Eric Nam is a Korean American singer-songwriter, entertainer and entrepreneur active in South Korea. Following a viral YouTube cover, Eric found himself in Korea on MBC’s Star Audition, a show similar to American Idol, and signed with entertainment powerhouse, C.J. E&M.
A regular in Korea’s music scene, Eric has promoted two mini albums and multiple singles in Korea and has charted at #1 on several occasions.. In June 2016, Eric released his first U.S. single, “Into You” in collaboration with electronic band, KOLAJ. “Into You” premiered worldwide on Beats 1 Radio and The Fader, which subsequently led to a #1 charting on Hype Machine. In addition to music, Eric is also active on television. For the last three years, Eric was the main host of Arirang TV’s most popular program, “After School Club,” broadcast in 190 countries gaining thousands of fans internationally. Today, Eric continues to make appearances on many of Korea’s top rated and popular TV and radio shows, including hosting “Saturday Night Live,” “Running Man,” “Hello Counselor,” “CultTwo Show,” and many more. He is currently a regular on MBC’s international hit, “We Got Married.”
In 2007, Kina wrote her song "Message From Your Heart," shot a video in her bedroom, and uploaded it to YouTube. A few months later, the song won her a major label recording contract and aired during the Super Bowl in front of its 97 million viewers. Kina soon forfeited the record deal, choosing instead to self-release her album and keep creative control. Her debut album - Stairwells - debuted on Billboard's Top 200 chart (and #2 on its new artist chart) due in large part to her devoted online following. To date, Kina has amassed nearly 180 million video views, accruing nearly 1.2 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, thanks to unforgettable videos for her original music, including "Valentine" and "In Your Arms." The latter earned Kina visits to The Ellen Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live and was named one of the Top 10 videos of the year by Time Magazine. Kina has headlined tours around the world, selling out shows from New York to Los Angeles, London to Berlin and Sydney to Tokyo.
Kina's sophomore album - Elements (via Kina Grannis Records) - written entirely by Kina and produced by Matt Hales (Aqualung), marks an undeniable maturity in songwriting and artistry and documents a period of growth and change in Kina's personal life, complete with an honesty and a vulnerability that she's excited to share with her fans. The music is dark and driving, sweet and soaring, melancholy, humble, heartfelt and hopeful.
B.I.G, which stands for Boys In Groove, is a K-pop boy band, comprising members Benji, Gun Min, Hee Do, J-Hoon and Gook Min Pyo, that debuted in 2014 under GH Entertainment. In 2015, the group officially debuted in Japan, where they reached No. 15 on the Oricon chart with the single "TAOLA." They released their latest album, "Aphrodite," in May.
East West Players
As the longest-running theater of color in the country, East West Players produces artistic work and educational programs that foster dialogue exploring Asian Pacific Islander (API) experiences. Over its remarkable 51 year history, EWP has produced over 225 plays and musicals. As an advocate for Asian American talent and stories, EWP has has been a home for world-renowned API artists, such as John Cho, Gedde Watanabe, James Hong, Tia Carrere, George Takei, Amy Hill, Constance Wu, Randall Park, Kal Penn, Emily Kuroda, Suzy Nakamura, Ali Wong, Deedee Magno Hall, Parvesh Cheena, and David Henry Hwang.
In July 2016, Snehal Desai became EWP’s fourth Artistic Director as the organization celebrates 51 years of being the oldest professional theater of color in the country that continues to support and showcase API artists, directors, and playwrights through award-winning productions, engaging Arts Education programs, and professional development trainings and resources that connect talent with industry opportunities.
STAHYL from the Original Jabbawockeez
Chris “Stahyl” Gatdula is a multifaceted artist, and an industry innovator. His talents and creative direction can be seen from television variety shows to the grand billboards lining the Las Vegas strip. You may not recognize him standing next to you, but once garbed in his white mask and gloves, you will know exactly who he is. Chris is one of the original members and co-owner of the iconic dance crew The Jabbawockeez. America’s Best Dance Crew Season 1 champions became the first dance crew to gain worldwide recognition in the entertainment industry. His association with Culture Shock San Diego, Full Force dance crew, and ABDC Season 2 champions Super Cr3w, has made his style a well-rounded culmination of breaking, freestyle, and hip hop. His experience in the entertainment industry has propelled him into the world of music production. "My Digital Kids" is a new sound geared towards the dance community, created by Stahyl and his business partner Klizo. Chris has had the opportunity to become a well-rounded industry professional with experience in stylistic movement, music production, video production, and streetwear design.
Stahyl, from the original America’s Best Dance Crew Season One Champions The Jabbawockeez, joined with Team FreeSTAHYL, will be guest performing this year at Unforgettable 2016.