Tjandrawidjaja, who started taking singing lessons at age three, made her singing debut when she was five years old at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. She sang “On My Own” from “Les Misérables” during American Protege Winners Recital in July 2017.
After winning an online competition, she was picked to sing the national anthem for the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders soccer match last September. The flawless performance made her an internet sensation overnight.
A month later, she performed a majestic Dreamgirls duet with Jennifer Holliday during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
Tjandrawidjaja, a second grader at a Los Angeles Mandarin immersion school, soon became the most sought-after anthem vocalist in the country, receiving invitations from the Clippers, Golden State Warriors, and even NHRA drag racing.
“Of course I want to be a singer one day,” she told USA Today. “But I love singing the anthem at sports events. I like staying to watch the game, too. But only if it finishes before my bedtime.”
According to the young singer, her biggest dream is to sing at the Super Bowl. “I’m always nervous though,” she was quoted as saying. “If I get something wrong it’s going to be bad because it’s a special song for America.”
Her biggest gathering so far was at the MLS Cup final between Atlanta United and the Portland Timbers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where she belted out the anthem in front of 73,000 live audience members.
Tjandrawidjaja’s undeniable talent has also prompted the “American Idol” judges to give her a golden ticket to cash in advance. Once she reaches the requisite age of 15, she is already guaranteed a place in the show’s Hollywood round.
Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.
Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.
However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.
We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community.
Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.