Getting Your YouTube Groove On - Filipino American Style

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I was traveling around YouTube and I happened to catch some Filipino American (and Canadian) artists who have a pretty slick vibe going on, and I'll be kind of surprised if I don't hear about at least one of them making some more waves in other parts of the industry - so check 'em on out, enjoy the music, and subscribe to their channels.

Gabe Bondoc

With over 420,000 channel views and close to 17,000 subscribers people are definitely feeling Gabe's covers and originals. He's influenced by John Mayer, David Ryan Harris, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jason Mraz and comes out of San Mateo/Rancho Cucamonga, CA.

Here's his original song "Superhuman".

Tiffany Eugenio

While she doesn't have a lot of videos on her channel in comparison to other YouTube musicians, she's gaining a sizeable audience because of her smooth voice and ready-for-radio performances (65,000+ channel views and close to 5,000 subscribers).

Hailing from Canada, here's her cover of J. Holiday's "Suffocate".

*Note: While I couldn't find anything stating she was in fact Filipino, but was pretty sure, I sent word to some peeps and the confirmation from my Fil-Am crowd is that she's Filipino (and if by some chance we all have it wrong - I hearby give her honorary Fil-Am status anyway).


So I'll be honest. I kind of lied. Cabreezzah according to her channel is from the Philippines, but she's got a really distinct voice that I enjoyed and at 16 is already cutting a CD, so she gets on this list. With close to 20,000 channel views and 1000+ subscribers here's her cover of Katy Perry's "Thinking of You".

JR Aquino

He's got over half a million channel views and 22,000+ subscribers, and hailing from the city of Anchorage, I think it's safe to say that JR Aquino's covers seem to have caught on in a big way. While he has some other clips with a lot more views - I liked the raw vibe of this video doing a cover of The Dream's "I Luv Your Girl".