Although born in England, singer/songwriter Hugo Chakrabongse spent most of his childhood and early adulthood in Thailand, where he acted in several Thai soap operas before forming his first band, Siplor. The bandâ€™s early performances -- a mix of original tunes, Jefferson Airplane covers, and the theme song to one of Hugoâ€™s soaps -- were dodgy at best, but Siplor eventually rose to the top of Thailandâ€™s rock scene, known equally for their psychedelic country-rock sound and outspoken, pro-democracy politics. After releasing four albums with the group, Hugo moved to London in search of a solo career. Now operating under his forename, he co-wrote the song â€œDisappearâ€� for BeyoncÃ©â€™s best-selling 2008 album, I Am...Sasha Fierce, and earned a spot on her husbandâ€™s record label as a result. Hugo then paid tribute to Roc Nation founder Jay-Z by recording a thumping, folksy cover of â€œ99 Problems,â€� which was featured in the 2010 film No Strings Attached. One year later, Old Tyme Religion officially introduced Hugo to the Western world with a mix of pop, rock, and soul. ~ Andrew LeaheyPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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