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Fatai
Native name
Fatai Veamatahau
Born (1995-06-04) 4 June 1995 (age 24)
Melbourne, Australia
GenresIndie, Urban
InstrumentsVocals, piano, guitar
Years active2009–present
LabelsPast - Mercury Records Australia. Current - Independent
Websitefacebook.com/FataiMusic

Fatai (born Fatai Veamatahau on 4 June 1995) is a Melbourne, Australia-based singer of Tongan descent. She rose to fame soon after being a semi-finalist on the first season of the Australian version of The Voice.[1] Following her success on The Voice, she inked a deal with Mercury Records Australia.[2] In mid-2015, following two and a half years on the Mercury label, Fatai decided to become an independent artist. Her debut single as an independent artist, “Purple”, was released on 16 August 2015, soon followed by her live debut EP, “Undone”, on 20 November 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Fatai began singing professionally with her family from the age of seven. In 2009, she began a solo career, singing to audiences at various festivals and community events. Her videos covering Disney's Frozen's Do You Want To Build A Snowman found its way to an online audience of many millions of people globally on Facebook and YouTube.[3][citation needed] Soon after, Fatai was requested to record a studio version of “Do You Want To Build A Snowman?”, which was released as the lead single on Universal Music Australia's Christmas compilation album We Love Disney, in November 2014. Following that, Guy Sebastian requested Fatai to be a guest feature on his song "Lightning", from his 2014 record “Madness”. "Fatai" too, features as a backing vocalist on the Australian entry to Euro-vision 2015 by Guy Sebastian titled Tonight Again,[4] which finished with a top 5 placing in the competition.

Fatai released her debut EP, Undone, on 20 November 2015.

In a nutshell, Fatai was main support to Guy Sebastian on his Australian Arena tour, main support to David Ryan Harris (USA) in 2015, and main support to Boyce Avenue (USA) on their Australian tour in 2014.[5] Also, Fatai sold out her own first headline tour spanning Australia and New Zealand in 2014. In 2015 she embarked on a 30-date Lounge Room Tour across 7 cities in Australia and New Zealand, performing in the homes of her adoring fans. Soon after, she performed on her second headline tour around Australia and New Zealand.

In 2016, Fatai was invited to be a part of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago. While being based out of Chicago, she toured in North America for the first time, selling out 2 shows at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, 2 shows at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 in New York City and Schubas in Chicago.

In late 2016 it was announced that she would be main support to Stan Walker on his New Zealand arena tour, but the tour was unfortunately cancelled due to illness in the family.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Singles Peak positions Album
AUS
[6]
NZ
[7]
US
[8]
2012 "Songbird" 168 The Voice Performance 2012
"Love The Way You Lie" 32 The Voice Performance 2012
"Empire State of Mind (Part 2) Broken Down" 43 The Voice Performance 2012
"Ave Maria" 25 The Voice Performance 2012
2013 "Silent Night" The Voices of Christmas Album
2014 "Do You Want To Build A Snowman" We Love Disney
2014 "Lightning (feature)" Guy Sebastian - "Madness"
2015 "Purple" Purple

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fatai Veamatahau a surprise pick for The Voice semi-finals". The Herald Sun. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  2. ^ "The Voice Australia Battles Fatai Veamatahau v Mitchell Thompson". Sydney Affairs. 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2014.
  3. ^ "T-Mobile and Zedd to Offer Free Music Downloads". PP-corn. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Tonight Again places fifth at Euro-vision 2015". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Boyce Avenue and Fatai at the Enmore Theatre". AU Review. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Fatai discography". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Fatai discography". charts.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Fatai – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 August 2014.

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