As Kaju announced that I’d be interviewing Jilliyeah in the Talking Taiwan podcasting booth at Passport to Taiwan in New York City’s Union Square Park, he mentioned the memorable acceptance speech that Jilliyeah made at last year’s Grammy awards on behalf of the Taiwanese designers who won the Best Recording Package Grammy award for the album Pakelan.
A lot has happened for her since then. Now she’s in the U.S. working on her career as a singer and musician.
I’m looking forward to having her back on Talking Taiwan for a more in-depth interview.
She’s been hard at work releasing her new singles. To learn more about her follow her on Instagram at Jilliyeah. You can also find her music on most streaming platforms like Spotify, Apple Music or SoundCloud.
Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:
- Her performance at the Passport to Taiwan
- Her music career in Taiwan
- How she used to sing primarily in Hakka in Taiwan and the difference between singing in Hakka vs. English
- Jilliyeah’s connection to Taiwan
- What she misses the most about Taiwan
- What Jilliyeah has been working on lately
- How Jilliyeah studied opera when she was in university
- What vocal exercises she does
Jilliyeah on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jilliyeah_/
Jilliyeah on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@jilliyeah2682
YouTube video of the acceptance speech by Jilliyeah on behalf the Taiwanese designers Li Jheng-han (李政瀚) and Yu Wei (于薇) for the Best Recording Package Grammy award for the album Pakelan: https://youtu.be/qugze92KBUk?si=bHQ20LDvjHMbyieh
Taiwan duo win design award at the Grammys (an article from the Taipei Times): https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2022/04/05/2003776032
Passport to Taiwan 2023: U.S. Largest Taiwan Festival is Back in Union Square! (Episode 239): https://talkingtaiwan.com/passport-to-taiwan-2023-u-s-largest-taiwan-festival-is-back-in-union-square-ep-239/