Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)! Made official in 1992, APAHM is a time for celebrating the historical past, contributions, achievements, and so forth. of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans within the United States.
Although K-pop artists spend most of their time in Korea, fairly just a few of them even have roots within the United States, so it solely appears truthful to incorporate them within the celebrations too. Please observe that whether or not an artist is listed right here or not, we’re positively celebrating all APA K-pop artists this month and are extremely happy with every one among them for going after their desires.
Mark Tuan (GOT7)
Mark hails from good ol’ Los Angeles, and although I personally am not very conversant in him, it’s straightforward to inform that he has loads of attraction. While watching the video for “OMW,” I couldn’t inform if I used to be extra mesmerized by the gorgeous gentle results or Mark himself.
John Park was born and raised in Chicago. He was the runner-up of “Superstar K2,” and you may additionally bear in mind him from “American Idol” again in 2010. The solely grievance I’ve about him and his lovely, wealthy voice is that he hasn’t launched a full size album since 2013. The world wants extra John Park!
An Atlanta native, Eric Nam is arguably the most effective issues to ever come out of Georgia. Like, would you fairly have Coca-Cola or Eric Nam? (Luckily, we will have each!) Also, please lookup his Kpop Music Monday look (for “Ooh Ooh”) on YouTube proper now. I promise you received’t remorse it.
Whether you’re in search of a music you may groove to, an emotional acoustic monitor, or one thing in-between, Sam Kim’s the person for the job. Born and raised in Washington, he makes music that’s excellent for each winding down at night time and simply chilling on a lazy afternoon.
Amber Liu (f(x))
Amber is a Los Angeles native who has fairly the persona (in a great way, after all!). You can watch her YouTube videos to get an concept of what I imply. Bikini bodybuilding poses? Spicy ramen mukbang? I think about there’s by no means a uninteresting second along with her round. Plus, the girl can sing.
pH-1 spent his early years in Korea however later moved to New York, working as an internet developer after faculty. Thankfully, his ardour for music received out in the long run, as a result of he makes some wonderful music. Be positive to look at this nice interview he did a pair years in the past (particularly 5:59!). Give his newest album, “HALO,” a number of love too, please!
People aren’t joking after they name Ailee the Korean Beyonce. Born in Colorado and raised in New Jersey, Ailee’s highly effective vocals and commanding stage presence make her a real Korean-American K-pop queen.
Born and raised in California, Kevin might be greatest identified for being a former member of U-KISS. While he’ll at all times be missed as a U-KISS member, I want him a lot success as a solo artist! I’m positive he’s going to create loads of nice music but. Also, his cowl of “Always Remember Us This Way” is perfection.
Born and raised within the Chicago space, Peniel is stuffed with creativity, producing his personal vlogs and even serving because the photographer for bandmate Changsub’s solo album “bpm 82.5.” He’s additionally fairly the dancer. Oh, and don’t neglect to take a look at his newest digital single, “B.O.D”!
Corbyn, whom you would possibly know higher as Cory from his time because the chief of 24K, was born in Korea however grew up in Portland, Oregon. He’s an govt producer of 28 Laboratory Music and is making music that’s hotter than ever lately.
James is a former member of Royal Pirates and hails from Los Angeles. Currently, he’s specializing in his solo profession, and he truly simply launched a brand new music, “MAD,” which it is best to take heed to proper now as a result of it’s nice. Really, give it a watch beneath!
A Seattle native, idol-turned-dank-bossman Jay Park is one versatile man. One minute he’ll launch a dope hip hop monitor. Then he’ll drop a easy R&B jam. The man may even b-boy! And let’s not neglect that he based AOMG and H1GHR Music. Keep up the good work, Jay.
Hailing from San Francisco, Krystal positively makes it really feel prefer it’s going to be a sizzling summer season. Also, in case you’re a Krystal stan, then you definately’ll possible know what I imply after I say “bbuing bbuing,” and in case you haven’t seen the remainder of “High Kick 3,” then you should as a result of the sass is actual.
Jessi is a badass if I ever noticed one, unafraid to talk her thoughts and inform individuals what’s up. Hailing from the New York-New Jersey space, Jessi has a degree of swag that virtually anybody can be envious of, and she will write some killer bars. In abstract, she’s a complete queen.
Like many others included right here, Samuel comes from Los Angeles. Formerly of the hip-hop duo 1Punch, Samuel kicked off his solo profession after proving his expertise in “Produce 101 Season 2,” the place he was a global favorite. Can you consider he was born after 2000?
Jae was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina however moved to California as a baby. I do know I stated that Amber has fairly the persona, however Jae takes issues to the following degree. Don’t mistake him for only a goofy man, although; your boy’s received a cool facet too, together with a beautiful voice.
Anyone who likes dogs has my stamp of approval, so Aron will get factors from me for that alone. The Los Angeles native additionally will get factors for his nice solo songs. (Does anybody else want there have been a music video for “WI-FI”?)
Euna Kim (KHAN)
You in all probability know Euna Kim from the third season of “Unpretty Rapstar,” or chances are you’ll know her from her former group, The Ark. Did you realize that she’s from New York City although? Check out this article to be taught slightly extra about her journey up till now, and will she have a lot success along with her present duo shifting ahead!
Born and raised in California, Tiffany is as soon as once more primarily based in her house state as she pursues a solo profession within the United States. Whether she’s working with Girls’ Generation in Korea or doing her personal factor within the States, you may at all times rely on Tiffany to indicate up trying fabulous.
Hailing from Chicago, Johnny is the kind who can look oh-so-suave on stage after which go and imitate a singing parrot whereas on “Weekly Idol.” I’m nonetheless studying about Johnny, to be sincere, however I already like his steadiness of seriousness and playfulness on digicam. If you too need to get to know him higher, then try Johnny’s Communication Center on YouTube.
A former member of Girls’ Generation, Jessica is from San Francisco and, in case you didn’t know, is the older sister of Krystal from f(x). Aside from engaged on her solo profession, your girl can be out right here operating her personal enterprise, so props to her.
It’s straightforward to inform why Kevin Oh, a New York native, received “Superstar K7.” He has a completely beautiful voice. (BRB, including all of his songs to my nighttime playlist.) He’s additionally very candid and seemingly down-to-earth. Looking ahead to listening to extra music from him!
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Joshua’s radiant eye smile alone would possibly make you a fan in case you aren’t already. If not that, then maybe his singing and guitar expertise will. At a minimal, I feel we will all agree that he has expertise. So he’s received my assist!
Yet one other Los Angeles native, BM’s type of received the entire bundle deal happening: He can rap flawlessly, dance effortlessly, and sing fantastically. In K-pop phrases, he’s a triple risk, which suggests you’d higher ensure that he’s in your radar.
Benji was born in Indiana however grew up in Seattle, and boy does he have some musical expertise. Singing and rapping apart, he’s apparently fairly the completed violinist, having studied violin for over 10 years. I can solely hope that regardless of the place he’s, he’ll proceed to awe us along with his violin expertise.
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seheee is a software program engineer by day and an avid K-pop concert-goer by night time. You can discover her on Twitter @_seheee.