Remember how our parents would challenge their friends to sing on their karaoke machines on weekends? Filipino American R&B group, Legaci, has taken the party favorite to the next level. Members Chris Abad, Delfin Lazaro, Dominic Manuel and Micah Tolentino have gone from posting YouTube videos of their singing to harmonizing onstage and backing Justin Bieber on his tour.
They started in 2007, in their families’ and parents’ living rooms. Singing songs such as Chris Brown’s “With You,” Ne-Yo’s “Miss Independent” and B4-4’s “Endlessly,” they gathered fans quickly and made it to the ranks of other YouTube singing sensations like Cathy Nguyen and AJ Rafael.  Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, discovered Legaci after the group performed a cover of Bieber’s “Baby.” Within a day of posting the video, they were asked to join Bieber on his tour.

Since then, Legaci has appeared on “Saturday Night Live,” “Ellen,” “The View” and “Today.”

And while their success has taken them far, Legaci hopes they will become an inspiration for other Asian American artists to get their name out there and make it to the mainstream. One small start—a YouTube channel—can get an artist far, as Asian American singers have carved a place of their own in the online entity.

Korean American pop singer David Choi is the ninth-most-subscribed YouTube musician channel. Artists AJ Rafel and Cathy Nguyen, along with Kina Grannis and Gabe Bondoc, are among the 50 most subscribed music channels.

Legaci’s YouTube channel is still flourishing, but for now, the group is touring with Bieber and working on getting a record deal.

[via The New York Times]

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