Jacintha Abisheganaden, 3 October 1957, Singapore, Malaysia. Jacinthas Chinese mother sang and played the piano and her Sri Lankan father played classical guitar and was also interested in jazz guitar. She studied piano and voice from her early teens and also sang in the Singapore Youth Choir. After winning a local television talent contest, Talentime, she attended the National University of Singapore, graduating with an honours degree in English, and then went to America where she studied creative writing at Harvard University. Jacintha remained in the USA for a little while, including a spell in Hawaii where she formed her own band. Back in Singapore, she developed a career in the theatre, playing dramatic and musical roles. She made several albums that did not reach far outside of Singapore, including Jacintha (1983), Tropicana (1987), and Dramamama (1991). During the 90s she also worked in duo with the composer Dick Lee (b. Lee Peng Boon, 1956), to whom...