A former student of accounting at California State University, Fullerton, Rathana Unng is a music lover. Rathana Ung especially enjoys listening to Adele.
An only child in North London, Adele wasn’t born into a musical family, but she was privileged to have an “arty mom” who encouraged her to try different things. Unfortunately, her father left when she was only 4, and his alcoholism led to their eventual estrangement.
Adele became fascinated by music at a young age, and she grew fond of both Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until she was 15 that she stumbled on some albums of Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald. From these, she found real inspiration in music that had been recorded some 40 years before her birth.
Though brilliant, Adele was a not a book-learner, so her mother got her into the BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology. While a student, she recorded three songs for a school project that she uploaded to her MySpace page. The right people at XL Recordings listened to them and signed her to her first recording contract in 2006, just after she had graduated. She went on to win multiple Grammys and is an Oscar-winning songwriter.
Rathana Ung enjoys meeting and helping elderly individuals and other people who are less fortunate than herself. She is active with charity work, and helped develop a water system in a village in Cambodia so women and children no longer had to walk miles just to get fresh drinking water. When she is away from her charity work, Rathana Ung enjoys listening to Adele.
Grammy Award-winning singer Adele is best known for her songs Rolling in the Deep, Hello, and Someone Like You. As a young teen, her mother always encouraged her never to focus too much on a single pursuit, but rather to explore different opportunities. Adele’s passion for music came about early in her life.
Adele was enrolled in the alternative BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, as a traditional classroom setting didn’t suit her learning style. While she attended the school, she cut a three-track demo as one of her class projects, which led to it being posted on her MySpace social media account. Not long after this the three-track demo was heard by executives at XL Recordings. The recording company personally contacted Adele, and within just four short months she not only graduated from school but had also signed a record deal.