To usher in the new year 2013, I usually have a long reflection of my previous year. Unlike previous years, I will try to make this short and simple since everyone can read my blog and see my pictures from 2012. 2012 was yet again another great year filled with memorable moments. It was a great year to learn and experience things I haven’t had a chance to experience. Good or bad, that experience was something that will make me a better person.
2012 was such a great year of networking and getting to know musicians and the music industry a lot more. I had so many opportunities to get to know signed and independent artists from local to afar. I treasure every opportunity I was given and honored to have been in the graces of these musicians. Whoever reads this knows who I am taking to as the list grows too long to list everyone. I thank everyone who contributed to getting Liem Nguyen Photography name out there. I hope to continue to grow and stay in touch with everyone. Just know that your gratitude towards my support is a two way street and that I only support those I believe have something unique and special about them and see them get far in life and career. I hope 2013 will be no different other continue to meet more great artists and more opportunities to support them.
As always, close friends and family has always made life more exciting and worth living. I thank you for always believing in me and always hoping for the best for me. It has also been great getting to hang out and spend time with those people.
So as 2012 ends tonight, memories and experiences from this past year will be one great year to remember. For those that think otherwise, should let go of any negative vibes and start on a new slate.. A good slate! I hope to see all of you in 2-0-1-3.
PS-who can ask for more than the Washington Redskins being the NFC East champs and advance into the playoffs! Good luck to RG3, Morris, Garcon and the Redskins! Hail to the Redskins!!!
** Forgive me for any typos and errors as this is all written on Instagram **
Lights, the electropop-singer/songwriter from Canada, has made her way back in the DC/metro area not once but twice in the same year and at the same venue in Washington DC at 9:30 Club. It appears that each time she returns to Washington DC, she gets bigger in terms of her supporters and fan base also known as Lights Army. She currently has over 200,000 subscribers and almost 45.5 million video views on her YouTube channel. This is an exponential increase since the last time I saw her over two years ago where she only had about 54 thousand subscribers and only 9 million upload video views back in 2009. Lights started to get more exposure after winning a Juno Award in the category of “New Artist of the Year” in 2009 and nominated in a several of other awards in the next couple of years. To increase her exposure to her unique music, she began touring more than just her home country in Canada but also in the United States. Today, she has released a total of two full length albums as well as several EP. Her latest album called “Siberia" was released in the later part of 2011. Her first album was released back in 2009 called "The Listening”.
[[ Pictures taken from the show can be found at the end of this blog. ]]
Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was in for a huge treat on Saturday, November 10th. They didn’t just get two huge YouTube sensation singer/songwriters, but they got three down to Earth and extremely talented Kollaboration alumnus all on the same stage in the same night: David Choi, Clara Chung (aka ClaraC), and Amanda Lee! Kollaboration is non-profit organization that started off in Los Angeles known to many as the organizers to bring together Asian and Pacific American talent to compete in an annual talent show in over a dozen cities around North America.
[[ Video footage & pictures taken from the show can be found at the end of this blog. ]]
How many YouTube sensation artists can say they have been on the Ellen DeGeneres Show not once but twice? Not many that I can recall, but this singer/songwriter is Joseph Vincent has. Joseph is a Filipino who is born, raised, and based in Los Angeles. Joseph is known for many of his cover renditions such as “Just a Dream”, “Hold My Hand”, and “Grenade”. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and has over 60 million video views in the past five years. He also released his debut album just weeks before his tour kicked off titled “Blue Skies" which is also the title of his East and West coast tour in the United States.
A month ago my good friend Amanda Lee decided to quit her daytime job to pursue her dream as a full-time singer/songwriter/musician. This is a huge leap since I know how difficult it is to get one’s name and music out there to the public without a label to promote you and back you up with funds. I have great faith that she will be successful because she has a beautiful voice and has soothing songwriting skills. Weeks later, she teamed up with the soulful singer/songwriter Joy Ike from Pennsylvania to have a mini tour in cities along the northeastern coast called “Seasons Change”. Amanda, as usual, has her husband, Posido Vega, join her on bass and percussion. They start off their tour in Northern Virginia and end their tour a week later in Washington DC. This is Amanda’s first ever tour, so I had to come out and support her the best way I know how :).
Thanks Carina Fischer for getting LIGHTS to give a shoutout for me :). can’t wait to see her again in November!! Too bad she didn’t remember me by name! Hope she does remember me in person LOL!
Third times a charm! This is the third time I’ve seen the talented band called Ivy Rose perform live. There is something special about this all girl Filipina band based in DC consisting of four members: Martina San Diego (vocalist/guitarist), Isabelle de Leon (drummer/backup vocalist), Sarah de Leon (main guitarist/backup vocalist), and Kristine de Leon (bassist). They are both talented, and they know how to rock it on stage like they’ve been doing it for many decades. This is not the case though, these girls have only been together as a band for only three years, and they have progressed so much in the industry in just a short period of time as an independent band. They have gone from a band that has opened for Weezer to being featured in the America’s Got Talent, yet still being very genuine, humble, and down to Earth.
I’ve waited over two years to see AJ Rafael come back to the DC/Metro area to perform live. From what I’ve heard, he used to come to perform at George Mason University very frequently back then but has not come back until now. AJ Rafael, if you don’t know, is an independent artist who has gotten his name and music known through the means performing covers of songs of YouTube. On YouTube, he has almost 400,000 subscribers and has almost 90 million hits on his channel. After all the hard work and dedication towards his music, he was able to release his very first full length album called “Red Roses" last year. This has led him to a tour around the U.S. stopping at nine cities where DC is his first stop at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium.
A clip of Marie Digby’s latest live stream of her having a few shout outs for me :). Still can’t believe I somehow managed to be her #4 tipper! http://instagram.com/p/OXw6gzIoIC/
This is the song that’s currently stuck in my head thanks to the cover of “Titanium” by Boyce Avenue! Here’s the link to their cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA_CNajQpJY. The original with David Guetta and Sia is still great, but Boyce Avenue’s cover definitely caught my eye!