Pagnia’s music journey started well before she ever performed internationally for over 100,000 people, reached nearly 1M views on YouTube, and garnered 25,000 Facebook fans.
She didn't know anyone who was doing what she wanted to do. With a deep passion for singing in her teen years, Pagnia courageously followed her heart and entered numerous vocal contests across the Minnesota-Wisconsin state line, competing with ballads by 90s divas such as Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
In 2005, within weeks of each other, Pagnia took home three 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. By July 2006, Pagnia had recorded and released her debut album with her co-penned single, Nyob Ib Sab, instantly putting her on the map.
In 2009, Pagnia signed with Evolution Records Entertainment, an independent Hmong American record label and released her sophomore album one year later titled, Ntseeg Kuv, featuring popular songs such as Cia Rau Txoj Hmoo and Txoj Phuam Txoom Suab.
In 2016, Pagnia fulfilled an inspiring dream of hers. She executively produced and released her third album, Plhis Suab, a bold evolution of her voice and an exploration of dark, complex issues within love, family, community, & dreams.
Throughout her 12-year career, Pagnia has shared the international stage with world-renown Hmong artists such as The Sounders, Tou Ly Vangkhue, Xanakee, The Kong & Shu Project, Julie Fang of Whyteshadows, and Duce Khan. Invited twice, Pagnia has performed for thousands at the biennial Hmong Music Festival in Fresno, CA, the largest of its kind in the world. Pagnia's music has also been featured in independent Hmong American films and special events.
One of Pagnia's proudest musical accomplishments is using her voice to inspire unity, love, and hope across the world in the highly-acclaimed 2011 rendition of the 1980s Hmong ‘anthem’, Hmoob Yuavtsum Hlub Hmoob, which now has over 1.5 million views and inspired original collaborations and covers across the international Hmong community.
In 2017, she received the Authentic Emergent Leadership Award from Hmong Women Summit: The Authenticity Project for the work and message of empowerment she shares with fans. With her message being a vital part of her work, Pagnia has been invited to share her story and insights through special keynote concerts and speeches at numerous university campuses and public events.
Empowering fans to love themselves and unapologetically live the life they imagine is Pagnia's purpose.
With that, Pagnia excitedly anticipates the future with the intention to share her vision with fans through unique avenues of inspiration, performance, and creation.