The biggest Asian American talent competition is quickly approaching. Kollaboration Star, which takes place on November 16, 2013 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, will have some of the best talent from the U.S. and Canada competing for a $20,000 grand prize and a ton of bragging rights.
The thirteen city representatives have already been chosen:
ATLANTA – ANTHONY BUI, spoken word
BOSTON – DEREK HSU, Chinese yo-yo
CHICAGO – ALVIN LAU, spoken word artist
DALLAS – KASSY LEVELS, vocal/keyboard
EAST LANSING – CHRIS LEE, vocal/piano
HONOLULU – DA ARAZ, band
HOUSTON – MIKEY SILVERIO, beatboxing
LOS ANGELES – JOHN & DANIEL RHEE, band
NEW YORK – IZZY, rapper/producer
SAN FRANCISCO – &BLUE, band
SEATTLE – TROY & ARIEL, spoken word/composer
TORONTO – PLAITWRIGHTS AND CHARLESTON RELAY, band
WASHINGTON DC – DAVE YOON, vocal
Out of these thirteen performers, only six will move forward. This is where you come in. The finalists will be chosen by public voting.
According to Kollaboration, “the five contestants with the highest number of votes will move on as finalists, while a sixth finalist will be selected by Kollaboration as a Wild Card. All six finalists will then be flown out to Los Angeles to compete in the finale show at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on November 16th for the $20,000 Grand Prize and share the stage with some of the most prominent names in Asian American entertainment- Drunken Tiger, Yoon Mi Rae, Bizzy, Paul PK Kim, Mike Song, KRNFX, and David So”
On Friday, seven amazing singers competed at Kollaboration Los Angles but only one came out the winner. Nate Tao, the Taiwanese American singer/songwriter stole the show and will compete at the Kollaboration finals in November.
Kollaboration Los Angeles is only one day away! Tomorrow night, seven talented artists will take the stage at the Ford Amphitheater and compete for the title and grand prize of $1000. Past winners include Far East Movement and Dumbfoundead. This year, Kollaboration LA is hosted by comedian PK (Paul Kim) with a special guest appearance by comedian Jimmy Ouyang. David Choi and his father Ray Choi will also be performing at the show. Here’s your chance to get to know some of the contestants better.
Name: Andrew Abaria (alter ego is St. Andrew) Hometown: Beaverton, OR Music genre: Pop
Do you have a job other than performing or what did you do before you became a music artist?
I paid the bills with a career in yoga before I committed to my life as a music artist.
What was your reaction to becoming a finalist on Kollaboration Los Angeles?
I definitely felt honored when I found out that I would be part of the competition this year. Kollaboration has had huge successes over the years and to be a part of that legacy is truly incredible.
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