It’s been awhile since I had the chance to do a feature on a musical, so I was happy to have had the opportunity to check out the musical sensastion, Miss Pa Thao. I was first passed a link of hers about a month or go and found that she is not only talented, but also has a great following.
Although some of the songs of hers were strictly in Hmong, there were some in English that was able to enjoy. Regardless of which language she sings in, Miss Pa Thao has great vocal chops and as evident by the comments I’ve read, I’m not the only one that thinks that way.
I recently had the opportunity to talk with Pa Thao and discuss her music and what has gotten her to where she is today. This will give you, our Hmoodle readers, a chance to know her better.
Ryan: I am here with the very beautiful and talented musical artist Pa Thao. Pa, thank you so much for taking the time to be apart of Hmoodle.
Pa: Thanks for having me on Hmoodle.
Ryan: For some of our readers that aren’t familiar with you, why don’t you give them some background information about yourself.
Pa: I was born in Thailand and I grew up in Fresno, California. I’m very involved in the Hmong community. When I was seventeen years old I was crowned Miss Hmong International 2003. From 2003-2004 I was the host for Hmong Today, a local TV show in Fresno. I released my first album under Paradise Mosphere Entertainment Records in 2004. In 2005 I co-founded “For Artist By Artist Productions and released my second and third album. Then I Graduated from California State University, Fresno with a B.A in Mass Communication Journalism, Broadcasting. Currently I am producing two shows on Hmong TV Network.
Ryan: Wow, you are very ambitious. Seems like you’ve done alot so far in your life. I also had the chance to listen to your music and was very impressed. Were you always a talented singer growing up or was it a talent you discovered later in life?
Pa: As a child I always liked music as it was a way to express myself. I started writing my own songs when I was twelve years old. I played a few instruments in grade school, but I discovered that my voice is my favorite instrument. I was a very shy person. I don’t speak about my feelings much, so putting it into a song was my way of expressing how I feel.
Ryan: When was the first time you performed in front of a crowd? What was like?
Pa: The first time I performed in front of a crowd singing one of my own songs was a very different feeling from just performing with a band or in choir class. I was nervous and afraid of what people would think, but after I performed people started asking me about the song. Thats why I enjoy when people listen to the songs I wrote.
Ryan: Do you remember which song you sang?
Pa: I sang a song called “My Life is Complicated”, written by me and my sister and produced by an after school teacher, Calvin Anderson.
Ryan: Which type of music do you enjoy singing?
Pa: I enjoy singing all genres of music and I also enjoy listening to all types of music. I think I draw inspiration from all types of music and sounds to create my own style.
Ryan: Speaking of inspiration, which musical artists inspire you and why?
Pa: I have been inspired by many artists. I enjoy rhythm and blues. I love songs about a strong women because in the Hmong culture the strong women are not represented, so I enjoy listening to artiss like Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, Alicia Keys, and India Arie.
Ryan: What inspires the music you write?
Pa: Most of my songs are inspired by feelings that I have experienced.
Ryan: Earlier you discussed the albums you have released thus far. Can you tell our readers the names of them?
Pa: My first album is “Behind the Mic”, second “Still in Love”, and third is “No Questions”. You can get a copy of any of all my albums through myspace.com/pathaobehindthemic and come by and listen to some of my latest songs.
Ryan: Where can our readers see you perform in the near future?
Pa: I will keep updates on my Myspace and Facebook. Also, check out my show “Hmong Enrichment”. It’s a show that provide tips and stories to help you live well and succeed. Also, see me on “Push” as we’ll be showcasing many Hmong artists. We’ll play music videos and cover any events related to music. You can check it out on Hmong TV Network.
Ryan: Do you have any advice for those you may want to pursue their musical aspirations?
Pa: My advice is to love what you do regardless of which field it in. Find out what your passion is. Also, invest in yourself by being the best. You can always get better and progress with what’s new. It takes a lot of time, hard work, doing some research and then promoting your music, but at the end of the day you should feel that you are in the right place.
Ryan: Some very sound advice. Once again, thank you for being apart of Hmoodle. Do you have any last words for our readers?
Pa: Thank you for having me on Hmoodle! I’ll be having some new songs for free download on my Myspace coming up soon, so watch out for it. Also, check out my shows Hmong Enrichment and Push, and email me with any questions at [email protected] or to know more about my shows email me at [email protected]
I have to say that I am very impressed not only by Pa Thao the artist, but as a person as well. She is definitely someone to be inspired by. She is a great musical artist, but also wants to help others with talent spread their wings. There is nothing selfish about her and that I can appreciate.
I want to wish Pa Thao continued success and look forward to seeing more of her and her many projects in the near future. Be sure to check her out on Myspace, as well as Facebook and show support. You can also find a few videos of hers on Youtube.