After gaining millions of views and over 200, 000 subscribers on YouTube and fans in various countries including Australia, Canada, and the Philippines, Filipino-American acoustic singer Joseph Vincent is releasing his debut album Blue Skies on October 16th. JV has performed twice on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and was named Australia’s Star Central Magazine’s “YouTube Artist of the Year” in 2009. Fans may have already heard a few tracks featured on the album that include If You Stay and S.A.D (Single Awareness Day), but now can finally listen to JV’s first full-length debut album, all songs written by him. We recently caught up with the 22-year-old, who has been preparing for the album release as well as his 27-city US tour this Fall.
B’z is going on tour – check out an interview with the Japanese rock duo before they hit Northern American shores!
AJ Rafael fans, take note – the popular Filipino-American singer/songwriter is embarking on a concert tour starting this September, taking his unique sound around the country!
The Play. Live. Breathe. Music Concert tour will hit 9 cities across the US and is sure to be a night of incredible talent.
Japan’s biggest rock duo B’z (comprised of vocalist Koshi Inaba and guitarist Tak Matsumoto) will return to North America for their fourth U.S. tour. The tour, which kicks off in San Francisco at The Warfield on September 17th, will comprise of seven stops all over North America, the final stop being at the Gibson Amphiteatre in Los Angeles on October 7th.
Audrey and KoreAm catch up with the guys of YTF during a rehearsal in LA – watch as we talk to them about their concert tour.
Stay tuned for part two!
I died watching this video.
Like, literally, on my laptop, with my face 2 inches from the screen, writhing and making weird death sounds.
I’m one of those unfortunate chicks who eat up sappy love stories because I always sit there and pretend that I’m the cutesy little girl who gets to magically fall in love and everything is all rainbows and butterflies and I’m holding hands with flowers and gems are falling from my mouth as I sing songs to forest critters. Everything I touch turns to gold, all babies and puppies love me, and I can do no evil.
So needless to say, when I saw Clara C‘s new music video for The Camel Song as she merrily skips through jolly forests and eating pizza in a cartoon cafe with Ryan Higa, I’m in agony.
“I want to help groom the next generation’s future Michelle Obamas: strong-willed, aspira- tional, influential, socially conscious and chic all at the same time.” – Ruby Veridiano
ISSUE: Winter 2010
STORY: Anna M. Park
The Glamorous Life
To call Ruby Veridiano just a writer doesn’t really cut it. She’s more, as she puts it, “a glamour girl off to save the world.” She co-founded iLL-Literacy, an internationally touring performing arts collective. In 2008, she published her first book, Miss Universe, a reference to women raised to live life like a pageant, but also to the “universe” within us, the “ultimate crown of beauty.” And this past fall, Veridiano launched an eight-week writing empowerment program for young women. Called the “Glamourbaby Diaries,” the program focused on Asian American history within a fashion framework, seeking to redefine glamour to encompass themes of strength, inner beauty and positive social impact.
Now, the 27-year-old Filipina- Chinese American is planning the Glamourbaby Diaries speaking tour on campuses across the country. “I want to help groom the next generation’s future Michelle Obamas: strong-willed, aspira- tional, influential, socially conscious and chic all at the same time,” she says.
Veridiano finds that young Asian American co-eds, in particular, “hunger to find someone in the media that represents who they are and who they aspire to be,” she says. “Young Asian women today strive to be more than visible — they want to be relevant.”
And while her message of loving yourself and being the change is nothing new, her glamour framework is. Using women’s fascination with the external, Veridiano encourages women “to redefine their beauty through purpose, meaning and a vision to lead their communities. True elegance is rooted in character and in spirit; fashion is merely the accessory.”
Ironically, Veridiano came up with the term “glamourbaby” in a less-than- glamorous circumstance. After a botched taping, Veridiano had declared, “Ah man, well … it’s not all glamour, baby.” And that encapsulated it for her. “Much like most of life, it isn’t all glamour, especially when you’re striving towards a dream,” she says. “But it’s about embracing adversity, and continuing to represent something beautiful for your community.” — AMP
Veridiano will kick off the Glamourbaby Diaries tour this spring, and the audio version of her book Miss Universe will be out February 2011. For updates, go to rubyisill.com.
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Singer/songwriter Malea McGuinness is known for her powerful, sensual voice and intimate lyrics. (Take a listen below!) The Korean-Irish American sang opera and on Broadway before turning to her true musical style — an amalgam of pop, rock and country. She shows off her skills — and bares her soul — in her latest album Close As Air, where she sings of the loneliness she felt as a child. Malea spent the first two years of her life with relatives in South Korea before moving in with her strict grandparents in Long Island. She sings of that transition in her song “Stars”: “There’s a wild and lonely child in the airport/Standing there with tears in her eyes.”
Here, Malea lets us in on one of her fondest memories on tour.
This year I was invited to come back and perform at Summerfest, the world s largest musical festival, in Milwaukee, Wisc. It s like being a kid in a candy store. You might have Tom Petty, Train, The Roots, and Kid Rock all performing on different stages the same night! Needless to say, I always have a blast and look forward to it all year. This year I played the Harley Davidson Stage. With all the Harleys mounted and displayed on stage, playing some of my songs, some Allman Brothers covers, I always have to pinch myself.
What makes this show the most fun for me is the audience. I was halfway through my set when I noticed this adorable little Asian girl wearing one of my T-shirts smiling at me. I smiled and sang to her. Though there were thousands of people, I think she knew I was singing to her.
After the show, I went over to my merchandise table, where I get to meet and greet my fans. It is probably my favorite part of the show. It’s a lot of fun to answer questions about my music and get a chance to thank my fans for their support. The little girl from the audience came up to me — her name was Lulu. She had a card and gift for me. I was so blown away, so touched that she had thought of me. She made me a card with her picture, which is now up on my bulletin board, and a pair of earrings I’ll always treasure. After spending some time with her I took down her address from her mom. As soon as I arrived home, I opened my jewelry making case and made something special for her and her mom.
And that’s what music is all about. Making people happy. It doesn’t get better than this.
– Malea McGuinness
To continue the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), Verizon Wireless presents a five-city concert tour featuring Chinese and Taiwanese musical artists Van Ness Wu, JJ Lin, Evonne Hsu and Mike Relm (most of whom also happen to be Asian American!), starting this Thursday, May 20, in Seattle.
And it’s not just a concert. The stars will also be making an appearance at local Verizon Wireless stores nationwide where they will be greeting fans and signing autographs, just for you!
From Seattle, the tour moves on to New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and finally Los Angeles on May 29. Check out the teaser video here (and keep reading to see the videos from each of the performers).
Through the APAHM Concert Celebration Tour, (its third annual event), Verizon Wireless continues its effort to support and celebrate the contributions of the Asian American community. (More than 8 percent of its employee base is Asian or Asian American descent, according to Verizon.)
The APAHM Concert Celebration Tour includes the following events throughout May:
Friday, May 28: Autograph signing with JJ Lin and Evonne Hsu, in the San Francisco Market Street Verizon Wireless Store
When you go to the autograph signing session, don’t forget to bring your no-longer-used wireless phones for recycling through the company’s HopeLine® program and for a chance to win an autographed concert T-shirt from the featured artists. HopeLine is Verizon Wireless’ phone recycling and re-use program that supports domestic violence prevention agencies, including more than 20 organizations in the Bay Area.
For more information on the APAHM Concert Celebration Tour, visit www.verizoninsider.com/apahm. To see more of the videos from the stars, scroll down.