Artist Spotlight (#3): Jason "MiniAchilles" Chen

Update: Featured musician Jason "MiniAchilles" Chen has been extremely gracious in allowing the staff to interview him. The questions and his responses will be posted on our site within a few days. In the meantime, Jason has stated that he is more than happy to take questions from fans as well. If you would like to submit a question to Jason, please post your question in the comments section or send it our way at editors [at]!

While music hopefuls in Japan and South Korea audition their way to fame through their intricate pop music factories, and their counterparts in Taiwan and China try to achieve their own dreams by running through intense televised talent show competitions, Taiwanese-American rising R&B music sensation MiniAchilles a.k.a. Jason Chen brings a more western touch for showcasing his talented vocals to the masses: by converting viewers into fans through the power of social media such as YouTube.

As a recent business economics graduate from the University of California at Los Angeles, the southern California resident evolved from producing ear-pleasing acoustic creations into crafting amazing re-imaginings of contemporary hits. From his soulful mash-up interpretation of Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie/Not Afraid”, his most excellent pure English cover of Taeyang’s “Wedding Dress”, and his addictively soothing remix of Nelly’s “Just a Dream” with fellow YouTube artist Joseph Vincent, it is not surprising that he has a significant following on various online social network sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

In addition to the collaboration release of his latest “Just a Dream” cover, the aspiring R&B musician is no stranger to producing collaborated musical masterpieces. One only needs to take a listen to his duet part in the Jason Derulo cover of “In My Head” with fellow YouTuber CP, as well as his guest vocals in YouTuber Lil Crazed’s cover of Train’s “Hey Soul Sister”, to know that Jason can produce candy to the ears without the autotune cavities that has been the trend on radio airwaves.  Jason’s musical talents are not limited to vocals either, as his collaboration mashup with YouTuber J Rice on B.o.B's "Nothin' on You" and The Script's "Breakeven" demonstrates that he can perform with graceful violin-playing skills as well.

With his Taiwanese background, the rising R&B singer also lends his singing chops in Chinese Mandarin with refreshing takes of Wang Leehom’s “The One and Only” and Gary Cao and Genie Cho’s “Romeo and Juliet” with Wendi Lee (who herself went on to compete in Taiwan’s singing talent show Superstar Avenue Season 3).  In fact, after Chinese video streaming site YinYueTai's feature of Jason's “Love the Way You Lie/Not Afraid” garnered about half a million views in a span of two weeks, the singer will soon release his own rendition of Wang Leehom's "All The Things You Never Knew" as a way to thank his Chinese fans for the massive support given by them.

If there is one artist that can prove that if you can sing it, they will come, then it is Jason Chen. It is thus no wonder that the R&B singer is gaining more and more fans on a daily basis. The fact that he has done it through unconventionally tapping the democratic power of netizens' interests, especially from online video streaming sites like YouTube and YinYueTai, drives home at least one conclusion: that talent, not marketing, is the force behind Jason’s rising popularity. In a world where image rules in the music arena, that is a pleasant sound for sore ears.

For links to Jason Chen's music and details about the musician himself, be sure to swing by the following pages to his various social media accounts:

Jason Chen (ft. Joseph Vincent)'s "Just a Dream" remix:

Lil Crazed (ft. Jason Chen, MarctheSharc27, and Summer Breeze)'s "Hey Soul Sister" remix:

Jason Chen's "Love the Way You Lie/Not Afraid" mash-up:

Jason Chen & Wendi Lee's "Romeo and Juliet" cover:

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