Interview with Priscilla Ahn (12/7/2016)

HalfKorean.com Interview: Priscilla Ahn (2016)

Priscilla Ahn

Singer and songwriter Priscilla Ahn has had a remarkable career since the release of her acclaimed 2008 debut. Over the years, she has released numerous albums with multiple songs featured in films and television shows.

This past October, the folk-pop musician released her latest album, LA LA LA. The children’s album was a personal project of Priscilla’s with further inspiration for the album coming to her when she became a mother herself in 2015.

HalfKorean.com was able to catch up with Priscilla this past October prior to the album release to discuss motherhood, the new album and what she has been up to since our last interview with her in 2011.

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Bellator 165: Chandler vs. Henderson

Bellator 165: Chandler vs Henderson takes place this Saturday, November 19, 2016 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California and will feature former UFC & WEC Lightweight Champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson in the main event against current Bellator Lightweight Champion Michael Chandler.

This will be Henderson’s (24-6) third fight in Bellator after leaving UFC earlier this year. He has went 1-1 with a loss at Welterweight against Andrey Koreshkov in his Bellator debut in April at Bellator 153 and a win at Lightweight against Patricio Freire in August at Bellator 160.

If Benson can secure the win and belt, he will become the first fighter to have held a chmampionship in three major MMA organizations (UFC, WEC, Bellator). Go Smooth!

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Shout out from Priscilla Ahn

Here’s a quick shout out from singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn to all the mixed Koreans out there! We are working on a new interview with Priscilla for HalfKorean.com so make sure to look for it soon! In the meantime, make sure to check out her latest album “La La La” available now on iTunes and priscillaahn.com!

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HalfKorean.com Interview with Priscilla Ahn (10/6/2011)
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Interview with David Michaels (11/14/2016)

HalfKorean.com Interview: David Michaels

David Michaels

David Michaels (박승리) is a professional basketball player who, at 23 years old, was the youngest of the recent mixed Korean players to play in the KBL (Korean Basketball League) when he was drafted by the Seoul SK Knights (서울 SK 나이츠) in 2013. He played three seasons for the Knights from 2013-2016.

David had an exceptional senior season in 2012 at Whitman College when he averaged 20.0 points and earned many accolades including 2012 Northwest Conference Player of the Year and an invitation to the prestigious annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament where he was the only NCAA Division III player invited that year and the first since 2004.

Upon graduation from Whitman, the 6’7″ forward played professionally in Holland for Aris Leeuwarden before joining the KBL. Although he is not playing professionally at the moment, David hopes to return to the KBL in the near future.

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Priscilla Ahn Releases Children’s Album “La La La”

Singer-songwriter Priscilla Ahn is releasing her latest album, La La La, on October 28, 2016.

HalfKorean.com is working on a new interview with Priscilla to catch up with her and follow-up the interview we did with her in 2011.

Here is the official press release regarding the new album (Courtesy Sugar Mountain PR):

Priscilla Ahn Releases ‘La La La’ October 28

Los Angeles, October 2016 – Ethereal-voiced folk-pop musician Priscilla Ahn will release an album of 12 original songs for children and their grownups, La La La, on October 28.

“I’ve always wanted to create an album for children,” says Ahn, who has toured around the globe and who wrote the theme song for the Oscar-nominated 2014 animated film from Studio Ghibli, “When Marnie Was There.”

Long in the planning, the spark that brought La La La to fruition came when Ahn and her husband, actor Michael Weston, welcomed the birth of their son in November 2015. By turns whimsical, playful, and loving, the album’s dozen tracks include “Body Sounds” (“Hey, you got a nice belly bongo/ It likes to go wherever you go”), “Dust Bunny” (which provides reassurance for scary times) and the soothing “Desert Lullaby.”

A stirring interpretation of parental tenderness and childhood reverie, La La La is Ahn’s kid-style return to her grown-up hit songs “Dream” and “A Good Day.” Ahn says that the new album is “kind of hopeful sounding and innocent and simple in its instrumentation, with songs that I feel kids can relate to, emotionally and sonically.” No matter the age of her target audience, the Korean-American artist says, “Being genuine in my lyrics and in my connection to my songs—for that to come through—is really important to me.”

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Ahn shared her dad’s love for artists like Neil Young, the Beatles, and Pink Floyd. Ahn later found personal resonance in female artists Ani DiFranco, Jewel, Sarah McLachlan, and Feist. Throughout her career, she has toured with Willie Nelson, Amos Lee, and Ray LaMontagne, and collaborated with Tiesto, Sia, Inara George, and Dave Sitek. Such varied influences have made for a strong personal style. Her songs have enhanced numerous TV shows and films, from “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Ghost Whisperer,” to “Bride Wars,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” and the upcoming 2016 Ewan McGregor film, “American Pastoral.” Her 2014 album Just Know That I Love You (Anata no Koto ga Daisuki in Japan) was written and recorded by request of Studio Ghibli producers, and it is based on the film “When Marnie Was There” and the related children’s book.

La La La features whimsical artwork by Ros Lee, and little listeners will be able to color the pictures on the CD packaging. A coloring book and other merchandise are in development, and Ahn is planning concerts in Los Angeles and San Francisco to celebrate the album release.

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HalfKorean.com Interview with Priscilla Ahn (10/6/2011)
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