Nat Sakdatorn (Thai: ณัฐ ศักดาทร) (born January 24, 1983) is a Thai singer-songwriter, actor, writer and the winner of the 4th season of reality talent show True Visions' Academy Fantasia.
Nat Sakdatorn was born in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He has one elder sister, Darin Sakdatorn (nicknamed "Dow"). He attended primary school at Montfort College in Chiang mai until grade 8, and then went to study abroad at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey, United States. After graduating as the Valedictorian of the Class of 2001, he went on to major in Economics at Harvard University. At Harvard, he auditioned and became a member of the university's oldest co-ed a cappella group, the Harvard Opportunes. Sakdatorn graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Economics with Honors. After that, he spent one semester taking music courses at Berklee College of Music and then decided to return to Thailand to pursue his dream.
Before Sakdatorn entered the Academy Fantasia competition, he had a chance to work in the music industry after he sent a demo CD of his self-composed songs to the producers of the Sleepless Society albums. He sang the backing vocals for the famous Thai duo Golf-Mike's ขอบคุณ...ยังน้อยไป in 2006 and composed the melody for Kalorin Nemayothin's ทดแทนกันไม่ได้ in 2007.
Sakdatorn speaks Thai, English, and Japanese. He can also play the piano. Besides his nickname "Nat", many of his fans refer to him as Stitch, as he is well known for his wide happy smile, like that of the Disney cartoon character's.
In 2007, Sakdatorn auditioned for the fourth season of True Academy Fantasia, singing Clash's ละครรักแท้, Savage Garden's I Want You, the winner of first season Phacharapon Junteang's Sound EFX and Westlife's cover version of Debby Boone's You Light Up My Life. He made it through final audition round to complete in the show and continued two audition weeks to be 12 finalist in the house, then the winner of the season. In the final week, he chose to sing Tum Somprasong' ต้องดีกว่าเก่า and You Light Up My Life once again.
After Academy Fantasia:
Sakdatorn and his fellow AF4 contestants released a group album called X-Treme Army to launch their music careers together. Sakdatorn sang a solo song, แค่ชอบ, and a trio song, หวง, along with Methus Treerattanavareesin and Surasak Chanasriyotin as POP Army and a group song, Army Energy. To promote this album, all 12 AF4 singers began a nation-wide concert tour, X-treme Army in Concert, which was held in Bangkok (October 13, 2007), Surat Thani (October 20, 2007), Chiang Mai (October 27, 2007) and Udon Thani (November 3, 2007). On December 15-19, 2007, Sakdatorn and his AF4 friends joined THAI Exclusive Trip with AF4 'X-Treme Army in Beijing' launched by True Fantasia, Thai Airways International and Bank of Ayudhya. They all went to Beijing with their fanclub. Sakdatorn and his friends then went on to perform at Pepsi Everybody Move Concert (February 9, 2008), Big C Big Love Concert (February 16-17, 2008) and many mini-concerts. He also became a presenter for Pepsi, along with the other male singers from AF4.
Sakdatorn and Vontongchai Intarawat, the 1st runner-up of Academy Fantasia season 4, joined the 26th-anniversary Sudsupda magazine project, คนหล่อ ขอทำดี (Konlor Khor-dham-dee, literally mean Smart Man Do Good). They had a mini charity concert on March 23, 2008 at plaza square between Siam Discovery and Siam Center and donated all revenue to The Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand.
2008: All You Need Is Love:
Sakdatorn first mentioned about his debut album in variety show คืนนี้ วันนั้น on channel 5, aired on March 25, 2008, that his first single as a solo artist is รักได้อีก (Rak-Dai-Eek, meaning, "I Can Love You More"). The single is written and composed by Chestha Yarosake (except for the English rap part, which is written by Sakdatorn himself) and arranged by Banana Boat. The album is titled All You Need Is Love, and its the official release date is April 25, 2008. Sakdatorn also appeared on many television shows and radio stations to promote his album and singles. The second single from this album is คำสามคำ (Kam-Sam-Kam, meaning, "Three Words") which Sakdatorn composed music.
On May 16-21, 2008, Sakdatorn together with Vontongchai Intarawat, Rutchapon Yamsang, Wiwit Bawonkriritikajorn, Pakamon Bunyapuit and the winner of Academy Fantasia season 3, Kiatkamol Lata joined THAI Exclusive Trip with AF in Japan. And because of high demand, True Fantasia and Thai Airways International launched another special trip for Sakdatorn's and Intarawat's fanclub, THAI Exclusive Trip with Nat-Tol Live in Sydney, on June 26 - July 2, 2008 including their first album-opening mini concert outside Thailand.
On June 4, 2008, Cartier selected Sakdatorn to become a brand ambassador for LOVE collection in Thailand. On July 14, 2008, Bank of Ayudhya chose Sakdatorn and Intarawat as brand ambassador for Krungsri Yellow Points campaign.
