She received her early education at Shah Alam Primary School and Sultan Abdul Aziz Secondary School. As soon as she finished her secondary school, Ziana worked as a cook in school canteen before working as an operator for 7 months in JVC factory at Shah Alam. She later worked as a cashier in Holiday Inn Shah Alam before she started her career as a flight attendant for Malaysia Airlines for two years. Zain signed contract to record an album under BMG Asia Pacific (which has now become BMG Music). In 1991, she released her debut album Madah Berhelah.
The album sold 40,000 copies and was certified Gold Disk by RIM. Ziana's second album, Ziana Zain was released in 1993 and it was certified Platinum for being sold more than 85,000 copies. The album featured one foreign language track, "Chitose Bashi". The singles of the album included "Anggapanmu" and "Putus Terpaksa". Her third album, Setia Ku Di Sini was released later in 1995 and she worked very closely with local composers. The album was certified 3x Platinum by RIM with 175,000 copies being sold.
The album garnered her the award "Best Female Vocalist in an Album" category at 1996's Anugerah Industri Muzik award. Ziana released five singles from the album and the lead single, "Kemelut Di Muara Kasih", was another commercial success. Four other singles, "Bersama Akhirnya", "Setia Ku Di Sini", "Sangkar Cinta" and "Tiada Kepastian", went to top significant charts across Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei. The song "Bersama Akhirnya" garnered her Best Solo Performance category in Pujaan 10 Nescafe award. Ziana released her fourth album, Puncak Kasih, on May 28, 1997.
It won Best Pop Album in 1998's Anugerah Industri Muzik. The lead single of the album, "Puncak Kasih", was a success. It managed to stay at #1 in Carta Muzik Muzik for 15 consecutive weeks. The song also won Best Ballad Song in 1998's Anugerah Juara Lagu. On May 2, 1998, Ziana married long-time boyfriend, Armin Zaharin Ahmad Zambri Armin, Chief of Flight Attendant who was working with her in Malaysia Airlines back in her early career. Ziana released her fifth album, Ziana Zain, on March 9, 1999. Her comeback album was released in 2001 right after her post-pregnancy period.
The album, Aku Cintakan Mu, sold more than 20,000 copies. The album won Best Album category in 2002's Anugerah Planet Muzik. The album received a nomination for "Best Female Vocalist in an Album" in 2002's Anugerah Industri Muzik. The album's lead single, "Menadah Gerimis", won Best Ballad Song category in 2002's Anugerah Juara Lagu award.
It also won Best Song in Anugerah Planet Muzik that year, apart from being voted as the Best Pop Song Choice award in Anugerah Era. The song also managed to reach #1 in Carta Muzik Muzik, making it her 15th number 1 single in the chart. Two other singles from the album were released, namely "Bagai Gahara" and "Terkenang Jua". Both of the singles did not make it to the final round in Anugerah Juara Lagu. This album was Ziana's last studio album with BMG label. In 2003, Ziana released her second live album under EMI label.
The album, Ziana Zain No. 1s Live featured various adapted concert performances such as Ziana Zain Unplugged Brunei and Ziana Zain in the Park. The album also included two new songs which she recorded during the labour of her second child which were "Lembah Asmara" and "Bukan". Both songs managed to win Best Pop Song Choice Award in 2003's and 2004's Anugerah Era consecutively.
The singles "Lembah Asmara" and "Bukan", became number 1 singles in Carta Muzik Muzik. In 2005, Ziana won Most Popular Female Artist award in Anugerah Planet Muzik Singapura for the third time. After the release of the album, Ziana took a career break for four years without releasing any studio albums. She released a mini album in 2008 entitled Dingin. The album featured four tracks and was nominated for Best Pop Song category in 2008's Anugerah Industri Muzik award. The song also managed to get into the final round of 2008's Anugerah Juara Lagu in Best Ballad Song category. However, it was lost to Faizal Tahir's "Sampai Syurga". In February 2009, it was confirmed that Ziana was pregnant with a twin.
She gave birth to a twin of a boy and a girl on July 23, 2009 in Shah Alam. In January 2010, after six months of absence, finally Ziana returned to public as a surprise guest in the second annual gathering of Murai.com to celebrate the launching of a new fashion segment, Stailista, in the web portal. In that event, she stated that she would release two new singles from her upcoming untitled album. The singles, which are named Pawana and Dirimu Satu, are expected to be released in June 2010. Furthermore, Ziana is currently one of the mentors in the fourth season of a singing competition called, Mentor. As the singing competition ended in July 2010, Ziana and her protege, Mohd were announced as the winner for that season.
With that success, they managed to take home RM 100 000 and a trophy. For her acting career, Ziana appeared in her new film, Magika, which was directed by Edry KRU. During the preview of the film, Ziana gained a lot of compliments due to her excellent acting. In addition, taking place in Cititel Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Ziana Zain has been announced as a spokesperson for Slimworld Beauty House. This was the seventh years she was appointed as the ambassador of the beauty house. Apart from, singing, acting and being product ambassador, Ziana also involved in theatrical performance. Together with fellow singer Misha Omar, she was cast in the second season of a musical theater production entitled Teater Muzikal Gamat 2.
The performance, which commenced on March 12, 2010, was held in the Auditorium of Malaysian Tourism Centre (MaTiC), Kuala Lumpur, for 11 consecutive days. This is Ziana's second participation in theater after Musical Theater Antara. In 2011, Ziana Zain create shock with her controversial about Malaysian artist association because consider the participation of Malaysian artists celebrity in any artist association is a waste of their time only. According to the Ziana Zain statement, all of them art associations such as the Artists Association of Malaysia (Seniman), Karyawan Association (Karyawan) and Papita should be disbanded because of personal interest is mainly for those who hold the position. Asian Music Exposure: 1989 - Sang one of the soundtrack of 15th Southeast Asia (SEA) Games 1992 - Selected to sing Japanese popular song, Chitose Bashi in an album Asian Voices 1993 - Recorded 2 English songs in Colors of Love, album involving 5 best Asian Singer 1993 - Performed in Asia Pop Queen Festival that held in Hiroshima and Fukuoka Japan 1995 - Won main award in Voice of Asia, Kazakhstan 1995 - Performed in Asia Live konsert, aired over Japan's NHK satellite TV Channel Two 1996 - Won Golden Melody Award in Japan Music Festival, Japan 1996 - Recorded 2 Disney's songs in an album called A Musical Salute to Disney 1996 - Involved in Musical Program, The Big Show in Singapore 1997 - Invited to OMEGA International Celebrity Club in Crans Montana, Switzerland 1997 - Performed in Asian Music Scene 1998 - Performed live during Opening 16th Commonwealth Games with the song Strive for the Best 2002 - Invited to St Moritz, Switzerland for her 6th appointment of OMEGA ambassador 2003 - Invited to Auckland, New Zealand for OMEGA Seamaster watch launching 2007 - Invited to Beijing, China for FENDI Summer Fashion Show 2010 - Invited to Australia for Photo-shoot with Louis Vuitton products In 20 years in the music industry, she has collaborated with many celebrities, including Jim Brickman, Cindy Crawford, Anna Kournikova, Kate Bosworth, Shah Rukh Khan, Ralf Schumacher. Concerts: 1996: Ziana Zain Unplugged Concert (Life Centre, Kuala Lumpur) 1998: Ziana Zain Mega Tour Concert, Peter Stuyvesant ( Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei) 1999: Ziana Zain: Konsert Zon Perlindungan Head & Shoulders (PWTC, Kuala Lumpur) 2002: Ziana Zain Unplugged Concert (Jerudong Park Amphitheatre, Brunei) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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