Nguyễn Khoa Tóc Tiên (born 13 May 1989), who uses the stage name Tóc Tiên, is a Vietnamese pop singer.
History[edit | edit source]
Early years[edit | edit source]
Toc Tien was born into a wealthy family. She has two younger brothers and was nicknamed Ti within the family home. Her mother is a former ballet dancer. From grades one to five, she was the highest academic achiever in her class. At age 16, she was the first prize winner of a beauty contest sponsored by Fujifilm.
She attended Le Hong Phong High School, one of Vietnam's most renowned high schools, but her grades suffered as her school schedule conflicted with her singing schedule.
2009[edit | edit source]
In 2009, she moved to California to begin undergraduate studies at Pasadena City College, with ambitions to study a pre-medical course. There, she began appearing regularly on Paris By Night, an overseas Vietnamese-language musical variety show. She then transferred to CSU Long Beach. Initially, she majored in Biology, but later switched to Communications. Although she was generally recognized as a pop star by the Vietnamese students she met, she did not disclose this status to her non-Vietnamese classmates.
2011 “My Turn”[edit | edit source]
The Vietnam News Agency described Toc Tien as "well known among local teens" (in Vietnam). VNExpress called her a "singer students love." For the release of her album My Turn in 2011, she remade her image as more adult and sensual.
2015 “Vũ Điệu Cồng Chiêng”[edit | edit source]
In 2015, she returned to Vietnam to launch a comeback and released "Tomorrow," also known as "Vũ Điệu Cồng Chiêng", which became her signature hit.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Tóc Tiên was named after her mother's favorite flower that grows on vines that look like "angel hair".