Agnes Monica born Agnes Monica Muljoto; July 1, 1986 is an Indonesian recording artist and actress of Chinese ancestry. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, she started her career in entertainment industry at the age of six as a child singer. She has recorded three albums which established herself as one of the most popular child singers in the 1990s. She also became a presenter of several children's television programs. At her teen age, Agnes expanded her career into the world of acting. Her role in the soap opera Pernikahan Dini rocketed her name in the showbiz industry. Following her rising popularity after starring in few series of soap operas, she became the highest-paid teenage artist. In 2003, she released her first album And the Story Goes that marked her transition from a child singer to a female singer.
Agnes is known as a controversial figure in Indonesia, for her dream to bring her music to international stage is considered as a pompous proclamation. But despite of that, she has done many things to make her dream come true and made herself as an inspiration of young people. On her second studio album Whaddup A.. '?!, she collaborated with an American R&B singer Keith Martin. In 2005, she appeared in two Taiwanese drama series, The Hospital and Romance In the White House. She participated in 2008 and 2009 Asia Song Festival, which took place in Seoul, South Korea; and she received "Best Asian Artist Award" for each her participation there from the chairman of Korea Foundation for International Culture and Exchange. In 2010, she was one of the international hosts on the red carpet of American Music Awards of 2010 in Los Angeles, United States.
Besides her commercial success, Agnes has also achieved numerous awards, including ten Anugerah Musik Indonesia, seven Panasonic Awards, four MTV Indonesia Awards, and seven JpopAsia International Music Awards. She has also earned 2011 Nugraha Bhakti Musik Indonesia (NBMI) from The Minister of Culture and Tourism and the Union of Indonesian Singers, Songwriters and Music Record Producers for her contribution and support for the Indonesian music.
For her clean image and healthy life, which she has always presented, Agnes was appointed as the anti-drug ambassador of Asia as well as the ambassador of MTV EXIT in combating human trafficking.
* 1 Life and career
o 1.1 1986–2002: Childhood and early career
o 1.2 2003–2004: First Album And The Story Goes
o 1.3 2005–2007: Second Album Whaddup A.. '?!
o 1.4 2008–2009: Sacredly Agnezious
o 1.5 2010–present: Upcoming international project
* 2 Artistry
* 3 Honors and awards
* 4 Fundraising
* 5 Discography
o 5.1 Indonesian-language albums
o 5.2 English-language albums
* 6 Television series
* 7 Presenter
* 8 Notes
* 9 References
* 10 External links
Life and career
1986–2002: Childhood and early career
Agnes Monica was born in Jakarta, Indonesia on July 1, 1986. She is the youngest child of Jenny Siswono and Ricky Suprapto. She has an older brother named Steve Muljoto who is also her manager. She attended Tarakanita elementary school and Pelita Harapan junior high school/. Her talent in the performing arts has already seen in her childhood, especially in singing. Besides singing in a church, she was also sent to vocal courses in some places.
At the age of six, Agnes started her career as a child singer and recorded her first very album Si Meong. Her popularity soared when she released her second children's album Yess! (1995), in which she duets with another Indonesian child singer Eza Yayang. The album was named the "Best Children's Album" in 1999. Another children's album which she released was Bala-Bala. All those three albums managed to rank Agnes alongside with other popular child singers of the 1990s. In addition to releasing albums, Agnes also became a host of few children's programs namely Video Anak Anteve (VAN) on Anteve, Tralala-Trilili on RCTI and Diva Romeo on Trans TV. She was awarded "Most Favorite Presenter of Children's Program" at Panasonic Awards for two consecutive years, 1999 and 2000.
Entering her teen age, Agnes expanded her career into the world of acting, beginning with her role on the soap operas Lupus Millennia and Mr Hologram in 1999. The next year, she starred in the soap opera Pernikahan Dini which made her even more famous and wiped away her image as a child artist. For her role in this soap opera, she received "Favorite Actress" award at 2001 and 2002 Panasonic Awards, as well as "Popular Actress" award at 2002 SCTV Awards. She recorded two songs "Pernikahan Dini" and "Seputih Hati" for the soap opera's soundtracks. Both songs were also featured on the compilation album Love Theme (2001).
Throughout 2002, Agnes starred in three soap operas namely Ciuman Pertama, Kejar Daku Kau Ku Tangkap and Amanda.She also collaborated with an Indonesian senior singer Yana Julio in the song "Awan dan Ombak" for his studio album Jumpa Lagi. Along with her high popularity, Agnes became the highest-paid teenage artist in Indonesia at that time.