An internationally recognized Hmong artist, Pagnia Xiong creates to move listeners toward self-love and self-empowerment.
Pagnia’s music journey started way before she ever reached over half a million views on YouTube and thousands of fans on Facebook.
At the age of 10, her life forever changed when she joined a Hmong children’s choir in her hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Performing for community events and TV shows, she soon discovered her own voice, some confidence, and a deep love for singing through the music solos she was given in the choir.
Shortly after the choir split, Pagnia and her older sister, Pa Kou, formed a music duo unofficially called Asianeyzed, where they performed across the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line. Unbeknownst to Pagnia, the musical experiences she had as a young child would build a strong foundation for her astounding career ahead.
At age 16, she began to compete at numerous vocal contests across the midwest and in 2005, she took three vocal competition titles: 1st Place in the Hmong Contemporary Song competition (St. Paul Hmong New Year), 1st Place in the Hmong American New Year (HANY) vocal contest, and also winner of the first ever Hmong Idol competition. In July 2006, Pagnia released her debut album titled, Nyob Ib Sab, which featured popular hit songs such as the title track and Niam, showcasing her strong vocal and songwriting abilities.
In 2009, she was signed by Evolution Records Entertainment (ERE) and within one year, Pagnia released her sophomore album titled, Ntseeg Kuv, featuring the popular hit songs, Cia Rau Txoj Hmoo and Txoj Phuam Txoom Suab.
With a decade long music career, Pagnia has performed across the United States and in France where she's shared the stage with top Hmong artists such as The Sounders, Touly Vangkhue, Ly Dang of Xanakee, Blong Xiong, Destiny, The Kong & Shu Project, Whyteshadows, Duce Khan, and many more. In 2012, Pagnia was selected as one of the first Hmong artists to perform at the inaugural Hmong Music Festival in Fresno, CA. She was also a featured artist on the highly-acclaimed 2011 rendition of the 1980s Hmong ‘anthem’, Hmoob Yuavtsum Hlub Hmoob, which has garnered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
With her third album, Plhis Suab set to be released in July 2016, Pagnia truly looks forward to hitting new records, meeting her devoted fans, and creating new music memories across the world.