I was recently interviewed by Sheena Yap Chan of the Tao of Self-Confidence podcast. You can read more about my interview and listen to the podcast below. Learn more about my thoughts on cultural identity and confidence.
I did an in-depth interview with Asian American faith focused, Inheritance Magazine, for their October issue about the documentary I directed, Finding Cleveland. It’s worth the read as I talk about family, faith, the importance of learning about our roots in this country. Check it out below.
Like most of the world last week, I was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of a music icon, Prince. I have been a fan of his music from an early age and always felt a special affinity for him since we both love purple. I had the great honor of having one of Prince’s former drummers, Michael Bland, play on my Revolutionary album. Bland was an incredible drummer who nailed some songs in just two takes. You would expect nothing less from someone who survived Prince’s rigorous band rehearsals. The way he described working with Prince sounded like it was music boot camp. Prince had very high expectations for everyone he worked with.
I am so grateful now that I had the chance to see Prince in concert live at the Staples Center when he was on his Musicology Tour. I was supposed to go see Madonna two nights before but she was ill and rescheduled her show on the same night as Prince’s concert. I was also a big Madonna fan so it was a difficult decision but my heart said “Prince” and I sold my Madonna tickets to a friend. It was definitely the right decision since Prince’s concert was amazing and one of the best shows I’ve seen. It’s a sober realization that was the last time I was ever be able to see him perform live.
Prince’s music didn’t fit neatly into a music genre box. He could play funk, rock, jazz, R&B and pop. He wasn’t limited to one style yet he had a very distinct sound that was his own. His Minneapolis sound certainly bled into other artists he worked with like Morris Day and the Time, Sheila E and Sheena Easton. Scores of artists have been influenced by him, myself included, but there will never be another Prince.
We’ve lost a lot of music legends in the past year like David Bowie, Natalie Cole and Don Henley. Life here on earth is temporary but music will live on for generations. I found this unreleased recording from a live acoustic show I did several years ago. I had done a medley of songs and ended with “Kiss” by Prince. Here’s the snippet of my acoustic rendition as a tribute to his musical influence on me.
I got invited to sing the national anthem at a recent LA Clippers game vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. It was a special Asian Heritage Night that also celebrated Chinese New Year’s. Those of you who follow me know I’m a die-hard Lakers fan but it was still an honor to sing the Star Spangled Banner in front of an appreciative home crowd. You can watch the jumbotron view of my anthem
Here's vid of my natl anthem from #clippers game last nite on the Jumbotron #nba #starspangledbanner
I’m doing a series of events to celebrate Chinese New Year and ringing in the Year of the Monkey. First stop will be a concert co-headlining with Only Won in Kent, OH on Fri. Feb 5th followed by a special performance in Cleveland double billed with a screening of my documentary short, Finding Cleveland. The tour will head back to LA for the Chinatown Chinese New Year Festival on Feb 13th. Go to my Tour Date page for more details.
Check out this write up about me on this great website “Asians Doing Everything.” They showcase the diversity in Asian Americans going beyond stereotypes and proving we don’t all fit in the same box. Read article here