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.
I’m excited to announce that “I Feel Alive” is the theme song to a new Suicide Prevention Month Campaign in September. The videos encourage people to celebrate life and feature some familiar faces like Sharif Atkins (ER. White Collar), James Kyson (Heroes), Beau Wirick (The Middle) and Megan Lee (Make It Pop). You can watch the 1st of 3 #IFEELALIVE PSA videos below and please share it with your friends and networks. Find out more about the campaign on my new Love and Discovery blog here.
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.
We all have those days when the pressures of life force us to question if we are doing enough. Whether it be in school, at work, or even just in the scope of your own mind, if you ever feel as though you are not doing enough with your life, check out this guest blog post I wrote for Everyday Power. Hopefully, the five tips I outline in this post will help you understand all you have to offer to the world. I mention my song “Paralyzed,” off my Love & Discovery album, and I hope the lyrics encourage you to live your life to its fullest potential.
Check out another Everyday Powerarticle I wrote for a few lifestyle-changes that can help you with your money-saving goals!
After watching the racial controversy of the 2016 Oscars unravel over the past few weeks, I had the chance to write a guest blog post for Reappropriate, one of the web’s oldest AAPI feminist and race activist blogs. Check out what I have to say on the representation of Asian Americans in Hollywood in this article.