From the home-grown to the world-renouned, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational plays host to the most eclectic set of guests & performers Asian culture fandom has ever seen! With "Brand-New Debuts", TAKII fans are introduced to the newest celebs in our midst through detailed bios, personal quotes, multimedia presentations, & more. While being a "Brand-New Debut" would mean that they haven't ever been a guest, or performer at a season of TAKII, this special brand of collective talents are always more than ready to get their feet wet & hands dirty as they celebrate Asian culture fandom "to the extreme" with their most passionate admirers, TAKII fanatics! For TAKII 18, "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" says "HAJIMEMASHITE" to some very special guests & performers:
Angele Joubert-Johnson's musical abilities & Gospel background have enabled her to sing around the world, touring in America, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, & most recently Japan. She has lent her voice to several CD projects, including The Glory Gospel Singers’ "Christmas In Koln" & "Tenshi Ni Anime Song Wo," a CD with Gospel covers of songs from the infamous Studio Ghibli. Angele was also a finalist in the world famous Japanese show "Nodojiman! A Song For Japan". She is an up & coming vocalist, music composer, screenplay writer, director, & children's book author, crediting all of her talents as simply "God-given". A former "TAKII 16 Show" Champion, Angele Joubert-Johnson can't wait to share her soulful musical stylings with "the most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" at TAKII 18!
Hailing from Lock Haven, PA & a dedicated student of costumed craftsmanship since 2012, Koralene Cosplay is 1 of the greatest new-age cosplayers that the world has to offer. With a social media fanbase that is thousands of people strong (& counting), her followers hang on to every stitched thread of each polished costume she proudly presents (from a variety of Asian-inspired influences). And while there are many chapters left to write in Koralene's storied career, its defining moment would come in October 2014 when she'd compete in (& win) Philadelphia's 1ST-EVER reality show-based cosplay competition, Philly's Next Top Cosplayer (earning her the right to co-headline TAKII 18 & become our official World Tour(ing) cosplay ambassador). May Ms. Cosplay's legend shine for MANY years to come! ^_^
Julia Mae Staley, Rock harpist & Alternative singer, began her study of music with the harp at age 4. Heralded for her striking musicality, Julia made her debut at the age of 12 on tour in Germany in conjunction with YOBC. Her 1st recording was at the age of 10 for "Music For The Soulstice: Millennium", a CD that benefited the Susan G. Koman Foundation. Julia Mae has been a soloist with the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra & numerous other instrumental groups, having played concerts in Germany, Austria, Baltimore, & Philadelphia. Miss Staley loves other cultures, but especially that of Japan, so it should come as no surprise that she'd perform at "the premier Asian fandom convention experience in the Greater Philadelphia area & beyond", TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~! Hajimemashite, Julia!
What do you get when you put bubblegum, hoodies, & an impish attitude together? You get a fierce little ball of energy that is Mighty Maki, the vocal vixen with a heart of sugary sweetness (cavity free, we promise)! Having debuted with Love&Chocolate during TAKII 17, she has decided to dip her toes in the waters of solo musicianship for TAKII 18 ~Brand New World~. And between now & December 27th & 28th, 2014, Mighty Maki will be working hard to transform all of the pink & bubbly goodness she's always feeling into a J-Pop performance experience like none other. "Mighty Maki is the real deal", remarks D-chan, Founder & Lead Coordinator of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational. "If she's anything like her mentor, [Ai], not only will she command, but she will CONQUER our Main Stage this season!"