Because of her undeniable talent and powerful voice, 19-year-old Ylona Garcia has been making headlines and garnering thousands of fans here and abroad. And now, the Australia-based singer and PBB alumna is the latest addition to the pool of talents of American mass media company, 88rising!
The record label took to Instagram to welcome their newest addition to the team, saying, “Good things to come.” Ylona will be mainly part of Paradise Rising, 88rising, and Globe Telecom’s joint label which focuses on Filipino artists. (Read: What Types of Music Are on the Pope’s Playlist?)
But Ylona isn’t the only Asian artist in the 88rising roster. In fact, she has a handful of Asian label mates who are now known in the international scene and have even become household names to music fans! Here are some of them.
Asian Talents at 88rising: Rich Brian
Rich Brian (formerly known as Rich Chigga; born Brian Immanuel Soewarno) is a 21-year-old Indonesian rapper— with Chinese-Indonesian descent— who rose to fame in 2016 when his single “Dat $tick” went viral on music platform, SoundCloud.
In 2018, Rich Brian released his debut album entitled “Amen,” which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 charts. And in 2020, he produced an EP (extended play) called “1999” which had seven tracks on it.
Asian Talents at 88rising: NIKI
Born Nicole Zefanya, NIKI is an Indonesian singer-songwriter based in the US. At an early age, NIKI had already been writing her own songs and independently releasing them on her YouTube channel. She has also been an opening act for several international acts such as Taylor Swift, Rich Brian, and Halsey.
In 2020, NIKI released her first studio album entitled “Moonchild,” which has 10 tracks including Pandemonium, Plot Twist, and Selene. (Exclusive: Bey Talks ‘Crash Landing,’ Music Inspirations, and More!)
Asian Talents at 88rising: Joji
George Kusunoki Miller, better known as Joji, is a Japanese singer-songwriter known for his trip-hop and lo-fi songs. The 28-year-old singer used to be an internet personality and comedian who ran the now-defunct YouTube channel TVFilthyFrank, and was responsible for the 2013 viral dance craze “Harlem Shake.” His 2020 album “Nectar” peaked at number one on the Australian charts (ARIA) and number three on the US Billboard 200.