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That’s a big shift that wouldn’t have happened without You Tube.” The Asian-American influence on You Tube has even been credited with bolstering the success of Andrew Garcia, a Top 10 finalist on this past season of “American Idol.” Mr. In early April, Legaci posted a video urging its fans to vote for Mr. “It was kind of like Andrew was repping for the Asians,” said Dominic Manuel, 28, of Legaci. Once they’re fans, they are rabid fans.” The members of Legaci contend that many Asian-Americans turn to You Tube because they are unable to break through to the mainstream music industry. The group tried the traditional route when it emerged in the late ’90s as part of a larger Filipino R&B boom in Northern California that included groups like Pinay, DNH and Kai.Garcia is Mexican-American, but he is married to a Filipina, and before the show he was on You Tube and had collaborated with Ms. “It’s very rare to hear an Asian-American on the radio,” Mr. It performed in clubs and on college campuses, and released two albums of polished throwback R&B that mixed its own songs with covers ( “Little Black Book,” from 2006, and “Sessions,” a year later).Since posting her rendition of “Airplanes,” the hit collaboration between the rapper B.o. and the Paramore singer Hayley Williams, a little over a month ago, Ms.

Its members all grew up singing pop and R&B hits on the karaoke machines of their Philippines-born parents.“Filipino culture is based on performing,” Chris Abad, 28, said. Our parents put that into our minds at a very young age.” In 2007, Legaci began posting videos of itself doing mostly a cappella covers of Top 40 pop and R&B hits in the living rooms of its members (or of their parents).I understand that I will receive a subscription to Zoom Info Grow at no charge in exchange for downloading and installing the Zoom Info Contact Contributor utility which, among other features, involves sharing my business contacts as well as headers and signature blocks from emails that I receive.I agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.It’s awesome to see the growing exposure for these immensely talented people.

OVER the last few months the four Filipino-American R&B singers from the San Francisco Bay Area known as Legaci have appeared on some of the biggest stages of American pop.

The group also auditioned for television talent competitions with open calls: “American Idol,” “The Sing Off,” “America’s Got Talent” and MTV’s “Top Pop Group.” “We tried them all,” Mr. “And they all said the same thing, ‘You guys are great, you have great voices, but you’re not what we’re looking for.’ The first couple times we were like, ‘O.

K., maybe we didn’t hit it that hard,’ but the more we heard it, we couldn’t help wondering: ‘Is it because of who we are? ’ We decided that if TV wouldn’t give us a chance, and major labels wouldn’t give us a chance, we would turn to You Tube.” The amateur aesthetic at the heart of You Tube — singing somebody else’s songs in your bedroom or living room — had long been part of Legaci’s own upbringing.

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Check out this great article on the NY Times website highlighting and focusing on Asian American musicians, most prominently Legaci as they continue their back up duties for Justin Bieber.

They just might be the most visible yet invisible pop figures in the world. Bieber’s touring group, they were rising stars on You Tube, now a crucial launching pad for Asian-American artists seeking the kind of exposure rarely afforded them by the mainstream recording industry.