Houston, TX – Join us center stage at 7 PM on August 5th, at the spectacular Stafford Centre, as we launch into Houston’s biggest and greatest celebration of its Asian American talent. It goes without saying that this is an event you definitely don’t want to miss. Come out to enjoy a great time with friends and family.
Kollaboration Houston is honored to introduce its 7th Annual Showcase featuring YouTube comedian KevJumba and singer-songwriter Kina Grannis. The event will feature the most talented Asian American artists in the Houston area.
More than just a talent show or competition, this year’s showcase will be a thrilling, unforgettable event -moreso than ever- as we bring back crowd favorites from previous showcases AND fellow artists within our Kollaboration Houston family. Houston’s best talents will be sharing a single stage, followed with performances by famed YouTube comedian KevJumba & Kollaboration alum/singer-songwriter Kina Grannis. We’ll be bringing some of Houston’s greatest talents such as Jenna Lynn, Alice Yet, Vincent Ngo, and Kathleen Nguyen.
More information can be found on Facebook.
Kollaboration is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and movement founded in 2000 by Paul “PK” Kim to support the endeavors of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in the arts. Under the guidance of Executive Producer Roy Choi and Executive Director Christine Minji Chang, Kollaboration is operated by a passionate volunteer staff with presence in 14 cities across the US and Canada. Kollaboration’s mission is to build bridges, out-create negative stereotypes, and promote diversity by providing platforms to discover, empower and connect the next generation of API artists and leaders. Over the last decade and a half, Kollaboration has grown into a global organization that brings together the artist, professional, student, and activist communities. Kollaboration programs seek to highlight and bring awareness of API talent to the mainstream media and drive change in popular culture.
About Kina Grannis – https://www.youtube.com/user/kinagrannis
In 2007, Kina wrote her song “Message From Your Heart,” shot a video in her bedroom, and uploaded it to YouTube. A few months later, the song won her a major label recording contract and aired during the Super Bowl in front of its 97 million viewers. Kina soon forfeited the record deal, choosing instead to self-release her album and keep creative control. Her debut album – Stairwells – debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 chart (and #2 on its new artist chart) due in large part to her devoted online following. To date, Kina has amassed nearly 180 million video views, accruing nearly 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, thanks to unforgettable videos for her original music, including “Valentine” and “In Your Arms.” The latter earned Kina visits to The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and was named one of the Top 10 videos of the year by Time Magazine. Kina has headlined tours around the world, selling out shows from New York to Los Angeles, London to Berlin and Sydney to Tokyo.
Kina’s sophomore album – Elements (via Kina Grannis Records) – written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina’s personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she’s excited to share with her fans. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.
About Kevin Wu – https://www.youtube.com/user/kevjumba
Kevin Wu, famously known as “kevjumba,” is a celebrated comedian, humanitarian, and actor. After becoming a viral sensation overnight in 2007, Wu became the number one subscribed comedian on YouTube in just under one year, with over 2.5 million subscribers. His unique humor and comedic style, along with relatable anecdotes about school, relationships, and family life, started a movement in the YouTube comedy scene. JumbaFund, with its own wealth of subscribers, successfully sponsored the construction of a new high school in Kenya. Some feature films starring Wu include a film called “Man-Up!” featuring Justin Chon (on Netflix) , and “Revenge of the Green Dragons” produced by Martin Scorsese.
In 2013, Wu decided to step away from entertainment to focus on his education, family, and religious enlightenment. He is now studying film in Houston and his hobbies include dance, soccer, and comedy. He has since returned to entertainment, starting with a sold-out show, Youth Represent the World, presented by Kollaboration Houston, the City of Stafford, and the international NGO BLIA.