This month we, at Hmoodle.com, decided to put a twist to the original. We’ve been featuring known artists and groups, but this time we’re featuring Nora Xiong, the Hmong YouTube singing sensation.
If you have a chance, before continuing on in reading this, go check her out on YouTube.com. There’s one word that best describes her voice, amazing! She can mimic voices that would include artists like Mariah in her title, “We belong together,” to Alicia Keys in her title, “No one,” and to other famous names such as Jewels and LeAnn Rimes just to name a few. I’m not trained by the Julliard, but this girl can hit her notes, and any dummy can tell that she has the talents to contend with the big dogs.
A little reticent in the beginning, but her coy demeanor has been put to the backburner to release this inner talent that has been asleep for so long. If you didn’t know her now, you’ll definitely know her by the end of this interview!
I was introduced to her by way of a mutual friend, and here is what she has to say about herself and where she’d like to go in life if the opportunity presents itself. Here’s my two-cents: “Take initiative in getting into the business because with a voice like that, why waste such talent?”
Jerry: I want to thank you Nora for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview, and for our readers out there who don’t know you, could you briefly give us a quick introduction on who you are?
Nora: Hi everyone, my name is Nora Xiong. I’m 23 years old and currently living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. I recently graduated from Chippewa Valley Technical College with an Associate Degree in Information Technology Programmer/Analyst. I think most people heard about me through YouTube with my singing videos.
Jerry: I bet you’re the queen of karaoke when you hit the bars?
Nora: Actually, I’ve only been to the bars about four times and I never go out to karaoke.
Jerry: When was your first initial brush on finding your knack, this graceful voice that I’ve heard on YouTube?
Nora: I didn’t realize I had a good voice until high school. I was really shy and never wanted people to hear me sing. My family and friends were shocked! But it all started with the Spice Girls, they were a powerful group in the 90’s.
Jerry: I’ve heard you do a great Mariah from her title “We belong together,” I’ve heard you do a great Jewel from her title “You were meant for me,” I’ve heard you do a great Alicia Keys from her title “No one,” I’ve heard you do LeAnn Rimes from her title “How do I live without you,” and first and foremost, I’ve hear you do the National Anthem in singing the “Star-Spangled Banner,” my question is, when can we see an original from you?
Nora: I guess when the right opportunity comes than everyone will hear me. I don’t know how well I can write a song and make up a melody, so if I meet the right people than that’s when it will happen.
Jerry: Give me your thought of American Idol and have you thought about it?
Nora: I have thought about it many times and I’m still thinking about it. I’m getting pressure from everyone to go.
Jerry: You’re all over YouTube which is a viable marketing place to showcase your skills; have you had anyone write you back in good praise on trying to recruit you for any future projects?
Nora: I have a couple of times but I don’t really know how legit people are online.
Jerry: I think you’re the best female vocal out of any Hmong that I’ve heard so far; you’ve done all English that I’ve heard so far, but have you thought about doing Hmong songs?
Nora: Oh I’ve tried Hmong songs, but my parents think I don’t sound Hmong enough.
Jerry: If you can sing with anyone out there who would this person be and why?
Nora: Mariah Carey, I’ve always loved her growing up and her voice is truly amazing.
Jerry: What are your future goals in life, and do you see yourself pursuing music or is it just a phase in this part of your life?
Nora: I would love to pursue music as long as my voice is still in good condition, but for now my main goal is to get a good stable job, travel, and start a family.
Jerry: Could we put some of your YouTube performances on this site for all to view?
Nora: Yes that would be awesome.
Jerry: I would assume people see you now and recognize who you are because of all those YouTube hits?
Nora: I don’t think anyone recognizes me, I don’t see myself as someone who is well known in the Hmong Community.
Jerry: I haven’t seen you behind your own guitar or piano, and wanted to know if you play your own instruments, if not, have you thought of learning how to play these instruments to supplement your amazing voice—sometimes it just cooler to see a musician strumming on his/her own instrument while singing their own original songs?
Nora: I’m trying to learn the piano; I have a book and video, it would be great if I could play like Alicia Keys.
Jerry: Getting to a more personal subject who’s your biggest influence in life and why?
Nora: My parents are the biggest influence in my life. They worked so hard for everything they have and I’m grateful to have such wonderful parents. I look up to my dad the most because he has made all of his dreams come true.
Jerry: Have you ever consider the thought of making it in the BIZ; at least fantasize about it—what if? What would you do with the money, and where would you want to live outside of Wisconsin if you can go anywhere in the world with unlimited access to money?
Nora: Oh that is very fun to fantasize about; I would love to move to a warmer climate and I would probably spend money on my family and friends. I’m pretty private with my life so I wouldn’t like all the cameras following me around and hearing false stories about my life.
Jerry: Lastly, would you like to ask us at Hmoodle.com anything or maybe give shout outs to anyone out there?
Nora: Well, I would like to thank Hmoodle.com for having me and a special shout out to everyone who has supported me.
Wowzer! Great! Plus, let us give her a round of applause!
She has the talent, the looks, but needs the creative finesse of a writer. So, calling out all song writers out there! You’re in desperate needs right now!
Thanks Nora for taking time from your busy YouTube schedule to answering these questions. I hope and wish all goes well in your journey to the top of the music industry, and I mean it! You have the talent, and you know it!
To all you out there looking to make it big, hit me up, and we’ll talk. My e-mail hasn’t change and it’ll be the same like always, so hit me up at [email protected] Until next time, peace!