Datuk Siti Nurhaliza, born in Pahang, is that one artiste in a million who, like the late Tan Sri P. Ramlee, Saloma and Sudirman, comes into the country's music scene once in a few decades, and wows everyone, young and old with exquisite voice, songs and performances.
For more than a decade since 1995, she has been the top and most popular Malaysian singer with ability to sing a wide range of ballads, pop, R & B, and traditional Malay melodies, in her uniquely beautiful flair.
Malaysians of this generation have seen her performances and listened to her songs for a decade and are extremely proud of her achievements, having received awards and recognition even from the neighbouring countries of Indonesia, Brunei and Singapore.
In fact, those who now live to see her sing and perform, or listen to her songs, indeed have that rare and lucky privilege of watching and listening to a diva, a songstress extraordinaire, in their lifetime.
And for her contributions to the arts and culture of the state of
Pahang, she was conferred with the Darjah Indera Mahkota
Pahang (DIMP) award, which carries the title of Datuk, from HRH the
Sultan of Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah, on the 24th of October, 2006.
The conferment was in conjunction with the 76th birthday of HRH the Sultan.
So it's "Datuk Siti Nurhaliza" from that date onwards.
And with the conferment of a Dato' Seri to dearest hubby by HRH the Sultan of Pahang in October 2007, appropriately she is Datin Seri Datuk Siti Nurhaliza.
Together with hubby, she went for the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca in December 2007, and so we can now also refer to her as Datin Seri Datuk Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza.
Siti Nurhaliza was born on the 11th January 1979, in Kampung Awah in Temerloh, Pahang. She is the third of seven siblings in her family (or, if counting a sibling who died after birth, she would be the fourth of eight siblings).
Sometimes affectionately shortened to Siti or "CT" by her ardent fans, she was born to Tarudin bin Ismail and Siti Salmah binti Bachik at the police barrack of Kampung Awah, Temerloh.
She was received into this world by the Kampung Awah goverment clinic midwife, Selamah binti Bidin.
Her family moved to Kuala Lipis when she was a small child following her father's job transfer, and the family has been living there ever since. Her family residence is located at Taman Permata in Sungai Kerpan, Kuala Lipis, Pahang.
The story goes that Siti had fans even when she came to this world, as it was related that an unusual number of folks came over to see her when she was newly born in the barracks at Kampung Awah. It must have been a favorable omen of her future.
Because two decades later, she has thousands of fans not only in Malaysia but also in Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.
And she holds the record of being the Malaysian artist with the most number of awards received since she started singing in 1995.
The Guiness Book of Records awarded to her in 2001 (for the most number of awards received by a Malaysian artiste) was for 52 awards.
But she now has received more than double that awards figure. Surely with more awards forthcoming, it will be a record hard to beat.
Siti Norhaliza was the second Malaysian singer, (the first being Sudirman Haji Arshad) who had the privilege to sing at the prestigious and famed Royal Albert Hall in London.
"Siti Nurhaliza in Concert" held at the Royal Albert Hall in early April 2005, saw Siti singing 30 of her songs in the three hour program. It was a culmination perhaps but really also a recognition and summation of her ten years of great and delightful singing presence.
Siti Nurhaliza had her pre-school kindergarten days at the Sekolah Tabika Perkep, Balai Polis Kampung Awah, Temerloh.
Here she showed her early singing talent at the age of six when she sang "Sirih Pinang", a Malay traditional song, at her kindergarten's end of year event.
She had her primary school (standard 1 to standard 6) education at the Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan Clifford. And followed up her secondary education (Form 1 to Form 5) at the Sekolah Menengah Clifford, Kuala Lipis, Pahang.
She was an athlete in school and this showed when at the opening ceremony of the Fiesta Media Idola 2006 in Kuantan she was a torch bearer to light the games of the Fiesta, together with actress Fasha Sanda.
Siti had also won a singing contest when she was twelve years old. She sang the patriotic song "Bahtera Merdeka" at a Kuala Lipis Carnival in conjunction with the "Nyanyian Bulan Kemerdekaan" (Independence Month Singing Contest).
It was said that perhaps she had inherited her precocious musical talent and singing flair and ability from her grandfather, who was a famous violinist, and her mother, who was a popular local singer of traditional songs.
Siti Norhaliza’s real singing career took off after she became the champion in the 1995 Bintang HMI ("Hiburan Minggu Ini") - a weekly national singing contest organized by RTM (Radio Televisyen Malaysia, the Malaysian government broadcasting station).
Siti's first or debut album was in collaboration with Malaysia’s famous song composer, Adnan Abu Hassan, and it was produced by Suria Records.
More than ten solo and compilation albums followed with "Transkripsi", produced just before her marriage in August, 2006.
In fact "Transkripsi" won the Best Album Award at the AIM 2007 held on 28th April 2007. See this webpage on the list of albums and the awards she received.
The song from her first album, Jerat Percintaan, won her the Anugerah Juara Lagu ("AJL") for the first time in 1996.
That song, composed by Adnan Abu Hassan, won in two categories, the Ballad category and the Best Song category. She also bagged the Best Performer award at the AJL Awards night.
And more awards and recognition followed, not only nationally but also internationally.
With success in her singing career, she then got herself involved in business. She set up her own company -- Siti Nurhaliza Productions (M) Sdn. Bhd. -- with activities generally in the entertainment scene.
She has at least two subsidiary companies, Siti Nurhaliza Collections Sdn. Bhd. and Siti Nurhaliza Marketing Sdn. Bhd.
And in 2010, she launched her own personal brand of cosmetics called "SimplySiti". Go to this Siti and SimplySiti page to read more.
Siti likes to tell the story of when she was a small child, she helped her mother sell Malay traditional cakes and snacks (or kueh) in town. She was shy and embarrassed initially but later found selling the kueh to be exciting and fun. (She didn’t say it, but it must be fun when she felt the cash in hand and the people she met - fans of the future).
It was definitely her first foray into the business world and the experience must have had stood her in good stead when she entered the adult world of real commerce.
And now, besides having her own products, she receives substantial income through commissions and royalties for her endorsements and as ambassadress of products.
On July 17, 2006 Siti Nurhaliza formally announced at a press conference specifically called for the occasion, her intention to marry Datuk Khalid Mohamad Jiwa (a businessman).
And on August 21, 2006, she was formally wedded with an engagement and akad nikah (wedding solemnization) ceremony held at the Federal Territory Central Mosque at Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur.
On 28th August 2006 a grand wedding reception, attended by, amongst other dignitaries, the Sultans of Pahang and Trengganu, was held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center.
Another wedding reception in Kuala Lipis was held on the 3rd of September 2006, for her fans and townfolks. About 7,000 guests attended the dinner reception located at Dataran Lipis, and as a special gift to her guests, Siti sang two songs, Joget Pahang and Dealova.
Datin Hajjah Siti Nurhaliza, a Malaysian diva, a pop idol, an accomplished Malay traditional singer, a singing queen, an icon -- in short, a songstress extraordinaire.
Truly a jewel in the crown of Malaysian singers, with looks to match.
But more than that, she exemplifies the grace of character and charming personality of a truly Malay lady, petite and gentle with modern yet traditional dressing sense, adored by all.
And more than anything else, like Datuk Sudirman Haji Arshad, she’s a proud product of Pahang, the delightful state of Malaysia.
Well, as always, from me ...