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Background information
Birth name Maneepat Myra Molloy
Born September 18, 1997 (1997-09-18) (age 24)
Bangkok, Thailand
Genres Pop, classical crossover
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter and Actress

Maneepat Myra Molloy (Thai: มณีภัสสร มอลลอย; RTGS: Maniphatson; born 18 September 1997), nicknamed Myra (ไมร่า), is a Thai-American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2011 at age 13, Molloy won the premier season of Thailand's Got Talent with her performances of a combination of cross-over classical and Broadway songs. In August 2014 at age 16, she placed Top 6 on ABC television's Rising Star USA. In 2018-2019 Molloy played Kim (alternate) in the US tour of Miss Saigon. Molloy will next play 'Quinn' in Miramax's He's All That, the gender reversing reboot of She's All That.

Background

Molloy was born in Bangkok to a Thai mother and an American father. She has a younger sister, Nina. From an early age, Molloy made frequent trips to New York City, where she fell in love with Broadway. She was fascinated by The Phantom of the Opera, more than once standing through the entire performance with her $26 standing-room ticket. She still tries to attend every musical that she possibly can.

Molloy started playing violin when she was 5, later switching to the viola. She was a member of her school orchestra, as well as senior and chamber choirs. Molloy was the first vocal scholar at Shrewsbury International School Bangkok at age 9.

In 2011 when Molloy was 13, she entered the first season of Thailand's Got Talent. In the competition she sang Time to Say Goodbye, Think of Me, Pie Jesu, and the Thai pop song "Star". The founder of Bangkok Grand Opera said he opened his new production company based on the increased interest in Western classical music as a direct result of Molloy's performances.

Since winning the competition in 2011, Molloy has performed regularly with the Siam Sinfonietta Orchestra and Bangkok Opera. She regularly sings at major events including The Thai National Film Awards, The British Embassy Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, The Asia-Pacific ICT Awards, numerous music festivals and concerts, and regularly at corporate events for major international companies including Rolls Royce, Samsung, Johnson & Johnson, Shiseido and many more.

Molloy has performed in Paris, China, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States singing in different languages including English, Thai, Chinese, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Latin. She enjoys singing classical, pop, musicals and Jazz.

In 2012 she landed her first major theatrical role, playing the young Reya in Reya the Musical, based on a popular work of Thai fiction by Thaithow Sucharitkul, music by Somtow Sucharitkul. Every performance of the musical sold out.

In late 2012, Molloy sang from the audience at a David Foster concert in Bangkok, impressing him with her clear soprano voice. Later in the concert David invited Molloy on stage to sing a duet with tenor Fernando Varela. David auspiciously commented, "I'm sure I will be seeing a lot more of you." Then in April 2013 David invited Molloy to perform with him in Malibu, California USA at the 65th anniversary of Israel.

Molloy placed sixth in Season 1 of Rising Star on August 17, 2014 at age 16.

In 2016 Molloy played the character Wish in HBO Asia's original series Halfworlds II. She also co-wrote and performed several songs for the series. In November 2016, Molloy performed the songs and voice of Moana in the Thai version of the Walt Disney Studios animated film.

Molloy graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts, majoring in singing and songwriting. She was a merit scholarship student.

Molloy is Kim (Alternate) in the 2018-19 US Tour of "Miss Saigon".

Rising Star

Stage Song Original artist Result
Audition Week 1 "Time to Say Goodbye" Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman Safe (73% / 75%)
Duels Week 6 "Gravity" (vs. Morgan Higgins) Sara Bareilles Safe (66% / 66%)
Top 13 Week 7 "Stars" Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Safe (68% / 70%)
Top 8 Week 8 "Your Song" Elton John Saved (46% / 55%)
Top 6 Week 9 "Chandelier" Sia Eliminated (27% / 34%)

Work

Movies and television

  • Quinn He's All That a Netflix feature film
  • Guest Star, The Bold Type
  • The Thai dub of Moana, a Walt Disney Studios animated feature film
  • Halfworlds II, an HBO Asia original series
  • Final 6 on Rising Star.
  • The Winner Thailand's Got Talent

