Rossa Roslaina Sri Handayani, known mononymously as Rossa, or by some fans as Te'ocha (born on October 9, 1978 in Sumedang, West Java, Indonesia), is an Indonesian singer. She remains one of the most popular artists in Indonesia and Malay-speaking countries.
Rossa started singing at ten years old when she released her first ever album, Untuk Sahabatku in 1988. This children's album was produced by Dian Records. However, the album failed to gain attention.
Rossa's fame began when she released her first adult album Nada Nada Cinta in 1996. Then, followed by Tegar in 2000 which made Rossa's name more prominent in the Indonesian music scene. She won a MTV Indonesia Awards 2000 for "Most Favorite Female Artist". Rossa also performed in Asian music festival, My Love in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 26, 2000.
Rossa graduated from University of Indonesia, Faculty of Social and Political Science on February 2002. In the same year, she released album Kini which dominated by ballad songs. She received "Best Female Solo Artist" at Indonesian Music Awards (AMI) 2002.
In 2003, Rossa released the repackage album of Kini with a new song, "Malam Pertama", composed by Melly Goeslaw. This album got Double Platinum in 2004.
At the end of 2004, Rossa released album Kembali with nine progressive-pop songs. This album spawned hit singles "Aku Bukan Untukmu" and "Pudar". This album was certified Platinum only for three months, and six months later this album got Double Platinum. Her single, "Pudar" also gained commercial success in Malaysia. Kembali was released in Malaysia on May 23, 2005 and Rossa held a show in Planet Hollywood, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to promote her album.
On December 2006, Rossa released her greatest-hits compilation album entitled Yang Terpilih. Rossa inserted 3 new songs, "Atas Nama Cinta", "Terlalu Cinta", and "Cinta Tak Termiliki". Yang Terpilih was released in Malaysia on May 16, 2007.
In 2008, Rossa participated in a soundtrack-album for film, Ayat Ayat Cinta (English: "Verses of Love"), contributed the theme song "Ayat Ayat Cinta" and "Takdir Cinta". These singles gave her an Indonesian Music Awards (AMI) 2008 for "Best Pop Female Solo Artist" and a SCTV Awards 2008 for "Famous Singer". She also got an award from Anugerah Industri Muzik, Malaysia for "Best Malay Language Song Performed by Foreign Artist" for her song "Terlalu Cinta". Rossa held her first concert titled "Persembahan Cinta" in Jakarta Convention Center on November 26, 2008. In this concert, Rossa was helped by Indonesian famous composer, Erwin Gutawa and Jay Subiakto.
In nearly 3 years, Rossa released her self-titled album on January 14, 2009. Her first single, "Terlanjur Cinta", was a duet with Pasha, the vocalist of band Ungu.
On May 2, 2009, Rossa received an award from Anugerah Industri Muzik, Malaysia again for "Best Malay Language Song Performed by Foreign Artist" category. This time, the award is given for her mega hit single "Ayat-Ayat Cinta". She defeated other 4 nominated songs; "Aku Dan Dirimu" by Ari Lasso & Bunga Citra Lestari, "Matahariku" by Agnes Monica, "Bila Rasaku Ini Rasamu" by Kerispatih, and "Menjaga Hati" by Yovie & Nuno. She also had a duet performance with Faizal Tahir on that night. Both of them performed "Terlanjur Cinta" and Faizal Tahir's "Cuba".
On November 12, 2011, Rossa repeated her achievement in the 18th Anugerah Industri Muzik, Malaysia when her single "Ku Menunggu" has been awarded as the "Best Malay Language Song Performed by Foreign Artist". Rossa, who could not be present during the awards ceremony has set a new record of her own - winning the categories for the third time, out of her four nominations received throughout four years.
Rossa also won the Best Female Artiste (Artis Wanita Terbaik) at Anugerah Planet Muzik 2011 in Singapore. At her first sold-out solo concert at the Esplanade, she soft-launched her duet single with Singapore Idol, Taufik Batisah entitled "Aku Bersahaja". The duet received good response from their fans in Singapore as well as in Malaysia. It topped radio charts in both countries for a couple of weeks.