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Artist Spotlight: Vocal Extraordinaire Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja

A photo of Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja in promotion of her performance with the Filipino American Symphony Orchestra (FASO) at FASO@10 on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Alex Theatre.

It’s finally here! Vocal extraordinaire Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja‘s under the spotlight this week! Watch this package of dynamite kill it onstage with us at FASO@10 on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Alex Theatre. Read on to learn more about Malea Emma!

1. After singing the national anthem at an LA Galaxy game last month, Malea Emma became an overnight internet phenomenon! News agencies worldwide covered her performance! Malea Emma was even interviewed on “Good Morning America“, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” and CNN’s “New Day.” Here’s the performance that started it all!

Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja with Christina Aguilera.
Malea Emma Tjandrawidjaja backstage with Christina Aguilera.

2. Malea Emma’s met and collaborated with cool music icons too! Her performance in a Hollywood Bowl production of “Annie” with Lea Salonga received glowing reviews from the LA Times, Broadway World and Times Square Chronicles. On “Good Morning America,” she sang “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” with original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday. Her idol Christina Aguilera retweeted this video of her performance and invited her backstage before her concert at Radio City Music Hall.

Here’s her duet with Jennifer Holliday!

3. Her father told USA today that Malea Emma’s been “singing forever, basically before she could speak. Sometimes we have to tell her to be quiet.” Malea Emma’s clearly dedicated to her art and her awards definitely show that! Malea Emma’s won first place in competitions including American Protégé Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall, San Gabriel Valley’s Got Talent, the Riverside County Fair Vocal Competition, among others.

4. Malea Emma isn’t just a vocalist. She’s an accomplished actor, having appeared in commercials for Kiehl’s, Amazon and East West Bank. She also has credits in the parody horror TV series “Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories” and the upcoming short film titled “Mother of Three,” scheduled for release next year! She also models, dances, swims, plays violin and piano, and speaks Indonesian and Mandarin! Watch her Kiehl’s commercial below!

5. In her free time, Malea loves singing and posting covers on her YouTube channel. Check it out here!

P. S. Here’s Malea Emma and Lea Salonga cover’s of “On My Own ” from “Les Misérables” at the Hollywood Bowl when they were both in “Annie!” We love it! ❤

Be a part of this history-making event as FASO celebrates 10 years of Filipino musical creativity and artistry on Saturday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m., at the Alex Theatre, on 216 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale, CA 91203. Order tickets online here and check out info on the Alex Theatre’s physical box offices here. Children 2 years of age and under may enter for free. Student discounts and group rates apply. Contact Louie Ramos at luisramos91201@gmail.com, for more info on those special prices.

There are also advertising and sponsorship opportunities! Our 10th anniversary Commemorative Book, which will highlight the orchestra’s legacy and future, has a special advertisement section. Here, members and friends of FASO can submit their own written tributes to the orchestra. Businesses can also submit advertisements that highlight their own services. You can also make a donation and get listed in the book on our Donors & Sponsors page! Find advertisementforms here and view sponsorship forms here! Send all forms for advertisements and sponsorships to ads@fasofoundation.org no later than Oct. 15Questions? Email Claire Espina at claire@edelbergandespina.com

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