Theater and opera

  • 2018-2019 Kim (alternate), Miss Saigon US national tour
  • 2016 Dracula, Blood is Life. Molloy played Lucy in the Bangkok theatrical production.
  • 2016 The 33 Gods, an opera by Somtow Sucharitkul.
  • 2012 Molloy as the young Reya in Reya the Musical. The play is based on the book by famed Thai writer Thaitao Sucharitkul. Music by Somtow Sucharitkul.
  • 2012 Molloy as Tiger in "A Boy and a Tiger" by Bruce Gaston at Impact Arena
  • 2006 Molloy sang in the children's choir in the Bangkok Opera production of Ayodhya by Somtow Sucharitkul

Recordings

  • 2016: How Far I'll Go (Thai version) on Walt Disney Records
  • 2016: Blood Is Life on Ewing Entertainment
  • 2015: Could It Be You on Chillin' Groove Records
  • 2014: Time to Say Goodbye on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Gravity on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Stars on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Your Song on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2014: Chandelier on Capitol Records, USA
  • 2012: Why Can't I Dream from Reya The Musical
  • 2011: Serment au Clair de Lune from the concert A Tout Jamais, a collection of H.M. The King of Thailand's songs translated into French.

Performances

  • Elle Fashion Week @ Central World
  • Bangkok British Embassy 2011 celebration of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II's birthday
  • Asia-Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA)
  • City of Bangkok New Year Concert with Siam Sinfonietta
  • Silverlake Jazz Fest 2012
  • Paris-Bangkok, A Tout Jamais
  • Thailand's Got talent, Show on Stage
  • Chanel 3 Mother's Day concert
  • Rolls Royce VIP Dinner / Product Launch (Singapore)
  • River Jazz Festival 2012
  • Shiseido 40th Anniversary in Thailand
  • Boots Thailand, 200th Store Opening Celebration
  • Day Day Up Hunan TV, number 2-3 ranked TV show in China
  • Performed HM the King Bhumibol's compositions, translated into French, at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France in the concert A Tout Jamais.
  • Samsung South East Asia Forum 2012
  • Gitasiravadha concert in front of HRH The Thai Princess and the Prime Minister
  • Beauty Gems 48th Anniversary
  • Chanel 3 Children's Day concert
  • Second Annual City of Bangkok New Year Concert with Siam Sinfonietta
  • British Embassy Bangkok Celebration HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday
  • Hua Hin Jazz Festival
  • Performed with David Foster at the event "The Israeli Consulate Celebrates Israel's 65th Independence Day: Celebrates Flavors of Israel, Honors Larry Ellison" on April 11, 2013 at Nobu Malibu, Los Angeles
  • Suphannahong National Film Awards
  • Covidien Asia-Pacific Gala Dinner
  • Press launch Maya Chiang Mai
  • Mahler Titan Concert
  • Chevrolet Dealer Awards
  • Singha 80th Anniversary Celebration Concert
  • Magnum Cafe Siam Center Opening
  • Semi-finals on Rising Star.
  • Quarter finals on Rising Star.
  • Sudden Death on Rising Star.
  • Duel round on Rising Star.
  • Live Audition on ABC television's Rising Star.
  • Kenny G River Jazz (Bangkok)
  • National Concert Tour, sponsored by the Finance Ministry of Thailand
  • City of Bangkok New Year Concert III
  • The Masterpiece Koh MrSaxman Concert
  • Portland State University Cultural Night
  • A Magical night with Andrea Bocelli
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • City of Bangkok New Year Concert IV
  • Thailand Countdown at Wat Arun
  • The Thai dub of Moana, a Walt Disney Studios animated feature film
  • Halfworlds II, an HBO Asia original series
  • Dracula, Blood is Life theatrical production
  • Miss Saigon US Tour : Kim (alternate)

Awards

  • 2014 Top 6 in America's ABC "Rising Star"
  • 2011 Winner premier season Thailand's Got Talent
  • 2008 First prize trophy from HRH The Thai Pricness Future Park Junior Talent Award 2008
  • 2008 Winner Dutchmill Kids Star Talent Contest 2008
  • 2008 Winner Fairbairn Exhibition Scholarship (Shrewsbury International School)
  • 2007 Winner Nescafe My Cup Fantasia 2
  • 2006 Winner MIFA Singing Contest 2006 (at age 8)
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