Rising R&B singer Jason Chen amazing netizens in America and China
Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:19 AM
While music hopefuls in Japan and South Korea audition their way to fame through their intricate pop music factories, and their counterparts in Taiwan and China try to achieve their own dreams by running through intense televised talent show competitions, Taiwanese-American rising R&B music sensation MiniAchilles a.k.a. Jason Chen brings a more western touch for showcasing his talented vocals to the masses: by converting viewers into fans through the power of social media such as YouTube.
As a recent business economics graduate from the University of California at Los Angeles, the southern California resident evolved from producing ear-pleasing acoustic creations into crafting amazing re-imaginings of contemporary hits. From his soulful mash-up interpretation of Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie/Not Afraid”, his most excellent pure English cover of Taeyang’s “Wedding Dress”, and his addictively soothing remix of Nelly’s “Just a Dream” with fellow YouTube artist Joseph Vincent, it is not surprising that he has a significant following on various online social network sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.
In addition to the collaboration release of his latest “Just a Dream” cover, the aspiring R&B musician is no stranger to producing collaborated musical masterpieces. One only needs to take a listen to his duet part in the Jason Derulo cover of “In My Head” with fellow YouTuber CP, as well as his guest vocals in YouTuber Lil Crazed’s cover of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister”, to know that Jason can produce candy to the ears without the autotune cavities that has been the trend on radio airwaves. Jason’s musical talents are not limited to vocals either, as his collaboration mashup with YouTuber J Rice on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and The Script's "Breakeven" demonstrates that he can perform with graceful violin-playing skills as well.
With his Taiwanese background, the rising R&B singer also lends his singing chops in Chinese Mandarin with refreshing takes of Wang Leehom’s “The One and Only” and Gary Cao and Genie Cho’s “Romeo and Juliet” with Wendi Lee (who herself went on to compete in Taiwan’s singing talent show Superstar Avenue Season 3). In fact, after Chinese video streaming site YinYueTai's feature of Jason's “Love the Way You Lie/Not Afraid” garnered about half a million views in a span of two weeks, the singer will soon release his own rendition of Wang Leehom's "All The Things You Never Knew" as a way to thank his Chinese fans for the massive support given by them.
If there is one artist that can prove that if you can sing it, they will come, then it is Jason Chen. It is thus no wonder that the R&B singer is gaining more and more fans on a daily basis. The fact that he has done it through unconventionally tapping the democratic power of netizens' interests, especially from online video streaming sites like YouTube and YinYueTai, drives home at least one conclusion: that talent, not marketing, is the force behind Jason’s rising popularity. In a world where image rules in the music arena, that is a pleasant sound for sore ears.
Jason "MiniAchilles" Chen's YouTube Channel:
Posted 10 September 2010 - 08:26 PM
Posted 10 September 2010 - 10:37 PM
His Chinese song covers are amazing.
Someone in TW should sign him, they need some real talent there.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 02:36 AM
Honestly, YouTube has a LOT of talented singers out there.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 04:01 AM
there's a alivenotdead / jasonchen
not sure is it him since it's been there for years.
Posted 14 September 2010 - 08:14 PM
Gonna go subscribe to him on YT now!
Posted 20 October 2010 - 05:00 AM
Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:43 AM
Posted 22 October 2010 - 03:28 PM
jason is definitely better than a lot of celebrities out there. i found him like about 6 months ago and been really impressed w/ his works.
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