Awards.
She is currently working on her Japan debut with the first Japanese Single scheduled for release in August, followed by the full album in October this year. Her Malaysian Single titled “Angel” on the other hand will be released in February in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, channeling 15% of the nett sales to an orphanage in the Klang Valley. Featuring all of Hannah's own compositions, “Angel” will indeed be one of the most intimate and personal ones on the shelf. At the same time, her influence among the pop-cuture segment of the market is undeniable, reflected in her blog at www.hannahtan.com which she personally updates on a regular basis.
Her Facebook Fan Page on the other hand plays host to an average of 30 new subscriptions every day without fail, and as of 13th January 2010 managed to reach a total of 15,828 fans in less than a year (6% aged 13 – 17, 46% aged 18 – 24, 39% aged 25 – 34, 7% aged 35 – 44, 2% aged 45 and above). Through communication with her e-savvy fans via this blog on a daily basis and a live chat session once every month, it is evident that Hannah is very much looked up to among the youth, with them wanting to emulate not just her style and dress sense but even her drive for excellence. Above all, she appears as a mentor and counselor on the teen dominated blog, addressing their personal problems and issues without discriminating even the working-class adults.
In February 2009, Hannah released her first Malay song, a personal composition in English which was translated into Malay by Pot Amir of Malaysia’s leading R&B group Innuendo. Arranged by Shah and Sham Kamikaze and produced by Reymee Hussein of Innuendo, the Malay version titled ‘Indah’ shot into the X-Fresh charts within less than a week of its release into the local Malaysian airwaves.
Because of her strong influence among the youth, Sony Pictures has appointed Hannah as the ambassador for Animax Asia in November 2007. MDeC on the other hand, noticed Hannah's business and IT talent which indeed set her apart from the rest of the local entertainers and subsequently appointed her as the ambassador for the World Congress on Information and Technology (WCIT) 2008 which was held in Malaysia for the very first time. Often billed as the ‘Olympics of ICT World’, WCIT 2008 was the premier global ICT congress that brought together global leaders from the business, government and academia sectors to impact economic and social development through the exchange of ideas and policies. Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on May 18 – 22, 2008, WCIT 2008 drew over 2,500 delegates from more than 80 countries worldwide. Keynote speakers for the event included some of the most prominent and respected global personalities in government and industry like Bill Gates, Kofi Annan, Ralph J. Szygenda and Dr Craig Barrett.
On 1st December 2007, Hannah took on the Live Earth stage (also known as the biggest stage in the world) for Live&Loud 2007 with a half-hour full fledged performance with her band, dancers and multimedia team right before American Idol’s Eliott Yamin, Shaggy and the legendary Whitney Houston.
In January 2008, she also made her debut into the Malay entertainment scene by playing the lead role in her very first Malay tele-movie, BEZANYA CINTA, directed by the infamous Zulkifli M. Osman. To add on to that, some of her own songs were also featured in the movie, adding to the memorability of her dynamic introduction into an entirely new market segment and proving that racial indifferences should never be used as an excuse in a country like Malaysia.
Arguably one of the most sought after non-Malay female entertainers in the country, Hannah was invited in October 2008 by multiple-award winning film director Afdlin Shauki to play the lead female role alongside veteran actors AC Mizal and Harun Salim Bachik among many others in his latest project with KRU Productions, My Spy. This film made a hit at the local cinemas on 3rd December 2009 while Hannah sets foot in the Land of The Rising Sun. This year, this ambitious young lady took the first step to regional expansion in the heart of Tokyo in attempt to create additional visibility for Malaysia in the field of creative content and entertainment. Being the first Malaysian to officially venture into the commercial Japanese entertainment scene, Hannah sealed the deal at a whopping RM6M, the highest to date for a local artiste.
Entertainment and business aside, Hannah has nurtured an interest in motor sports and was even invited to race in the MME race in 2007 and 2008, following an impressive drive in the open-wheeler Formula BMW car during one of Formula BMW’s PR exercises. In 2008 she represented the D1 organizers in Japan in the effort to bring this popular drift sporting event to South East Asia, following the participation and impressive performance of team Malaysia in the Tokyo Drift event at Odaiba in June 2008. Having her own kart equipped with a 125cc Rotax Max engine and indulging herself in other extreme sports makes it evident that Hannah also has fitness on her list of priorities. Once a state sprinter, this 28-year old has proven herself to be a multi-talented lady with a burning determination and drive for excellence in all her endeavours.
Implementing leadership by example, Hannah encouraged youths all over the country and celebrities alike to give back to the society by organizing the recent self-funded ‘H’ Factor Nationwide Creative Youth Workshop, a pioneering four-state community service initiative which touched the hearts and inspired the dreams of thousands of young people all over the country. At the same time, her 2009 “I’ll Be Home For Christmas " Charity Christmas Concert saw the largest gift collection in a day for the underprivileged children in local orphanages around the Klang Valley, totalling up to more than 650 gifts worth over RM15,000. Diligent and passionate about all her undertakings, Hannah never fails to impress and inspire. Above all, it is her love and faith in God and her compassion for the people around her that makes Hannah different from the rest. A fighter and survivor, she has come a long way to be here today and is living proof that there is hope for the diligent, even in the worst and most unfortunate situations.