Show Recap: Kollaboration DC Competition Showcase 2015

Alicia Rae with Kollaboration DC 2015 Finalist ContestantsKollaboration DC Finalists:
Alicia Rae, Santa Jaca, Nan, Abby Rose, 2 Parkz, and Audrey Huwae
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

I am proud to say that I was one of the six finalists chosen from hundreds of auditions for the Kollaboration DC 2015 competition! On August 8th, we competed for the title of Kollaboration DC’s Champion, advancing to the Kollaboration STAR competition in California!

We met up with the staff in the early afternoon, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, to prepare for the evening. We were all debriefed, interviewed by local press, and then we did soundcheck. I was, per usual, Snapchatting the entire day. Here’s a picture of me taking a picture for my Snapstory. Snapception/Pic-ception!

Alicia Rae with Audrey Huwae and Abby Rose at Kollaboration DC 2015

Photo by Alex Ting

I started the day on such a high, and with so much excitement! I was so happy to meet everyone behind the operation, and all of the talented artists!

There were some technical difficulties during soundcheck and I ended up having to mic my guitar, instead of hooking it up. For those of you who don’t know anything about guitars… basically, what happened was, I have an electric/acoustic guitar, and the electric part of my guitar wasn’t working.  So, we hooked up a microphone in front of my guitar so that the audience would be able to hear it while I was on stage.

This isn’t a big deal, but it kind of threw me off balance. I don’t really like having my guitar mic’d because I have a tendency to move/sway when I’m on stage.  I’m always nervous that I am going to smack my guitar into the mic (which I’ve done before…) causing a loud BOOM noise and scaring the crap out of everyone! lol.

But, aside from the guitar mishap… I had a ton of fun hanging out with all of the contestants in the green room. This was the coolest green room I’ve ever been in.  It was nice and big, with couches and a piano.  And, it had the big mirrors, lined with lights, like you see in movie dressing rooms.

Alicia Rae at Kollaboration DC 2015 F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Dressing RoomSnapchat: j0siegurl (that’s a zero, not an “o”)

There was a television backstage, so we were able to watch the entire show and everyone’s performances.

Our MC was Adriel Luis. He had an awesome hairdo, some shiny space shoes and a very fun personality!

ADriel Kollaboration DC 2015 MC Adriel Luis
Photo by Alex Ting

Nan at Kollaboration DC 2015First Finalists: Nan
Photo by Alex Ting

Nan is an amazing pianist! His piece consisted of a mix between classical and modern music including video game songs and top 40 tunes. We had a nice long talk about classical music when we were hanging out backstage. Oh! And, we were wearing matching blue outfits :)

Alicia Rae with Nan at Kollaboration DC 2015

Alicia and Nan backstage at Kollaboration DC 2015
Snapchat: j0siegurl (that’s a zero, not an “o”)

Abby Rose at Kollaboration DC 2015

 Second Finalist: Abby Rose
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

Abby is super sweet, cute & awesome.  She has a beautiful voice! And, she can play the guitar, uke, and piano!
Check out her YouTube.

SantaJaca at Kollaboration DC 2015

Third Finalist: Santa Jaca
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

Santa Jaca is made up of Chris Santa Ana and Tim Jaca.  If Chris looks familiar, it’s because he opened for me at my Sweet Melody EP release show. Chris has a beautiful soulful voice, and he is great at covers! Check out his YouTube.

Audrey Huwae at Kollaboration DC 2015

Fourth Finalist: Audrey Huwae
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

Audrey was accompanied by two of her friends. She sang a Beyonce cover and did awesome! In addition to a great voice, she has a lot of confidence and attitude that shines through in her performance.

Alicia Rae singing Sweet Melody at Kollaboration DC 2015

Fifth Finalist: Alicia Rae, aka ME :)
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

My biggest fan that night (and every night) was my mom. She was clapping along to Sweet Melody, as loudly as possible!… and a bit off beat. It was cute and we had a good laugh afterwards.

