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Meet Haezy Choi

Today we’d like to introduce you to Haezy Choi.

Haezy, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As a 1.5 generation Korean-American, I know today that many people could relate to me. Growing up with parents who moved to a new country, learning the new culture and new language to provide for me and my siblings for a “better life.” I just knew, even at a young age that I had to learn everything pretty quickly… to protect my family, to survive.

I felt a calling that my life would consist mostly of me performing on stage at the age of 14. I shared my gifts and set my foot on a high school musical stage with one of the main roles as a middle schooler. That moment was when I decided to go towards the music path and to study more about it. I attended Berklee College of Music as a vocal performance major and studied songwriting on the side. Singing was always something I was passionate and naturally gifted with but songwriting was a whole other journey.

I strictly sang covers up until sophomore year of college because I was insecure about my craft, my delivery and my story. I didn’t think that people could relate or even understand me. Thankfully, I had many friends and a mentor that uplifted me encouraged me and pushed me to work harder in perfecting my craft and in believing in my purpose.

The year Trump became U.S. President was the breakthrough I needed in order to commence my real artist journey. Before the night of elections, I had a dream of sitting next to a room full of people with a huge round table in the middle. We were all dressed in black robes, like the ones judges wear in a courtroom. People in the room were discussing and creating all these absurd laws to gain control and power over the nations. I was there, sitting powerless and voiceless. The moment I attempted to speak up was when I woke up from that dream. I woke up confused, angry and regretful. And there it was, Trump had officially become president of America. My whole world was upside down and I remember skipping all my classes that day. All I had the energy to do was to write… write about how upset I was that I couldn’t do, say or stop anything in that room. I wrote all day and came up with a song that I titled “We Are Here.” (This song isn’t released yet)

We Are Here – Hae.zy

(Verse 1)
We’ve been stuck being the people that stay in the dark
Out of sight, they’ll call us quiet, they’ll try to bring us down
They’ll call us small, call us hopeless. That we shouldn’t fit in
That our eyes are too small, we use our mouths for one thing.

So can we stand up? To those that chain us down
To those people that judge our backgrounds

We are strong, we ain’t broken
we must fight for our children
Prove them wrong, we are chosen
to stop being hidden
We will not wait!
Till this battle is won,
We are strong, won’t give up
Don’t you see?
That we are here.

Today, I can confidently say that my purpose on this earth is to bring more healing and growth to people all over the world. To represent who I am as a human being and as a soul experiencing this thing called ‘life’.

My voice has been found and I am a relentless warrior. I will continue to live my purpose and continue to spread Love. I am Love. I live for Love. Love is the freedom for all.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The environment of the music industry was not designed to make female artists feel safe or valued, especially as Asian descent. We are fetishized, diminished, disrespected and disposed of so easily. It’s really difficult to have a second of respect and attention without exposing something sacred of ours. When I walk into a room full of artists, producers and other musicians, I rarely feel like I belong, which is ironic because we all have something in common: music. But the fact that I am a beautiful woman of color seems to be the first thing that people will notice before my voice or my story. I’ve been doing what I do for three years now and if I were to be single with no one to take care of I would be pretty content with how I live my life.

But because I have my blood and chosen family, I need to work hard to provide and to support. The music industry JUST started to open the doors for more Asian faces in the American media, which is a good thing. But the fact that the U.S. and Korean economy runs on capitalism does not make it easy for independent artists like me to make a breakthrough. We are not products or dollar signs, we are human beings.

I have to practice twice as hard, sing twice as loud and be twice as vulnerable in order for people to give me the respect and attention my music deserves. That isn’t difficult for me because I truly believe that God made me strong enough to take on these responsibilities… but that still does not disregard the wrong foundation that the industry was initially built on.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am an artist from Boston currently based in Los Angeles. My special skills are singing, songwriting and curating shows. But I consider myself more of an artist because I am more than my voice and my words. My voice captivates peoples’ attention to hear the lyrics of my songs. But who I am and how I carry myself is just Love, for Love is the only thing that could make or break me.

I also enjoy curating art shows to provide a safe space for more local and/or POC artists. To showcase their gifts and their purpose with one another. My life goal is to continue to meet and create relationships with people/artists from all over the world and continue to spread healing and growth for the liberation of many souls.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I had no trouble entertaining myself. I always had a good time no matter where I went even if it’s by myself. In fact, I have a blast when I’m alone still today. I’m a Pisces so naturally I’m artistic, creative and aloof and Virgo is my moon so being analytical, observant and critical are also big traits of mine.

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