Judges

Abraham Lim

ABRAHAM LIM
From Season 2 of “The Glee Project”
Singer / Actor

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Born in Korea and raised in New York for the majority of his life, Abraham’s musical palettes are just as eclectic as his upbringing, which consisted of – but were not limited to – social injustice, racial and cultural diversity, personal hardship, and the experience of having grown up in a city that is known as the ‘melting pot’. These experiences, however, eventually came to shape and color the lenses through which Abraham viewed the world.

Growing up in a traditional Korean household, he was pushed to excel within the field of academics and was set on becoming an international lawyer at the early age of 13. However, in his heart, he knew that ultimately, his passion was to not only pursue music, but to create it. To live it.

There was no musical upbringing, nor were there any accolades won at talent competitions. Having been bullied since an early age for his singing, the biggest stages of his life on which he performed were located in the shower, his bedroom, the car, and church.

In the summer of 2009, having graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a double major in Political Science and International Studies – Linguistics, a minor in Japanese Studies, magna cum laude honors, and having just taken the LSAT, the plans were set to go to law school. That is, until 2011, when Abraham decided to take a step of faith and audition for X Factor in Los Angeles, at which he made it to the final round prior to the televised auditions. This was also the case at the Dallas auditions for X Factor.

With the encouragement of several of his closest friends, on July 5th, 2011, Abraham released his first video on Youtube – a cover of ‘Someone Like You’ by Adele. In less than a month, the video has catapulted to more than 40,000 views and with two other cover videos under his belt, given Abraham more than 3,000 subscribers during the same time period.

In 2012, Abraham joined the critically-acclaimed cable television show ‘The Glee Project’ (second season), which premiered on June 5, 2012.

To describe Abraham and his voice in one word would be impossible because he/it is multifaceted in his/its ability to lead one to smile, to cry, to contemplate about X and Y. With so much success in less than a month, Abraham is overcoming his self-doubt and proving to the world that the lenses through which he once viewed the world may not, in fact, be one of brokenness and cynicism, but hope for redemption and… hope itself.”

Jazzmine Farol

 

JAZZMINE FAROL
Singer, 3rd Annual ACYD Talent-Art Show Winner

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Over the past year, Philippines born-San Diego raised songstress Jazzmine Farol has headlined major festivals all over Southern California played at the Escondido Street Fair, the Mother Goose Parade, and the Penasquitos Street Fair. She has performed with the legendary Tess Escoto, and collaborated with numerous producers. Sounds like the career of a seasoned performer, right?

Jazzmine is indeed a seasoned performer who happens to have just turned 17. Her live debut at the age of 12 made her instant hit with fans but to Jazzmine, age is nothing but a number. “People are always asking me how it feels to be so young and singing at this or that event and my response is always, ‘I don’t know, I’ve never been older!’” Jazzmine says with a laugh. “I think it’s funny that people are so fascinated by a number because really, that’s all it is. It’s more my experience that matters.”

Experience is something Jazzmine has in spades and she puts it to good use on her debut studio single “Name on my Shoe”, which will be released summer 2011 by New Vintage Records. Produced by award-winning producer Tess Escoto (best known for her work on Michael Jackson’s Invincible and Andrae Crouch), Jazzmine has created a fizzy, spirited collection of elegant originals that reflects her love for jazz, blues, rock, alternative and traditional styles. “My new single “Name on my Shoe” is very personal and allows the listener to get to know me,” Jazzmine says. “You hear where I came from, through the musical influences, and you hear where I’m going through the originals.”

Though it’s clearly a showcase for Jazzmine’s vocal gifts, Jazzmine rises above the novelty of a teenage singer taking youthful topics thanks to the modern, youthful spin she puts on the arrangements. Jazzmine wrote “Name On My Shoe”. Dreams are important to Jazzmine who has been singing ever since she could talk and knew she wanted to be a performer since the age of four. “My dad was always saying to my mom, ‘It’s weird, she’s four, but she doesn’t go off-tune,’” she says. “When I was five, I fell in love with Christina Aguilera. Then recently began following Taylor Swift and how much I can relate to her musically, and my one inspiration in beauty, style, and song is Zooey Deschanel.”

“I consider myself an ‘everything’ singer’,” she says. “Singer/Songwriter is definitely my first love and I will always want to sing it, but I also love to sing pop, R&B, blues, and everything else”, and Jazzmine definitely reflects that. “For me, performing isn’t about fame and fortune, it’s about expressing myself through music. I’d be just as happy singing in a restaurant as I am in front of a huge crowd as long as I’m singing. The fact that I could put out my own album at such a young age is a dream come true.”

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