Thanh Lam (Đoàn Thanh Lam) is a Vietnamese singer and song-writer who has been a long-standing Diva in Vietnamese comtemporary music. Early life and education Thanh Lam was born in Hanoi on June 19, 1969 to music composer Thuận Yến and traditional music artist Thanh Hương. She has one younger brother, Trí Minh. At the age of 9, Thanh Lam started studying đàn tỳ bà (a Vietnamese traditional music instrument) at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music. In 1985, she switched to study Vocal Music. This was an important turning-point in her music career.