On July 25, 2008, Sakdatorn declared the winner of Dutch Mill Top Teen Idol. Having been Dutch Mill Top Teen Idol, Sakdatorn had filmed a TV ad. for Dutch Mill, which went on air in November 2008.
In August 2008, Sakdatorn acted in a musical play adapted from Madame Butterfly as Prince Yamadori. This is the second play from True Fantasia and there are two cast sets. Another cast who play the same role as Sakdatorn is Intarawat. To promote the play, Sakdatorn and Intarawat covered 上を向いて歩こう (best known as Sukiyaki) and released music video on July 4, 2008. But they will sing Thai version in the play.
By continuing Krungsri Yellow Points campaign under a concept of Innovation Makes Life Easy, Intarawat and Sakdatorn launched their first full live concert entitled NAT-TOL the TWO MEN Show on October 30-November 1, 2008. The concerts were originally performed in a form of reality concert as a combination between live concert and reality show. There were 4 rounds concerts for approximately 4,000 audiences total.
On November 22, 2008, Sakdatorn's first romantic comedy drama called คลื่นฝัน วันรัก broadcast for the first time on Modern Nine TV. Sakdatorn took the leading role of มะเดี่ยว, an ambitious teenager who pursued his dream of becoming a disk jockey.
2009: Concerts and Musical Play:
On February 23, 2009, Sakdatorn joined the latest reality game show from True Visions called The Master. Sakdatorn with other 14 contestants from five seasons of Academy Fantasia performed to win the program's one-million-baht prize money.
On May 9, 2009, Sakdatorn and seven other AF friends performed at the Bachelors' Dream Concert at the Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon.
From May 13 to 19, 2009, Sakdatorn together with Intarawat joined THAI Exclusive Trip in New Zealand with their fanclubs.
On July 29, 2009, Sakdatorn was named the 'Reader Icon 2009' award from Amarin Pocketbook Printing, resulting from the award Sakdatorn will have his first pocketbook published with Amarin Pocketbook in 2010.
From October 2 to 25, 2009, Sakdatorn performed the role as 'Chanalom' in his second musical play; 'The Legend of Re Khai Fun CHALIANG The Musical' at M Theatre. The Legend of Re Kai Fun CHALIANG The Musical is the first ever jukebox musical based on songs by a Thai band. The play was co-produced by Tohklom, Workpoint and True Fantasia. Receiving a warm welcome from audience, the musical play is scheduled to re-stage from January 15 to 17, 2010.
From October 10 to 12, 2009, Sakdatorn went to Tak province to help raise fund to renovate ตชด. จุฬาฯ-ธรรมศาสตร์ 3 school on "Joh Jai TV program" which is part of the "KRUNGSRI Yellow Points ล้านใจให้น้องเรียน" campaign. Not just only raising fund, Sakdatorn also went to the school and help renovate it himself.
2010: The Year of Music, Concerts and The First Pocketbook:
From January 15 to 17, 2010 The Legend of Re Kai Fun CHALIANG The Musical which received a warm welcome from audience in October 2009, was re-staged. The musical play later won Chalermkrung Award for the "Best Play of the Year" by popular Thailand's social website Pantip.com.
On January 30, 2010 Sakdatorn performed as a guest in the concert called "คอนเสิร์ตเพลงรักยุคคีตา โดย นก เฉลียง" at Thailand Cultural Center where he sang "ห่วงหา" "ไม่คิดถาม" and "คนขี้เหงา". The song "ห่วงหา" was recorded along with four other songs by four different popular singers in the album called "เพลงผูกใจ". This was the first big concert for Sakdatorn outside True Fantasia label.
On February 13, 2010 Sakdatorn and his fellow AF Patcha Anekayuwat performed in the "Bangkok Jazz Festival 2010" at Central World Plaza along with many world-class Jazz artists in the 6-day show, beginning on February 9.
On February 20 and 21, 2010 Sakdatorn performed as a guest in "Once in a Lifetime concert produced by Phusit Laithong" at Thailand Cultural Center where he sang two songs -- "The one you love" and "I need to know". Other guests on the concert were well-known Thai signers and musicians such as Ajarn Thanis Srikildee, Nithipong Hornak, Pod Moderndog, Bee Peerapat, Ben Chalatis, and Radkloa Amaradis.
On April 30, 2010: Sakdatorn's first single called "ไม่มีพรุ่งนี้" or "No Tomorrow" was debut. The song was part of "the Winners project" album where all six winners of Academy Fantasia would have 2 songs each in the album. Sakdatorn himself wrote the melody of the song "ไม่มีพรุ่งนี้". The second single "นาทีเงียบงัน" or "Silent Minute" was released on September 22. (See Chart Summary)
On June 26, 2010, Sakdatorn was one of the guests in the Thai classic concert hosted by former famous Thai classic singer Rungrudee Pangpongsai at Thailand National Theater where he sang his hit song "ไม่มีพรุ่งนี้", or "No Tomorrow" and My Way.
