AULACESE SINGER (VEGAN)
Ho Quynh Huong from Âu Lac (Vietnam) is beloved by audiences as well as acclaimed by professionals. Her CDs and DVDs have consistently topped the major charts. Called the “Queen of Awards” for her wins both at home and internationally, she is a 3-time winner of the Yellow Apricot Awards’ Most Favorite Pop Artist, 5-time winner of Blue Waves Awards’ Most Favorite Singer, and Blue Waves Awards’ Most Favorite Singer of the Decade. In 2006, readers of Cinema & Theater Magazine voted her as “New Generation’s Diva.” Ho Quynh Huong has been invited to perform in over 20 countries across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia, including for the Asia Pop Music Festival in South Korea, and the Southeast Asian Games closing ceremony in Laos. Ho Quynh Huong is an animal-loving vegan who participates in humanitarian endeavors.
CHINESE PLATINUM POP STAR (VEGETARIAN)
One of the premier Hong Kong Cantonese female pop singers, Kay Tse has been praised by the media as the “Grassroots Singing Queen.” She is known for her remarkable vocal range and skillful ease with various styles, including pop, alternative, rock, jazz and soul. From her first chart-topping 2008 song, “Wedding Invitation Street,” she has produced one acclaimed album after another, such as Binary and Yelling, and her live concert tours are always well-received. Honored with Hong Kong’s prestigious “Media Award – Performer” for her exceptional number of collective wins across the categories, the platinum artist’s career is an extraordinary success story. Also a songwriter, actress and model, Kay Tse performs in Cantonese, Mandarin and English.
Born in Iran, Siavash Shams is a Persian superstar, pop icon, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer who has sold over 1 million albums and performed at sold-out venues around the world. He has produced 7 successful albums. The first, Hamsayeha, has been reported to be the #1 bestselling Persian album of all time. In 2003, three English tracks on The Voice placed him on the 46th Grammy nomination list. With a distinctive style, dance and vocals that have shaped a whole generation of Iranian pop and R&B, he was one of the first Persian artists to modernize Middle Eastern music by blending in Western rhythms. He was the first Persian artist to top Eurodance and Latin pop charts at MP3.com. Based in California, Siavash has won the hearts of fans across cultural borders.
AWARD-WINNING BRAZILIAN SINGER
Born in Poços de Caldas, Brazil, Fabiana Passoni began singing when she was 6 years old, taught by her father. After running a successful music school in her hometown, she moved to the United States where she developed her own unique musical style. With joyful rhythms and a velvety, rich Brazilian voice, Fabiana was named Best Brazilian Female Singer living in the US by the Brazilian International Press Awards´ 2012 Colégio Eleitoral. With 3 albums produced so far, Fabiana´s songs are a combination of jazz fusion with the older rhythms of Brazil such as bossa nova, baião and samba. With passionate interpretations, her live performances are a celebration of Brazilian soul and culture – rich in percussion and expression with a relentless zeal for life.
KOREAN SINGER (VEGAN)
Heather Park, the Seoul Diva, was discovered in Manhattan, New York City by the program director of the leading hip-hop/R&B radio station Hot 97. Soon launching her career with the record label Stush Music, the singer-songwriter has since gone from strength to strength: Her 2005 debut album Dream in Pictures won international recognition. In 2007, her ballad “Leave Me To Dream” was featured in the soundtrack of Michael Kang´s feature film West 32nd starring John Cho and Grace Park. Heather has performed throughout the US and the UK. Her second album, Stay, highlights her own unique style blending various genres of R&B, hip-hop, soul, and folk. Heather is a yoga practitioner and vegan.
KOREAN POP STAR
Brian Joo debuted as a member of the Korean pop/R&B phenomenon, Fly to the Sky, releasing eight full-length albums and producing multiple #1 singles, while garnering various top Korean music awards. Currently, the singer, songwriter, DJ, MC and actor is working on his solo career. He has successfully released two full-length albums and two mini albums: The Brian, Manifold, Unveiled, and ReBorn Part 1, plus a #1 single, “Kajima (Don’t Go).” In another highlight, Unveiled landed on the iTunes R&B charts in the US, Canada and Japan. He released the Korean version of “In My Head” and performed it live with Jason Derulo, and has collaborated with other international artists such as Jade Valerie. In 2011, Brian starred in the Korean production of the musical Rent.
Katie McMahon is best known for her exquisite soaring soprano solo in the original Riverdance single, which topped the charts in Ireland for three months. She toured with the hugely popular show Riverdance for five years as their original lead vocalist. Her voice has been described by the Irish Times as “poetry, perfection and purity.” Before her work in Riverdance, Katie, a born and bred Dubliner, was classically trained in voice and harp. She was a member of the renowned Anúna, Ireland´s National Choir, and a featured soloist on their first two CDs. With five acclaimed solo CDs, she has toured with the group Secret Garden as lead singer and harpist and founded her own band and troupe of Irish dancers, who perform throughout the US.
AWARD-WINNING ISRAELI SINGER
Blessed with an immensely talented voice, international singer-songwriter and peace activist Liel Kolet has dedicated her career to peace. Since she won a European talent contest at age 12, Liel has performed in hundreds of concerts around the world and helped raise millions in funds for respected aid organizations. At age 14, she invited President Bill Clinton to join her on stage in a historical duet that gave her peace mission global exposure. Renowned artists Andrea Bocelli, Herbie Hancock, Patty Labelle and the Scorpions have recorded peace songs with Liel. A German Radio Award winner, she is currently recording with the legendary multi-Grammy winning producer Humberto Gatica.
ITALIAN TENOR (VEGETARIAN)
Multitalented Italian artist Mark Janicello is a singer, actor, author, director, poet, painter and lyricist. Performing since the age of 4, Mark has played lead roles in over 20 musicals, 30 operas, 12 plays, and 14 films. In 1992 he was named “America´s Best Street Performer” switching between Pavarotti and Elvis style singing, which led to nationwide and international media attention. Becoming widely known especially while living in Europe, he went on to star in Elvis: A Musical Biography and was dubbed the best Elvis interpreter by legendary Elvis composer Ben Weisman. With 28 CD recordings, Mark has also appeared or recorded with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Bill Cosby and Liza Minelli, and performed in Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Opera, and The Apollo Theater.
Luke Eberl’s film acting credits include Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-winning Letters from Iwo Jima, a lead role in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Phantoms with Ben Affleck, and Sprawl, among many others. He was recognized as Best Actor in a Short Film at Method Fest for his performance in Sugar Mountain. Luke has guest starred on many acclaimed TV shows. On stage, Luke has performed in A Christmas Carol and Life with Father, Shenandoah, Macbeth, Camelot, Phantom and The Will Rogers Follies. At a young age he made local TV documentaries and directed award-winning short films played in film festivals worldwide. With his directorial feature film debut Choose Connor winning the Jury Prize for Best American Independent at the Philadelphia International Film Festival, Luke was named one of the “Ten Young Americans to Watch” by MovieMaker Magazine.