2 Parkz at Kollaboration DC 2015

Sixth Finalist: 2 Parkz
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

These girls had the sweetest voices, and some killer harmonies!

After each finalist performed their piece, we had intermission. All finalists were able to watch the rest of the show with their family and friends. So, I ran out and grabbed a couple (super-yummy) egg rolls and then sat down to finish the show.

Dance Competition Kollaboration DC 2015

Dance Battle Contestants
Photo by Alex Ting

Some time during intermission, there was a quick dance competition with audience members. When the show resumed, there was an EPIC dance battle with the finalists, including the little cutey in pink. She won.

She was so cute. She came out on stage and seemed so shy, with her head down and hand rubbing her eye. As SOON as the music started, she busted out some awesome dance moves and the whole crowd went wild!

Kollaboration DC 2015 Judges

Kollaboration DC 2015 Judges Panel:
Tim Ma, Joe Kim, and Tanner Chung
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

As the judges deliberated, we enjoyed some performances by our MC, Adriel Luis, Sam Ock, and Kollaboration DC 2014 winner, Paradise.

Sam Ock Kollaboration DC 2015

Sam Ock Kollaboration DC Performance
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

Paradise at Kollaboration DC 2015


Kollaboration DC 2014 Winner: Paradise
Photo by Ethan & Tasha

And the winner is of Kollaboration DC 2015 is……..

Kollaboration 2015 DC Winner

Kollaboration DC 2015 Winner: Audrey Huwae
Photo by Alex Ting

Congrats Audrey! You rock! & totally deserve this win!

I am honored to have shared the stage with such talented people!  This was an amazing experience! I am so proud to have been chosen as a finalist out of hundreds of auditions.  Moments like these remind me of how quickly I have grown in just a few years, and how much more growing I have yet to accomplish!

Alicia Rae with Kollaboration DC Finalists Santa Jaca, 2 Parkz, Abby Rose, Nan, Audrey Huwae and Kollaboration Global Director Christine Minji Chang

Kollaboration DC Finalists with Kollaboration Global Director, Christine Minji Chang
Instagram: @AliciaRaeMusic

After the winner was announced, I was able to talk with each of the judges, and get some SOLID FEEDBACK.  It was nice to hear encouraging words, as well as specific critiques on areas to improve.  One consistent thing I heard from the judges was that they were impressed with my songwriting!

I’d like to thank the Kollaboration DC staff, AGAIN, for being SO.FREAKIN.AWESOME!  You all work your butts off for an entire year, all for this one night of music.  Because of you, Asian Pacific American talent is highlighted, and showcased within our community.  One day we’ll be able to see more Asian talent on television and in pop culture, and through your efforts, we are one step closer.  So, thank you!

Kollaboration DC Staff 2015

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Alicia Rae Kollaboration DC 2015

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Kollaboration DC REEL: A mini series of fun, behind-the-scene shorts featuring our finalists and staff. Visit BIT.LY/KDC6TIX for tickets to the Kollaboration DC 2015 Showcase ft. Sam Ock. —Alicia Rae is one of our six finalists for our Showcase Competition this year. You can learn more about Alicia in her “Finalist Peek” video interview on our YouTube Channel @ KollaborationDC.The Kollaboration DC 6 Showcase is ONLY TWO DAYS away – THIS SATURDAY on August 8th! Last Summer, Kollaboration DC 5 completely sold out, so don’t miss out this year and get your tickets to the show and afterparty NOW while you still can!

Posted by Kollaboration DC on Thursday, August 6, 2015

Alicia Rae is a talented singer/songwriter/guitarist from Maryland, and one of six finalists competing in our annual Kollaboration DC showcase. Learn more about her in this video short!To catch Alicia Rae and others perform at the Kollaboration DC Showcase on August 8th, check out our event page:

Posted by Kollaboration DC on Friday, July 10, 2015