On July 25, 2010, Sakdatorn won "Male Hot Artist Award" from TV Inside HOT Awards, TV Pool Magazine.
On July 30, 2010, Sakdatorn has expanded his career to be a singer-cum-writer as his first pocketbook titled "มองทุกอย่างจากทุกมุม" (Looking at things from every angles) was released. The book was published with Amarin Pocketbook Publishing which he won "Reader Icon 2009 Award".
On August 22, 2010, Sakdatorn, the winner of Academy Fantasia Season 4, and five other winners of Academy Fantasia from five other seasons, performed in "KRUNGSRI The First 3D Concert: Victory of the Winners" at Indoor Stadium Huamark, Bangkok. It had been the first ever concert in Thailand that was later be adapted to be 3D movie.
In late September, 2010, Sakdatorn' second single "นาทีเงียบงัน" or "Silent Minute" from "The Winners Project" album debut.
In late October, 2010, Thailand's first 3D movie concert -- "ล่า ฝ่า ฝัน : Confession of the Winners", made from "KRUNGSRI The First 3D Concert : Victory of the Winners" debut.
On November 20, 2010, Sakdatorn and Zani, the winner of Academy Fantasia season 6, performed in "KRUNGSRI presents Mr. Nat & Ms. Zani" concert at M Theatre. The 800-seat concert was fully packed with Bank of Ayudhya, or Krungsri, and Central Credit Card customers.
On December 26, 2010, Sakdatorn performed as a guest in "Once in a Lifetime concert produced by Phusit Laithong, Restage" at Thailand Cultural Center.
2011: Second Solo Album '361° NAT SAKDATORN':
Nat Sakdatorn kept focusing on his singer career with his second solo album is set to release in August, 2011. Besides, the album his other works this year included concerts and musical play.
His first pocket book "มองทุกอย่างจากทุกมุม", or "Looking at things in every angles" written in 2011, will be re-printed after the book received award from Education Ministry on Fiction book for Children Aged between 12-18 category on 25 March 2011.
On January 23, 2011 Sakdatorn and Sony Music's singer Dan Worrawech performed in Concert Cover Night Plus: More than Love by Greenwave.
On March, 2011, Sakdatorn and his fellow AF performed in "KRUNGSRI AF Comedy Show Must Go On" at Thunder Dome.
On April 19, 2011 Sakdatorn's first single "ดับไฟด้วยน้ำมัน" or "Dubfai duaynammun" from '361° NAT SAKDATORN' album was released.
On April, 25, 2011 Sakdatorn performed in "Get The Concert: MY ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK" by Get 102.5 at SF World Cinema where he sang two solo and one duet songs with his fellow AF friend Patcha Anekayuwat.
In May, Dunkin' Donuts Thailand has appointed Sakdatorn and his two fellows, Vontongchai Intrawat from AF4 and Saharat Naruekupcharnchai from AF5, to be presenters of its campaign "โชค DD ยกกำลัง 2". The campaign will last until the end of the year.
On July 10, 2011, Sakdatorn and his fellows AF4 friends had a concert "KRUNGSRI AF4 Re-stage Concert" at Thai-Japanese Stadium.
On August 9, 2011, Sakdatorn's second single "คิดถึงดังดัง" from his "361° NAT SAKDATORN" album debut.
On September 3, 2011, Sakdatorn won "Popular Male Artist" from Channel V Thailand 2011 Music Video Awards.
On September 9-25, 2011 Sakdatorn played "Nick Piazza" in Thai version of "FAME the Musical" which was adapted from the popular New York's Broadway musical play.
On December 7, 2011, Sakdatorn's second single "คิดถึงดังดัง" from the album "361° NAT SAKDATORN" received "No.1 Music Chart November 2011" award from Intensive Watch, an independent company that monitors every second of music & ads on radio stations, TV and cable TV. source: Intensive watch Facebook
2012: A big change:
Sakdatorn had had a big change on his career path this year when he decided not to renew his contract with True Fantasia (contract ended on September 15) and signed a new contract with Musiccream, one of the label records of GMM Grammy. The new contract, started from October 1 2012, will last five years.
This year also saw Sakdatorn become a guest on several concerts starting with Do for Dad (March), ETC. Back to Basic (July), Overcoat Music Festival 2012 (December), to Silver Lake Jazz Fest 2012 (December).
His only single debut this year was "หนึ่งคำที่รอ" or "One word that I've been waiting for" under True Fantasia label.
Sakdatorn won Seed 97.5 Male Solo Artist of the Year in March. Seed 97.5 is one of the major radio channels in Thailand. His song "คิดถึงดังดัง" also won "Song of the Year Award" from Bang Awards 2012. Bang Awards was held by Bang Channel, a cable TV channel under GMM Grammy.