Jaclyn Joshua Thanaraj Victor (Tamil: ஜக்லின் விக்டொர்; born 4 December 1978), better known by her stage name Jaclyn Victor, is a Malaysian singer and actress who won the inaugural Malaysian Idol and Ikon Malaysia. As the winner of Malaysian Idol, she won a recording contract with Sony BMG Music Entertainment. She represented Malaysia in the first Asian Idol and Ikon Asean. She has been dubbed “Asia’s Divette” for her vocal prowess.
Jaclyn Victor known for her Malay language big hits such as Gemilang, Di Pohon Asmara, Wajah, Cepat – Cepat, Ceritara Cinta, Satu Harapan, Bertamu Di Kalbu, Beribu Sesalan, Jagalah Diri, Ikut Rentaku, Seindah Mimpi, Nisan Cinta.
Her debut album “Gemilang” under the label Sony BMG won the “Best Pop Album” & “Album of the Year” awards in Anugerah Industri Muzik 2005, while her titular single won the Anugerah Juara Lagu in 2005.
In 2012, Jaclyn Victor signed a recording deal with KRU Music and recorded a Malay language album entitled “Ikut Rentakku”. After winning a number of awards, she signed a new agreement with KRU Music and released an English language EP entitled “Unleashed” in 2014.
At the 2017 Anugerah Juara Lagu, Jaclyn performed as an Opening Act. She performed at the 2017 SEA Games for the second time since 2011.
In early 2018, Jaclyn Victor received an Anugerah Ikon Muzik (Music Icon award).
As of 2018, Jaclyn has won total of 9 Anugerah Industry Muzik awards (Malaysia’s equivalent of the Grammy awards) in her career. She also has won total 5 awards of various categories in Anugerah Juara Lagu.
In 2011, she released a collaborative album with Ning Baizura and Shila Amzah entitled “3 Suara”, they won “Best Vocal in a Song” at the 18th Anugerah Industri Muzik and “Most Popular Group” in “Anugerah Bintang Popular 2011”.
In 2012, Jaclyn Victor won three Anugerah Industri Muzik awards for the song “Counting days” with Aubrey Suwito.
Jaclyn wanted a change in her musical direction and in 2012, she signed a recording agreement with “KRU Music”, a progressive independent label. Through this label, Jaclyn Victor released 3 successful singles namely “Sebelah Jiwaku”, “Jagalah Diri” and “Ikut Rentakku”, produced and written by Malaysia’s prolific singer-songwriter-producer Edry Abdul Halim. She recorded a rock track “Shine” with Beat The System and won VIMA Song of the Year.
In July 2014, Victor continued her contract with KRU Music and released her English EP entitled “Unleashed” in September 2014. Jaclyn promoted the album in Los Angeles in a one-week tour, performing live shows and attending TV and radio interviews. She performed in Istana Budaya for a James Bond musical tribute entitled The Licence To Thrill: A Bond Concert in September 2014. The concert features West End stars David Shannon and Simon Bailey and local singers, Salamiah Hassan and Nikki Palikat.
In 2015, Jaclyn Victor released the Malay version of her song “Sweeter than a dream” entitled “Seindah Mimpi” as a single. In early 2016, she performed as a guest artist in Stadium Negara alongside Siti Nurhaliza for her concert, Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza & Friends Concert, as a celebration of the latter 20th anniversary in music industry.
In early 2017, Jaclyn performed at the Anugerah Juara Lagu as an Opening Act. In summer 2017, She released a collaborative song with Siti Nordiana titled “Nisan Cinta” and another collaborative song with Hafiz Quip titled “Aku Negaraku” as a Merdeka song. Victor performed at the 2017 SEA Games after two days of giving birth to her second child.
In early 2018, Jaclyn Victor received an Anugerah Ikon Muzik (Music Icon award). In August 2018, she appeared as a guest judge and also performed at the Big Stage 2018 organized by Astro.