Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.
The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.
As a sneak peak, I thought I’d include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.
I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!
Wow, feeling incredibly blessed .. just had the opportunity to have a sit down talk with Mr. Bubba Jackson, our DJ host at KJazz 88.1FM and he shared some valuable knowledge and insight (&& not mention some schooling, haha) not only about his own background/upbringing but about the music industry and historical background of black music in America & its introduction to Europe. As an intern for KJazz, my goal was to share some of his experience at the Summer Benefit Concert that took place June 22nd.
Instead, and thankfully so, Bubba graciously gave the whole 9 yards and shared a passion that goes beyond mere surprise, delight and amazement of the performance. The subject of our discussion grappled with the idea behind the importance of cultural history in understanding where the music of an artist comes from, and how music can be deep representation of a culture’s experience. Bubba shares, ““When a singer sings, the melody & lyrics come together… You just don’t hear it, you feel it. When Dee Dee sings she sings from the inside, out, from her inner soul. She took a sound from her background laid it out and startled people (in Europe). She didn’t walk away from where she’s from. She left her trademark. For me, that’s why she is an icon.” I couldn’t agree more on. Throughout the discussion, while I fervently took notes as Bubba spoke, I was also all ears. He articulated everything in a way that simply made sense, only confirming everything I believed about music and singing, something I have learned to not take very lightly.
We continued to talk about artists varying from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone && of course the Ms. Dee Dee Bridgewater and I was completely entranced in his discussion that we lost track of time. No other place I was meant to be. Bubba even gifted me this CD to take a listen to. So extremely grateful. Anyway, he shared much more music and amazing material that I am excited about and have yet to research and share with ya’ll. I will also be sharing the link to the KJazz newsletter with our talk included, this upcoming month in August for those who are interested in tuning in. Thanks for reading this far ya’ll have a great day & much love.
Exterior The Music Center’s Walt Disney Concert Hall
The talent in the room, phew!
Had the opportunity to attend my first Jazz concert to watch DeeDee Bridgewater, and was it such an incredible experience. So sad it ended so soon. So incredibly touched, so incredibly inspired. Only a reminder of how beautiful music is and how truly powerful it can be. Forever blessed to have witnessed all those who performed including the opening act of Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke and her musicians. Unfortunately, I was unable to record her performance but below is one of my favorite songs from her “Maybe Today” by Dee Dee Bridgewater. Incredible vocalist, as well as musicians!
As an asian myself, I would love to see more talented asians in the forefront of the music industry. I think many are often discouraged in their pursuit of music only because of the lack of asian representation that often goes unaddressed in the business. At least for me, me that was the impact it had for me. To me, this is unfair because it doesn’t represent what America claims to be about which is “equal opportunity”. It is very much a myth, and one that can be seen through the types of images that are pushed in the media and entertainment business.
As a lover of music, I always find myself coming back to Jessica’s performance. Jessica Sanchez’s rendition of “A Little In Prayer” by Aretha Franklin was phenomenal. She was 18 at the time. Beautiful rendition. I only wish that there are more artists with Jessica’s ability to play on the radio instead of some of the nonsense that we often hear on repeat… Not only that but her passion and love for music, always so evident in each of performances. It saddens me that it goes overlooked. I think it would help some of realize the true beauty in music.
Though I don’t believe Jessica Sanchez is a formally trained vocalist, much of her ability seems to come naturally to her. The way she goes from high to low, her technique to the way she interprets a song. Her artistry, to be quite honest in my own opinion, is unmatched to some of the people we hear on the radio. But I also know that her ability doesn’t align with the wide appeal on Pop. Unfortunately, many do not want to listen to complex runs on the radio, but instead prefer the entertainment to a simple tune. Not only that but the industry values looks and image, which can often break or break an artist’s career. Which in this case, unfortunately, happened to Jessica in the American Idol Season 12, where Phillip Phillips was announced the winner. I am not in any way discrediting his ability, but it only saddens me that Jessica’s talent was not given the recognition, I believe, she deserved. And which many others saw too. For those who are unfamiliar with it, the Season lost ratings and was discontinued the year after. To me, I believe that was enough to signify Jessica’s impact on the show. And to me, no other prize could mean as much.
Here’s one of her many performances that showcase her unique gift.
Hope ya’ll enjoyed it. She would have made Aretha proud.
Dalton Harris, the newest upcoming star of X Factor UK.
I can only hope people could hear the genuine talent in that voice. The guy is a diamond in the rough and I believe he has massive potential to be the next X Factory superstar. I only wish people believe in him as much as I do.
If ya’ll haven’t watched his performance, I’ll provide a link to my favorite performance of his thus far as I hope it is worth watching as it was for me, though I consider all his performances to be absolutely breathtaking.